Friday, August 26, 2016

Leave an impression that you'll be able to live with

Quote of the day: 
Experience had taught me that even the most precious memories fade with the passage of time.
-Nicholas Sparks

The other night I lay awake staring into almost pitch darkness, different shadows hiding behind curtains. It was the type of night where sleep is evasive and with no particular thought dominating my mind. I suddenly found myself awake -I tend to be more of a light sleeper who can't bear any distinct sound.

While staring into nothingness, I attempt to think of all those I've crossed paths with in life, and one thing I was quick to acknowledge is that those who left an impression on me were at the front of my imaginary line and self directed film with various actors. Cuts and edits, acts and frames, abstracts and 3-D visions. I recollect moments and events, most obscured due to the passage of time but its they made me feel that lingers on. From the teacher who believed in my abilities, to authentic friends who journeyed with me through thick and thin, and not to forget selfless and hardworking parents who went over and beyond to be supportive. The list is of course vast, and also includes individuals who work tirelessly to help shape the world into a much better place.

This got me thinking about making lasting impressions in life and being a positive influence to people. I always believe that showing kindness to everyone is one way to leave an impression -it shows a great deal of respect, and happiness which is usually contagious in more ways that we can ever imagine.

One day you will just be a memory to someone. Would you rather be a good or a bad one? Right now you are making the memories that you will have to live with later. Live, love, learn and repeat.

So the next time you are unable to sleep, reach into your memory store and reflect.

 Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Frank Ocean -Strawberry String (Cover)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer's End / 5 Thoughts on the Rio Olympics

Quote of the day: 

As we grow in awareness, our fear of loss, not having enough or being insufficient matures into love of giving, sharing and collaboration. -Joseph Rain

This past week has seen more cloudy than sunny days, coupled with windswept streets -serving as a great reminder that summer is nearing its end. For me the greatest thing about August so far is the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil. It has turned out to be an exciting and worthwhile distraction with more events than ever, and more competitors and countries represented -and finding myself watching sporting events that I would otherwise not follow. I'm talking about sports such as Women's Beach Volleyball, Swimming, Gymnastics, Canoe Slalom, Judo, Handball, Archery and a few others.

Image: Richard Heathcote/Getty

However, as the curtains come down on this great event it can be said that lessons can be learned from from the Olympians, who all share in the Olympic spirit. I'd say the peak of physical performance, the coaching and preparation for the event, the challenges faced, forging new friendships that shape the world -these elements and much more are some lessons to learned.

5 Thoughts on the Olympics:

1. You can achieve anything you set your mind to do -with necessary help from those that matter.

2. When you lose, it doesn't mean the end of the world. You can come back strong.

3. People will sometimes question your achievements because they cannot understand the work you had to put in, and sacrifices you had to make.

4. Achieving goals, planning for the future, perfecting your skills, and staying focused will always yield rewards in the end.

5. There will always be someone out there with more skills, hunger and drive than you. Sometimes working almost twice as hard will suffice.

Have a successful week ahead.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Coldplay - Sparks

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Taking Stock of Life & Things including 7 Lessons Learned So Far

Quote of the day: 
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. 
-J.R.R. Tolkien

Happy August dear reader. Thanks for the great comments on my last post, and who knows a part two may just be in the offing. One thing I'd like for sure is to be able to travel more, see more of this beautiful world we live in, and learn about new things relating to people, culture, and environment. That being said, while away on my self imposed hiatus, from blogging, I took the opportunity to glance at my goals for 2016, my attempt to accomplish each one so far, my failings and successes, and my outlook for the coming months. I took stock of things, like when you check your supplies at home before going grocery shopping -is the ketchup low enough to warrant buying a new one? Not a great analogy, but you get the picture.

What I've learned so far

1. Although its good to make lofty goals -actually following through is the hardest part.

2. The bigger the goal, the more work and research that is required.

3. The inevitable may occur.

4. Plans may have to be modified at the last minute.

5. Taking stock is necessary, it helps to be aware of the true position of things.

6. Don't do anything you feel uncomfortable doing.

7. Nothing is impossible.

So, when was the last time you truly examined your life, thoughts and goals? We all want to be happy. And even more so, we want the people we love to be happy too. It then makes sense to pause at some point, to focus on the more important things that get us through each day -the moments, friends, family, and dreams. Those things that we hold dear, and which translates into having a more meaningful and purpose filled life -those are the things we should value the most.

Have a purpose filled week!

Peace. Love. Light*

Current Listen : Bon Iver -I Can't Make You Love Me (David Keller Remix) 
Free Image Link: Pexels

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

3 Places to Visit in England, and No London Is Not on the List!

Quote of the day: 
Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing. 
-Paulo Coelho

Tell someone you are travelling England, and their first thought will be: London. Being such a cosmopolitan city and one of the most famous in the world, its not hard to see why visitors would prefer to visit the city known for its landmarks.  But when you do visit, and after taking in the sights there are other beautiful areas of the country that hold vast beauty and landscape.

Below are a list of 3 places -out of many, in England that will prove to be worth the effort in visiting.

1. Exmouth, Devon 

image: Devonguide

Exmouth is a picturesque port town and sea side resort situated in the county of Devon, South West England. Surrounded by the Devon countryside, Exmouth is a bustling town offering a wide array of things to do, from wining and dining to entertaining things like bowling and water sports -which it is famous for. The air is clean and its got 2 miles of sandy beach. Not bad for a small town. Exmouth is over 3 hours from London.

2. Brighton 

image: Bhmpics

Brighton is said to be the most vibrant seaside resort in England and has been voted as one of the top 10 cities with brilliant beaches. A seaside resort, Brighton is the largest part of the city of Brighton and Hove in East Sussex, south east England. There are numerous attractions including the Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion, and the Brighton Marina -said to be the largest man made Marina in Europe when built. It is has also long been considered as the the UK's gay capital. Brighton is about an hour from London.

3. Cambridge

image: Imperialinnovations

Cambridge is a small but beautiful city worth visiting. It is the county town of Cambridgeshire, situated on the river cam, in the East Anglia area of England. A city famous for its scientists and universities, one of which is among the best in the world. Its historic town center can only be visited by foot, as no cars are allowed. Its greater to explore by foot as its a relatively compact city -famous also for being the cycling capital of the UK (one in four residents cycle to work) and one of the safest places to cycle in the country. Things to do include: checking out its great and majestic architecture, colleges, museums, shops and cafes, going punting on the river cam, and the Cambridge University Botanical Garden. Cambridge is less than an hour away from London.

As with all things, this is only a small list of places I've been to, and I may compile another travel list soon. Have you got any favourite places you've visited in England, or planning to visit? Do share in the comments below.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Moby -Everloving

Monday, July 4, 2016

Book of the Day/ The Castle by Franz Kafka -short review

Quote of the day: 
Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. -Mary Oliver

The Castle is a classic by Franz Kafka. I must admit that this is only the second book by the Prague born author, and German language writer of short stories, novels and the like- that I have read. Often hailed as one of the most important authors of the twentieth century, Kafka has mass appeal and his works gained much more fame after his death. The Castle is one of his most famous writings.

image: Amazon

Its an obscure and narrative tale about a land surveyor who believes he's been contracted to be a land survey in a town that is filled with varying characters, and a castle where the town seems to be governed from. There are high ranking officials, administrators and all sorts of bureaucracy and from the moment the land surveyor, known as 'K', arrives in the village, the events that play is a constant struggle for acceptance from such elusive powers who run the castle, leaving him with barely no contact with the department who hired him .

He searches for the reason for his non acceptance, and that forms the basis for the book. He is not accepted and yet cannot return to where he has come from. It is a long read, and if you enjoy Kafka's writing you will find 'The Castle', a worthy companion in times of solitude.

So what book(s) are you currently reading? Happy July!

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: U2 -With or Without You

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