Posts tagged Life philosophy

“Always Do, rather than Not-Do”

My friend has a philosophy: Always Do, rather than Not-Do. "You remember the things you do," he explains, "but it's not like you look back and reminisce all those nights sitting on a couch." Wednesday night was cold and rainy, but we made it to a free gig at Folk Club at Oxford Arts Factory. We did rather than didn't-do. And I'm so glad... it was a memorable night. The music was magic. Jack Carty was the first of the line up and in my opinion, while the other two artists - Wes Carr and The Read more [...]

Life is short, break the rules…

"Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~ Mark Twain ~ Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina.   Read more [...]

Loving What Is

How often do you think or say “I love that I’m sick” or “I love it that I got a parking fine.” Never. Well I don’t. But that was the message I took away my conversation with three inspiring minds I had dinner with on Wednesday tonight: Love What Is. Now I know I’ve spoken about this before. I distinctly remember writing about the need to accept everything just as it is, when I thought I was going to die in the back of a crazy driver’s loud-honking car winding up the mountains in Read more [...]

Yoga – always a good decision

Tonight I had a decision to make: dinner with mum, PeaceBeliever Tribute to John Lennon at Oxford Arts Factory, bed (I was up late blogging last night), try to keep awake and study, or go to a yoga class. My body craved the hot room, long stretches, mental relaxation of yoga - but it would be at the cost of all the other options, and the bother of driving and parking. All of this I could be avoided if I just sit on my ass and don't go. But I did. And I was reminded (once again) that yoga is always Read more [...]

Are you happy?

"Are you happy?" A friend asked me a couple of months ago. "Yes, of course." I answered without a second thought. Things were up-in-the-air at the time, and I was struggling with this and that, but I was enjoying all of that. For sure I was happy. I returned the question, "Are you happy?" and was shocked to hear her answer: "NO." She went on to explain that she will be happy "one day" but right now, because of this reason and that reason, overall she wasn't really very happy. I guess it's Read more [...]

To do, or not to do? Avoiding regret.

When making a decision I ask myself : 1. Will I regret doing it? If I answer "yes", I don't do it. (Reason being, if I am pretty sure I'm going to regret something I think it would be pretty silly to disregard that intuition.) If the answer is "maybe" or "no" I ask myself: 2. Will I regret not doing it? Now if I answer "yes" then I do it. (For the same reason as above.) Now the selection criteria gets a little more confusing: If the answer to both questions is "maybe" then Read more [...]

A fear of death. A fear of life.

Juan, my new friend on Galapagos islands saw the look of horror on my face when I saw the iguana carcass. "It's part of life," he shrugged. As time on the islands passed I would see many more examples of the cycle of life and death, from the crab shell above to baby birds, to the bones of a sea-lion below. What struck me more than the death was the life that these animals live. On these magical islands, animals live their lives to their full potential - they live their lives without Read more [...]

Creativism – a philosophy for life

Creativism... the beginnings of a new philosophy, with positive implications on social, political and economic theories. Ok – with that amazing very creative photograph that won “Portrait of the Year 2009” by  Sydney photographer Pippin Schembri – I now divert your attention to something close to my heart - for now I’m calling it “Creativism”, but it seems that "Potentialism" also fills the bill. (Click here to see Potentialist version of below) I think you’ll find there’s Read more [...]