Friday, November 25, 2016

No High Expectations

Quote of the day: 
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. 
-Khalil Gibran

I was intrigued by the very act of expectations, often ignoring the obvious, thinking I could predict expectations and intentions, often bulldozing my thoughts through every moment of life.
Have you ever felt really excited about what's to come next in life? There are many experiences that have helped shape our existence, and there will always be many more. But alas, our expectations don't always agree with reality. Our sense come alive in varying ways, we observe, and perceive, and make discoveries, and in the end we eliminate that which we feel impedes our journey.

Here are some of the things that I try to stop expecting of myself.

1. Not expecting to always be right

You can be really knowledgeable in one area or aspect of life, but do not expect to always get things right. The truth is, there will be instances where nothing will feel right, where the world will seem to crumble down around you -but then that's all part of life's experiences. I've stopped expecting to always be right about certain things in life.

2. Not expecting to find a path with no obstacles

As the saying goes, 'nothing comes easy'. I've stopped expecting things to be easy, a great reminder for those moments when things actually get tough. Its all just a process, the growth of ways and emotions, through highs and lows, a mindset that helps either way.

3. Not expecting the approval of people

My opinion matters, and so does the opinion of the next person. Therefore, I don't expect that we'd ever come to an agreement on certain things, actions and behaviors. So I agree to disagree, freeing my mind from clutter, and leaving room for understanding. Not seeking the approval of people, but living anyway.

4. Not expecting peace 

On the TV and in the news its pretty much evident with all the conflict going on, that peace will always be elusive, and things will not always be right with the world. As long as ego and distrust exists, the only saving grace is for us to practice inner peace.

5. Not expecting anything

When was the last time you found yourself expecting something that either never comes or arrives too late? Expectation that goes unfulfilled brings distress. I've learned to expect nothing, but to appreciate everything in return.

Lowering your expectations of goals, relationships, and people may be effective over time. Give more, expect less, live more, worry less.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Elena Tonra- Took your breath away

Saturday, October 29, 2016

What Have you Taken a Break from Lately?

Quote of the day: 
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
-Ralph W. Sockman

I took a break from everything, social media, blogging, and reading. I thought, I may as well distance myself from mundane life, and the comfort zone because we all know its much easier to stay within boundaries than not. I've heard stories of people quitting their day to day work to go on an adventure around the world, doing country tours, perhaps cycling across borders or climbing mountains and valleys, or volunteering thousands of miles in new territory.

Well for me, I took the more road more often traveled -a social media break among other things. I kept music by my side though. However, the mundane became unusual, important things became less important, progression occurred and still is, aroused distractions became muted, and through it all there's been an emergence -through the very simplicity of actions -of greater understanding through positive interaction of mind, body and soul.

In his book, 'The Origin of Species', Charles Darwin explores the struggle for existence notably among populations, with no beings or species specially created but all locked in a struggle for continuation, for survival. Its the first book to set me back to my reading direction, and the theme could not be more apt.

There's a greater chance of adaptation, of conversion to a wholesome life, of taking risks, of evolving -not diminishing, and of unfolding gently like the petals of an orange blossom, crushed and made into the finest tasting tea.

What have you taken a break from lately?

Peace. Love. Light* 

Image: Pexels
Book: The Origin of Species
Current Listen: What I Am - Edie Brickell

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Poem: Orange Blossom

Quote of the day: 
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. 
-Lao Tzu 

Would you fall profoundly
Into an abyss.
Of self loathe.
And wavering while meandering.
Life is always amiss.

The rising sun is intoxicated.
Frolicking with the Ostro wind.
Joy is happiness inflated.
Love is the absence of apathy.
With nothing left to leave behind.

As the light disintegrates.
Albeit slower than usual.
And as the days become cut short by darkness.
The overbearing vestige appears to be.
Something significant, or not factored in.

Yielding, wondering (wandering) whether to interchange.
Self preservation is everything.
Mastery and complete control of the inner self and mind.
Rise and fall.
Cause and effect.
Leap of faith.

* Thanks to all who've been asking about my whereabouts. I'm very much well and living, taking stock of life and things. Peace and Love always.

Current Listen: Bon Iver -8 (Circle)

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

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