It’s My Birthday

Tue, May 18, 2010

Self-Mastery, True Health


Well it was Saturday but I was busy partying and relaxing and NOT WORKING which is hard for me, thus the delay in my Birthday post.

If you have been following this blog you may notice I post once a week. Right now I have about the next ten posts figured out and needed to put those on the back burner because I decided to do a special birthday post. I am actually going to build this post in two parts.

Part one is a powerful birthday message I felt compelled to share from a very wise man followed by my 2cents and then part two will be my “Birthday Rap”…(screeeeech, did he say Rap?) Yea I said “Rap”!

Growing up I used to Emcee (or MC the proper Hip-Hop name for Rapper) and B-Boy (proper Hip-Hop name for breakdance)  I was good too, I won a few rap battles and started a demo tape with a friend but for whatever reason focus shifted and we never really pursued it. (You’re welcome Eminem)

So last week as my birthday approached, I was doing some reflecting on the years past, then I saw the post that I share below and something dawned on me. It occurred to me that I could combine my passion for Emcee’ing, my love of music, Hip-Hop especially, along with my passion and love for personal development and guiding others to live their full potential. I am an “Edutainer” after all so why not? You may ask, “what ‘s an Edutainer?”  I explain that a bit on my Bio page but it was a term that was coined for me because of my love of having fun & entertaining people while I educate them.

Now, because I was having too much fun this weekend and this idea just dawned on me a few days ago I didn’t have a chance to finish the birthday rap so I will add that video in a day or two, just check back… you won’t want to miss this!

Part One: Birthday Blessings… and my 2 cents

Last week I stumbled across a great post by someone else who shares a birthday close to mine therefore a fellow May baby and fellow Taurus!

That someone is the great Dr. Wayne Dyer. I am a long time student and fan of Dr. Dyer because his insight is always simple yet powerful.  What Dr. Dyer said spoke loudly to me and the sentiment was very much how I was felling when I read it. I thought you would enjoy it so here it is…

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Birthday Blessings

“Today is my 70th birthday and I’m going to Disneyland! Actually, I’ve been invited to a special preview at Pixar Studios—to see a short film based on a program I did some years ago and featuring an animated version of myself. The film will be shown as an introduction to Toy Story 3, and it will be as thrilling for me at 70 as it would have been for the boy I was at 7. We never outgrow our need for dreams.

You are the age you are—period. Yet those thoughts swirling around inside and outside of your head are ageless. You’re the perfect age right here in this moment, and your body can be no other age than what it is. Identify yourself in what Lao-tzu calls “the subtle realm,” or the invisible domain of Spirit, with thoughts like these: I am ageless, and I can train my body to work with me in achieving anything I can conceive of in my mind. There’s nothing about my age today that prohibits me from fulfilling my dreams.

I’ve had two very persuasive callings in my life. One occurred when I knew I’d be pursuing a college education regardless of being the oldest freshman on campus. Age was of no consequence to me. In fact, the eight years I spent as a student on several college campuses to earn my three academic degrees were accomplished in part because I was so unconcerned about my age. I was living my passion, and everything else took a backseat to that vision.

My second huge calling came at the age of 65 years and one day. Compelled to detach myself from worldly possessions accumulated over many decades, I disposed of clothes, furniture, books, records, awards, photographs, and memorabilia of all description. Studying and living the Tao Te Ching, I wrote an essay on each of the 81 verses in a book titled Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life. That I might be too old simply never occurred to me.

As I look back on my life, I realize that I’ve made many smaller decisions where I refused to consider age as a factor. At the age of 42, I decided to become a long-distance runner and ran the original Greek marathon. At the age of 17, I decided to write my first novel; and at the age of 9, I faked my age to get a paper route (10 was the “required” age).

Now, at the age of 70, I can’t conceive of thinking that I’m too old to do what I love. I continue to live life by activating my particular dharma or destiny and invite my ageless mind to keep on participating in my life.”

Thank you Dr. Dyer, always inspiring!

Ladies and Gentlemen, you are what you say you are. We hear all the time that our words have power. Here is my 2cents.

Your words define you, uplift & empower you or do just the opposite. Next to the food you eat and your physical activity, your beliefs (expressed through the words you use) have the biggest impact on on how you age. Many people live well into their 80’s and beyond remaining happy, healthy and young spirited. You can’t control your genetics and you can’t stop time but you can choose what words you use and those words could age you.

Your words are the product of your thoughts which are the product of your beliefs. I hear it all the time, people in their 30’s and 40’s saying things like I’m getting old, I can’t do this or that like I used to, I’m no spring chicken, man getting old sucks, it’s all down hill from here or damn I feel old! Don’t buy into it! I can’t even understand why a culture and society so obsessed with age would even perpetuate talk like that?

C’mon Are YOU KIDDING ME?? Even if you’re 60 do you really want to spend the next 20 to 30 years of your life thinking and saying that crap? What effect do you think that has on your outlook, mood, attitude and even physical body, did you know talk like that can actually age you faster, literally?

Let’s do a test. Close your eyes and try to get as relaxed as possible. Back straight, hands on lap, feet uncrossed and on the floor. Next take a few slow deep breathes in through the nose and out through the mouth. Now repeat out loud with the normal tone and energy you would use when you say things like “I’m getting old”, “I’m too old for that” or “I’m an old fart” etc… pick one you use or hear often. Notice as you say the words how it feels in your body. Say at least 3 phrases or 1 phrase 3 times. Did your energy or mood change? Did you notice a change in your posture, maybe you started to slump your shoulders a bit or feel any tension in your body?

Now try that again using the opposite language. “I’m just getting started”, “I feel young and strong” and “I feel younger everyday”. Did you notice how that felt? How about your voice, did you notice you couldn’t help but say those words with more positive energy?

I’m here to remind you with “Power”, Say it with me…

  • It’s never too late to live my dreams!
  • I am only as old as I think!
  • Age is just a number!

Part Two: The Birthday Rap

7 Life Lessons from a Birthday Reflection!

I hope you enjoyed the message and I thank you for the opportunity to share another side of me and another of my passions.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how you feel about age or the Rap and it’s message.

As always if you dug this post and/or are looking forward to the Birthday Rap please share this with the world through one of the many ways I have provided thank you as always for the love and support. I am honored to have had this time with you.

Wishing you Peace & Prosperity,

Dallas Cyr

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9 Responses to “It’s My Birthday”

  1. forever young lyrics jay z Says:

    Great article, hey I came across this story while surfing for some information on SQL. Thanks for sharing I’ll email my friends about this too.

  2. Nick Unsworth Says:

    Great post my man!

    Looking forward to the birthday rap.

  3. Therese Miu Says:

    You Know I enjoyed this very much! So CREATIVE to the MAX! WOW! You are always taking it to the next level D. Thanks so much for sharing your story with ALL OF US. Blessings to You D!

  4. Dallas Cyr Says:

    @Nick – the Rap is here!!

    @Forever Young – Thank you for sharing, I’m honored you appreciate the site. Hope you’ll come back often.

  5. Ryan Says:

    Hi Dallas,

    I luv it! I too am a fan of hip hop and the beautiful message presented with flow resonates with me. Thanks for sharing your street wisdom!

    Ryan B

  6. Dallas Cyr Says:

    Ryan thanks for the compliment and I remembered the first post I read from you talked about Jay-z and staying on your grind.

  7. Carroll B. Merriman Says:

    Hi there may I use some of the information here in this post if I provide a link back to your site?

  8. Katy Wein Says:

    The topic Your Thoughts May Be Aging You | is totally new for me, but it sounds very interesting. I have to read more about this topic and make me my own opinion. Thanks, Katy Wein


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