Archive | October 2012

Love: A Double Edged Sword

Love is one of the most amazing feelings a person can feel. It has the power to make you believe and accomplish things you never thought possible, but love is not without its downside. On the other side there is jealousy and suffering. These feelings are what makes love a double edged sword, but we can work to forge this blade into a single edge of pure love. Here are some things you can do to work toward that:

  • Love life.
  • Don’t pour all your love into just one thing.
  • Accept the challenges and know later down the road you will be rewarded for your patience.
  • Tell yourself everyday that you love your life.

These are simple things we can all do and given time they can make a big impact on your life. So remember, when the challenges are hard don’t give up because in the end love will conquer all.

Inspiration: The Spark Plug of Life

“It is good to be inspired by others, but it is better to be your own inspiration.”

~Naoki

 

Inspiration is an important part of the creative process. For most of us the start of a project is usually due to some sort of inspiration or need to do the project. However, along the way, a good many of us become stressed out, lose sight of the project, or are just completely drained of energy and can’t seem to get out of the rut. At such times I find it crucial to have something to feel inspired. Whether it be by my own devices or through something else I know I need the inspiration to recharge my creative energies to see things through. Here are some ways you can recharge your creative energies and become inspired again:

  • Go for a walk.
  • Play with a pet.
  • Have some coffee at a cafe with friends.
  • Meditate.
  • Learn something that has nothing to do with the project you are working on.
  • Go to a park and watch people.

This will take your mind off the project and give you some time to relax. Aside from relaxing, this will also open your mind to other various ideas to ponder about. Which in turn will lead you to new inspiration. Thus giving you that much needed boost of energy. So the next time you face a problem or are stuck on a project just kick back, relax, and let the inspiration guide you to the solution.

 

“Inspiration and genius — one and the same.

~Victor Hugo

Failure: The New Beginning

“Failure is not the end, but the beginning toward a greater plane.”

~Naoki

 

We have all faced failure at one point in our lives. No one is immune to failure. Every great person has had to face down failure and overcome it to become the people they chose to become. So don’t let failure rule over you. When you fail think of it as a new start. And if you keep on failing at the same point, then realize that life is only letting you know you have not learned what you needed to know to overcome the failure.

 

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

~Winston Churchill

 

 

It Starts With One

“Better the man that conquer a thousand thousand men is the one who conquer one, himself.”

~Buddha

 

When I was at my ex’s place I began to reanalyze my life. Life can be painful; especially when you still love the other, but are not loved back. These feelings led me to feel like my  life is like a wild roller coaster ride. I would come to a point where I had felt stable only to have that stability rocked. This in turn made me just want to give up on everything when things went really bad like being told that everything was over. And then it dawned upon me that I was not loving myself as much as I should have.

Before we reach puberty we’re pretty much free spirits. Some of us can maintain that and enjoy life. Others of us get swept in by the rush of new hormones being produced in our bodies. Either way it is important that we don’t lose site of ourselves. This can be quite difficult in the case of those of us who really want to have love from another, but how can we have love from others if we can’t truly love ourselves?

This is true for all things that deal with the social aspect of our lives. If we can’t take care of ourselves, do stuff for ourselves, and so on and so forth, then how do we expect to receive anything from others on a genuine level? So start with yourself. Improve yourself and prosper. After that everything will fall in place.

 

“I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.”

~Lucille Ball

Finding Your Simplicity

“I feel that the simplicity of life is just being yourself.”

~Bobby Brown

 

What is the true meaning of simplicity? Most would say something along the lines reaching a point of zen peacefulness. However, is that really what it means to be truly simple?

When you look at the picture above you would think it as a simple picture of a forest, but is it really that simple? There are so many things going on with that picture. You have plants, dirt, micro-organisms, and who knows what else. That seems hardly simple. So how can we know what the true meaning of simplicity is?

When I was looking around for the meaning of simplicity I ended up finding a bunch of different ideas to what it means to be simple. They were all good ideas. However, I don’t think they really defined what I felt was true simplicity. So after much thought this is what I concluded: The true meaning of simplicity is to be yourself and do what you love for the sake of others including yourself. Just like in that picture each thing in it is living to be itself and doing so to the fullest. This process of being yourself and giving of yourself unto others may be difficult, but you can do it. And to help you get started here are a few simple things you can do:

  • When you wake up look in the mirror and smile.
  • Tell yourself that you are important and that you are here to help others with your unique skills and talents.
  • And lastly, just laugh out loud.

Remember the path of simplicity is not instantaneous, but a journey. So don’t rush it. And eventually you will find your own simplicity.

“Simple in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source of being”

~Lao Tzu

The Infinite Mind

 

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

~Buddha

 

When I saw the saying above I was moved by it. The mind is capable of many great things. However, it can only become as much as you allow it to become. Here are some good ways to expand your mind:

  • Exercise
  • Play word games
  • Read a book
  • Socialize with others

There are many things that can be done, but these things that I have listed are a good starting point for those who are interested in wanting to improve themselves and start with something easy. Remember, you and your mind are one. Learn to use it and you shall be wiser than the majority of the world population.

 

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

~W. Clement Stone

Wealth from the Simple

“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”

~Seneca

Many people wish to be wealthy. I too, am one such individual. Coming from a middle class family I was well to do, but I always felt rather poor compared to my fellow peers. This left me thirsty for money and got me into all sorts of trouble. I have struggled and toiled over the idea of a secret formula that the rich must possess to be as wealthy as they are. However, with age and experience I have slowly gained the wisdom that the formula itself is simple.

The formula I had thought after for so long was much simpler than my initial concept of what it was. The formula I came to for great wealth is:

Wealth = Service + Love + Skill

In a previous post I had written about service. I have also talked about love and skill, but I had not taken these to heart until I had came upon a realization from my pondering of how the rich became the rich. If you observe the path to which these wealthy individuals have taken it would seem rather complicated, but if you look from afar it is quite simple. They served many people. They had the skills to provide the service that they used to service the people. They loved what they did to serve the people that they served. And lastly, they kept the focus of their service simple.  Here is a list of examples of companies that have followed this method:

  • Microsoft focused on putting Windows in every home and business computer across the world.
  • Berkshire Hathaway focused on buying stock from companies that had a simple focus.
  • Wal-Mart focused on selling goods cheaper than the competition.
  • Boeing focused on making airplanes.

These companies have a singular focus and have become some of the most successful companies in the world. So if you wish to be successful, then follow the formula and do it on a grand scale. Everything takes time and starts small, but if you are willing to provide others with some form of service combined with love and skill, then you shall surely become wealthy.

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”

~William Golding, Lord of the Flies