Looks can be deceiving: learning has no expiration date
Here is another inspirational post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog atwww.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.ukand I think you will be inspired by Steph's videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkoz1yev_apPjE8XcVrjyjA/videos
Everyone makes mistakes. If there's someone who performs 'perfectly' and does everything flawlessly as far as you see, believe me, they make mistakes behind the scenes. Or have made a mistake in the past that has thrust them to where they are now. No one is faultless. It's great when someone seems 'perfect' but underneath they might be a mess.
Looks can be deceiving. Never has a phrase been so true and applicable in every situation. You can never tell how someone is feeling. My 'beautiful strangers' belief strikes again. We can never tell how something that we do will affect someone else. It may sink like a grain of sand on a beach, unnoticed. That causes some people to believe that it doesn't matter what they do. It may even strike you, that it doesn't matter. But it does.
Everything you do, at least consciously, defines you as a person. If you stopped doing exactly what you do every day, chaos would rule our lives. So don't feel guilty for taking care of you. You need to prepare yourself to be the best version of yourself for today. Mistakes are a requirement for growth. We all make them, some people are just better at hiding them than others. I am using mistakes as plural because no one makes just one. It'd be great if you could just make one, but we make them to help us grow and hopefully not get dragged down again. But if you do go through a series of the same mistakes, particularly when it comes to love, it's never too late to learn.
The great thing about life is that learning has no expiration date. You are learning every second, even as you are reading this. Everything's changing. Every minute, every second. The changes are so minuet that oftentimes we don't even notice them, but they are forever changing. We associate bad things with change. Some changes are bad but most of them are good. The ones that cause you to grow as a person are good, though you might not think it at the time. But because everything's constantly changing, the fear of it seems foolish.
Another great thing about life is oftentimes, although we have 'official' teachers in school/college/university the best teachers are your family and friends. Your family (hopefully) reinforce the rules of life as they know it, and as we grow we try to rebel from them but those rules tend to stay with us as we grow into the person we are supposed to be. Your friends on the other hand,might help you rebel and are the people we want to be associated with. It's very true, that your friends are the family you choose for yourself and they are undercover teachers.
We don't even realise most of the time when we're changing, it's often a slow process and it's only when you stop and think about it, that you realise how much you have changed, allbeit because of new relationships and/or situations we find ourselves embracing.
Here is another inspirational post from contributor, Stephanie Carfrae. She is a Creative Writing Graduate; you can find her own blog atwww.stephcarfrae.blogspot.co.ukand I think you will be inspired by Steph's videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkoz1yev_apPjE8XcVrjyjA/videos You
may not think it, but everybody hurts at some point during their life. Maybe
that’s why they’re so successful at what they’re doing now. Everything may look
pristine on the surface but not so on the inside. There’s no saying how another
person is feeling throughout a day; they could just be putting on a brave face
to get through it. We are all different. We can’t feel the same way about a
We won’t and that’s Ok.
How boring would it be if everyone’s reaction was the same? We all have a
limited, stunted and incomplete point of view on life. Yes, that’s right,
everyone has. We are all facing situations in our lives, be they major or
minor, that we think should be the centre of the universe. Everybody should be
focusing on how you are feeling and how you are dealing with this particular
situation. It should be important to everyone. I know that’s how it feels.
Everyone has these times. And because everyone has them, there’s no one thing
that can take precedence over others. It may seem like the biggest thing in the
world to you, and nobody can take that away from you, but it can’t be such a
big deal to all. And that’s alright.
We all have catastrophic things that happen in our lives that we just seem to
hide to other people. There are so many things that go on from day to day that
it wouldn’t be possible for your worries to belittle everyone else’s. Though of
course, it does to you.
Zenchantment presents Zen Ocean - Spring Wild Flowers of California's Coast.
The explosion of colors and unmatched beauty of wild flowers flourishing along the rugged coastline of California symbolizes the long anticipated arrival of Spring. Fields of wild flowers sprout seemingly overnight, their blinding brilliance competing with the brightness of the morning sun.
Fragile petals of poppies flutter delicately in the afternoon breeze. Undulating waves of bright yellow mustard fields bow to an offshore zephyr. A distant lighthouse stands over a rolling carpet of vibrant ground flowers.
Endless waves break and crash against the lofty cliffs in the background. Shades of purple, lavender and magenta are a testament to nature's endless bounty of vernal colors.
The flourishing fields and clusters of Spring's wild flowers last for but a fleeting moment, soon to be at the mercy of relentless heat and then oncoming chill of California's coastal fog. Relax and enjoy over one hour of Spring wild flowers along the stunning California coast, inspiring reminders of nature's promise of new hope, rebirth, and renewal.
Experience the ever changing scenery and moods of a Zen Garden, the mesmerizing power of the waves along the Northern Pacific Coast, the transient moment of a cumulus cloud passing overhead, the fragile fluttering of cherry blossoms on a spring breeze. Escape to uncharted and enchanted vistas of infinite serenity and bliss.
Underscored by original soundtracks, Zenchantment takes ambient soundscapes into a decidedly hypnotic, meditational direction; fusing quiet, mood induced textures into a visual sound collage. Together, the minimal soundtracks and sublime scenery convey the fragile and temporal beauty of nature's handiwork in flux.
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Zenchantment brings you the Zen Garden series, and other popular landscape "tonal poems" for deep relaxation, inner peace, mindfulness, and meditation.
Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in strange positions.)
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Happiness can be yours. It’s within reach. You just need to
convince your mind that it’s possible.
This is easier said than done, but
Happiness is not something that can be found in big bundles. It’s
about the moments. Small as they are. Apparently the present moment lasts for 3
seconds before it is wisped away and becomes a memory.
Life is not easy for
anyone. Perhaps I’m naïve thinking that happiness is available to everyone. But
I believe it is. When you think about it, every situation you have encountered;
a form of it has appeared in everybody else’s life too. Maybe not at the same
velocity or with the same amount of pressure piled upon them – but everyone has
experience of what you are going through. It could hit them when they’re young,
middle-aged or older.
There’s no saying what will affect you and/or when, it’s
how you deal with the after affects that are the most important things in life.
Life is not so much about what happens to you as how you
Life is a race track, which makes it misleading. It makes you feel
stupid and small if you fall behind. But everybody has their own pace.
Everybody has their own reasons for reacting to an incident in the way they do.
It is not a race.
You have your own pace for a reason that only time can unlock
I see the track as an uphill slope with rocky corners and sharp bends.
There are hurdles for you to get past but they only make you stronger and more
determined to reach the top. You can let any of these hurdles drag you right
down to the bottom, but why would you want to do that? You’ll only have to
start right from the bottom again! Even when you’ve let these hurdles get the
best of you, no matter how big or small, you can make it. Just trust in
yourself. You will pull through. It may take time. But you will get there.