3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

Thank you to Letters of Life for nominating me for this challenge.

I picked my quote for today from the journal I keep to collect these inspirational tidbits:

Life is short; live it.
Love is rare; grab it.
Anger is bad; Dump it.
Fear is awful; face it.
Memories are sweet; cherish it.

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3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1

I was nominated to complete this challenge by Letters of Life. Thank you! Check out this blog for some great quotes and some unique expressions on life. A Blank Letter is a favourite of mine.

My quote for today is: Continue reading “3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1”

Can I Let the Monkey Win? Part II

What can we do to fit more tasks into the wonderful world in the overlap that is fun and productive? If you read my first post inspired by Tim Urban, here are the promised suggestions for making important things to do also easy and fun in the fight against procrastination.. We can make small changes to move things into the middle region: Continue reading “Can I Let the Monkey Win? Part II”

How I Relax: 3 Easy, Fun Ways

Life is too fast-paced and busy these days to be wound up and unable to act on it. We have to be ready to jump for opportunities and keep up with a fairly demanding lifestyle. Hence, the most important part of this routine is the down time we get to relax. Even if we cannot afford to set aside a significant amount of time for this, here are 3 little ways in which I can feel more relaxed mentally and physically:  Continue reading “How I Relax: 3 Easy, Fun Ways”

Boredom is a State of Mind…

I have drawn the conclusion that this statement is applicable to many things in my life. I have focused my time and perspective on rediscovering the things I need to do or have always chosen to do without much consideration. I did not realize how much I missed. Simple example: yes, chores seem tedious and boring. But it is important for me to create an environment around myself that is pleasant and I want to put in the time for it. Continue reading “Boredom is a State of Mind…”

30 Days to Abs

Eating junk and sitting at a desk has left me with less than 6 abs. Sitting all the time leaves me sluggish, I lack core strength, and clothing is snug and less comfortable. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the link between waist size and health is strong. For my height, my waist measurement is in the mid health range and headed towards the risky range, and I would like to stop and fix it before it gets there.  Continue reading “30 Days to Abs”

Power Posts: NaBloPoMo Finds

Blogging month is off to a great start. Today, I decided to feature quick and thoughtful reads from seven blogs I recently discovered with short excerpts of the featured posts. Check out the awesome writing and browse the sites to learn more about these awesome bloggers! Continue reading “Power Posts: NaBloPoMo Finds”

Can I Let the Monkey Win? Part I

Ironically, I struggled against YouTubing music videos to get myself writing for this post. Yes, I procrastinated the second after watching an inspiring anti-procrastination video to write a post about winning against procrastination. But I promise I have a point: I won and hence you are reading this post after all that struggle. Continue reading “Can I Let the Monkey Win? Part I”

Power Posts: Being Better for Me

Blogging is all about the community. I have learned the fun and value in actively participating in that community. So, Power Posts have become one of my favourite post series to highlight some of the amazing work that I have read recently from fellow bloggers.

Today, I feature posts that resonated with me by bringing powerful, unique messages that provide motivation for a better life, no matter what your goal is. Continue reading “Power Posts: Being Better for Me”

CMHA’s 10 Tips for Mental Health

Though not easy, physical health is a lot more approachable to identify issues and make improvements. Mental health can be much more complex and is often ignored but it is so important. Like when we make a diet or exercise commitment to just feel healthy, taking action towards mental health does not mean something must be very wrong. One does not have to be “depressed” or “crazy”. Continue reading “CMHA’s 10 Tips for Mental Health”

Can You Solve the Candle Problem?

I encountered this very telling concept regarding human behaviour at a conference about workplace management. As defined by Google, the Candle Problem, or Duncker’s Candle Problem, is “a cognitive performance test, measuring the influence of functional fixedness on a participant’s problem solving capabilities”. This means that the test demonstrates how unaccustomed we are to thinking outside the box. Continue reading “Can You Solve the Candle Problem?”

From A Thought to Destiny…

Sow a thought, reap an action.
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny.

Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

One of my favourite quotes. It entices me to look at the big picture of life that I want and reminds me that it is the little thoughts and actions that will get me there. I have the thoughts; I just need to sow them well and feed them daily with good action. If I overlook my habits, I may not want to reap the results.

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Lessons from a Stormy August

My last post was on August 4 so I have drifted from my personal goal of 2 posts a week. It has absolutely been one of the roughest months of my life (with some spill over into September that I am sadly still struggling with). I am hoping to be over these hurdles soon. I decided to be a little optimistic and walk away from these struggles with some reflection and lessons learned. It is easy to come up with motivational talk in my optimistic moments but my challenges, experience, determination, and frustration – the best and worst of me – all come from the worst moments. Continue reading “Lessons from a Stormy August”

Power Posts: Shareable Quotes

I love quotes! I have a collection which I love to revisit and add to. It provides me with the needed dose of positivity and inspiration. See my growing list here of the quotes I share from my personal journal. While reading the work of my fellow bloggers, I have come across a lot of new tidbits of wisdom to add to my own inspiration collection. So, I decided to do a post featuring some great quotes shared by bloggers recently. Continue reading “Power Posts: Shareable Quotes”

Watch This. Ripple of Kindness

What a sweet video! Such a simple act can create so much happiness for another person. In the hustle and bustle of corporate downtown, sometimes I just watch people going about their busy lives and I wonder how many chances of spreading kindness and happiness are ignored. Continue reading “Watch This. Ripple of Kindness”

Book – The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

I had never heard of this book before but it came to me as a prize for a drawing contest at the local library when I was a kid. I took notice of it many years later in my grand library of two shelves. Since then, I have read it several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. One is never too old for a children’s larger-than-life adventure. Continue reading “Book – The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn”

Power Posts: The Identity of Hatred

The instance and damage of hatred is growing in our world, but so are the voices against it. Today, I wanted to feature some of these voices that really resonated with me and share a positive message. I entreat you to approach all people you encounter with understanding and kindness. Continue reading “Power Posts: The Identity of Hatred”

Money for Life, NOT Life for Money

The importance of money cannot be denied. It enables us to attain the needs, wants, and luxuries of life. But with the current condition of our economies and depictions of the human psyche in the news, I see evidence that sometimes it just goes too far. Continue reading “Money for Life, NOT Life for Money”

How to Read Non-Fiction

The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one that makes you think. – Harper Lee

I have always been a story reader but my interest in non-fiction is fairly premature. I am developing it, in favour of my ardent pursuit of knowledge. I find that it is much more challenging than reading fiction and offers a vastly different experience. Continue reading “How to Read Non-Fiction”

Power Posts: From Childhood

This community is amazing! I have been spending more and more time lately on reading posts and discovering some awesome bloggers. This is not just about me writing whatever I want. I am gaining a growing appreciation for the fact that I have joined a community where ideas are exchanged and enhanced with great capability and support. So, I decided to share some of my fellow bloggers’ work by doing a post on some impactful reads from my week. They were a joy to read and some incredible food for thought.  Continue reading “Power Posts: From Childhood”

It’s All About the People!

PEOPLE, people everywhere! Wherever we go, whatever we do, we are constantly being impacted by others. Interacting and working with them represents for my life the best comforts, the toughest challenges, the biggest lessons, the greatest resources, and more. When I was young, I was a shy, withdrawn kid and I mostly kept to myself. Over the years, I have transformed into a more assured person who loves interacting with people. I now understand and appreciate my own disposition to listen more and talk less, especially in group conversations. I know that I want to be genuine with other people and work towards mutually beneficial scenarios. I relish interesting chats and I enjoy learning from and teaching others. And I am learning to read people and understand personalities, which can be quite challenging for me especially when things get political.

A key lesson for me has been that how we treat people and how we let them treat us is a key factor for success and quality of life. That is why I chose People as a key topic for my blog. I want to continue to understand the psychology of people better and apply it to my life. I will share readings, ideas and incidents. How should I behave towards other people? Why do people behave certain ways and how should I interpret and react to it? How can I learn from the positive habits and success of others and use them as role models to create success within my own life? What kind of people and relationships do I want in my life and how can I build and nurture them? I will ponder and practice all this and much more.

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Are You a Potato, Egg or Coffee?

Once, a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and full of problems. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed as if just when one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled 3 pots with water and placed each one on a high fire. Once the 3 pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot. After 20 minutes, he turned off the burners, and put the potatoes and eggs in separate bowls, and poured the coffee in a cup.

Turning to his daughter, he asked, “What do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.”

She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“What does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs, and the coffee beans had each faced the same adversity – the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently to the situation. The potatoes went in strong and hard, but in boiling water became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior, until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water itself and created a new liquid.

“Which are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

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Examine Life

The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

Relating closely to the essence of the blog, this quote is credited to Socrates who is recognized for contributions to philosophy and posing questions to his students that generated new insights and ideas. Continue reading “Examine Life”