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June 2002



Life: The Meaning

from a speech by Bryan Dyson

(one-time CEO of Coca Cola)


Submitted by Chandrashekhar S Iwale



"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five
balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends and
spirit and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon
understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.
But the other four balls - family, health, friends and spirit - are made
of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably
scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the

You must understand that and strive for balance in your life."
How? Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with
others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know
what is best for you.

Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as
they would your life, for without them, life
is meaningless.

Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the
past or for the future.

By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.

Don't give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over
until the moment you stop trying.

Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile
thread that binds us to each together.

Don't be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn
how to be brave.

Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find time.
The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love
is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it

Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where
you've been, but also where you are going.

Don't forget, a person's greatest emotional need is to feel

Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can
always carry easily.

Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.

Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.

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Yesterday is History,
Tomorrow is a Mystery and Today is a gift: that's why we call it The