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7 ways to live life to the max

7 ways to live life to the max

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The world is full of starters because there is something special about the first
time. It is exciting to start a new project, a new relationship, and a new job, to
move into our first home or go on our first trip overseas. In time new things
become old. We do not consider the old as exciting as the new. The old carries
the battle scars of time. The old becomes boring and uninteresting. When this
happens it becomes hard work to finish what we have started - to see it through.
When repetition diminishes excitement, then the hard work begins. The
honeymoon is over.

People who live life to the max. have perfected the art of seeing the newness in
all things over and over again. They retain the excitement of the first time. This
is not something that is easily accomplished and even knowing about this
principle does not guarantee our ability to live it.

Some years ago we were living in an Arab village that was a suburb of
Jerusalem. It was in the biblical township where Mary, Martha and Lazarus came
from, a place called Bethany. The Palestinians call it Azaria after Lazarus.

Often my family and I would get on an old dusty pre-1948 Mercedes Benz bus
that had so many holes in its floor that you could watch the road go by. We
would travel around the side of the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem.

When we first arrived in this country everything was new and exciting. We
considered that we were standing and walking in the place where famous people
had walked before - the Rabbis, the Muftis, the wise men, the prophets, and the
patriarchs, Jesus of Nazareth, and so, with awe, we would drink in the sights.

Each day we would view the walls surrounding Old Jerusalem that had been
built in the sixteenth century by the Ottomans. As we passed Golgotha, the place
of the skull or the supposed site on which Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, we
would think about the impact of that experience in the lives of millions of
Christians. Our eyes would feast upon this and other historical places.

7 Ways to Live Life to the MAX

Copyright © Dennis R Curyer, 2003

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As the months went by, something happened, we found ourselves becoming less
and less interested. At one point, we started to take these things for granted and
they were lucky if we gave them a glance. On a number of occasions I had to
remind myself of where I was living, and the fascinating experiences I was
having every day. To get the most out of this I had to see these things afresh
every day to retain the excitement and importance of living in such a famous city
and intriguing part of the world.

If we can catch the vision of this concept, everything in life will always be
interesting. We will always appreciate and be amazed about what is going on
around us regardless of the number of times that we have experienced it.

William Blake penned it this way:

“To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in
the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour”.

Take a simple example of how it rains; this is a fascinating thing. The moisture is
collected from the ocean, brought across the land in clouds, cooled down to such
an extent that the clouds cannot retain the moisture and then this water trickles
down onto our homes and gardens as rain.

In all of this it is not new rain. It is the same old rain that has been falling on
people’s roofs for thousands of years. For those people living in areas where it
does not rain much, when this old rain falls it causes much excitement.
Everybody runs outside and dances in it. This is recycling at its best.

The whole thing is amazing. However, we just take it for granted, particularly if
we live in a place like Melbourne or Sydney. In fact, worse than that, some
consider it a nuisance. It has become old or is it we who have become old? We
have allowed the experience to become old in our minds. We have let go the
magic of the experience while in search of the magic in some new thing.

While we discard something as old, boring, and uninteresting, someone else
finds the same thing new, exciting and vibrant. Relationships are the best
example of this. You may conclude that this is human nature and I would agree,
but not for the maxers. Become one of those who experience the newness of life
in every day and in every experience.

7 Ways to Live Life to the MAX

Copyright © Dennis R Curyer, 2003

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It does not matter how many times I watch an aircraft take off and fly, it still
amazes me how this happens. It is always new to me as if I am seeing it for the
first time.

Start looking at the common in an uncommon way. In this way you will live
every day with excitement and interest and you will see the world through the
eyes of a child. You will become a finisher, and an exciting and interesting
person; the kind of person that people like to be around.

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