March 2011


I don’t know who wrote this text, but I like it very much.

What I CAN Change

  • You can’t change your entire life, you can only change your next action
  • You can’t change a relationship with a loved one, you can only change your next interaction
  • You can’t change your entire job, you can only change your next task
  • You can’t change your body composition, you can only change your next meal
  • You can’t change your fitness level, you can only start moving
  • You can’t de-clutter your entire life, you can only choose to get rid of one thing right now
  • You can’t eliminate your entire debt, you can only make one payment, or buy one less unnecessary item
  • You can’t change the past, or control the future, you can only change what you are doing now
  • You can’t change everything, you can only change one, small thing…and that’s all it takes

 What will you change today?

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When it comes to relationships with yourself and with your loved ones;

Love is spelled  T-I-M-E.

Invest time with yourself and on yourself.

Invest time with the people you care the most.

Invest time on the projects that fulfill you the most.

Invest time to make a difference, to leave a legacy.

Invest time walking barefeet in the green grass.

Invest time observing people wherever you are.

Invest time enjoying the moment as often as possible.

Invest time being thankful for everything you have.

This way, you will love your life even more…

Renew this prescription every day.

 

 “We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.” 

Donald Horban

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I wonder what percentage of the population share my ideal of having an uncluttered home or workplace.

I assume that most people prefer an uncluttered environment but don’t know where to start.

Why? Probably because the task is boring and seems daunting

When your home is filled with clutter, trying to tackle a mountain of stuff can be quite overwhelming.

So here’s my advice: start with one area of your home. Baby steps are important. Sure, one area won’t barely make a huge difference, but it’s a start.           

Then tackle another area tomorrow. And another the next day. Before you know it, you’ll have cleared a whole closet or a room and then half your house.

For those who are overwhelmed by their clutter, here are some great ways to get started, one area at a time.

Choose a spot for papers. Papers often account for a lot of our clutter. This is because we put them in different spots; on the counter, on the table, on our desk, in a drawer, on top of our dresser, in our car. No wonder we can’t find anything! Choose an in-box tray or spot in your home (or at your office) and don’t put down papers anywhere but that spot.

Start clearing one area. What you want to do is clear one area. This is your no-clutter zone. It can be a counter, or your kitchen table or your night table in your bedroom. Wherever you start, make a rule: nothing can be placed there that’s not actually in use. Everything must be put away. Once you have that clutter-free zone, keep it that way! Now, each day, slowly expand your no-clutter zone until it envelopes the whole house! Last year, we have renovated our family room and one way that has helped decluttering was to buy as little shelves and storage space as possible. This is one way to avoid accumulating useless stuff.

Clear off a counter. You want to get your house so that all flat spaces are clear of clutter. Maybe they have a toaster on them, maybe a decorative candle, but not a lot of clutter. So start with one counter. Clear off everything possible, except maybe one or two essential things. Clear off all papers and all the other junk you’ve been tossing on the counter too.

Spring cleaning will demand an investment of your personal time. But I believe that we get an excellent return of this investment with peace of mind and the satisfaction of a job well done.

I find that my thinking is always much clearer in clean and uncluttered environment.

There is one exception in my case. In the middle of the creative process, I like things to be all over and mixed up. I like to stumble upon things that at first view wouldn’t mix together. That’s one advantage of a cluttered environment.

For those of you who really hate spring cleaning, I recommend that you put on your favourite music, open a good bottle of wine; it should help to alleviate the pain.

Happy spring cleaning!

Turn your weakness into a strength!

One of the most inspirational stories ever told is the story of Dumbo the Elephant. Throughout most of his young life, Dumbo was persecuted for having big ears. As a result, he hated his ears because they always brought him down. One day, however, he falls from an airplane, but then something amazing happens. Dumbo begins to flap his ears, and he can fly! The very things that had brought Dumbo down his whole life are now lifting him up.

A good book that explains how to turn your negatives to your advantage is…..

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How many times in your life did someone make fun of you only to realize later on that it was actually your strength??????

How many times did someone criticize you for doing something good????

How many times did you feel guilty because of other people’s personal beliefs?

How can you learn to turn your “weakness into a strength”?

Next time you feel this way, try to remember Dumbo.

 

Today is my birthday and the timer on my computer is reminding me that I have only 20088.75 days to live. (55 years)

(If Life offers me the opportunity and health to live 100 years).

At the same time, I’m very thankful for the first 16436,25 days lived so far.  (45 years)

This is a good day for you and me to revisit my first post. The first post explains best “la raison d’être” of this blog.

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Why 36525 days to live !

Life goes quickly and the clock is ticking.

Time is life’s most precious asset.

A human life has a potential of approximately 36525 days to live. (100 years)

Did you ever stop your daily activities to think about that?

Every night when I go to bed, when I fall asleep , I have one less  day to live.

Yes I know, It sounds obvious, but when was the last time  you really considered that? Were you ever aware of this?

This is what it looks like.

36525,36524,36523,36522 if I am a newborn.

27395,27394,27393,27393 if I am 25 years old      

18263,18262,18261,18260 if I am 50 years old      

9131,9130,9129,9128 if I am 75 years old

1826,1825,1824,1823 if I am 95 years old

365,364,363,362 if I am 99 years old

This scenario is based on a perfect life potential, in a perfect world.

Now, in reality, my life expectancy will be influenced by which part of the world I am born in. It also depends on whether I am born a male or a female.

Life expectancy may vary between 35 and 85 years old depending on which country I am born in.

For example if the life expectancy in my country of origin is 35 years old , I should expect to live 12780 days as a potential.

If the life expectancy in my country is 85 years old , I should expect to live approximatively 31046 days.

Next comes the hereditary factors on which I have very little control over, like an unexpected and unforgiving cancer and other uncontrollable circumstances such as car accidents, sport accidents, plane crashes …

Something to think about.

How long do you expect to live?       

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The problem with waiting until tomorrow is that when it finally arrives, it is called today. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow. The question is what did we do with its opportunity? All too often we will waste tomorrow as we wasted yesterday, and as we are wasting today. All that could have been accomplished can easily elude us, despite our intentions, until we inevitably discover that the things that might have been have slipped from our embrace a single, unused day at a time.

Each of us must pause frequently to remind ourselves that the clock is ticking. The same clock that began to tick from the moment we drew our first breath will also someday cease.

Time is the great equalizer of all mankind. It has taken away the best and the worst of us without regard for either. Time offers opportunity but demands a sense of urgency.

When the game of life is finally over, there is no second chance to correct our errors. The clock that is ticking away the moments of our lives does not care about winners and losers. It does not care about who succeeds or who fails. It does not care about excuses, fairness or equality. The only essential issue is how we played the game.

Regardless of a person’s current age, there is a sense of urgency that should drive them into action now—this very moment. We should be constantly aware of the value of each and every moment of our lives—moments that seem so insignificant that their loss often goes unnoticed.

We still have all the time we need. We still have lots of chances, lots of opportunities, lots of years to show what we can do. For most of us, there will be a tomorrow, a next week, a next month, and a next year. But unless we develop a sense of urgency, those brief windows of time will be sadly wasted, as were the weeks and months and years before them. There isn’t an endless supply!

So, as you think of your dreams and goals of your future tomorrow, begin today to take those very important first steps to making them all come to life.

Jim Rohn

 

Today,

Balance activity with calmness,

wealth with simplicity, 
persistence with innovation, 
community with solitude, 
familiarity with adventure, 
constancy with change.

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