Monday, March 31, 2008

April 1st needs to be more about the serious side of life.

Every year April 1st rolls around and countless people play practical jokes on others. Of course this means that countless people have these, sometimes less than funny, jokes played ON them.

My proposal is that starting this year, in the spirit of international relations and a kind heart towards all of human-kind, we refrain from all these childish acts and spread the word of togetherness.

Roll on over to join the movement and sign-up.

One world, one heart, one song sung together!

Enjoy!

Zen Habits - Leo Babauta


Recently, I discovered a site that hit a chord with me. It is called Zen Habits. Now, at first I thought here comes yet another self help site harboring good advice with no way to accomplish.

WRONG!

This site somehow displays just the right words on the days when they are most useful (well, at least for me).

Wisdom, advice and life tips pour from Leo Babauta. In his short bio, Leo describes himself -

My name is Leo Babauta, I’m married with six kids, I live on Guam, I’m a writer and a runner and a vegetarian and I love writing Zen Habits.


The quote in the "about" page demonstrates the purpose of the site and makes all things possible.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Aristotle


I have enjoyed a majority of his posts and his ideas on simplification are both effective and {surprise} SIMPLE.

Enjoy!

P.S. He is also a writer and has written the following ebooks:



  • Buy Now Zen Habits for Life Handbook

    Zen Habits Handbook for Life is a series of Leo's best articles on making your life simpler, on becoming happier, and on getting more productive.


  • Buy Now Zen to Done

    Zen To Done takes some of the best aspects of a few popular productivity systems (GTD, Stephen Covey and others) and combines them with the mandate of simplicity. It makes things as simple as possible, and no more.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Circe Link - Armageddon {one of my favorites}

Just thought I would share.

Armageddon

Note: the link above will take you to the the www.rhapsody.com site and generate a pop-up player so you can listen to the song. If this runs counter to your browsing philosophy or your browser's setup than I am sorry to have teased you with this posting.

However, in addition to being available on Rhapsody it is also available at Amazon.com and can be found on her album Let's Go Together

Monday, March 03, 2008

politics versus inspiration

Have you ever wonder why something inspires?
Well I have. Up until this point in the 2008 election campaigns I really haven't been inspired by any of the candidates.

It is true that the "Yes we can" music video for Obama provided an emotional response.
However, it wasn't until I listened to the latest music video "The We Are The Ones Song" once again by will.i.am that I became inspired. Within this video is the a phase spoken by Obama -
"We are the ones we’ve been waiting for."

This comes from a Super Tuesday speech he gave and the entire context was -
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for."

Now, before anyone says that he plagiarized some more stuff, it is true that he borrowed it from Maria Shriver, who borrowed it from the Hopi Indians

And its sentiment is similar to Mahatma Ghandi's quote -
"Be the change you want to see in the world."

For me this quote and sentiment was the thing that inspired. Regardless of the source, now is the time that this particular notion needs to be the new reality.

{BTW, maybe we should all look into what the original residents have been saying for so long.)

The video which is over at DipDive is embedded below.



More links: The Wisdom of the Native Americans at Amazon.com