- We don’t control events, but we do control what they mean.
- Disruptions to serenity cannot be avoided.
- You must disrupt yourself.
- In good and bad times we have a choice.
- Make it a habit of looking inward.
- Being paranoid and fearful will destroy you.
- Anger will not help you.
- Everything takes up space.
- Practice poverty.
- You protect everything you have, why not your mind?
- Don’t wreck the purpose of your life by trying to impress others.
- Without proper training, you’re a fool.
- Your mind becomes what you think consistently.
- You don’t know everything.
- Think of your problems in relation to the sky.
- Forget stereotypes and labels: concentrate on character.
- Don’t sit on the sidelines. Do something inspirational yourself.
- There is never an end to the personal development journey.
- Work is good for you.
- Don’t make life harder than it is. It’s your choice.
- How you handle disaster is everything.
- Seek out obstacles.
- You have one job and only one job.
My mom asked me last evening how I am dealing with the autumn allergies. To which I replied, I do not have frequent allergies anymore. I also do not suffer from severe headaches, dizzy spells, serious heart burns nor long coughing fits. All these thanks to the ten peaceful years living here and learning how to really take care of myself.
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
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.
The following statement is taken from the article ‘Before you can be with others, first learn to be alone‘:
Solitude is not only a state of mind essential to the development of an individual’s consciousness – and conscience – but also a practice that prepares one for participation in social and political life. Before we can keep company with others, we must learn to keep company with ourselves.
…inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.
This morning, my parents flew back to Lahad Datu with the tickets I bought online. They have been unusually enthusiastic and talkative since then. D and I had to laugh when the two walked off without even a glance back to us at the airport.
With the parents heading back home, the two of us went to the well known Gaya Street Sunday Market. After that, we went to our favourite mall to cool down. A slow walk back to the apartment made up the rest of today’s walking quota. :-)
This morning, I made a simple cabbage soup for the parents and myself. In doing so, I get to use up the rest of a cabbage, an onion and a potato. Meatless, nutritious and delicious.
Bloody hell, I have been coughing for a week now. As a result, I have been losing sleep in the past few nights.
Did I get this from tasting all those titbits at Lokaal? Or was it from someone at the birthday gathering? Guess I shall never know.
To make things worse, I am sprouting a couple of pimples on and around my nose. What the heck is this?! A yearly purge? Damn it…
Yesterday, it rained the entire day. As a result, I never had the chance to do any gardening or move about in my backyard. I ended up sitting in front of my computer staring at prices of airline tickets, hotels and the calender. I did this without being aware of the ticking seconds I spent on the chair. Later in the day, my lower back felt a bit stiff. I was hopeful that some night rest will solve the issue.
But hell no… the pain has gotten worse today. At one point, I even had problem getting up from the sofa. Damn, sitting is truly the new smoking. I hate pain and I hate my chair right now!
Life happens. The days flew by. And a few months ago, I realised that it has been almost three years since my last medical check up! Well this morning, that was done speedily and efficiently. I am glad that is out of the way.