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Stanley Kubrick Answers A Question

Stanley Kubrick is an extremely talented man, and he also has an extremely interesting answer to a question about the meaning of life.

Check it out here.

Navigating Stuckness

Navigating Stuckness is the most inspiring story I have read for a long time. Written by Jonathan Harris, it tells of his life journey from  painter through to tool maker.  It’s a story of following your bliss and of staying in the flow of life. It’s beautifully written, and Jonathan has split his life into coherent chapters, reminding us that every day is a sentence for the current chapter we’re in. I have to admit that I was surprised to find that for one that has lived such a full life, Jonathan is still quite young.

This paragraph jumped out at me:

In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.

If you are feeling stuck or if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration then Navigating Stuckness is well worth a read.

Self Awareness – What Does It Mean?

We all want to have that ZINGY feeling that let’s us know that we are on track and living life to the full. However, sometimes our ZING disappears, and we’re not sure where it went. In order to help people to get their ZING back, I’m working on an interactive book that provides a simple process to get back on track.

I’ve discovered that an active ingredient of this process is self awareness, which has led me to do a lot of research on the subject. In case you’re not clear on what self awareness is, it’s about being aware of oneself, including one’s traits, feelings, and behaviors.

The following article is highly informative on the subject:

Self Awareness

The Pain & Beauty of Life Changes

Life is change, and what often makes our lives so tough is our resistance to change.  Are we able to let go of the habitual way we fight change, and embrace our constantly changing world?

This is an excellent article on change from the master of simplicity, Leo Babauta.

The Pain & Beauty of Life

Live Storytelling…an invaluable art form

Storytelling is an art form that has had a bit of a resurgence recently. Pubs and clubs around the world are holding poetry jams and storytelling sessions, and there are a multitude of networking events that are utilizing storytelling to entertain and connect – pecha-kucha is just one I can name off the top of my head.

The following article explains the power of storytelling in more detail:

Live Storytelling Packs a Punch

An interesting thought, apparently Editing Your Life Stories can make for a happier life.

And related to storytelling – the importance of reading and a strong vocabulary for children.

Closing the Gap

Death and Dying

I know, I know, you are wondering how on earth I could consider death an inspiring topic. But it can be, really!

The following three articles inspired me, and I hope that they also inspire you.

Are You Living Your Eulogy Or Your Resume? – Written by Arianna Huffington

Have you noticed that when people die, their eulogies celebrate life very differently from the way we define success in our everyday existence? Huffington Post is just one media agency that is redefining success beyond money and power to include well-being, wisdom and our ability to wonder and to give. This article is a reminder not to get so caught up in work that you forget the things and people that are most important.

What A Wake Means

This blog post by Pandit Bhikku inspired me this week. Pandit asks you to consider whether you are living a life that is having a positive or negative impact on others. And are you considering how far reaching your actions can be? Definitely worth a read.

Top Five Regrets of the Dying

When people are faced with their own mortality they become very clear about what is and isn’t important in life. And it seems that the regrets of those nearing their end are very similar. This article includes five reminders of what is important in life.

 

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? Here’s How To Tell

“What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don’t tell the whole story. Our emotional intelligence — the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others — can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success.”

For more of this article

Food for your soul

I don’t know about you, but I love reading true stories about people that are following their bliss and doing truly inspired things. This article is worth a read:

Food for your soul – An inspiring man putting food at the centre of the school curriculum

And some extra holiday reading:

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7 Easy Ways to Add Years to Your Life

Happy New Year’s Eve!

While most of us are prepping up to celebrate seeing in the New Year some of us will have our list of New Year’s resolutions ready to go and some of us won’t. If you’re struggling for ideas of what to include in your New Year’s resolution list here are some fun tips:

7 Easy Ways

The Science of Conquering Your Fears

“Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible.” Aristotle

Courage is an admirable trait. It helps us to overcome fear and life a full and more satisfying life.

This article includes six ways to loosen the grip of fear on your life and will help you to develop your courage muscle.

Conquering Your Fears