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A Life That Counts

By Hoosain Narker

They said he died!

One morning in 1888, Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, the man who had spent his life amassing a fortune from the manufacture and sale of weapons of destruction, awoke to read his own obituary. Of course, it was a mistake. Alfred's brother had died, and the reporter inadvertently wrote Alfred's obituary.

For the first time, Alfred Nobel saw himself as the world saw him - "the dynamite king," the great industrialist who had made an immense fortune from explosives. This, as far as the general public was concerned, was the entire purpose of his life. None of his true intentions surfaced. Nothing was said about his work to break down the barriers that separated persons and ideas. He was, quite simply, a merchant of death, and for that alone would he be remembered. Alfred read the obituary with horror. He felt that the world must know the true meaning and purpose of his life! He resolved to do this through his last will and testament. The final disposition of his fortune would show the world his life's ideals. At that time came into being yearly prizes for chemistry, physics, medicine, literature - and the famous Nobel Peace Prize.

If you were to read your own obituary today, what would it say? Do others know what you stand for, what you believe in and what truly matters to you?

Dr. Philip Humbert asks, "What remarkable, extraordinary and amazing things will you do with this wild and wonderful miracle, your one and only life?" The question should perhaps also be asked this way: "What will you do with this wild and wonderful miracle, your one and only day?" For how we spend our days will decide how we spend our lives. Chances are, you will not read your own obituary. But you have already begun to write it - day by day, moment by moment. Live your todays as if they truly matter, and tomorrow you will look back on a life that counted.

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Hoosain Naker is Director of his own South Africa Ashihara Kaikan Karate Organization (founded in 1985) . It is one of the largest and most successful network of schools in South Africa which is quickly expanding internationally through his new Ashihara Karate International Organization. Ranked also in Goju Ryu as well as Taekwondo and Narker has also studied with teachers in a wide variety of other empty handed and weapons arts. Since 1990, he has served as an Executive Member on the Provincial and National Karate Structures, being a founder.

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