The Wednesday Rant.

October 25, 2017 | Posted in General

Back in the saddle as it were.

Since none of you were in the audience at the Capitol Theater for “Human Math”…thought I would share this abbreviated “Cliffs Notes” version of my 18 minute platform rant at my 2nd TED Talk at TEDx Chatham-Kent in Ontario last week.

Disclaimer- The odds of me doing any sort of presentation involving math is a bazillion to none. My best grades in grammar school were lunch and recess. In high school, lunch and gym (which is just recess in a uniform.) When I brought home a report card to my dad who was a banker and “numbers guy” there was usually a big red F- and it wasn’t for “FANTASTIC.”

So here ya go.

The odds of being born is 1 in 400,000,000,000,000 (the number 400 trillion doesn’t even take into account the incalculable variables that put all the right people in all the right places at all the right times for us to exist.

You beat out 399,000,000,000,000 other potential humans to get here. The odds of winning a $700 million Powerball is 1 in 292 million–so compared to being born, you’ve already won the biggest lottery there is.

You can take up space or you can occupy it.
You can let your circumstances define you or let them reveal you. You can see a life full of accidents that have pushed you down or a life full of incidents in disguise designed to lift you up. Life is an ongoing exercise in adjusting perspectives. What we focus on tends to expand. So consider not majoring in minor things.
So, while the odds of being born are nearly infinitesimal, the odds of dying are currently at 100%.
Your eventual cause of death is nothing compared to your ongoing cause in life.
151,600 humans left the planet overnight. If you can read this…you win again.
Don’t worry about adding years to your life, be about adding life to your years because how you were born isn’t nearly as important as why, and how you die isn’t as important as how you live.
Joan of Arc had just 6,935 days to lead France to victory and become a saint in the process.
Terry Fox ran across Canada on one leg and became a nation hero in 8,030 days.
Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana both had 13, 140 days to bend history.
John Lennon re-defined the word “Imagine” in just 14,600 days.
My late, great friend John Denver became a voice for the planet in just 19,345 days.
Once you figure out the “why” the “how” will take care of itself.
If my numbers hold up I have an estimated 7,300 days left or 20 years.
So, today isn’t just another “day”…its an unfolding miracle…and so are you.
Don’t just count your days, make your days count.
Or not.
What you do with your winnings is matter of choice not chance.
Safe travels.
JSA
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