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do not live your life fearing death

Two hotels in Mumbai were attacked over the past couple of days….my office is in southern India, Bangalore, so I rarely travel to Mumbai, but one of the hotels under attack, the Taj Mahal, is where I stay when I am in Mumbai – I have stayed there 3 times over the past years….so it is very strange for me to see this hotel on TV burning and under seige by extremists.

I am american and I travel often … last week I was in both Shanghai and Cairo and back in Dubai for the rest of the week.  Tonight I am flying back to Shanghai for a meeting on Monday and  then monday night I will fly from Shanghai directly to Paris for a meeting most of tuesday…then very early wednesday am. Paris to Riyadh all day wednesday and then ultimately, I will be back in Cairo again on Thursday morning for the day and night –  back in Dubai office my mid day friday.

I share this weeks travel schedule in todays blog because – I want to point out that although I travel often, I do not waste energy worrying about things I can not control.

When I was at Cal Berkeley, I read Napolian Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” …. and for the longest time, I did not understand one point in the book, “do not live your life fearing death…” (I do not have this book in Dubai so I do not remember the exact quote, but something like that).

But over the past 10 years or so, I have learned exactly what he was refering to.

I have a close friend who does not travel much because he is afraid of flying … thus he skips opportunities to travel around the world.  I have a close friend whose wife does not travel in the middle east, esp. not Egypt because she has read terrorists live in Egypt…so she will never see incredible sites such as the Pyramids in Egypt or Petra in Jordan. I know many people who spend more time worrying about dying than they do in making their lives happen….and all the great adventures they miss because they fear dying.

I do not live my life worrying about death.

Do not get me wrong … what happened in India is horrific … 191 people died, probably many more…

however, do not let the extraordinary, horrible things in the world scare you from adventuring – experiencing life.

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2 thoughts on “do not live your life fearing death

  1. Great post! Napoleon Hill’s contention that many common fears (fear of death, fear of failure, etc.) impede ones ability to reach their goals is quite intriguing. Easier said then done, but if we didn’t spend so much time worring about things, we would all find it much easier to attain inner peace.
    Your comments in this post remind me of one of my favorite movies, The Shawshank Redemption”, which was adapted from a short story by Stephen King (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption). The tagline for The Shawshank Redemption is “Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free”. Perhaps a bit cliche, but nonetheless, a statement that fits in with your thoughts about traveling the world. Live on your own terms, not someone elses. Or to pull another line from Stephen King, get busy living, or get busy dying.

  2. This post reminds me of a story that Rhonda Byrne tells of a man who read the statement “Why worry, it will probably never happen” and from then onward ceased worrying about every aspect of his life and thus is living an abundant life. Many people worry about many things and thus never do them (like the persons mentioned in your blog) while others like you remain positive and make life happen and nothing happens to them.

    Unfortunately, many people have been attacked/injured etc while out exploring-like you and your amazonian electric eel but that did not and should not stop you or anyone else. Where is anyone safe anyway? Don’t people get attacked in their own homes? Or in church? Yet think about it, there are people who have been in war zones who have lived to tell about it. The world is too beautiful not to see. Everyone should just stay positive and go out and see this beautiful and magical world that God gave us to enjoy!!

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