Sunday, February 14, 2016

Plans For The Week #42


Quote of the day: 
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. -Mary Pickford



A fresh sheet of paper is just that -a sheet. Its like barren land devoid of anything -like daytime without a single object in the sky, and night time without the moon and stars. But watch the paper become populated when things are written in it, watch the land grow with seeds planted, and watch the sky come alive with various objects in it, clouds, birds, planes, the sun, moon and stars.

Imagine what life would be like without the ability to start fresh. Without a new day, and new plants, and new ideas and thoughts. Sometimes life goes on a wrong course, and its always nice to be able to start things afresh.

Here is a list of my goals for the week.

Plans

1. Continue writing more. This is a continuation from the previous week, and although I've started my writing project, a lot still needs to go into the direction and thought process required to see it through.

2. Keep in touch. With old acquaintances and friends alike. It is interesting how keeping in contact can lead to positive energy, and understanding. Some distraction from routine life should prove profitable.

3. Workout.  I'd like to continue with the progress I've achieved , and hope to do at least 3 days of workouts during the week. And of course great nutrition will be an essential part of it all.

4. Study. I will commence studying for a professional exam which I hope to write in the coming months. At least 20-30 minutes of study daily.

5. Read a book. I plan to read a new book this week, making it the third for the month, I'm still aiming for at least 5 books a month.

6. Wardrobe change. Its about time for me to go through my wardrobe and take down items of clothing that I no longer need. I do this every few months, de-cluttering, and donating to charity.

7. Spend more time with loved ones. Times goes by so fast, its hard to give time and attention to those around us. But seeing as my loved ones are part of my life too, I hope to spend do more this week, and listen more about what matters most to them.

8. Dream. I wish to never stop dreaming, over and over again.

Its mid-month, how are things coming along for you? Have you got any plans for coming week?
Do share your intentions in the comments box.

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Happy Valentine's day to you. Have a fantastic week ahead!
Peace. Love. Light* 



Current Listen: Sia -Alive






Friday, February 12, 2016

What I'm Reading Right Now #34



Quote of the day: 
Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world. -Voltaire


I have several books in my reading list for the month. The plan is to read least 5 books -matching the total number for last month.


Norwegian Wood Book

One of which is Haruki Murakami's 'Norwegian Wood'. It is a coming of age book, and set around early 70's Japan. The story revolves around Watanabe, his love interests, and his awkward relationship with the world around him. It is set against the backdrop of student strikes and political disorder during the period. It touches on love, old and new relationships, loneliness and pain -all recurring themes in Murakami's books.

The characters are rich, and easily admirable. With this book, the feeling one gets is one of hypnosis, a leap to an unforgettable world where everything and nothing matters.

What books are you currently reading? Do share, and thanks for stopping by.  


Peace & Serenity*


Current Listen: Radiohead -Creep



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Poem: Love Upon Love


Quote of the day: 
There's a long life ahead of you and it's going to be beautiful, as long as you keep loving and hugging each other. -Yoko Ono 



image: DeviantArt(Egil21)




Hands with lines upon lines
Of trails, scents and pathways
Coarse and sometimes polished inclines
Like a vase holding delicate bouquets

Traces of forgotten memories
Revealed in thoughtful scars
Some smooth others jagged sensories
But still notable like magyars

Heart with love upon love
Wonderment ceases without bonding
These routes become our resolve
Familiar and devoid of longing

No need lingering for the sunrise
But advancing past the sunset
Into arrays and clustering emotions
Pieces revealed in eagerness

Wholesomeness revels in normality
Pry open shut eyelids with kisses
An open field of wild imagination
Walking across icy exaltation
With love upon love



Peace. Love. Light* 



Current Listen: Rudimental -Feel the Love








Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Wolf & The Lion


Quote of the day: 
Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits. -William Hazlitt 



image: DeviantArt (Deni-8)

Things are not what they always seem. The winds thrash about outside. The weather is not in the nicest of moods. The clouds realize this and do what they know how to do best -shed tears...the type that a jilted lover would cry, silent and sometimes disturbing. But I digress...

 A conversation between father and son made me chuckle the other day...

...First It was all talk about continents, countries and cultures, what the father and young son discussed. And with every innocent question, there was a ready answer. And on and on this went, it was like gaining knowledge from an old but wise man. And then...

"What animal would you rather be, a Lion or a Wolf?" asked the father. The young son, age wise, looked to be about 4 or 5 years old. He thought about this important question for a moment, his mind working, no doubt.

"I would be a Wolf...a great Wolf!" he said, with his excitement clearly showing. Now he transformed momentarily into one, instinctively giving a strong howl as loud as his young voice could muster.

His father looked at him. "A Wolf? What about a Lion? Why would you choose a Wolf? I would definitely be a Lion. A Lion will take out a Wolf, you know, its much bigger and faster than a Wolf."

The father talked more about the qualities of a Lion. "A Lion is definitely taking out a Wolf, it is powerful, noble, courageous, fierce, intimidating and strong...the King of the Jungle!". His eyes shone as he reeled off these characteristics.

"I would be a Wolf...a great Wolf!" the boy repeated. And this time when he faced upwards with his mouth outstretched, when he howled strongly like a Wolf...his father joined in too -and there and then a Wolf and a Lion became one.


Peace & Love*


Current Listen: James Authur -Recovery 



Monday, February 8, 2016

Plans For The Week #41


Quote of the day: 
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. -Lao Tzu



There is no week that goes by that one is not bombarded with varying options of things that are similar in nature. Of course its known as choice. The ability to choose what we want becomes more challenging, what with minds being bombarding daily by several things, companies selling new products which in reality are no different from the old ones. But we enjoy having new things, and new moments. It certainly is tough but the only that helps is picking a choice and sticking to it, be it a product or a partner, sometimes less is more.

Here is my list of things to pursue in the coming week.

Plans

1. Write more. I will be writing a poetry/photo collection from scratch which I hope to have a working draft by April. It definitely will be an interesting week as I commence with the direction and thought processes needed to get things off the ground.

2. Workout. As the year progresses my aim is to stay fitter and healthier, and I am aiming for at least 4 days of sustained workouts during the week.

3. Read. I hope to get some new titles for the month of February, and of course I will blog about whatever I am reading during the week. The goal for the month: 5 books.

4. Connect. Spend some time sending out professional emails, and making calls in order to network, build new relationships and sustain old ones.

5. Sleep Early. Seeing as my day starts early, it is essential that I go to bed early too.

6. Explore more blogs. There are so many blogs out there, old and new alike, which I plan on visiting for the first time. If there are any you'd like to recommend please let me have them.

7. Keep dreaming big. Its all about living in the moment, taking chances, and growing physically and mentally day in and out, and never losing sight of my dreams.


So what have you got planned for this coming week? Whatever it is, here's wishing you a great one!


Peace.Love.Light*



Current Listen: Bruno Mars - It Will Rain



Saturday, February 6, 2016

Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend #43


Quote of the day: 
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge



image: HuffingtonPost

Three young Software engineering students in Brazil, Raira Carvalho, 19, André Ivo, 19, and Jennifer Brito, 21, have created a software that could help millions of people with hearing impairments in Brazil. 


image: HuffingtonPost

Polish artist Mariusz Kędzierski, is an artist born without hands and figured out how to draw and paint despite his disability. He hopes to also inspire others by teaching them that limitations can be overcome. His drawings can be found here.




Y7-House as seen on Arch Daily
Architects: Masahiko Sato
Location: Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan


Peace & Love*


Current Listen: Dido -No Freedom 





Friday, February 5, 2016

Some Truths About Keeping A Diary


Quote of the day: 
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it. -James M. Barrie


I came across some of my old diary entries recently, written many years ago. This of course was before this blog came to be. I recognized my handwriting and the words inked deep into the skin of the soft delicate pages, as if peeling off layers and layers of clothing only to find intricate tattoos underneath. I should add that some of these entries ring a bell, but with others I can neither make head nor tail of their underlying meanings. If I were to jump inside a time machine though, I'm sure I'll find that at that point in time, in that very moment, my emotions must have mattered so much, and my conviction to record it all even more so.

Write down your thoughts, for many years from now you'll read them and marvel at your own capability. In October 2005, I noted: 'The rain is falling in torrents, it seems the clouds had held back tears all morning because by mid-afternoon, they had turned a darkish grey. I am sprawled on the couch - with the TV volume at the loudest.' 

Of course I don't seem to have any recollection of this entry. I try to imagine a younger version of me listening to the rain, or watching from my window, raindrops crashing against it and rolling off one after the other. But the picture is all vague and obscure - like a murky mirror that has stopped reflecting, or a photo that's all blurry. I realize that I cannot feel now as I felt then. How special it must have been to witness such weather, enough to dedicate a diary entry to. But its all part of history now - my history.

I find keeping a journal, or a blog, or video log (Vlog) -which is basically blogging with video significant. Although some may disagree about these mediums being classified as diaries or journals, but they are definitely the modern way of story-telling. Whether you wish to share this story with others will come into play eventually, but this is yours and no one can take it away from you. For me, keeping diaries back then was therapeutic, and got me through difficult periods, helped me to improve my writing skills, understand myself better and also left a gift for the future me -which I am now sharing with you. The world is unpredictable, but there will always be the comfort of writing our own stories, one page, post, and video at a time.


Peace. Love.Serenity* 


Current Listen: Gotye -Eyes Wide Open






Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Importance of Life's Circumstances


Quote of the day: 
Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


First it was our birth, that instance when we were introduced to the world, naked and vulnerable (whatever happened to our vulnerability?). It is in this instance, this occasion of sorts that we placed our well being into the hands of our parents or guardians as the case may be. Now we've all aged, and that memory of our creation is long forgotten.

How our circumstances have changed. How distant the ticking clocks, and the hour glass measuring the passage of time. No matter what our fortune may be, we remain insatiable, shaped by life's circumstances -'we create our fate everyday we live', according to Henry Miller. How important are life's circumstances? Our age, gender, success, failure, education, race, relationships and so on...how did all these things have a bearing on our senses, shaping us into who we are today? It is indeed worthy to reflect on.

There are always circumstances. Good ones and bad ones. They come and go. They help to shape us, carve us even, and even though our way of life may no longer be innocent or pristine, even though we've fought thousands of battles and have become weary...in the end all that we've fought for and lived for may turn out to be worthless -if we didn't learn anything along the way.

One can never fully comprehend the role played by individual circumstances, and particular incidents or occurrences. It is never ending, these circumstances. They appear, old ones and new ones alike in different vertical and horizontal forms. Various shapes and angles. One must always strive to rise above the circumstances of life.



Peace & Love*


Current Listen: Coldplay -Hymns For The Weekend





Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How To Read Books On A Busy Schedule: 6 Tips


Quote of the day: 
You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are. 
- Joss Whedon


Challenging yourself is one of the greatest ways of sustaining personal growth and advancement. There is good reason to derive happiness from a book. Asides the obvious -mental nourishment, there is that calming factor, the escapism from one world into another, transported by words like migrating birds, one becomes as the stars looking down upon star-gazers.

Out of busy schedules -which we all have, it becomes harder to make time for reading. For me whenever an opportunity presents itself, I embrace it with arms wide open. And in this post I've outlined what you need to do to create more reading time. So this post is for you -the busy individual caught up with everyday life, and less and less time to read.

1. Identify why you want to read more. 
For me its all about escaping as I mentioned earlier, and reading is a great way to do so. It is calming, and helps with concentration. Plus I get to improve my vocabulary while doing something I enjoy. Its like working in an ice-cream shop because you know...you just love ice-cream.

2. Have a set time for reading. 
From making little effort to read a chapter or more in the morning to getting lost in a book during the daily commute, there are many ways one can squeeze out time to read. Truth is, all that time spent on social media, or playing angry birds (okay maybe not), can be reduced to create space for reading. And to think there's an account dedicated to people reading on trains.

3. Read more than a book at a time.
Its certainly okay to juggle two or more books during a period of time -especially when starting with a new book. I use this technique when I find that my attention is reducing, or when I just need a new distraction. Reading more than one book at a time not only helps to pick where your interest lies, but also creates the longing to finish a book, and get started with another one.

4. Read while on your break
Lunch breaks shouldn't always be about food. How about a lunch/book break? You can either finish your meal first before reading, or combine both. You can get ahead with a few chapters doing this. Or you could try audio books as an alternative.

5. Get friends involved.
Most people complain about not knowing what to read. Becoming an avid reader may be hard initially, so why not get your friends who love reading involved -trade books and reading lists, download a book app, join a local library, and of course the list is endless.

6. Pick genres you would enjoy
There are no limits to the number of books and genres out there. Whatever scenario or story you'd like to read-has most likely been written already. A good website to try out is Goodreads -which is like a social network for readers and books lovers, tracking and rating books to give you an idea about what's good and what's not. You don't want to waste your time on books that hold little value.

The key element is to have a book with you during the day, this way when the world becomes boring, you can fly to another one, literally. So start reading today.

I'd like to hear about how you schedule your time for reading. Do share!


Be more, do more*


Current Listen: Kings of Leon -Sex on Fire






Monday, February 1, 2016

What I'm Reading Right Now #33


Quote of the day: 
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. -Carl Sandburg 

As far as my goal to read at least 5 books a month goes, I can say that is is looking a lot more feasible than I had originally thought. You see I didn't need more hours in a day. Reading takes far more attention than most other things. I worked around this by fitting reading into my schedule -which I will talk further about in an upcoming post.



From my reading list for January, I am currently reading a book by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov (also knowny by the pen name Vladimir Sirin) titled 'Laughter in the Dark'. Originally written in Russian and translated to English by the author, the story is set mostly in Berlin, and revolves around Albinus- a rich and respected middle-age art critic with a family, who meets a a youthful lady at a cinema, and it is from that point that everything changes.

It's quite a fast paced narrative, very humorous at times and other times cold, passionate, calculating, and disruptive. An emotional roller-coaster of sorts. I'd gladly recommend.

Other books I've read this month

Hiroshi Murakami -Sputnik Sweetheart
Paulo Coelho -The Alchemist
Pearl. S. Buck -The Good Earth
Kazuo Ishiguro -The Remains of the Day


What books are you reading at the moment?



Current Listen: Damien Rice – I Don’t Want To Change You




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Musings of Mine #5


Quote of the day: 
Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows
-Emil Cioran


1. Where the Lights Don't Shine

The other day I had some floor lamp delivered. A few minutes later it was all set up, no hassle, and apart from the use of a little screw driver, not much effort was put into assembling this lamp, a beacon of light and energy. Thereafter, It got me pondering about self -created suffering and its effects, about how we make things too complicated for ourselves sometimes. Whatever happened to simplicity? Our souls have become darker than before, and we are barely glowing.

2. 3:33AM

Every other night this same dream occurs. It isn't filled with jeopardy or any evil of sorts. I know this because although my mind may seem awake, my body isn't. Time does not really matter much when one is asleep, and dreaming. When one has wings like the birds, and flying effortlessly across vast lands. We become what we always wanted eventually, either in our dreams or in reality.

3. A Thousand Stories Need Just One Author

A thousand stories to be told and all waiting for the right author. It is not necessary for there to be a thousand authors for this task, as only one can readily accomplish what a thousand others can do. What is it that the heart can not yearn for? What great accomplishment can one not dream of? Just because something requires a lot of minds and thinking does not mean the same can not be thought of by one individual -you.


Peace & Love* 


Current Listen: Bon Iver -Blood Bank 





Monday, January 25, 2016

Plans For The Week #40


Quote of the day: 
We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming - well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate. -Amy Tan


Have you ever felt like you are yet to unearth your main purpose in life? There are two certainties I've observed about life: you are either a dreamer or you are not. You either have a purpose or not. You are either for something or against something as far as principles go.

I never want to stop being able to dream, to be able to imagine untold possibilities. I never want to get so comfortable as to neglect my ability to dream. I want to be able to look back at the end of any given period, and acknowledge that dreaming as taken me thus far.

With that in mind, my plans for the previous week went accordingly. I arose early on each day, showed more interest in things around me, and kept my mind, body and soul healthy.

Here are my list of things to achieve for the coming week.

Plans

1. Arise early. After having gone to bed early too. I will use this opportunity to perhaps meditate, workout to increase my fitness levels, read and prepare breakfast, while picturing a productive day.

2. Tracking calories. Thanks to an app, I've been monitoring my calorie intake since the start of the month. It really helps to put things in perspective especially meeting my present nutrition needs.

3.  Read a book. A new book for the week, or perhaps even two as my goal for the month is at least five books. I'll pick from my collection and hopefully blog about it during the week.

4.  Attend an entrepreneurship event. Mid week, I hope to attend an event which will be a great opportunity to network with people and learn new developments and ideas.

5. De-clutter. I understand this has to start from within, and so I will purge my thoughts to free up mental space. Things like going for walks, doing less work and focusing on a single thing instead of many things at a time.

6. Relax and have fun. Spend my leisure time relaxing and having fun. Asides reading, I plan to watch movies -haven't done that in a while. And when the week ends, hopefully spend time surrounded by good conversation and great company.

7. Dream. It's never ending, and one must keep dreaming big every time.


So I ask, what are you planning for the last week of January and what would you like to achieve? Keep your dreams alive, as you go about fulfilling your goals.

Peace. Love. Light* 


Current Listen: Birdy -Wings







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