Human Nature, Jibber Jabber

All In

I did not get the chance to turn on my computer until now, which is an hour before dinner time.

The reason is because I have been busy making little spring rolls, rebuilding my inventory of home-made appetizers.

And I love it this way. There is no half way for me most of the time. If I am into something, I am all in!

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Events, Human Nature

Thoughtful Tuesday Walk

This morning, I walked to the local Delhaize to do some light grocery shopping. I also wanted to take advantage and pick up a few items which are on promotion. Buy-one-get-one-free is really hard to resist!

Today is also my dear niece’s 10th birthday. Happy birthday Ally!

It might seem strange to certain people that I can still remember things that happened around me when I was ten. Thus, how can one forget an eventful year like 2007?! Aside from the excitement of becoming an aunt, it was the year when the last Harry Potter book came out. It was the year my youngest brother married and we all had a wonderful family reunion. Last but not least, it was the year that I left the US for Belgium.

Ten years now… no regrets.

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Health, Human Nature

Average People

From an article entitled Why Most People Will Remain in Mediocrity:

  • Most people will never become truly successful.
  • Most people are not willing to fail.
  • The mediocre majority doesn’t value learning.
  • Winners act like winners before they become a winner.
  • You seek money and titles, not experience and transformation.
  • You spend more time being jealous than working on succeeding.

In conclusion:

  • Choose success over mediocrity.
  • Choose learning instead of entertainment.
  • Choose personal growth instead of jealousy.
  • Choose what you want, not what anyone else wants.
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Health, Human Nature

Lazy Brain

I have wrote about this before. That people are getting stupider by the day because of our current technology.

Today I read a scientific research which claimed that the brain will conserve energy and not make the effort in remembering things, if it knows there is a computer in the vicinity! God damn, with our smart phones literally glued to our palms, does that mean that we are heading towards an eventual brain atrophy?

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Human Nature, Simplify

Digital Simplification

I have been spending a great part of today switching my primary email account away from a very well-known giant. They do not have the right in knowing and saving everything about my digital self. No business in meddling and manipulating my life.

If you think I am being drastic, read the article Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend. The following is an excerpt from the article just so you will get an idea of where I am going with this…

We need to break up these online monopolies because if a few people make the decisions about how we communicate, shop, learn the news, again, do we control our own society?

Thus, it is high time to cut off those digital tentacles. One at a time in order to regain some control over my own domain. Snip, snip!

 

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Health, Human Nature, Simplify

Stoicism

From the article My Incredibly Simple Guide To Stoicism—Learn Wisdom You Can Practically Use:

  1. We don’t control events, but we do control what they mean.
  2. Disruptions to serenity cannot be avoided.
  3. You must disrupt yourself.
  4. In good and bad times we have a choice.
  5. Make it a habit of looking inward.
  6. Being paranoid and fearful will destroy you.
  7. Anger will not help you.
  8. Everything takes up space.
  9. Practice poverty.
  10. You protect everything you have, why not your mind?
  11. Don’t wreck the purpose of your life by trying to impress others.
  12. Without proper training, you’re a fool.
  13. Your mind becomes what you think consistently.
  14. You don’t know everything.
  15. Think of your problems in relation to the sky.
  16. Forget stereotypes and labels: concentrate on character.
  17. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Do something inspirational yourself.
  18. There is never an end to the personal development journey.
  19. Work is good for you.
  20. Don’t make life harder than it is. It’s your choice.
  21. How you handle disaster is everything.
  22. Seek out obstacles.
  23. You have one job and only one job.
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Human Nature, Travels

This Familiar Feeling

So here I am visiting my youngest brother after a four-year gap. Seeing where he lives, his neighbourhood, doing grocery at Meijer, helping out in the garden, seeing a play by my niece and her two friends and taking long walks around the neighbourhood. Ten years of living in Belgium does not stop me from having this familiar feeling, like I know this place, even though I have just been here in Kentucky for 48-hours. I guess those years in Michigan left quite an impression after all.

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