If You Want To Know Where Your Heart Is
This is a quote that comes in many shapes. I’ve heard it in my professional carrier as “Where your mind goes, your energy flows”, but I guess this one is a more private one. Anyhow, I think that there is a lot of truth in these simple words.
The photo is taken in Vemdalen – Sweden
Repost – I Wish You Enough – The True Christmas Spirit?
Life is, at least for me, in many ways is about finding ways to appreciate what every moment means. I think that the hard days truly serves a purpose to keep us from being blasé, when we have the really good ones.
This is a story on that subject; the thin line of being “happy” and being “sad”. There is a cliche in Sweden, that everything is best when it’s “lagom” (a Swedish word for “not to much”, and “not to less”) and maybe happiness is just that; lagom?
I wish you enough
At an airport I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her plane’s departure and standing near the door, he said to his daughter, “I love you, I wish you enough.”
She said, “Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Daddy.” They kissed good-bye and she left.
He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, I have,” I replied.
Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man was experiencing.
“Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?” I asked.
“I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, her next trip back will be for my funeral, ” he said.
“When you were saying good-bye I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?”
He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled even more.
“When we said ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with enough good things to sustain them,” he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.
“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Good-bye.”
[ Original story by Bob Perks, in Chicken Soup ]
Goodness – Some Thoughts About It
For a long time I’ve been thinking about the word “goodness”.
If you’re looking on a regular Facebook-feed, or other social media you’ll find a number of people telling others about their good deeds, and actually that’s wonderful! Don’t doubt that! We really need good deeds, and we really need good role models!
But a good deed, in my mind, isn’t necessarily a sign of a good person.
A good deed done in public, is always good (don’t doubt that), but a good deed done in public also has the purpose of giving credit to the person who made it.
So, in that sense, will a truly good person be?
“A person who do great things for others, while no-one else is watching”?
Do you agree?
For Those That Need That Little Extra Monday Motivation
For those of you out there that needs that little extra motivation this Monday. Listen to Apollos Hester. No lack of energy there 🙂
What an awesome personality!
Most Of The People Didn’t Care About This Guy – Watch what happens when someone did
Most of the people passing this guy didn’t care about him, but wait and watch what happens when some persons really did care…
Truly Feel Good Story! – Paraplegic Woman Surfs By Harnessing Herself To Her Sons Friends Back
Thoughts For The Weekend – Success vs. Happiness
When you’re running your own business, or just enjoying your day-to-day work it’s really easy to get carried away in a single project, a new deal or your next invention. But now and then I think that it’s important to take a few steps back, and either enjoy what you’re achieving or change the situation.
Anyhow earlier today I stepped over this list of one-liners around the subject Success vs. Happiness, and even though I find some of them a little bit strange, the most of them are worth thinking about in our everyday struggle towards happiness… or is it success?
Posts within the same category:
A great list for many aspects of life – Pixar’s 22 Rules of storytelling
Why worry? What did you worry about one year ago?
Success is all the money in the world; happiness is having people to spend it on.
Success is measurable; happiness is limitless.
Success is a fancy car; happiness is a great ride.
Success is working hard; happiness is loving the work.
Success is the fame; happiness is the rise.
Success is the race; happiness is the finish line.
Success is having everyone know your name; happiness is having the right people know your name.
Success is being right; happiness is being true.
Success is earned, happiness is achieved.
Success is awards; happiness is its own reward.
Success is money in the bank; happiness can’t be deposited.
Success is private jets; happiness is flying high.
Success is never easy; happiness will never feel difficult.
Success is money; happiness is value.
Success is sacrifice; happiness is plentiful.
Success is late hours; happiness is all day.
Success is second homes; happiness is always home.
Success is material things; happiness is in the materials.
Success is pursuing your dreams; happiness is living your dreams.
Success is praise; happiness is never needing it.
Success is reaching the top; happiness has no ceiling.
Success is all the money in the world; happiness is needing none of it.
Success is doing what you love; happiness is loving what you do.
Success is just ahead; happiness was never behind.
Success is pursued; happiness is acquired.
Success is getting everything you ever wanted; happiness is not needing any of it.
Success is calculated; happiness doesn’t need a cheat sheet.
Success is envied; happiness is shared.
Success is perfection; happiness is embracing the imperfections.
Success is going the distance; happiness is enjoying the destination.
Quote For 2014
I’ve never been a hardcore fan of Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit, entertainment wise. But, as many others I think they are stunning to watch and it’s amazing how much work it must be to put it together. The scenery alone makes it worth watching.
During this Christmas Holiday I watched “The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey” from last year, and in that movie Gandalf sums up what I try to have as my guide line in 2014 (and onward off course)
“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”
A great and simple quote!
Best Wishes for 2014!
What Happens When You’ve Got One Chance?
Some feel-good for Thursday! Amazing guy!
Found on: Utrend.tv
Great Blog Posts From Other Blogs
I often cruise around other blogs and it’s amazing how good posts there are out there, so I thought I would share some recommendations for this Wednesday.
- How to Stop Overthinking Everything: 9 Simple Habits (The Positivity Blog)
- Weekend Wanderings – Looking Back on a Couple of Other Visits to Lorne (Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY)
- Fuzziness in the Hedgerow (The Lantern Room)
Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World
This is a truly awesome collection of beautiful photos of abandoned places around the globe. Click on any of the images to go to the full album.
The Pale Blue Dot – A Short Movie Which May Change Your Perspective
…about the greatness of our “home”, the earth.
A Story For the Weekend – Be Proud
This is a story I found on the internet. In my mind the moral of the story is great for all of those who put their mind into something, no matter what other people think about it.
Have a great weekend!
Nadja was the most talented student at art school . Through hard work, dedication, imagination and great artistic talent, she had made it through the hard training, and now she was soon finished .
– Now you have only one lesson left, her teacher told her one day. Your task is to paint a picture, which will be your most outstanding work to date.
Nadja worked day and night, and in the end the painting was finished . This was indeed her best work!
– The teacher praised her. Very good! Now take the board to the square and hang it where everyone can see it. Attach a sign to the painting that tells that you would be very grateful if anyone who finds an error in the board would like to mark it with a cross.
Nadja did exactly what the teacher said , and then waited impatiently for a few days. Then she hurried to the square, tense with anticipation. Would she pass the test? Should the painting be free of marks? But the heart was very heavy in the chest when she watched her painting. Even from a distance , she could see that the painting was way over scribbled with a cross. Now she would certainly be failed.
Distressed , she returned to school, and showed the painting to her teacher. He did not say much, but asked Nadja make a new one – if possible, even better than the last!
This time Nadja worked even harder. She wanted so badly to succeed! The teacher also praised the new painting and explained that it would also be exhibited on the square.
But this time , the message next to it would be a little different.
Nadja listened to the instructions and then hurried to the square. There, she hung up the painting along with a new sign. Also this sign urging people to mark out any errors. But now the spectators had the chance to correct the errors, using brushes and paint that stood next to it.
And what a surprise – when Nadja returned a few days later she didn’t find a single fault. In complete joy and happiness, she returned to school and showed up the painting for her teacher.
– You have now learned the last lesson you need, the teacher said with a smile. And the lesson is this : There will always be people who will judge your work. The first painting was filled with crosses, because many people wants to be part of things and criticize when they get the chance – even if they have no knowledge of the subject. The second painting was free of the corrections, as the assessors’ own knowledge and skill was at stake.
So when you’ve put your mind to something, used all your talent and your heart into a project, be your own judge. YOU give the work its value – and the world’s viewers can never take that away from you.
And do not forget that this is also true when you have to judge someone else’s life’s work.
Maybe the best way to judge how far a society has evolved: Compare the amount spent on keeping people healthy and alive, instead of the opposite
Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips For Living a Kick-Ass Life
Some really good, and thoughtful insights within these short “tips” by Mark Twain
1. Approve of yourself.
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
2. Your limitations may just be in your mind.
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
3. Lighten up and have some fun.
“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”
“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”
4. Let go of anger.
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
5. Release yourself from entitlement.
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
6. If you’re taking a different path, prepare for reactions.
“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”
7. Keep your focus steadily on what you want.
“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”
8. Don’t focus so much on making yourself feel good.
“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
9. Do what you want to do.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Awesome quote. And I really don’t have much to add to that one. Well, maybe to write it down and keep it as a daily reminder – on your fridge or bathroom door – of what you can actually do with your life.
This is a repost, but I think this quote is helpful when I sometimes face tough decisions.
It’s so easy to worry for things that are out of our control. Today many people worry about the new economic times, some are worrying about their kids and maybe some are walking away from great new possibilities – a great new life, just because of worry.
I think this quote is good to think about when I’m struggling with a decision, both in my personal and professional life, or just being in a worrying mode.
“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.”
– E. Joseph Cossman
Story for the weekend – A Clever Dog
A story for the weekend
A Clever Dog
A butcher watching over his shop is really surprised when he saw a dog coming inside the shop. He shoos him away. But later, the dog is back again.
So, he goes over to the dog and notices he has a note in his mouth. He takes the note and it reads “Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of lamb, please. The dog has money in his mouth, as well.”
The butcher looks inside and, lo and behold, there is a ten dollar Note there. So he takes the money and puts the sausages and lamb in a bag, placing it in the dog’s mouth. The butcher is so impressed, and since it’s about closing time, he decides to shut up shop and follow the dog.
So off he goes. The dog is walking down the street when he comes To a level crossing.
The dog puts down the bag, jumps up and presses the button. Then he waits patiently, bag in mouth, for the lights to turn. They do, and he walks across the road, with the butcher following him all the way.
The dog then comes to a bus stop, and starts looking at the timetable.
The butcher is in awe at this stage. The dog checks out the times, and then sits on one of the seats provided. Along comes a bus. The dog walks around to the front, looks at the number, and goes back to his seat.
Another bus comes. Again the dog goes and looks at the number, notices it’s the right bus, and climbs on. The butcher, by now, open-mouthed, follows him onto the bus.
The bus travels through the town and out into the suburbs, the dog Looking at the scenery. Eventually he gets up, and moves to the front of the bus. He stands on 2 back paws and pushes the button to stop the bus. Then he gets off, his groceries still in his mouth.
Well, dog and butcher are walking along the road, and then the dog turns into a house. He walks up the path, and drops the groceries on the step.
Then he walks back down the path, takes a big run, and throws himself against the door. He goes back down the path, runs up to the door and again, it throws himself against it. There’s no answer at the house, so the dog goes back down the path, jumps up on a narrow wall, and walks along the perimeter of the garden. He gets to the window, and beats his head against it several times, walks back, jumps off, and waits at the door.
The butcher watches as a big guy opens the door, and starts abusing the dog, kicking him and punching him, and swearing at him.
The butcher runs up, and stops the guy. “What in heaven’s name are You doing? The dog is a genius. He could be on TV, for the life of me!” to which the guy responds: “You call this clever? This is the second time this week that this stupid dog’s forgotten his key.”
Never give up
A great list for many aspects of life – Pixar’s 22 Rules of storytelling
Yesterday I came across a list of 22 rules of storytelling from Pixar. Straight ahead I started to think about other areas where I could use it, and it actually is a great set of advice for many areas. I could use it in my personal life, for projects, creating business plans and so on. As always, all that we read is interpreted with our own mind / thoughts.
Click on the image for the other 21..
For all of those who think they can’t
I’ve always loved these type of stories / videos of people who put their fears, struggles and differences away, and just goes for it.
This is absolutely one of those. Truly inspirational!
“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
– Alfred D. Souza
A Short Test In Lateral Thinking – Can You Figure It Out?
A man parks his car at a hotel and suddenly knows that he has lost all his fortune.
The Story Of Jonathan
This is a story (as Heroin Diaries by Sixx A.M) that’s 16 minutes and 36 seconds long. It’s a story of a kid, that grew up, and all through life just had one wish, to be loved by his closest.
I guess this story isn’t that strange, and uncommon. Still it is a thoughtful story by W.A.S.P. For all music fans; even if you know the history of Blackie Lawless, he and Nikki Sixx used to play in the same band, “London”. As one of my friends said; this may be the inspiration for Nikki Sixx to share his inner thoughts in Heroin Diaries?
Don’t miss out on this piece of music history. Thank you J for the tip!