Wednesday, August 27, 2008

writing the stories with my eyes

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature. Life is an exciting business and most exciting when it is lived for others. You cannot do much about the length of your life, but you can do a lot about its depth and width."

Saturday, August 09, 2008

@speed of consumption

Swan at Lake Constance, Germany

Just a relay back to the idea of happiness - "I need more to be happy" is sometimes the thought that reverberates as I toil through the day. Being exposed to more and more change, and experiences drives me to seek a release from the mundane.

It is this non-appreciation of how far I have come and fortunate I have been, that sometime used by me to push myself. Though it is a very poor way of motivation, I have to say. Being motivated by dissatisfaction of one's circumstances will only be fulfilled until the next set of wants.

On the flipside, I am also motivated by contributing to somebody else's success, being able to help those in their time of need, or even if things they haven't considered. Why do we come across these emotions/thoughts that either are toxic for our psyche i.e greed, envoy, lust, apathy vs uplifting ie. inspiration, joy, humour?

There must be some self-serving reason for this sins/toxic feelings... is it to protect ourselves/self esteem/ego? Can I increase my happiness by just focusing on the basics...YES! but how can I still do that if I surround myself with material complexity?

Reduce the complexity? have less things to maintain thus, reducing their need to bother you? or just worry about the important things?