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“Life becomes precious and more special to us when we look for the little everyday miracles and get excited about the privileges of simply being human. – Tim Hansel

My Feel Good List  (vol. 1)

I was inspired to do this list after reading the Happiness Project’s various tips and ideas on what can make one happier. Most of the ideas are not expensive or elaborate but simple, satisfying and enjoyable. I’ve always believed it’s the little things that bring us happiness and smiles to our lives and generally make us feel better. Life does not come with a guarantee or a schedule so why not appreciate the little things that make a difference.

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Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

– Voltaire

Can you get a more positive outlook to life than this guy?

Steve Jobs delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University.  This has made the rounds online, but I think it’s really inspirational and worth listening to it again.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will connect somewhere in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. …

… Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone elses life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinion drown out your own inner voice. And most important have the courage to follow you heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. …”

If there were ever a time to dare,
To make a difference
To embark on something worth doing
It is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily –
But for something that tugs at your heart
Something that is worth your aspiration
Something that is your dream.
You owe it to yourself
To make your days count.
Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch.

Dream big.

Know, though,
That things worth doing
Seldom come easy,
There will be times when you want to
Turn around
Pack it up and call it quits
Those times tell you
That you are pushing yourself
And that you are not afraid to learn by trying.

Persist.

Because with an idea,
Determination and the right tools,
You can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect
And let your heart guide you.

Trust.

Believe in the incredible power
Of the human mind
Of doing something that makes a difference
Of working hard
Of laughing and hoping
Of lasting friends
Of all the things that will cross your path
Next year
The start of something new
Brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible
There is only one you
And you will pass this way but once.

Do it right.

-Author unknown

Some great reads:

Impossible to Inevitable: Dare to Dream Big

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.

(I think) – James Dean

I enjoy listening to music, it motivates me, reminds me of circumstances, brings memories, relaxes me, transport me to another world. I started listening to ambient music with my first attempts at mediation. I don’t mediate now (I should) but I always try to relax a few minutes a day by listening to relaxing music.

I’ve listed a few from my collection.

This one would be great for meditation.

Some call it Life List, Bucket List, or have a list at 43things.com. This is a personal list of things I want to try at some stage in my present life, well before I can’t do them. They are not necessarily in order of importance or a complete list.

Why have a list? To remind me to do things, to dream, to challenge me, to motivate me, to experience life, to do things that hopefully would make our world a better place, to help me focus on a goal and make it happen. Based on that and inspiration from the post by Chris Gillebeau of The Art of Non-Conformity, here is my list: Read the rest of this entry »

It’s that time of year… time to reflect on 2009, to look at what I’ve done, where I am and where I’d like to be heading, what my goals for 2010 will be.

My goals for 2009 and what I achieved:

  1. To maintain a steady income for the year. The year started well but half way things changed. 2009 was a bad financial year for most of us so it wasn’t a big surprise. On the positive side it made me look and start various side projects that could generate some income. I have also achieved a lifestyle of frugality.
  2. I wanted to become fitter and to run a 5k/10k event. I didn’t enter an event. I registered for a 10k in October but various circumstances didn’t allow me to take part and I wasn’t as fit as I hoped I would be. But I kept up with my running and I have become considerably fitter and feel better, so I’m pleased with that.
  3. Meet more people, socialize more, maybe start dating. I achieved this. I have made new friends, have been out on dates (some good, others a waste of time), have reconnected with some old friends, colleagues. I have even branched out into some social media sites, which is something I never took seriously.

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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not;
but remember that what you now have, was once among the things only hoped for.

– Epicurus