Forget the theory of relativity. When it comes to decoding the universe, nothing is more mysterious than human beings. Thankfully, German-born physicist and world-famous genius Albert Einstein has left behind his own theory to achieving happiness and fulfillment—and no, it has nothing to do with physics.
After 95 years, an anonymous seller has put two notes from the Nobel Prize-winning prodigy up for auction. And you’ll never guess what he wrote.
As the story goes, Einstein was on a 1922 speaking tour in Tokyo when a Japanese courier delivered a message to him at the Imperial Hotel. Upon realizing that he didn’t have enough change to tip to messenger, he whipped out a pen and scribbled down some life tips, instead.
Those two pieces of advice? First, “A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest,” he wrote in German on Imperial Hotel Tokyo stationary. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” reads the second, written on a blank piece of paper.
As Einstein handed over the advice, he added a small quip: “Maybe if you’re lucky those notes will become much more valuable than just a regular tip,” the seller, who is a relative of the courier, claims.
There’s definitely some genius behind that simple wisdom!
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Most people know about Mother Teresa. Some may know she was recently proclaimed a saint. She and her fellow sisters took in societies most unwanted and she fiercely aided and defended those who had no protectors.
Mother Teresa was also a Nobel Peace Prize winner. It was awarded for her selfless service to humanity. What I didn’t know until recently is that she was haunted by self doubt. According to correspondence that came to light after she died in 1997, Mother Teresa experienced what the church calls a “dark night of the soul” — a period of spiritual despair and loneliness that many of the great mystics experienced. In Mother Teresa’s case, it lasted for nearly 50 years — I can’t begin to imagine that amount of angst.
In her writings she despaired of ever being worthy. While living in this darkness she continued to bring light to the needy. It’s often stated that we teach what we need to learn. She said the greatest poverty in the world is the feeling of being unloved. She spoke these words as she struggled for inner peace and feeling disconnected from her own light and questioning her right to receive God’s love.
It’s hard to imagine receiving love from anyone, even God, without earning it. Love is given freely and not in response to good works through service to others.
The true test of character lies in overcoming our fears and insecurities. Mother Teresa faced her darkness by bringing light to the world; even when she doubted herself. I believe she is finally at peace and basking in the light of love.
At this time of the year we recognize those who have passed with various religious services commemorating the dead. She is my inspiration and a beautiful reminder that we are all just simply human….
Contributions from: associated press writer, Nicole Winfield and Bernat Armangue from Kolkata, India.
I just finished a wonderful article by Joe Robinson in Life and Wisdom magazine. He speaks about losing the “living feeling”. He asks when was the last time you were so excited by a passion that people asked you “what’s up with that grin? When did you last feel the tingle of a wow moment?”I can’t honestly remember feeling this way unless I was traveling somewhere new. Discovery is my passion yet my choices for how I spend most of my days does not support that. There is a disconnect within me.
In thinking about this I have made my own” to live list” based on where I am everyday.
- Day trips. Arizona is full of magic and I am committed to finding it regularly rather than waiting until I have time for an extended get away: 24 hrs. is a lot of time.
2. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone and saying YES to any new activity that remotely interests me. I have a new bike and I am researching biking groups! I also am looking into an art class to discover my inner artist through painting. I love looking at art and now it’s time to make some for myself.
I am remembering some of my childhood dreams. As a kid I always knew what made me happy and those memories may be my map to finding my passion beyond my work. I was once told that we don’t dream of things we are NOT capable of…
As I focus on my careers and adult responsibilities it is easy to forget that I am dealing with a “finite commodity”: TIME. We all have a limited engagement. I want to make sure my dance card is filled!
Bill Gates: Polio will be eradicated this year, the endgame is near…
The Bill and Linda Gates Foundation decided to put a lot of money towards a few goals. One of them was to eradicate polio which was paralyzing over 300,000 children every year.