Wednesday, 30 June 2010

What I found out today. o16o

"Eighty percent of success is showing up"
~ Woody Allen

Today I am in between of ideas on if I am here and like this for a reason or if life is just a mixture of randomnessness. Sasha wrote the other day: "Everybody is on this planet to fulfil a specific task and not many succeeds before they die. This means that we're almost always in the wrong place at the wrong time for the wrong reason....."
And then again, I do believe that
the world's greatest lie is that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. We all learn lessons, we all love, dream, create, discover, smell, make friendships, try things, like things, discover things and yet in the end of the day fate is what you make of it. It's always two choices, always two options. At least for the way of looking at it..

Thursday, 24 June 2010

What I found out today. o159

Once again, life is about moments, about tearing yourself out of the usual, picking up a little peace of puzzle you find on the pavement, doing origami cranes and dreaming all the way through on hot summer nights. It's about letting go and letting be. It's about breathing, blue skies, good music, smiles, bubbles, dreams.
Am I forgetting something?
Love. Society. Friends. Coffee cups. Austrian mountain fairies and deep lake zombies. New encounters and old anxieties...
What you waiting for?
I wake up every morning. Cup of tea. Cup of sky. Handfuls of smiles. Mascara and I can touch clouds with my eyelashes (or at least thats what I was promised by the commercial). Thank you. Give me more. Always more, more intensive. Yes, please.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

What I found out today. o158

When you are compassionate with yourself, you trust in your soul, which you let guide your life. Your soul knows the geography of your destiny better than you do. ~ John O'Donohue

And I am finding out all those littlest things about myself. Universe is your playground -- you get what you want -- how do I define it clearly?!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

What I found out today. o157

Normal is:
1. Anything that makes us forget who we are and what we want; that way we can work in order to produce, reproduce, and earn money.
2. Setting out rules for waging war (the Geneva Convention).
3. Spending years studying at university only to find out at the end of it all that you're unemployable.
4. Working from nine till five every day at something that gives you no pleasure just so that, after thirty years, you can retire.
5. Retiring and discovering that you no longer have enough energy to enjoy life and dying a few years out of sheer boredom.
6. Using Botox.
7. Believing that power is much more important than money and that money is much more important than happiness.
8. Making fun of anyone who seeks happiness rather than money and accusing them of "lacking ambition."
9. Comparing objects like cars, houses, clothes, and defining life according to those comparisons, instead of trying to discover the real reason for being alive.
10. Never talking to strangers. Saying nasty things about the neighbors.
11. Believing that your parents are always right.
12. Getting married, having children, and staying together long after all love has died, saying that it's for the good of the children (who are, apparently, deaf to the constant rows).
13. Criticizing anyone who tries to be different.
14. Waking up each morning to a hysterical alarm clock on the bedside table.
15. Believing absolutely everything that appears in print.
16. Wearing a scrap of colored cloth around your neck, even though it serves no useful purpose, but which answers to the name of "tie."
17. Never asking a direct question, even though the other person can guess what it is you want to know.
18. Keeping a smile on your lips even when you're on the verge of tears. Feeling sorry for those who show their feelings.
19. Believing that art is either worth a fortune or worth nothing at all.
20. Despising anything that was easy to achieve because if no sacrifice was involved, it obviously isn't worth having.
21. Following fashion trends, however ridiculous or uncomfortable.
22. Believing that all famous people have tons of money saved up.
23. Investing a lot of time and money in external beauty and caring little about internal beauty.
24. Using every means possible to show that, although you're just an ordinary human being, you're far above other mortals.
25. Never looking anyone in the eye when you're traveling on public transport, in case it's interpreted as a sign that you're trying to get off with them.
26. Standing facing the door in an elevator and pretending you're the only person there, no matter how crowded it is.
27. Never laughing too loudly in a restaurant no matter how good the joke.
28. In the northern hemisphere, always dressing according to the season: bare arms in spring (however cold it is) and woolen jacket in winter (however hot it is).
29. In the southern hemisphere, covering the Christmas tree with fake snow even though winter has nothing to do with the birth of Christ.
30. Assuming, as you grow older, that you're the guardian of the world's wisdom, even if you haven't necessarily lived enough to know what's right and wrong.
31. Going to a charity tea party and thinking that you've done your bit toward putting an end to social inequity in the world.
32. Eating three times a day even if you're not hungry.
33. Believing that other people are always better than you--better-looking, more capable, richer, more intelligent--and that it's very dangerous to step outside your own limits, so it's best to do nothing.
34. Using your car as a weapon and impenetrable armor.
35. Swearing when in heavy traffic.
36. Believing everything your child does wrong is entirely down to the company he or she keeps.
37. Marrying the first person who offers you a decent position in society. Love can wait.
38. Always saying, "I tried" when you didn't really try at all.
39. Postponing doing the really interesting things in life for later, when you don't have the energy.
40. Avoiding depression with large daily doses of television.
41. Believing that you can be sure of everything you've achieved.
42. Assuming that women don't like football and that men aren't intersted in home decorating and cooking.
43. Blaming the government for all the bad things that happen.
44. Thinking that being a good, decent, respectable person will mean that others will see you as weak, vulnerable, and easy to manipulate.
45. Being equally convinced that aggression and rudeness are synonymous with having a "powerful personality."
46. Being afraid of having an endoscopy (if you're a man) and giving birth (if you're a woman).

Monday, 21 June 2010

What I found out today. o156

A meeting of two; eye to eye, face to face
And when you are near I will tear your eyes out

and place them in place of mine,
and you will tear my eyes out
and will place them instead of yours,
then I will look at you with your eyes
and you will look at me with mine.

(From Invitation to an Encounter, 1915)

Saturday, 19 June 2010

What I found out today. o155

Curioucity becomes experience.

Today I found out the importance of being self aware, the coldness of the lake at 15 degrees C in the morning at 7.30 am, the importance of sharing with oneself and the others close to you and dear to you.
Today I also found out the wonderful chance for meeting amazing people in the right places at just the right times.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

What I found out today. o154

"Be aware of wonder.
Remember the little seed in the polystyrene cup;
the roots go down and the shoots go up, nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like this."

~ Robert Fulghum

Today I have learned how it is important not be so much of a human being but human becoming. "the human journey is a continuous act of transfiguration ......... when you love you open up your life to another"
~ J. O'Donohue

Friday, 11 June 2010

What I found out today. o152


And now good morrow to our waking soules,
Which watch not one another out of feare;

For love, all love of other sights controules,

And makes one little roome, an every where.

Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone,

Let Maps to other, worlds on worlds have showne,

Let us possesse one world; each hath one, and is one.

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appeares,
And true plaine hearts doe in the faces rest,

Where can we finde two better hemispheares

Without sharpe North, without declining West?

What ever dyes, was not mixed equally;

If our two loves be one, or, thou and I

Love so alike, that none doe slacken, none can die.

~ John Donne (1572-1631) "The Good-Morrow"

Thursday, 10 June 2010

What I found out today. o151

In two weeks it'll be the longest day in the year..
Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it.

~ The Great Gatsby

Original sin was not the apple that Eve ate, it was her belief that Adam needed to share precisely the thing she had tasted. Eve was afraid to follow her path without someone to help her, and so she wanted to share what she was feeling. Certain things cannot be shared. Nor can we be afraid of the oceans into which we plunge of our own free will; fear cramps everyone’s style. Man goes through hell in order to understand this. Love one another, but let’s not try to possess one another.
~ Paulo Coelho

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

What I found out today. o15o

Life in a cup.
You get out of it as much as you pour in.
It's in the end just a beautiful collage of your own thoughts and as they say -- attitude defines the altitude. Don't blame it on the rain, don't blame it on the neighbours dog or bad plumbing systems -- it's all about how you perceive things and how much you want to be excellent to others and yourself.

Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are.
~ John B. Sheerin

Monday, 7 June 2010

What I found out today. o149

BLAKE saw a treeful of angels at Peckham Rye,
And his hands could lay hold on the tiger’s terrible heart.
Blake knew how deep is Hell, and Heaven how high,
And could build the universe from one tiny part.
Blake heard the asides of God, as with furrowed brow 5

He sifts the star-streams between the Then and the Now,

In vast infant sagacity brooding, an infant’s grace

Shining serene on his simple, benignant face.

Blake was mad, they say,—and Space’s Pandora-box

Loosed its wonders upon him—devils, but angels indeed. 10

I, they say, am sane, but no key of mine unlocks
One lock of one gate wherethrough Heaven’s glory is freed.

And I stand and I hold my breath, daylong, yearlong,

Out of comfort and easy dreaming evermore starting awake,—

Yearning beyond all sanity for some echo of that Song 15

Of Songs that was sung to the soul of the madman, Blake!

~ "Mad Blake" William Rose BenĂ©t (1886–1950)

If there's any magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. It is impossible to succeed, but who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt
~ Before Sunset

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

What I found out today. o148

I invented my life by taking for granted that
everything I did not like would have an opposite,
which I would like.

~ Coco Chanel

There is always a choice, even if you don't want to let yourself believe so. Even then, there is a choice. And, yes, there are many unhappy people in the world, there are many horrific things happening around and there are also unhappy people within their own very comfortable lives, in their "check box" realities where they should be happy yet they are not. Yet I do believe, as Viktor Frankl said, "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." In other words, be sure that you are pulling your own strings, that your life is in your own hands.
The present is always fresh. There is always a new choice to make, and you are always creating your life again. No matter what has happened in the past – whatever habits you have developed, however deeply ingrained are your patterns of behaviour – there is always scope for you to choose a new response.