Every two years I tend to have a crisis in my life, it can be anything from work, to relationships, health or other personal issues. At the moment it feels like nothing seems to be working out. I feel I have become like a zombie – lack of meaning in my life, not happy and not really ‘alive’. Defeat and boredom kicked in long time ago. Normally I would run away or avoid the issue. Having these symptoms is life telling me, to run again. Not in the physical sense, but to start fresh. To ignite a spark that will light a new life, with a deeper meaning, broader experience and much more fulfillment that I’ve had so far.

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When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from those who have never left home.

-Rumi

This really made me laugh.

Part of Apple’s “Think Different” branding campaign, one of Apple’s most successful campaigns.

The only thing I fear more than change is no change.
The business of being static makes me nuts.”
-Twyla Tharp

“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

A Twitter link caught my eye today…‘how curious people can be happier’, this was linked to an article about the benefits of curiosity. Curiosity might have ‘killed the cat’, but I find people who are curious to be far more interesting, enthusiastic and responsive people. To quote the article, The Power of Curiosity:

Discover how cultivating an inquiring mind can help you lead a happier, healthier life.

Curiosity, at its core, is all about noticing and being drawn to things we find interesting. It’s about recognizing and seizing the pleasures that novel experiences offer us, and finding novelty and meaning even in experiences that are familiar.

When we are curious, we see things differently; we use our powers of observation more fully. We sense what is happening in the present moment, taking note of what is, regardless of what it looked like before or what we might have expected it to be.

We feel alive and engaged, more capable of embracing opportunities, making connections, and experiencing moments of insight and meaning — all of which provide the foundation for a rich, aware and satisfying life experience. …

There are five important ways that curiosity enhances our well-being and the quality of our lives:

  1. Health
  2. Intelligence
  3. Social Relationships
  4. Happiness
  5. Meaning

The author goes into detail on how you can tune in and awaken your curiosity, things you can do on a daily basis.

One of the best ways to better appreciate the power of curiosity is to start exercising it more consciously in your daily experiences. By doing so, you can transform routine tasks, enlivening them with new energy. You will also likely begin to notice more situations that have the potential to engage you, giving your curiosity even more opportunities to flourish. …

You can read the article, ‘The Power of Curiosity‘, it’s a long article but very interesting.

I keep on hearing on the radio, Eliza Doolittle’s  new song, Pack up, but never really listened to it, until today. It’s great to hear a pop song with a certain depth, different and provide enjoyment. Love the guys voice singing in the chorus 🙂

I get tired, and upset
And I’m trying to care a little less
And on Google I only get depressed
I was taught to dodge those issues, I was told:
Don’t worry, there’s no doubt
There’s always something to cry about
When you’re stuck in an angry crowd
They don’t think what they say before they open their mouth, you gotta

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And bury them beneath the sea
I don’t care what the people may say
What the people may say bout me.
Pack up your troubles get your old grin back
Don’t worry about the cavalry
I don’t care what the whisperers say
‘Cause they whisper too loud for me

Hot topic,
Maybe I should drop it,
It’s a touchy subject,
And I like to tiptoe ’round the tiff going down,
You got penny, no pound
So if your business is running out
It’s not my business to talk about
They don’t think what they say before they open their mouth, you gotta

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And bury them beneath the sea
I don’t care what the people may say
What the people may say bout me
Pack up your troubles get your old grin back
Don’t worry about the cavalry
I don’t care what the whisperers say
‘Cause they whisper too loud for me

Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet,
Tweet, tweet, tweet
Tweet, tweet, tweet , tweet, tweet

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
And bury them beneath the sea
I don’t care what the people may say
What the people may say bout me
Pack up your troubles get Your old Grin back
Don’t worry about the cavalry
I don’t care what the whisperers say
‘Cause they whisper too loud for me

Yeahhh yeahhh yeaah
Yeah yeah

You can see the video on You Tube as embedding has been disabled.

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
– Mohandas Gandhi