Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Musings of mine: Rambling Mind on This and That #15

Quote of the day: 

If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. 
-Jim Rohn 

It's Not Over Till It's Over

I'd like to think of this year as a catalyst to further self discovery. And as the year limps to its finale and end there remains much to accomplish. Forget about yearly goals, this is some last minute rush for self preservation. This is the fight of all fights. Cramming a year's worth of unspent goals and resolutions into the very last days and weeks. You wanted to read 50 books? The window is still open. You set out to lose a certain amount of weight? Hey, the window is still wide open. New language? Check. New skill? Check too. New job? Time off? Worry less? Check, check, check. It is not over until the end -so milk time till the last second of the year.

Cold Calls

Ever sign up for several services and then thereafter get harassed by cold callers? And by thereafter I mean weeks later which leaves little room to find the real culprit. Who was it who sold you out? And why is a lady calling to ask if 'have you ever been involved in a car accident.' And the timing is always suspect -like you are being spied on. Just when you are in the middle of something, your phone rings, but it's far away and as you swim through seven seas and climb mountains to get to it, pressing the connection button only to hear the words 'have you ever...'

I can't Function Without Coffee

Can you function without drinking coffee in the morning? I can. But I know a few people who claim otherwise. It is a ritual you see. They need their 'early morning fix' -their words not mine making it all sound like a terrible addiction (is it not?). But it's all in their heads really. Yes you can function without coffee as according to research coffee drinkers aren't more alert than their caffeine free counterparts. But then again, drinking just one cup a day can cut the risk of early death by 12%. So drink on and live long.

Just Go With The Flow And Keep It Moving

There will be good days and bad. There will be comedians who are not funny. Singers who cannot really sing. Pets who love and appreciate us more than we do them. People who talk throughout a live show. Weathermen who don't know the weather. Plumbers who make things worse. Doctors who hate patients. Customers not receiving customer service. Cyclists who can't cycle. Leaders who can't lead. Lovely people who can't love. Kids who aren't kids. And then there is you and even though you may not always be at your best -just keep things moving nevertheless.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Everything's Not Lost - Coldplay

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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When In Doubt Think About Your Accomplishments

Quote of the day: 

Never let hard lessons harden your heart; the hard lessons of life are meant to make you better, not bitter. -Roy T. Bennett

Do you ever stop to ponder on this journey called life and the triumphs and setbacks that go with it? I have. Many times I have pondered on my odyssey to find purpose, truth and knowledge. And along the way when lost the trip leads to other pathways -purpose gets replaced by weakness, truth by falsity, knowledge by ignorance. Finding the way and getting back on track takes time and energy which would have been used in the original pursuit. Familiarity enhances openness but a lack of it breeds restriction.

And when I ponder on life a reoccurring theme forms like medieval stained glass in a cathedral, a rainbow of colours representing different events in life. And each thought leads back to one:

"At each point in life when nothing seems perfect, there's always someone around the corner to remind us that perfection isn't everything." 

Think back to the times when you were almost down and out and with no ounce of hope left in you, who was it that helped you out of your situation? Who was it who gave you some talking to, and who was there for you when you most needed someone? Surely you have come across such people, some you will remember and some you probably won't. And what did you do when you were back to your normal self and standing on your own two feet, didn't you think of ways to pay it forward, to be the person that everyone close to you could count on for help or advise?

You may not know it but you may have helped someone who will forever remain grateful, who may not remember who you are or even know you personally, and you may have offered words of comfort or advise to many others and the impact of your actions may never be fully revealed to you. The same can be said about how we have been affected by the kindness of others through the years. It is this thought that we should always hold on to and never forget.

Life is all about helping and being helped as no one is an island. Thinking you don't require any help or knowledge tears you from your purpose and path. The next time you find yourself almost feeling inadequate or overwhelmed with life, just sit, take a deep breath, and mull over life, reflect and examine where you are and the journey that has brought you thus far.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Memphis Slim - Nobody Loves Me

Monday, November 06, 2017

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The Importance of Willpower

Quote of the day: 

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

The lack of willpower is often cited as one of the roadblocks to achieving what we really want in life. How many people believe they could improve their lives for the better? A lot probably. And how many have the will power to do so? Probably a little. On one hand we go through life by trying to avoid our impulses, and on the other we wished we had more will power and self discipline. Some have it more than others.

Willpower is often cited as a mental muscle that can be trained. It is no more than the ability to control your thoughts and overcome feelings of laziness and episodes of procrastination, and the capacity to overcome unwanted thoughts and actions. This inner strength and power is necessary to overcome a lot of the things that you face on a daily basis. It is the difference between over-indulging and under-indulging. With it you can practice restraint, and in so doing choose to do things that you need to do -compared to doing things that you want to do or desire. The former is good for you in the long run, while the latter is more of an 'in the moment' satisfaction.

It can be seen in our interaction with people too. How many times have you faced provocation only to lose your cool? And what about the time that you faced provocation, only to take a deep breath and take control of the situation. There is nothing wrong with allowing your emotions get the best of you, but you shouldn't be controlled by it. Instead of a knee-jerk response to a situation, why not take a few seconds to reflect and analyse things. Do you really want to have your good mood tainted over something not worthwhile? There are many ways to vent your anger and frustration but never give the remote control to someone else. But as it is with life and stress, at some point you will reach the boiling point and lose your temper over something or someone. Nothing can be bottled up forever. When such does happen you need to own the situation and move on.

Do the things that otherwise make you feel lazy. Sometimes ordering a take-away is convenient when you are too lazy or can't be bothered to cook. But with willpower, you can get up and start cooking and before you know it the food is done and you will appreciate it more than if it had been ordered. But then again cooking is not for everyone, but you get the gist of things. It's all about developing your will power, get into the act of driving your life decisions and not just be in the passenger seat. Doing things at a steady pace and not trying to do everything at once is a good way to maintain energy levels.

There will days when your will power will be at its lowest, and other times when it will be at its highest -after all it remains a resource that can be depleted or augmented.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Bessie Smith-The Yellow Dog Blues

Sunday, November 05, 2017

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3 Things to Inspire Your Weekend: #74

Quote of the day: 

Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that's beautiful.
-Rashida Jones

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Akil Ross, principal for Chapin High School in the US has been crowned National high school principal of the year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Many parents credit him for making Chapin High one of the best schools in South Carolina since 2010. Ross who repeated the third grade as he was not "up to par" as a student, is now known for what he calls the six Rs: “Ready to learn, Respectful to others, Responsible to ourselves, Rigor in teaching, Relevance in learning and meaningful Relationships among students, faculty and staff.” The national award caps a series of milestones for both Ross and Chapin High.

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About a year ago Brennon Jones started giving haircuts and shaves to homeless people living on the streets of Philadelphia. And with over a thousand free haircuts to his credit, after hearing his story a complete stranger -Sean Johnson, decided to award Jones with a fully renovated barbershop so he could continue to offer his services to those in need. The new shop will set aside days to specifically cater to the homeless who now will not have to worry about grooming during winter months.

As seen on Arch DailyHadar's House

Architects: Asante Architecture & Design
Location: Åfjord, Norway
Photographs: Nils Petter Dale


A small house right on the coast of Norway overlooking the sea. Part of a rural development project on the island of Stokkøya focusing on developing a Norwegian houses into a dynamic village.

Theme:  Built beside the sea, the house fulfills its purpose with strong architecture and sustainability. The house co-exists with the nature perfectly as seen with the surrounding landscape. Constructed with wood, the façade was built to endure harsh weather. Wooden panels is in use through the house, with the roof made out of metal sheets and sedum grass, adding some greenery to the beautiful landscape.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Friday, November 03, 2017

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5 Life Lessons To Learn From Animals

Quote of the day: 

Two lost things that had survived the seas and arrived on a coastline. What did they do? They implanted themselves in the sand and grew into trees and lined the beaches. Sometimes a lot can come of being all washed up. You can really grow. -Cecelia Ahern

When it comes to hibernation (not the type you have on your computer), lots of animals do it. But the first animal that often come to mind is the bear -the most famous hibernator out of others like some snakes, bats, ground squirrels and many others. But while a bear can go for months without drinking, eating or passing waste, a squirrels on the other hand may have to be awaken one day out of a week in order to eat their stored food, drink, pass waste and then return to hibernation -rinse, and repeat all winter.

Aren't documentaries great? I find documentaries about nature and wildlife fascinating. Asides the sheer scope of the undertaking involved; filming animals and waiting for them to pretty much act for the camera, a few research into the methods used by film makers such as editing footage to make animals appear more dangerous, staging dramatic scenes, using Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), renting animals, baiting animals with false prey, and whole lot of other practices. I'll admit that it's reduced my wonderment about how scenes are captured just a bit. Now I know.Nevertheless it all makes for great and viewing.

It was Charles Darwin who said that "the love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man" It is the survival of the fittest and there is never a level playing field in the animal kingdom. You can't help but be amazed and feel even more connected with nature.Sound familiar? Animals are highly understandable and interesting to watch and there is a lot to learn from their way of life.

1. Recognize Your Uniqueness

Just as no two human are alike, and just as we are scattered all over the planet, the same goes for animals with their numerous species. You see they understand their own uniqueness better than anyone else. They also exhibit certain characteristics and are not afraid to show their true self.

2. Be Curious

Animals are curious creatures. An example that comes to mind is the Chimpanzee who is always curious even when there is no reward for its troubles. Forget the saying about curiosity killing the cat, it can be said that most animals are inquisitive just like humans. Whether searching for new territory, food, or problem solving, the desire to learn something. Imagine life without a curious, motivated and active mind.

3. Do Things At The Right Time

There is the natural tendency that an animal or person has to act in a particular fashion. Upon the arrival of winter some animals migrate-such as birds flying to warmer places to find food, others animals simply stock up on food and go into hibernation. Like clockwork they know what needs to be done year in and year out. They just get on with life and are always prepared.

4. Patience

Most animals require a lot of patience to catch their food, laying in wait for long periods if it comes to that. For others, it's just their way of life. We can learn a lot about patience, perseverance and the ability to live within our means from animals. We spend life hurrying and rushing to a finish line still in the distance. We give up on things, dreams and people so easily.

5. Have Courage

It is a jungle out there but that doesn't mean you have to follow the same path as others. You have to be a fighter at some point, like the Lion whose courage and power is unmatched. Not one to lay low, or stand back from being seen, we can learn to not be fearless and to stand up for what we deem is right. It is about following your heart and persevering in the face of adversity.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Ella Fitzgerald - But Not For Me