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Decide why you’re on the planet.

Figure out what kind of life and work and life-style would best allow you to fulfill that contract.

What kind of job and personal relationships would support that direction?

What key things would you need to put in place and make happen right now, and what could you do physically as soon as possible, to kick-start each of those?

From “Getting Things Done” – by David Allen

Today…

I am going to think of this day as the first day of my life.

If it’s cloudy, I want to watch to see in which direction the clouds are going. I always think that I don’t have time or don’t pay enough attention.

Above my head exists a sky about which all humanity, over thousands of years, has woven a series of reasonable explanations.
Well, I will forget everything I learned about the stars and they will be transformed once more into angels or children or whatever I feel like believing at that moment.

Time and life have given me plenty of logical explanations for everything, but my soul feeds on mysteries. I need mystery, I need to see the voice of an angry god in a rumble of thunder, even though many of you here might consider that heresy.
I want to fill my life with fantasy again, because an angry god is far stranger, far more frightening and far more interesting than a phenomenon explained by the sages.

For the first time, I will smile without feeling guilty, because joy is not a sin.
For the first time, I will avoid anything that makes me suffer, because suffering is not a virtue.

I will not complain about life, saying: everything’s always the same and I can do nothing to change it. Because I am living this day as if it were my first and, while it lasts, I will discover things that I did not even know were there.

Even though I have walked past the same places countless times before and said ‘Good morning’ to the same people, today’s ‘Good morning’ will be different. It will not be a mere polite formula, but a form of blessing, in the hope that everyone I speak to will understand the importance of being alive, even when tragedy is threatening to engulf us.

I will pay attention to the words of the song the minstrel is singing in the street, even though others are not listening because their souls are heavy with fear. The music says: ‘Love rules, but no one knows where it has its throne; in order to know that secret place, you must first submit to Love.’

And I will have the courage to open the door to the sanctuary that leads to my soul.
May I look at myself as if this were the first time I had ever been in contact with my own body and my own soul.
May I be capable of accepting myself as I am: a person who walks and feels and talks like anyone else, but who, despite his faults, is also brave.

May I be amazed by my simplest gestures, as if I were talking to a stranger; by my most ordinary emotions, as if I were feeling the sand touching my face when the wind blows in from Baghdad; by the most tender of moments, as when I watch my wife sleeping by my side and try to imagine what she is dreaming.

And if I’m alone in bed, I will go over to window, look up at the sky and feel certain that loneliness is a lie, because the Universe is there to keep me company.

And then I will have lived each hour of my day as if it were a constant surprise to me, to this ‘I’, who was not created by my father or my mother or by school, but by everything I have experienced up until now, and which I suddenly forgot in order to discover it all anew.

And even if this is to be my last day on Earth, I will enjoy it to the full, because I will live it with the innocence of a child, as if I were doing everything for the first time.

Today…-Paulo Coelho

Getting things done

I have started reading Getting things done by David Allen. I really love it. It’s about organizing your life by organizing your work. Basically the question I ask myself since I have begun to read it is: “How am I going to think about big project as it is my long term career for example in next five years when I barely have time for shower having a toddler at home”.

That’s why we need a system for organizing every aspect of our life. The books promises that as soon as we have a system in place it gets easier. Because having something in mind and doing it is something different is what creates stress.

Let’s hope that after reading it, I will be more organised and less stressed and have a clear picture of what is my long term goal regarding my career. It will be a lot of work but I know it is worth it.

 

Dreams: the 12 steps

Beginning thirties it seems that you are too old to rediscover yourself, having to take care of your toddler, having full time job, taking care of “everything else”. Still when you read this inspiring blog post by favorite writer Paulo Coelho, everything seems possible. I like it how all the steps are very simple to follow. Read the post or here are the highlights:

1. Tell yourself the truth

2. Start slowly, but start

3. Stop slowly, but stop

4. Discover your small talents

5.Begin to choose

6.Don’t base your decisions on financial gain

7. Follow your intuition

8. Don’t be afraid to change your mind

9. Learn how to rest

10. Let things show you a happier path

11. Read the signs

12. Finally, take risks!

Good luck to you all!

Coin flipping

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When you have to make a decisions and really have looked at all the facts but still do not know what path to take…flip a coin. It is not that the coin will decide for you. But that moment when you wait for the result of the coin listen to  your heart your heart will tell you what it hopes the result will be. You will know what is the path that you will take. Listen to your heart and you will really chose the path of your dreams!

Life and death

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Seeing in person the very thin line between life and death is frightening. It is very good that no one knows when will the cold death come at your door. And if you have opportunity to meet and talk with people that were in that thin line you will see how they value every day and every opportunity to share that day with the ones that they love.

Value every second of the life and be whoever you want because tomorrow may be late. Tell your loved ones that you love them. Tell them often.

Cherish the life and live happily.

There is no void

There is no void for you to fill.

I used to think that I need you so desperately,

Like my lungs need the air

Like the desert needs the rain.

I realized now that there is no one that I will ever need that way.

I have no void for you to fill, there is no void inside my heart, inside my soul.

If there comes a time that I will feel I have a void to fill,

You won’t be the one that I will need.

That battle I should fight myself.

You are and always will be addition to my wholeness

Only that way we can be happy.

Please remember that if I chose you, I didn’t do it to fill my void

I chose you to fulfill my wholeness, so we can celebrate the life together.