November 19, 2017- Pizza expectation

Hello November,

the expectation of a nice Italian pizza is a great way to start Sunday, especially if you have some work to do instead of from being lazy and enjoying the frosty morning.

A semi-flirtatious person texted me an emoticon with a kiss and love, only to tell me it was a mistake, and it wasn’t addressed to me. I just raised virtually my shoulders.

This population of semi probably needs evacuation before the end of the month to make space for something more authentic.

So, while waiting for the Italian night a song by a French with Italian origin, I think:

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November 16, 2017- Birthday updates and Publishing

Hello November, Birthday month,

birthdays are like mini new year-eves, am I on a good path, where did I come from and where am I going? What do I aim for?

Is it happiness?

Abundance?

Health?

Love and family?

And all these considerations with huge amounts of chocolate.

A way to see where we stand, is to ask other people around us.

I have identified a fear of publishing and of sending my work to editors, from an apprehension it might not be accepted.

This will not do.

So, apart from writing every day, finishing work already done and sending it to publishers is a MUST.

October 31, 2017- Halloween origins and reasons to celebrate

Hello October,

Halloween is around the corner, and although it was not in my tradition to celebrate it, I looked around for information. Apparently, the origins go back to the ancien Celts, so it is well rooted in the UK where I happen to live right now.

Something I could relate with? Apparently, for the Celts, November 1st was New Year’s Eve, and something is dying for something else to be born, as winter is coming.

So I take it as a new beginning, and a day with mystery and magic, which I rather enjoy.

Especially with a nice desert and with a glass of wine.

At least I am waiting to see what my friends have in mind, who will celebrate it tonight and invited me over!

October 19-20, 2017- The Samurai way and the loafer way ;-)

Hello October,

I am taking it easy today after particularly busy yesterday, to restore energy levels and get a sense of orientation. It’s great to have a Samurai attitude when it comes to work, but if you alternate it with a bit of a loafer attitude, it could be also interesting.

My idea is that we need to balance our energy, and some productive loafing could do that. That’s what we do while we sleep for example.

It is very creative to leave our mind wander with no purpose.

And the responsibilities, the bills, the people chasing us around?

The lack of means?

Well, we have survived that far, a couple of hours loafing will not do any harm.

We can meditate in the meanwhile, take care of ourself, give ourselves a foot massage if nothing better is not around…

So here I am, and I know this is the moment to give myself some pleasure.

Because we deserve it!

 

October 12-13, 2017- Two years in London and getting ahead well

Hello October,

I started my day later, because it felt like I needed to recharge my batteries after a week in high-speed and some stress.

Time for an update:

Two years in London, and I am at the verge of major decisions:

I am moving in to a new place.

I am between jobs and I decided to give it all to find a home for my new artistic project, and myself.

It has been great, although also challenging at times, but it is good to feel I need to shake it up a little bit.

A routine which is comfortable but doesn’t take us further needs to be shaker one way or the other.

So, what I need is a new balance, in a place with more responsibility, where I can find the means and security to put together my mega-artistic project, and of course, to have time for my book.

How about the other aspects of life?

Love?

Love has suffered a bit, at least romantic love.

With my full schedule.

On the other hand, love is there everyday in everyday interactions 🙂

 

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/how-shake-your-life.html

October 9, 2017-Happiness depends on our focus

Hello October,

“Your happiness is determined by how you allocate your attention”, Prof. Dolan says, and it seems quiet an interesting idea;

so let’s see where my attention will go for the day. Because attention is the glue that holds our life together.

And by the way, happiness is both feeling pleasure and purpose.

Ok, I think I got it.

There is pleasure in being where I am right now, drinking a nice cup of coffee.

When my attention goes to the next part of the day, where I need to negotiate my rent, the attention goes to some worry thing.

When I think why I got into this, and it’s because I have a purpose, it feels better already.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38285223

October 5, 2017- Sens of purpose day

Hello October,

when the going gets tough, the tough get going… a wise person has said… so what makes us go?

I have a project, an idea, I think it is important to share it, in the best conditions… I am confident that it’s going to add something to other people’s lives. Some might find it strange.

So, how do I go about it?

Enter the arena you shy away from is an advise.

Ok, this arena might be people who doubt me.

Instead of trying at my level, I might change level and setting.

A different type of gallery, in another setting.

Let’s give it a try.

September 24, 2017- Relaxing and accelerating, the rhythm of life

Hello September,

there is a sense of urgency, especially when deadlines arrive and some of my friends tell me it is natural to stress. Two minutes before I was calm and relaxed, so to speak. Human beings are so open to suggestion!

So how do we communicate without adopting the other person’s mood? Without allowing it to rock our boat?

More, if we see ourselves as a boat, we don’t mind some waves. Boats are made to be able to find their balance again.

Waves are their friends.

We can rock a little bit, sympathetic to the movement.

But we will go back, finding our balance.

It is like relaxing and accelerating.

There is time for relaxation.

And time to speed up.

Alternating wisely between the two is the best thing to do.

Between breathing in and out.

Between sleeping and running.

Between busy Monday Mornings and relaxed Monday evenings.

 

July 10, 2017-Happiness as a state and as a destination

Hello July,

getting what you want and not getting what you want could amount to the same degree of happiness. So why bother wanting something in the first place?

I wouldn’t have an answer to that. It seems that accepting things we can’t change can be also important as having the freedom to choose what we want. When our ambition is bounded or unbounded there seems to be a difference. We have the capacity to manufacture the commodity we chace when we look for experiences.

So if we make a choice let it be for other reasons than making us feel good 😉