Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kindling Dream

Quote of the day:
I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man? -Zhuangzi

image: DeviantArt/Kev-kills

I gasped as the cold winds brushed.
Against my face.
Like a painter's stroke.
On a blank canvass.

I watched leaves detach from trees.
Like thieves escaping from crime scenes.

I hear violin strings or maybe a mandolin?
I can picture the fiddlers playing with ease.

Like A.B.C.'s deep inside a symphony...
...Orchestra, two acts conjoined like Siamese.
I'm fulfilled with their striking expertise.
Its like crossing the seven seas.

I close my eyes and take it all in.
I transport back to the present.
I circumvent my emotions.
Contentment and resentment.

Calmness prevails. No more winds.
I opened my eyes to my painted thoughts.
I start afresh, I've given myself a new lease.
A blank canvas replaced with a masterpiece.

Peace. Love. Serenity*

Current Listen: Dave Brubeck -Take Five

Monday, October 5, 2015

Plans For The Week (26)

Quote of the day: 
If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. 
-Pat Riley

One week merges into another. One dream, one idea, one thought, and a thousand and one other things alike. If I were to cast my mind back to previous week, and attempting to give a blow-by-blow account of each second, minute and hour, it may well turn out to be quite impossible.
Instead, I can remember most of my emotions, and happiness and contentment topped the list.

This week I seek more of that. I've put together my list and structure for how things will flow, so here goes.

1. Workout 3 times during the week.
2. Prepare for a volunteering event.
3. Go over my career plans.
4. Continue with my writing project.
5. Read a new book.
6. Get enough rest and sleep.
7. Remain open to new possibilities.
8. Do something new.
9. Dream big.

Here's wishing you happiness in the new week, and hope you've made your plans too.

Peace & Light.

Current Listen: The Cranberries -Salvation 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (28)

Quote of the day:
Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs. 
-Stephen Covey 

image: Daily Telegraph

Last month, on the 28th of September, the Moon turned a shade of red in various parts of the world -a result of the Earth moving between the Sun and the Moon. According to Nasa, it is the first time in more than 30 years that the world will witness a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse, and the phenomenon occurs when the moon is full at its perigee - the closest part of its orbit around Earth -meaning it appears larger than usual in the sky.

image: HuffingtonPost

US Basketball player, John Wall of the Washington Wizards has donated over $400,000 to a charity that helps kids whose families are in shelters or transitional housing. Bright Beginnings which provides support to around 162 kids daily, is hoping to start a second child development center that would serve an additional 100 children. 

image: ArchDaily

As seen on Arch Daily's 10 most impressive houses of 2015, a house designed by Architects Olson Kundig Architects and located in Okanogan County, Washington, US.  Set in the remote Methow Valley, the house has compositions of four separate detached structures, that surrounds a central courtyard. Each structure is rotated toward the different dramatic elements in the surrounding landscape. 


Current Listen:- Al Green -Lets Stay Together

Thursday, October 1, 2015

What I'm Reading Right Now (17)

Quote of the day: 
Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you.
-Carlos Ruiz Zafón

With all things being equal, the books that I've read should amount to about 30 by the end of the year. I am hoping for more, but that number is as feasible as it gets.

For me, its convenient to read several books by the same author over a period. Once you stumble on an author who captivates, its easier to devour book after book after that. Which is why for the week I have settled on another book by Japanese author Haruki Murakami titled 'Kafka on The Shore'. 

image: WowJPN

In his usual poetic style, Murakami excels with unusual plot lines and characters with this dual narrative. It's a story about Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home at age fifteen -under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The book is filled with parallel events and characters. Another main character, is Nakata, an elderly man who at a young age is rendered mentally defective and later develops an ability to talk to cats.

It all makes for fine and deep reading, and its enjoyable so far.

What books are you reading at the moment?

Happy October!

Current Listen: Billie Holiday -Strange Fruit 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Musings of Mine

Quote of the day:
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. 

1. The Watcher

I watch people.


I imagine things in my head about them. Instinctively, the first being their origin. I try to piece together their faces, hair texture, and accent. And then I start with my guessing game. If I happen to overhear their name though, it cuts the game time down considerably. If not, things get more interesting. Different people with different faces. We all walk past one another each day, like ants scrambling around for food.
In the end when my eyes connect with someone, those two seconds of silent stillness...if time was slowed down to a sort of slow motion replay, two seconds may end up being like eternity.

2. Nails of Steel

Do you ever have that feeling about your nails growing longer for no reason? One minute its all cut nicely and trim, and the next its all grown back- like weeds springing forth in the most unlikely places.
What use is of these fingernails and toenails, except to scratch one's back and itchy regions of the body. What use are they, if not to peel off annoying things or have people ask you for help -just because: "you've got long nails, can you assist with peeling off this label please?".

3. Ringtones & Drones

A ringtone says a lot about one's personality. Especially the volume at which it is set. If its too loud, and you don't have hearing problems -you are impassioned and insensitive. This personality mirrors other things. In my mind's eye I can picture this clearly, like a drone flying with precision. A man in a notable outfit makes a show of answering his phone, gesturing with his manicured fingers and conversing in a loud voice. Ten feet away I look on as he gets into his car and drives off with loud music blaring. The torment of his ringtone, fading into insignificance.


Current Listen: Ray Charles -Hit The Road Jack

Monday, September 28, 2015

Plans For The Week (25)

Quote of the day:
Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.
-Steve Maraboli

The transition from one season to the next, of Summer to Autumn, is an inevitable change. I like this month that we are in. Its got its uniqueness. Just like all the other months. But it has duly run its course, like runners completing a marathon. But yet it must now make room for a new month...October. In life there are things we can't change, the weather, the passage of time and calendar months for instance, but yet we must continue living and existing.  Life stays interesting still.

Below I have outlined some of the things that I have planned for the coming week.

1. Give more to help others in need.
2. Meditate and reflect daily.
3. Embrace change and starts things over where necessary.
4. Go over my long term plans and finances.
5. Buy myself a gift.
6. Do more cooking, and get more rest.
7. Be kind to everyone I meet.
8. Read a new book.
9. Continue dreaming big.

As always, those are my major plans out of many. Its good to structure it in such a way as to be easily feasible. Have you made any plans for the week? Have a joyous week and happy new month ahead!


Current Listen: Craig David -Seven Days

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (27)

Quote of the day:
Whatever you are, be a good one. 
-Abraham Lincoln

image: TodayNews

A 5 year old girl in Kentucky, Isabella Gregory, bought ice cream from her allowance money for state troopers who were mourning the death of one of their colleagues. The little girl had noticed that they had long faces, when she was at a McDonald's with her mother. Isabella's mom, Yockey said "Isabella wanted to treat them because she knew that their friend had died, and she wanted to make them smile". 

image: GoodNewsNetwork

A 16 year old girl from Connecticut, Oliva Hallisey, has won this year's Google Science Fair by creating a revolutionary new test to detect the Ebola virus. Olivia's test kits -which are simple, yet cheap can detect ebola in around 30 minutes. Her unique kit can be stored at room temperature for 3 weeks. She won the top price of a $50,000 scholarship in a group of 22 other finalists.  

image: ArchDaily

As seen on ArchDaily's best houses of 2014, an estate bungalow by Architects- Narein Perera, this house is located in Matugama, Sri Lanka. With a selected elevated siting, it is surrounded by a rubber plantation, and allows an undisturbed view of the valley below and the hills beyond, a view that is always in flux with the changing seasons and the cycle of the paddy cultivation.

Current Listen: Disclosure - Holding On

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What I'm Reading Right Now (16)

Quote of the day:
A book is a box of words until you open it.
-Ursula K. Le Guin

There are millions of books to chose from on a daily basis. How does one begin to sift through what to read, what theme, what author, genre and so on.

For the week, I'm reading a new book but with a familiar author.

I've sort of delved back to Japanese author Haruki Murakami. My current read is 'The Elephant Vanishes', a tremendous collection of short stories that make for fine reading.

image: www.exorcising-ghosts

This is taken from the back cover:

When a man's favourite elephant vanishes, the balance of his whole life is subtly upset. A couple's midnight hunger pangs drive them to hold up a McDonald's. A woman finds she is irresistible to a small green monster that burrows through her front garden. An insomniac wife wakes up in a twilight world of semi-consciousness in which anything seems possible - even death. In every one of these stories Murakami makes a determined assault on the normal.

His writing is refreshingly authentic, in a shadowy kind of way. The stories are all set in Japan, and each story is about everyday life and events, with the usual signature Murakami references.

All in all a brilliant book so far.
What books are you reading at the moment?

Peace & Love.

Current Listen: Nat King Cole -Unforgettable

Monday, September 21, 2015

Plans For The Week (24)

Quote of the day:
We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. -May Sarton

I am aware of the days, with hours seemingly shrinking as the weeks go by. It feels as if there aren't just enough, although at times it does feel like the opposite.

The past week was a hectic one, filled with project work, a mini trip, deadlines, and a lot more. The month's pretty much moving at a fast pace, and I hope to accomplish a lot more this week than the previous one.

I have some plans for the coming week, and I'm happy to share it below.

1. Workout at least twice weekly.
2. Read a new book.
3. Do a lot more writing.
4. Find new places to spend leisure time.
5. Meditate.
6. Work on a few proposals.
7. Set new sights on new challenges and goals.
8. Dream big.

There goes my plans for the week. Have you made yours yet? Have a great week!


Current Listen: Coolio -Gangster's Paradise

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (26)

Quote of the day:

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. 
-Richard L. Evans

image: HuffingtonPost
An investment Bank, Sandler O’Neill & Partners,that was once headquartered in the old World Trade Center’s south tower, has paid for the college tuition of 54 children of employees who died in the September 11 tragedy. The Sander O’Neill Assistance Foundation was founded to offer 100% educational support to 66 of the employees who died. Siblings Johnny, Emily and Robert Wright, are pictured above at a game, children of John W. Wright Jr. who was one of the employees who died. 

image: GoodNewsNetwork

A lawyer, Mike Morse, in Detroit has given full backpacks to every elementary school kid in Detroit. Many students show up to class with used or secondhand school supplies. His company, The Mike Morse Law Firm invested nearly $500,000 to purchase 23,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, for each student up to Grade 5. 

image: ArchDaily

As seen on ArchDaily, a home by Architects Pitsou Kedem Architects. It is located in Ramat Gan, Israel. With the design, the variations of opaque glass yields a colossal appearance of yet more concreteness unifying the building’s construction and yet still appear natural -with the glass acting to embrace the light. 

Peace & Love*

Current Listen: Linkin Park -In The End

Friday, September 18, 2015

What I'm Reading Right Now (15)

Quote of the day: 
Elegance isn't solely defined by what you wear. It's how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read. 
-Carolina Herrera

For this week, its back to John Grisham with a book titled 'The Racketeer'. It's a bit slow in the beginning, but things pick up pretty fast. I find the story disjointed in places and the narrative can be quite disruptive at times.

image: Amazon

The story is about a prison inmate, Malcolm Bannister- who is halfway through a 10-year sentence for money laundering charges. A sudden murder of a Federal Judge suddenly changes the dynamics of things, and with the belief that he knows who the killer is, he senses an opportunity for his freedom and fights to get himself out from prison -as a free man.

Its a fascinating read so far and is interesting for the most part.

What books are you reading at the moment?


Current Listen:- Hoobastank -The reason

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Plans For The Week (23)

Quote of the day:
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. - Lyndon B. Johnson
I find the start of a new week incredibly refreshing. I develop a mindset slightly different from the previous week, and push ahead with old tasks and even newer goals.
So here are some of my plans for the week.

1. Meditate.
2. Make the most of my mini trip.
3. Help others achieve their goals.
4. Do something daily to take me nearer to my dreams.
5. Meet up with family and reunite with old friends.
6. Read a new book.
7. Write at least 250 words for my book project.
8. Eat healthy and sleep early.
9. Dream Big.

So do you have any plans for yourself? Here's wishing you a fantastic week.


Current Listen: Dr.Alban -Its My Life

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