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Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry…

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu

Starting Over:  Nature Does Not Hurry...

Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry… – “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

We spend time worrying…
Rushing here and there in pain
Wondering … what if?

Wondering … what if
The sky would fall if we stop
The sun and moon too…

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” Rachel Carson

Starting Over:  Nature Does Not Hurry...

Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry – “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” John Muir

Sky, sun, moon won’t fall
‘Cos nature does not hurry
Pause and breathe… slowly

We prance round like deer
Heading straight to those headlights
Thinking… what happened?

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Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life?

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama

Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life? Serve  with your gifts

Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life? Serve with your special gifts

What Should I Do With My Life? Use Your Gifts to Serve Others: Why am I here? What is my life’s purpose? What motivates my actions? Most of us go through life unsure of where we stand or what we are supposed to do. One day, we are a dancer, the next a dealer. On and on, we go through life experimenting, but not quite sure what we should do. We forget that life is a dance and it requires specific movements from each of us. Even if we know what our purpose is, sometimes we find ourselves vacillating between choices; overwhelmed by our desire to do everything. It is not surprising that Rick Warren’s international best selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, gained much traction when it came out in 2002 and remains popular today.  Although we know intuitively that service to others is key to our collective survival, we still ask this seemingly challenging question: What Should I Do With My Life?

Why is this such a challenging question? Why do people feel challenged by this fundamental question about our life’s purpose?  Because we expect the answer to be complex and expansive.  While finding and focusing on our life’s purpose is an important raison d’être for most of us, we tend to forget that when we were born, we came with our own special brand of skills and gifts; what is often called the gifts of the spirit.

If we think back to our childhood days, we might get an inkling of what motivated our actions and kept our interests. I might fancy myself as a NASA Astronaut but I’ll never be one. What I can become is the best at my skill set – my gifts of the spirit. We are given gifts to be healers, teachers, servers, writers, leaders and the whole spectrum of skills/abilities because each of us has an important role to play on earth.  Until we tap into our OWN gifts and maximize them for the service of mankind – the upliftment of others – we will remain unsure.

“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Helen Keller

Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life? Focus on your unique apples

Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life? Focus on your unique Apple and stay motivated

What Should I Do With My Life? Focus on your Unique Apple and stay motivated: Unfortunately, many of us have interpreted the following line incorrectly: “You can Be Anything You Want to Become.” The line isn’t about becoming everything ; the classic Jack of all trade and master of none. It is more about becoming the best at your natural talents and abilities, and putting your best effort forward to achieve your dreams in those particular fields. I will use Apples as an analogy. Did you know that there are 7500 known cultivars or types of apples? Did you know that of all those varieties, each has a distinct flavor, look and cultivating needs? By the same token, we are like those apples, we are unique, in need of special cultivation,  and we can grow to our fullest if watered properly.  So why would you want to be a Honey Crisp, if you were already born, in great glory, to be a Golden Delicious?

If we look around us, we see people struggling to be something else. We look at successful people or our celebrities and wonder what they have that we don’t have. Guess what? NOTHING! They have focused their attention on their talents/skills/gifts,  and maximized their potential by doing what they know they do best. Most focus their energy on one specific skill and master everything around it. Once we gain mastery in something, other related doors open up for us. Think about it…

As a blogger, I get to read tons of blogs daily. Each blog tries to have its own flavor and each blogger her/his own voice. We write about subjects that interest us or that we believe our readers want to read, but our very essence and where we will shine best as bloggers is when we bring our  natural talents to our work.  When we feel encouraged to write about what excites us and, what we know, that is where our success lies. Doing something differently just for SEO purposes would be short-lived and an insult to our gifts and those we serve.
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Moment: A Smart Innovation For Mobile Photography

“The highest quality lenses to empower mobile picture takers everywhere to capture incredible images with their phones. ” Marc Barros

Have you ever wished you had the perfect lens to capture a special or hilarious moment? Do you sometimes think the shot you took was awesome until you uploaded it to your Picasa folder and found out it was a pixelated mess? Yes I have and, many times, I’ve wanted to call my smartphone company and give them hell. But I digress. This morning, I was surfing the net and enjoying an article posted on The Next Web. (TNW). It was about how the main weapon that would help a company win the smartphone/android war would have to be their ability to produce a great smartphone camera. I’ll concur and add  … or the next best mobile option.

As I continued surfing on TNW, I came across another article, this one was called Exploring the greatest creative renaissance By Adam Benzion and it led me to a terrific innovation:  Enter Stage Left, The Moment Lenses. Not so long ago, Marc Barros and his team of innovative entrepreneurs had a eureka moment; it was to find a way to make it possible for smartphone users to take awesome photos without the fuss of a huge lens or buying a new expensive phone. They came up with the idea of the Moment Lenses; portable, user friendly wide lens and telephoto lens that you could easily carry in your pocket and attach/use at will. When attached, the lens helps you take far superior shots than some of the lame photos we usually take.

Moment Lens Fundraising Project on KickStarter

Moment Lens Fundraising Project on KickStarter

Marc and team worked hard  to bring this brilliant idea to life and, once they fine tuned their design, they created a Kickstarter page, on January 14th, to crowd-fund their project and help raise funds. It caught on like hot tamales and to date they’ve raised over $300,000.   Yep, in less than a month they’ve inspired and motivated enough of us to contribute to the development of this great mobile phone gadget. They still need your support and will end the Kickstarter project on February 13th. Depending on the donation amount you give, you could get one of those lenses when they drop in June. So go check it out!

As I thought about the lenses, I flashed back to an incident that happened a couple of weeks ago… Want to learn more about why the Moment Lens above is a must have?  See More Below

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