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Live now — Universal Principles

Principle — Live now

Live – to have a life rich in experience.

Living isn’t just about making time pass. It’s about feeling alive, doing things you enjoy and feel enriched by. Not preparing and planning, but doing and acting.

The fear of life

Mark Twain has said much. This is one of his more dramatic quotes.

The fear of death..., by Parée

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

Quite a lot easier said than done, but why are we afraid, really?

June 17, 2013   Comments Off

Enjoy the ride

After my last example Prepare to win, Karin added a great comment which made me feel compelled to add a new example as an follow-up. It is what Karin said, somewhat paraphrased.

Enjoying the ride, by MudflapDC

Don’t try to win if you just want to enjoy the ride.

Today’s lesson I would like to call Henrik’s Third Law of Advice: For every good advice there is an equally good advice saying the opposite. ;-)

February 26, 2011   2 Comments

Strangely enough this motivates me

I originally saw it on dump.com, but they have since cleared their archives. The caption, to which I can only agree, was “strangely enough, this motivates me”.

When work feels overwhelming, remember that you're going to die.

February 3, 2011   Comments Off

Seven years from now

Seth Godin, on your plans for the future.

Seven years from now, what will you have to show for what you’re doing right now?

Happy Earth Day, by mbgrigby

If your answer is, “not much,” perhaps you should consider a new plan, one that might generate a different answer, or, at the very least, be a more fun way to waste seven years.

So, seven years from now, what will you have to show?

January 14, 2011   1 Comment

The normal days

Steve Pavlina, in 10 Ways to Optimize Your Normal Days, provided what was an “eye opener” for me. It is completely obvious, but still I hadn’t thought of it that way.

When you realize most of your life will be consumed by normal days rather than extraordinary ones, you may feel motivated to raise the overall quality of these normal days.

If Only I Could, by Cayusa

How are your normal days?

December 8, 2010   Comments Off

Live in reality

Birgitta Granström, speaker and coach on personal development, provides some tips for how to get through darker times. (FTBM)

Find your identity: The more you let your life depend on external elements, the more vulnerable you become. Become a master of living in happiness by accepting reality.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at the Sakya Center, by Wonderlane

March 2, 2010   Comments Off

While you’re busy making other plans

John Lennon put it nicely in the lyrics for his song “Beautiful Boy”.

yellow trolley, by Alex de Carvalho

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

Don’t miss it.

January 22, 2010   Comments Off

Happiness is possible right now

Cheops' Boat, Giza, Egypt, by Dr OnaLeo Babauta on Zen Habits, has something to say about happiness.

Don’t look at happiness as something that will come when you’re done with this goal, or when you’ve attained a certain accomplishment or certain amount of wealth or material goods. Don’t look at happiness as a destination, something that you’ll get later.

Happiness is possible right now. Always remember that. When you push it back until later, it’ll never come. When you learn to be happy now, it’ll always be here.

Live here, live now.

January 17, 2010   Comments Off