This is the first of may in the rest of your life. For me it is soon Spartan Race time. The Super in Open category is waiting for me in Madrid this saturday the 4th. May. I am ready. Well I think I am ready. Now I have begun the very important restitution/recovery time. No more pushing limits during training before the race. Now only a little cardio and strength to keep the heart and muscles prepared.
I start the day with meditation, yoga and stretches. Then making coffee and eating my nuts mixture and drinking fresh lemon, ginger and beetroot juice. Then I am ready for my vegetables and fish cake.
Time for work. I have prepared training for my beloved Physical Education team. Nature Crossfit running at the beach. Then they deserve some cozy badminton afterwards.
Then meetings meetings and meetings……greeting the meetings. Big decisions to make for many humans. Then swimming lanes for body and brains.
In the afternoon I hope I deserve to do the relaxing position on the couch to the Champions League semifinals between Barcelona and Liverpool. I am a fan of both……what to do? May the best playing team win…
I wish you the best day. Well I wish that you will achieve the best from it and make world a better place. Today is a special occasion.
Not all days are the same. Sometimes it may seem so, but don´t expect it to be. There is always something different about each day. Above you can see my physical education team. Once a year we do some paddling in the river.
Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.
Difficult meating with pupil and parents
Preparing my pupils for biology and geography examination.
Physical education, scoring orienteering run with 8th. class.
I wish you a great day. Make the best of it. Make it interesting for you and the people around you.
1. Life isn’t short if you don’t live it that way.
Your life can be very long and adventurous if you choose so. Surround yourself with people, and even animals, that you can enjoy every moment with.
2. Adaptation will come with the changes you make.
“You’re resilient, dear, you’ll learn to accept change as you grow.” This quote always comes to mind when I come across a difficult situation.
“Small things and big things will seem like milestones.
3. Enjoy the world around you.
Mobility and independence in this great big world is something to be cherished and appreciated. Travel often and enjoy the little things when you do.
4. Your life is all yours.
“Stop worrying about what others think and live your damn life!” An analogy I came up with on my own, which they all agreed on, is that if you order tomatoes on a sandwich and someone tells you that they don’t like tomatoes, would you take them off?
5. Stay off your high horse.
Be humble. The residents always reminded me that you don’t know what others are going through and that nobody is more important than someone else.
“If you go around acting like a queen, those around you won’t bow down to you. Don’t expect much.”
6. Be mature but learn when to lighten up.
The happiest residents were those that found humor in the little things.
One lady that I always had a good laugh with was in a wheelchair, couldn’t move both of her legs and one of her arms. Her one good arm was so shaky that she had to have some assist her at meal times. She always cracked jokes and would talk to you about anything.
She told me once,”You have to find humor here or else you’ll be so depressed that you’ll lose your noodle.” She stressed also to be mature when need be, otherwise, you’ll look like a fool.
7. Don’t take everything to heart.
Negative moments with some of the residents would hurt my feelings. I couldn’t take everything personally though. They didn’t like the circumstances they were in. You never know what someone is going through so if it looks like someone is having a bad day and they snap at you, walk away. It doesn’t make them a bad person, just means they’re having a rough time.
8. Never lose compassion.
“You’re a sweet girl. Don’t lose that. You’ll be sorry if you do.” It’s always important to sympathize with others and try to put yourselves in their shoes. Be positive and treat others with kindness. “Kill them with kindness. Just because they’re being nasty doesn’t mean that you have to be.”
Steps to find fulfilling work:
Take the initiative to investigate the places you think are of interest. Ask good questions.
Go with the self-assurance of having written on an index card each of your past accomplishments(including where you simply helped other people do their thing) in three forms:
A simple phrase; e.g., “top salesman in New York office for three years”
A three-sentence statement of the problem, your solution, and the result
A one-page explanation or anecdote to share if asked to give details
Use those cards deftly to encourage people to talk to you — showing you listen on their level and understand whatever they tell you. Remember: The more they talk, the smarter they’ll think you are.
Tell your spouse and children that you love them every day, no matter how you feel.
Do not bring your problems home with you.
Realize the joy that comes from helping your spouse and children excel in their fields of interest and enjoy themselves.
Develop within your family a sense of obligation to help others.
Spending quality time with your family — not just time — is critical.
Choose a spouse who will understand and support you, and one for whom you will do the same. Life is much better if you can help each other grow and expand your knowledge, experiences, friends, and capabilities.
DONALD P. NIELSEN:
Not all decisions turn out well. Be prepared to deal with problems over which you have no control.
Almost everything will require more money and more time than you think.
Never settle for “good enough.” Always strive for excellence.
Set high expectations for yourself and those with whom you work.
Move quickly to deal with people issues.
Hiring smart, driven people is a ticket to your own success.
I was born in 1932 and grew up during the Depression. In the beginning, poverty was the level to which I aspired. When I reached it, my next goal was to get out of debt. That took several years. Then my goal was to become financially independent. After reaching independence, more money was not a great motivator for me. My interest became trying to make a difference — making the company I worked for successful, and working for my church and other volunteer organizations.
Retire to something — not from something. Stay engaged. Be physically active and intellectually curious.
Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmind Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking is the invention of Swedish children’s book author Astrid Lindgren. Astrid Lindgren always believed that all you had to do was:
“Give the children love, more love and still more love – and the common sense will come by itself.”
She is the strongest girl in the world, lives by herself in a colourful house in the forest, and has a pet monkey and a horse. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with Pippi Longstocking? I have shared my favourite quirky quotes to convince anyone who thinks otherwise.
And Pippi Longstocking, her most famous character, comes really close to being the personified proof of that… So where did Pippi come from? Well, one night, Astrid Lindgren’s daughter Karin asked her to tell her the story of “Pippi Longstocking”. And so she did.
Pippi is not like other children. First of all, she lives all by herself in a house called Villakulla Cottage. Or rather, she lives there with her monkey, Mr Nilsson, and her horse. And she has two best friends, Annika and Tommy, who sometimes come over to play. Because Pippi is not only strong and independent, she also a great friend, and always up for some fun!
What’s more, Pippi doesn’t live by anyone’s rules but her own, and she’s perfectly fine with being a little different. So instead of asking for anything on her birthday, she gives her friends presents, and she regularly sticks bullies and rude policemen in trees. She just never does things as expected. And that’s why we love her. And to share the Longstocking love, we have collected 10 of our favourite quirky quotes about this amazing girl.
Annika, Pippi, and Tommy on an adventure
‘He’s the strongest man in the world.’
‘Man, yes,’ said Pippi, ‘but I am the strongest girl in the world, remember that.
Don’t you worry about me. I’ll always come out on top.
But still, if it’s true, how can it be a lie?
Tommy didn’t want to show that he was frightened, and in a way he really did want to see a ghost. That would be something to tell the boys at school! Besides, he consoled himself with the thought that the ghosts probably wouldn’t dare to hurt Pippi.
All the children sat looking at Pippi, who lay flat on the floor, drawing to her heart’s content. ‘But, Pippi,’ said the teacher impatiently, ‘why in the world aren’t you drawing on your paper?’
‘I filled that long ago. There isn’t room enough for my whole horse on that little snip of paper.’
Then she had sat down in front of her chest and looked at all her birds’ eggs and shells, and thought about the wonderful places where she and her father had collected them and about all the pleasant little shops all over the world where they had bought the beautiful things that were now in the drawers of her chest.
‘Aren’t you going to dry the floor?’ asked Annika.
‘Oh, no, it can dry in the sun,’ answered Pippi. ‘I don’t think it will catch cold so long as it keeps moving.
As the children were sitting there eating pears, a girl came walking along the road from town. When she saw the children she stopped and asked, ‘Have you seen my papa go by?’
‘M-m-m,’ said Pippi. ‘How did he look? Did he have blue eyes?’
‘Yes,’ said the girl.
‘Medium large, not too tall and not too short?’
‘Yes,’ said the girl.
‘Black hat and black shoes?’
‘Yes, exactly,’ said the girl eagerly.
‘No, that one we haven’t seen,’ said Pippi decidedly.
“A real value of our lives is in how we use our time as we journey from the womb to the tomb. A great difference between the womb and the tomb is the w and the t! Wasted time! We waste great and precious time as we journey from the womb to the tomb; in the end, we remember the w and the t in a simple statement of regret, ‘had I known’ ! The wasted time!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
“The entire life we have has it’s real meaning in giving! He who least knows the real value of giving that can leave a distinctive footprint least knows what the essence of life is about” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
In 1957 a group of monks from a monastery had to relocate a clay Buddha from their temple to a new location. The monastery had to be relocated to make room for the development of a new highway through Bangkok.
When the Crane began to lift the clay Buddha, the weight of it was so heavy that it began to crack, to make things worse it also began to rain. The head monk who was concerned about the damage to the Buddha decided to lower the statue back down to the ground and cover it with a large canvas to protect it from the rain.
Later that evening the head monk went back to check on the Buddha. He shined a flashlight under the canvas to see if the Buddha was staying dry. As the light reached where the statue had cracked he noticed a gleam shining back.
He decided to take a closer look at this gleam of light and wondered whether there was anything underneath the clay. He got a chisel and hammer and began chipping away at the clay. As he knocked off the clay, the gleam grew brighter and bigger.
After chipping away for many hours the monk finally stood before an extraordinary solid gold Buddha. It turns out that several hundred years before, the golden Buddha had been covered in clay by monks to keep their precious treasure from being looted by the Burmese when they attacked Thailand. Although the Burmese killed the Monks in Thailand, the secret of the golden Buddha remained intact until it was rediscovered in 1957.
Like that Golden Buddha many of us have allowed the gold within us to be covered by the clay of fear and other factors that don’t allow us to shine and keep the beauty within us trapped. Somewhere along the way between the ages of two and nine, we begin to cover up our golden essence and develop low self esteem because of the things we experience and because of the things that are said to us and the negative meanings we associate with our experiences that cause us to undervalue ourselves.
Like the Monk we must grab our chisel and hammer and chip away the clay of low self esteem so that we can discover our true essence again.
I love Pablo Picasso. He was not only a famous painter. He was also a great spanish sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and philosopher. He was really a multi artist. So yes he had many gifts, he found them and he gave it away to all of us.
YOU CAN DO THE SAME……..every thing else is a shame…