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!


Health, Human Nature, Simplify


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.
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.

Human Nature, Simplify, Travels


We had a simple family gathering at our home this afternoon. One last time for the family to spend some moments with each other before some of us move and travel onwards. Who knows when we are going to see each other again. Overall, it was a lovely Sunday afternoon drinking coffee, eating cake, chatting and playing with the two young boys.

Health, Human Nature

Calm Down

After dinner this evening, my parents went to the Zwevegem International Beer Festival with D and I. My intention was for my parents to experience a unique and interesting European event. We had a good time drinking beers and people watching.

When we got home and everyone has settled in, I just have to check my email one last time. It happened then, the tablet slipped off my fingers and tumbled down the stairs, hit the concrete floor causing the screen to crack in several spots. As a result, I can no longer unlock and gain access to my device. The gadget cost me $300 four years ago. If I want to use it again, I will have to shell out around $50 to replace the screen.

It has been a long day of putting out virtual bonfires, a bit too much alcohol, a tired brain, an email addiction and life’s little accidents. I need to calm my soul, slow down and take more careful steps.

Human Nature, Jibber Jabber

Best Days

I am 46 years old. That’s not young, and neither is that old. I am healthy and my life is in order.

When I was a teenager, I promised myself that I will not wait to travel. I will see the world every chance I get when I still have all my teeth. Travelling while I can still eat, can walk and can sleep well.

Is it not logic then that I refuse to spend the best time of my life at a demanding job, grinding away my precious time at the hamster wheel? All this at the expense of my health and time on earth. Nope, I shall spend the best days of my life doing what I enjoy the most. Being useful where it is most needed. Not living the standard conventional ways that many adhere to. I am going to leave these boring stuff for later…