Monthly archives November 2015

Open up a passage for light


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How to break our addiction for certainty. We learned that follow “certain” paths will attract life security. Uncertainty comes with a price of suffering. To feel better, we fabricate stories. We get hooked to a theory of positive thinking. But, when you feel sad, mad…it is only natural to not suppress it. What if we open to the “maybe” concept: “Maybe this is not as bad because I can start doing this now…”. “Maybe” is not demanding; it does not hold you and tell you what to do. It is like a little light that pass through: “…maybe what happen yesterday would not happen anymore”. It is like casting down own doubt and open up a passage for light to contemplate something different. “Maybe” is soft and nurturing and open up just a bit of sensation to start something new. Although, when we attach to it our expectation “how does it have to happen”, it gets tricky. It is even more difficult when our past experiences create patterns of preconceived thoughts.  We are overwhelmingly cautious. Yet, while getting through hard times, uncertainty is our best friend. “Unknown” is where our life is about to change. If we will be willing to engage long enough in the “maybe” plan, we should be able to hang out in “unknown” much longer. The more you hang out in “unknown”, the more you willing to pass these light trough. Suddenly, unexpected bring gifts, and the bad becomes good and we cultivate our fate. Yes, we alleviate more suffering but also we have more faith about life, dilute fear and stay in the present moment more.

Thoughts from Unmistakable Creative Podcast – Finding Hope and Possibility in Uncertain Time with Allison Carmen


Link to: The Story of the Taoist Farmer


“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.” – Viktor E. Frankl


Book: “Gift of Maybe: Finding Hope and Possibility in Uncertain Times” by Allison Carmen


There is loneliness inside everybody


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Marcel Proust darkly said that none of us cannot be understood by another human being perfectly. There is loneliness inside everybody. And to blame someone for not understanding you fully, it is deeply unfair. In fact, we do not understand ourselves; we do not know how to communicate ourselves to others. And we are furies and bitter instead.  People do not get who they are. Where to find inspirations?
Based on research the happiest country in the world is Denmark. (Actually last time I checked “Switzerland Replaced Denmark As The World’s Happiest Country “. It is not the point.) What is the common respond of their residents? They said that the secret of their happiness are low expectations. Does it mean they lose an ambition and sense of realism? It’s paradoxical positions. Yet, being pessimistic does not mean to be gloomy all the time. In reality, things are so dark (under a minute blood cloth can end our most ambitious plan). To keep up, we all need a “glass of the lemon juice” or sincere conversation with a friend. Little things matter. Daffodil flower looks beautiful when you are coming from a hospital bed. Maybe people are not mean; maybe they are just anxious.

Thoughts from The Tim Ferriss Podcast – How Philosophy Can Change Your Life, Alain de Botton


Reflecting the world inside of us

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What are your the most enjoyable moments?
Creating beautiful things is one the moment for me.

“We are reflecting the world inside of us, but we often do not reflect back ”
Making our reflections shareable could be the way to do it.

Why are we struggling with making a decision?
The very fact that we are struggling is a clue that right decision is near. The one away from the comfort zone is worth checking.

Small steps are a trick to achieve big things.

Imagine your day 5 years from. Sketch: happy, fun, fulfilling day. Draw what could happen. It’s a test what is possible.


Thoughts from Unmistakable Creative Podcast – Drawing to make sense of the world with Dave Gray