Sunday, January 01, 2006

Methusalah Mouse Prize, Aubrey de Grey, 60 Minutes

If you missed 60 Minutes on CBS tonight (Sunday) you missed a whopping good show.

The last segment was on Aubrey de Grey and the MPrize (Methusalah Mouse Prize). Seems our cause has hit the mainstream in a huge way. The program 60 Minutes is well respected and watched by tens of millions of people. I couldn't have been more thrilled.

I have supported the M Prize both personally and through my business, as a member, donor and sponsor. We have always linked to the MPrize page from our retail site. And you have always seen the little "bug" to your right which updates the MPrize amount (and you can click on to make a contribution to the prize!)

The icing on the cake for me was one of the other segments on the 60Minutes program was on Burt Rutan - first man to launch a manned vehicle into space twice in two weeeks and winner of the Ansari X Prize for his accomplishment.

How wonderful to have two forward thinking visionaries in the program?

What a great time to be alive. And remember - all we have to do is "long enough to live forever"!



I am not big on giving any particular day significance over another. I see life as a journey, one moment at a time. The ultimate hike. Each day is important. Remember, the goal is not to reach the end! :-) It is to enjoy the trip.

January 1 does provide a touchstone for many people. An opportunity to reflect based on timing, for us Earthlings, that is determined by our planet's distance from the sun in our galaxy. Fundamentally, that is what generates the point of reference we call a "year". When was the last time you thought of it that way?

I would challenge you to consider this as the first day of the rest of your life. You can choose to make it a better day for yourself. You can choose to make changes to better your life. The changes don't have to be monumental. Incremental works very well.

I dare you to step out of a box you might find yourself in. Remove something from your life that is bothering you. Confront a fear - Head on! Challenge it! Force it to explode, and strengthen yourself in the process by exposing that fear as a fraud.

Explore CBT / RET as an effective, potent, long-lasting tool to deal with your fears. Do a Google on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, also know as Rational Emotive Therapy. It works, it is freeing, and it will make you a better person.

Action Cures Fear. Say it aloud: Action Cures Fear. Action also cures Frustration. In fact, Action cures most all ills! Try it.

How do you feel? Are you Happy? Frustrated? Bored? Sad? Many times negative feelings are generated when you choose not to realize your dreams. When you choose not to be the best you can be. When you choose to accept mediocrity. Let's be blunt - it is your life. It is up to you to make positive changes. Nobody is going to do it for you, and nobody wants to hear you whine.

Other people do not hold you back. You hold you back. Let's be perfectly clear about that. Unless you are serving a life sentence in prison without parole, you are in full control of your life.

Make a change. Use Jan 1, New Years Day as an excuse if want to. I prefer you not need any certain day to motivate yourself.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Are you the best you can be?