Today we commemorate the end of the First World War a hundred years ago. D is experiencing the commemoration by having a drink at the city hall with his fellow city dwellers. Meanwhile, I chose to remain home to think of the lost of lives during this horrible phase of our world history, in peaceful stillness.
Today, 17 years ago, was the horrible day that devastated and changed many lives. Let us never forget.
A few months earlier, 17 years ago, I met a friendly New Yorker on the plane to Sabah. J was touring Malaysia and I was going home after acquiring my student visa to the US. We remained friends all these years.
July, 17 years ago, I left my home town for the fourth time in my life. I went back to college in Kalamazoo to acquire a diploma in graphic design. In doing so, I have readjusted and redirected my life path once again.
To me, 2001 will never be only that one terrible day which poison has scattered fear and discord into our hearts. We just have to realize and admit that there were many good days when positive and wondrous things have simply occurred. Such is life…
Yesterday, D and I biked to Lokaal in the afternoon to participate and celebrate the 100th time of the farmer’s (local) market. We bought a loaf of bread, a box of apple juice and had two beers each. After spending a pleasant time with D’s mom and some acquaintances, we biked back home.
From an interesting and enlightening article entitled 10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings:
- Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.
- Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone.
- Be generous.
- Build pockets of stillness into your life.
- When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.
- Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity.
- “Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time.”
- Seek out what magnifies your spirit.
- Don’t be afraid to be an idealist.
- Don’t just resist cynicism — fight it actively.
The New York Times just published an article declaring that humans can live up to 115 years. Wow, if that is true, D and I shall have many many more years on Earth. We better make sure that we are healthy and happy till the end. Hmmm, this means a lot of veggie garden expansions. Hehehe! 😉
I recently read an article entitled 12 Powerful Habits I Have Stolen From Ultra-Successful People. The following are the 12 habits and how I fare in comparision:
- Waking up early – I wake up early most days of my life.
- Making lists – What can I say, list making is an obsession.
- Habit stacking – This comes naturally with the early mornings.
- Stretching – Can be improved.
- Listening to podcasts – Do audio books count?
- Meditation – Part of my morning routine.
- Reading – All my life.
- Writing – Since I can write.
- Defining the most important task (MIT) – I think I am good at this, but can be better.
- Doing the affirmations – Need to pay attention and put more effort into this area.
- Visualization – Can be better and for longer terms.
- Exercise – Not my thing. However, I can never stay still for too long unless I’m sleeping.
Second half of the year starts today…
My brother has finally submitted his papers to take care of something that he should have done months ago. Serious procrastination aside, it is truly a relief that things have finally moved on to the next level.
In World Cup Brazil, the Belgian Red Devils beat the Americans 2 – 1. What an awesome end to the day. 😉
We remember… *sob*
When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today.
The above is a famous inscription at the War Cemetery in Kohima. The Kohima Epitaph is attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds (1875–1958), and is thought to have been inspired by the epitaph of Simonides written by Simonides to honour the Spartans who fell at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC.
With some hard work and plenty of good luck, I am currently able to be semi-retired and financially independent. It was my main objective to maintain my comfy lifestyle for as long as I am able to.
That’s until I came across Jacob’s extreme ideas. Jacob worked for 5 years on a regular salary, retired at 33 and manage to cut his annual spending down to $7000. And mind you, he does all this living a normal life in San Francisco! It sounds unbelievable, I know. But if you really pay attention and try to understand how he manages things, then you’ll get it.
So… my next financial challenge is to be frugal in a very smart way. Cutting my expenses down to $7000 a year will be a mountainous hurdle, but I’ll try my best. Maybe I’ll be aiming at the moon but maybe I’ll shoot an eagle, so to say. I have nothing to lose by readjusting my habits for a more sustainable life.
There’s simply nothing wrong trying to be happy, enlightened, financially independent, green, healthy, and relaxed. 🙂