June, 2008

Waking up to happiness… you ready?

Eight Principles of Happiness most eloquently put ..>> click here (Check out this flash video before reading any further.)

I plan to see that video at least once a week until these principles become the fabric of my existence. I have some ways to go. :)

The below is for your reference only. Only read it when you have view the above video a few times and need a quick reminder.

The Eight Principles

  1. Stop hiding who you really are.
  2. Start being intensely selfish.
  3. Stop following the rules.
  4. Start scaring yourself.
  5. Stop taking it all so damn seriously.
  6. Start getting rid of the crap.
  7. Stop being busy.
  8. Start something.

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The Struggle

What is the purpose of each day in our lives?

To watch the latest tv shows?
To know the latest news?
To play sports?
To hang out with friends?
To enjoy life?
To help others?
To better our lives?
To answer the calling of our spirituality?

Yes all that and more.

How do you fit so much into one day?

Well we can’t, and can at the same time! Unfortunately, most people cannot afford to just pick one thing they like doing and ignore doing the rest. Life is a complete package and not just one part. Lucky we can minimize doing things we don’t like and create time and resources to indulge in the things we like to do.

Successful lives are run like successful organizations, they need discipline, and clear goals.

Most of us find it easy to drift from day to day, week to week, being stuck in a vortex of short term gratification without sight to what we want long term.

We are held back by the comfort of our regular daily patterns, fear of trying something different, laziness and procrastination.

Our personal struggle is to find out what we want, plan out for what we want, discipline ourselves to protect what we have, and overcome the things holding us back from reaching and fulfilling our true desires.

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Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan’s view of the world

Carl Sagan is one of the most renowned scientists of our time. His account of our planet puts things into perspective. This 5 minute clip was worth my time.

Here is the script used in this video.

The Pale Blue Dot

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “supreme leader”, every “superstar,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the only home we’ve ever known, the pale blue dot.

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