Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

 

Alain de Botton and a quick exercise on self compassion.  I think in our rush to get things started and done at this time of year we all need a bit of this.

The Ingredients Of Love

 

An enlightening explanation from Alain de Botton on True Love of Self and Others.

Any info on how we can all love more is always helpful.

We Are All Creators

We are all creators of the world around us. However we choose to do it. We don’t have to create a masterpiece to matter. A small thing like creating a smile for someone who needs one is enough.

An inspiring video that reminds us how important the strength of women can be

Think You Can And You Will

“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.“ – Mahatma Gandhi

Could it be that Gandhi read The Little Engine that could ? it was the first self help book I ever read. I was 4 years old and it formed how I look at life. It had a strong female who thought she could and she did. It’s been around for 84 years and still is a top selling picture book. If you have not read it, I’ve posted the video of the book below. There’s also a catchy tune at the end. It can put a skip in your day

Self confidence and Smelly Socrates

I was unaware of exactly how much a rebel Socrates was. He walked around barefoot and smelly challenging peoples beliefs. Now that’s self confidence. How often do we ask the hard questions especially if we have a well worn odour about us and no shoes.

Don’t let yourself be weighed down by what other people think, because in a few years, in a few decades, or in a few centuries, that way of thinking will have changed. Live now what others will only live in the future.” – Paulo Coelho

Following like a sheep is not the way to creative freedom. Self confidence is needed to break out of that box. Socrates challenged lazy assumptions. This entertaining video by Alain de Botton explores how we all can lead a true life.

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Getting Back on the Playground

Children don’t give up.   When they’re on the playground and fall down and scrape their knee, they don’t say ‘ I’m never going back to the playground, I got hurt there’.  No they get up, maybe have a cry, then start playing all over again.

Why as adults do we give up having fun on the playground because we scraped our knee?

If I think about it, it’s  rather silly, to miss out  on what was fun the majority of the time for the once or twice it wasn’t.   I will, of course try to remember how I scraped my knee and avoid doing it again, but I’m not going to tip toe through the fun in case it happens again.  I’m just going to bring more Band-Aids.

One of my favourite songs about this game of life.

Getting Rid of Unhappiness

“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.”

 – Tina Turner

New Year is a good time to really follow this advice.

Here’s a get up and shake off unhappiness video.  This is Tina at 69 years young. Awesome and inspiring.  The words of the song can also apply to oneself  be good to yourself and stop lying to yourself.

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