Building Up & Letting Go

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The Worst Book Ever

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I wanted to get into self-help books and this was so highly regarded as life-changing that I decided to start with this one. Well, turns out I think it’s complete crap and literally the worst book I’ve ever read. I feel like I wasted brain space just knowing about its content. Here I am dumping it back out.

The book explains what it calls the “law of attraction” (I’d capitalize that, but it doesn’t deserve it), and how to use it to maximize the benefits in our lives. It claims that “like attracts like“, so if you think positive thoughts, you’ll attract positive things to you; thinking negative thoughts will attract negative things to you. Continue reading “The Worst Book Ever”

Origin – by Dan Brown

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This is the 7th book I’ve read of the Robert Langdon series and in each story, I felt like I was reading my precisely own thoughts that I could never put into words. Robert’s thinking on religion and science, life and morals are so accurate with mine. And this book hit the spot with all the right questions: the origin of life.

Where do we come from, and where are we going?

No spoilers here, but I wanted to highlight this excerpt for myself: Continue reading “Origin – by Dan Brown”

The Little Things are Big Things

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A few months ago, I was following a link online that was raising money for childhood cancers. In the description, millions of dollars were already raised in a matter of weeks, surpassing the end goal by far. I had a moment of hesitation, whether or not I should donate. They already raised more than they had set out to raise. And what contribution would my $20, or even $100, be in the mist of the multi-million dollar sum? Continue reading “The Little Things are Big Things”

Don’t Waste Your Life Waiting for the Weekend

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Today is hump day (Wednesday). It’s one of those days that don’t exactly excite anyone, but it’s the “after hump day” that everyone looks forward to. Why? Because we passed the middle of the week. We managed to trudge up that glorious hill that is Monday and Tuesday, and on the other side is a direct downhill roll to Friday. Alas, the weekend! Continue reading “Don’t Waste Your Life Waiting for the Weekend”

The Life Unlived

I attended a hot yoga class a few weeks ago, and aside from it being a sweaty experience, it turned out to be quite thought-provoking. The instructor said something at the end of the class that kind of intrigued me; so much so that I actually think I can quote her word for word:

“We all have two lives. The life we are living, and the life unlived. Between that, is resistance.”

For the rest of the day, I’ve been thinking about what she meant by that “second life” and what mine would look like. How would I live it and why isn’t it lived? By nightfall, I simply figured that perhaps my unlived life are all the experiences I haven’t experienced yet – both the good and bad. But then I was still bothered, because that doesn’t resolve the second part of that quote. Resistance. Maybe I still wasn’t getting the point. Until recently… Continue reading “The Life Unlived”

Humans of New York

I’m currently in New York as I start writing this post, and I thought how opportune it would be to write about the page  “Humans of New York (HONY)“. HONY is run by a guy named Brandon, who originally started capturing portraits of people on the streets of New York and posted them on his website. After awhile, he started interviewing his models and he included a snippet of his conversation in the captions of the photos. I’ve been following HONY for awhile now, from simply seeing portraits of people without any background, to seeing a glimpse of their thoughts. And I must say, the captions are what gave this page a whole new potential.

Continue reading “Humans of New York”

Having the Courage to Fail

I have a very big fear of embarrassment, rejection and failure. I hate losing and making a fool out of myself. Worst of all, I am extremely weary of what people may think of me. But I’m starting to see that we learn and grow not in succeeding or failing, but in the course of going through a process.

Too often I get intimated by the idea of losing and of coming up short, and I think a lot of people feel this way too because that’s what the focus is on. That’s what everybody notices and talks about. Success has become a primary motivating factor and failing has become a solid reason for not trying. I mean, if you knew you were going to fail before indulging in something, why even bother in the first place?

In a world of competition and opportunities, too often we shy away from the battle. I think this is one of my biggest set-backs as a person trying to advance myself. I’ve gotten into the mentality that if I were to compete as an underdog, I might as well not compete at all. But being the losing underdog who puts up a good fight and takes the beating, is far more respectable than one who backs out and never tries. Continue reading “Having the Courage to Fail”

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