Thursday, February 17, 2011

Be yourself

In a world that where we often feel pressured to conform and follow the norms in so many different ways, we can often find we lose ourselves in one way or another.

From the expectation that one must go to school, find a job, get married, etc. It's almost like a standard sequence that we must all follow. Yet beyond it all, if we are able to accept who we are and be ourself then we'll be achieving something greater than the rewards we may believe we can gain from others. However, by truly  understanding and accepting oneself, everything you do you know you will be what *you* want to do, and in doing so your find and can potentially transcend yourself.

I'll leave you now with two nice quotes which has helps to add a slightly different perspective to those thoughts:

“Accept everything about yourself--I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end--no apologies, no regrets.” - Henry Kissinger (American political scientist)

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, February 6, 2011

One way at looking at pressure

We all seem to get stressed or pressured in one way or another, whether due to work, our personal relationships with family, friends, or simply because we feel as though we have too many responsibilities. These pressures can often be viewed in the negative way, so there's this nice quote that might empower you to go on if you're feeling that overwhelmed from it all. 

"A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure.” - Henry Kissinger, American political scientist

As diamonds seem to be always valued by people, mainly due to it's rarity and beautiful radiance. They say, diamonds are forever. Perhaps if we imagine ourselves as a diamond in the making, all the pressures that may be put before may seem that little bit easier to power through, for what we will become as a result will radiant forever...

"All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare" - Baruch Spinoza 

There are no mistakes, only lessons

Mistakes and failures. They can be words we dread, yet, rephrased and looked at a different way it can be seen from a different perspective.

There's a nice quote I came across the other day which sums up a good outlook or view to mistakes. Considering them as more of a lesson and learning process, i.e. as a means rather than an end in itself. I hope you enjoy it :)

“There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go.” - Richard Bach, American writer

Here's also another quote for you
"The real reason for failure is unwillingness, the pretended reason, inability" - Seneca

So feel free to try something new:
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein

Overcoming challenges to transcend yourself

Life brings challenges and obstacles onto each of us that can seem quite overwhelming at times. Through the process of reflection and self-assessment, I believe each of us has the potential to grow in own unique way. So instead of just seeing challenges ahead of us, we see opportunities to put ourselves outside of our comfort zone and to realise own true potential. When we do that, we transcend ourselves!

Weather and climate views

Here's a few great links that you may want to check out.

World Sunlight Map
This gives you a view of where the sun is shining light on the earth. There is a flat rectangular view as well as a hemispherical view. Very cool.

UV levels
This is for Australians and provides an indication of expected UV levels in Australia. The link below is for Melbourne, Victoria.

BOM - Weather radar
This is the Bureau of Meterology's weather radar which provides an indication of rain fall, where it is hitting and how much. Useful in this week for the recent heavy raining in Melbourne. You can view all of Australia (national view) or just one state, the link below is of Melbourne, Victoria.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Kids don't have filters and believe .. possible

Have you ever thought about how kids seem to dream some of the craziest things, things that we often think are impossible. But we were kids once too if you remember those days...

I remember having some discussions with some friends a while ago and we were basically just talking about  how kids don't seem to have filters and believe that anything is possible.

Filters being the restrictive walls, obstacles, or what we would probably call realistic views of how we interact with the world around us. What we can do, what we want to do, and how we do it. 

They don't seem to believe things are impossible as us adults do, but rather they dream and say that they'll be astronauts, they'll be a fireman and then they'll draw a picture of something that we'd think is important. Yet in their mind it is possible. When you think of the inventors dreaming of airplane, automobile, etc. I'm sure they had a dream too when they were kids, I wonder if their inventions were also dreamed while they were kids.

Either way, it seems that society has helped us to develop thoughts around what we should, could and would do. Sometimes it is fun just ignoring that and rather than just focusing on what we know is possible, maybe it's time to focus on the impossible. For it is in the impossible that dreams can be made.