With each bend in the road, enjoy the journey.

Sometimes life takes twists and turns.  Sometimes it just bends out of shape due to forces that are not within our control.

When we look at people who have achieved fame, we sometimes marvel at the way they seem to climb the ladder with ease.  We forget, or never see the obstacles in their lives or what they did to overcome.  (Okay, wait, I am not talking about the problem children in the tabloids, I am talking about the good people.)

When we get to know someone who has reached for the stars and succeeded,   we have the opportunity to appreciate their humanity.  Thus, that is when the super-human becomes human.  Then, and only then, can we appreciate the individual and not just the star status.  When we are able to see someone as being “just like us,” then we understand their real journey; we see them as dwelling alongside each of us as inhabitants on this third planet from the sun.  Once what was famous deescalates to real, we can see his/her incredible ability to endure and fight on against life’s obstacles.

We return now to the beginning of the cycle: the star is – once again – super human. But, this time, veneration and blind reverence are replaced with healthy respect and admiration..

In the past few years, I have come to appreciate one such person in ways I could not – even during my most intuitive moment – have predicted.  That man is Uri Geller.

People who meet with me in my office have the opportunity to see the bent sterling silver spoon from the Savoy Hotel hanging on the wall behind me.  It is framed with an 8×10 glossy of Uri wearing his trademark smile.

gif-geller-uriClients invariably ask: Is that Uri Geller the Spoon Bender?

He is readily recognized for a single ability that captured the world; he magically bends spoons.  I can assure you he is responsible for so much more.  His controversial and stellar career virtually made the phrase “psychic ability” and “mind power” household terms.  He is a loving husband, and is the father of two successful children who share their father’s charm and intellect.  He is an entertainer and motivational speaker of the highest order.  He achieved rock star status by challenging society’s definition of possible.

Is Uri superhuman?  I would say, no.

Is he someone who has pushed the boundaries of what is means to be human? Absolutely.

He is driven to succeed in ways many of us can only imagine.  He forged a path for himself that had never been travelled in this world.  He knew where he was going and he remained true to his course.  For the one singular “power” of absolute focus and direction, Uri Geller is an inspiration and a personality worthy of appreciation. With respect, I am proud to call Uri Geller a friend.

Recently, he texted me that I would enjoy watching two movies about his life.  First, I logged onto Hulu and watched Uri Geller: A Life Stranger Than Fiction (2009).  Produced and directed by Simon Cowell, it is an excellent portrayal of his life and his amazing journey.  The second movie is in anticipation of the October 15, 2013 release of The Secret Life of Uri Geller: CIA Masterspy? by Jonathan Margolis. The BBC movie The Secret Life of Uri Geller (2013) is an enjoyable look into the long rumored connections between Uri Geller, the CIA and the Mossad.

I highly recommend the above media, and if you are one who enjoys thing mystical, paranormal or impossible, the videos are a must see.

These flicks are clearly able to inspire dialogue, raise questions or be dubbed “controversial.”  But at the end of the day, they clearly demonstrate the unwavering drive and ambition that are the guarantors of individual success.

Uri has often shared the story that when fame became stressful, John Lennon and Yoko Ono urged him to go to Japan to find spirituality. Uri returned reinvigorated and re-centered.

When life throws curves at you, where is your “Japan?”  Is it your family?  Your dog? Your church? A bench in your yard?

Please return refreshed.