I have enjoyed Dr Dyer’s books for years. In fact, I still have my copy of his first book, Your Erroneous Zones.
And yes, this is the first edition, back when he had hair.
I’ve read all his books and attended almost all the lectures he’s given in Calgary. I’ve listened to him on Radio, watched him on TV and watched his movie.
A few years ago, a friend of mine mentioned she was going to Maui for his January workshop. I was so envious. I had wanted to go to Maui for years, but always I had an excuse:
- I was too busy.
- I couldn’t afford the trip.
- I couldn’t take the time off from work.
- I couldn’t leave my children. I couldn’t…well you get the idea.
There was always an excuse that kept me from doing something I had wanted to do – something on my bucket list for years..
As I was sitting there feeling sorry for myself because of all the ‘I couldn’t’s’ about this workshop, I had three thoughts almost simultaneously.
1. Wayne Dyer had turned 70 on his last birthday. He might live and teach to be 100. Or not.
2.Dy Dyer has chronic leukemia. Although his health remains strong and he is a very active man, maintaining an incredible writing and speaking schedule, there are no guarantees about tomorrow.
3. I was 62 and in great health. But I could get hit by a bus tomorrow. As previously noted in point 2, there are no guarantees in life.
So what should I do?
This will give you a clue.
It was a wonderful trip, in spite of leaving here with an awful flu. I spent time with friends, learned from a master and enjoyed the heat and humidity of Maui. Oh yeah, whale watching was fun too.
So what was the lesson? To make sure I acted on my hopes and dreams. Life doesn’t offer guarantees and I need to make the most of every moment I’ve been given.
As I watch my mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s this lesson is further impressed on my brain. There are so many things she wanted to do but didn’t and now she can’t. Leaving her facility terrifies her. She prefers to remain close to her apartment and usual environment.
Wayne Dyer has taught me lots about intention, prayer, meditation and life. But his greatest lesson was not to waste a moment of the time I’ve been given. I don’t know if that was his intention, but it was my gift.
Please share with me, what are some of your greatest lessons? Who was the teacher who taught the lesson?