G’day! James Spurway here. You guessed right… I am from “Downunder” 🙂 I’m a lifelong entrepreneur, father, husband, and friend. I love nature and living what I call the “total freedom lifestyle”.
My life was not always like this. I was born in Australia on a farm with five other siblings. My parents had to work the farm, however, because it was not making enough money, they both worked an additional 2-3 jobs to make ends meet. Life was not easy for Mum and Dad, and I guess as kids we learned the value of hard work also. I never completed school. I was itching to get a job and start making money. However, I did go to University 10 years later as a mature aged student. My career aspirations were never focussed. I worked in the Retail Banking Industry before joining the Hospitality Industry. It was the chance of a quick career advancement that took me to Vietnam in 1991 where I met my (now) wife Sylvia. Eight months after arriving in Ho Chi Minh City my Father died. In 1993 Sylvia and I got married. We have one 16-year-old Son, Brendan, and he is a total joy.
In 2004, at age 44, I collapsed and had to be reanimated more than six times in a few hours. Later I would learn that the cause of the collapse was a syncope. That is the term when signals from the brain to make the heart “beat” don’t make it to the heart, and as a result, it stops. Without warning. All the Doctors and nurses who saved my life deserve a big “Thank you”. I have to say I am so grateful that I made it. I stayed in intensive care for nearly two weeks until after extensive discussions between my wife and the Chief of Medicine, it was agreed that drugs could not help stabilize the condition, so I was fitted with a pacemaker.
Yes, you heard right! At the tender age of 44, I received my first pacemaker implant. Believe me, my life has changed drastically since that time. Being so close to death, reliving your “Movie of Life” for a short period, I promised myself to cherish and honor my life and family from that day forward.
I left my 9 to 5 job and started a new business. I struggled, and life took its toll on me. Well, what does not kill you just makes you stronger, my wife used to say.
The sun started shining more brightly than ever, after three years of struggle, when I finally started making money.
First, a bit than a bit more and eventually money poured into our life. We became financially free.
I did not let money go to my head. We still live a healthy life, enjoy simple things, and I always like to hang out with the guys and watch football and rugby. What we have is more than money. It’s abundance. It comes in many forms. When you are younger you focus on making more money; when life changes and you get older, your priorities change and for many, and I’m one of them, your number one goal becomes”Health”, your number two goal becomes” Happiness” and your number three goal is “Wealth.” Health + Wealth = Happiness 🙂
I love the saying from the Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered…
Because he sacrifices his health to make money
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health
Again then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present…the result being
Man does not live in the present or the future
Man lives as if he is never going to die
And then dies having never lived.”
PS: It still feels like heaven, when I smell the scent of fresh cut grass or freshly plowed earth, and my soul still soars when I come in the front door and get “mugged” by the smell of something that Sylvia has just made, especially the cakes she bakes…!
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