My wife and I are on a mission of spreading love, joy, and positive vibes across our community and across the globe through our website (www.tolivefor.org), associated social media platforms, and by producing live, inspiring shows with story tellers, musicians. We have been blessed to meet people from all over the world during our first year on this venture and adventure. Their stories and talents are inspiring, and we believe that sharing their stories and gifts will inspire more people to share their positive vibes. The result is wave after wave of positive vibes and joy that we hope will bring healing to our communities and to our sacred earth.
One of the most exciting forums of our work is taking the time to meet and interview people who are living life with zest and joy. Whether it is the singer from Sweden, the Costa Rican juice maker, the Californian yogi, South African CNN Hero finalist, video creator from India, local musician, or roving artist, or any one of our first 50 interviewees, the poignant and inspirational messages they share all have common values and beginnings. It is obvious when you watch these interviews or meet these people who are leading a life to live for, that they are full of joy and love for life so it’s only natural to ask how they got to this point or how they chose this path.
Here’s what we have learned so far:
As I was wrapping up this article, a story, “Courting Longevity in our Eden,” by Dawn Fraser Kawahara, appeared in The Garden Island (thegardenisland.com. In her story, the author referenced an interview (by Emina Bajra) of the oldest man living in the world at the time. His name was Jiroemon Kimura, and he lived to be 116 years old. When asked what his tips for a long, happy life were, Mr. Kimura’s words were simple, and yet profound: “Live without attachment. Stay close to nature. Practice gratitude. And, laugh and be happy!”
When I look back at our initial group of interviews, I realized that, again, nearly everyone spoke of feeling very blessed and thankful for the gifts they have been able to share and the path that they have traveled, even though it has been extraordinarily challenging at times. Gratitude, indeed, was a common quality among these inspiring people.
Based on our interviews and the wisdom of Mr. Kimura, I think we’re onto something. The more we live in and share our positive vibes, the more laughter and happiness there will be, the stronger our sense of belonging will get, and the longer we will live.
Now, that’s to live for!
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Originally published at medium.com