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Stop ignoring my faults - FIX them (read all 11 entries…)
Good readings

Answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind".

1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
because work improve us – even if we consider it as hard

3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
it’s a wonderful world – but would be just perfect without lies

6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
i’d grow up for real much faster

9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?

12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
be responsible and life a happy life

13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
potentialy, yes

14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?

15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
cause i’m myself

17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?

18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?

19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

20. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

22. Why are you, you?
because i have a mission to complete & because of my own fate

23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?

24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?

25. What are you most grateful for?
^happines and luck i get from life

26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
this one freaks me out: NONE!

27. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
probably not, no

28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?

29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
it does not

30. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?

31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

32. If not now, then when?
when the time is right

33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
comfortable now

34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?

35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
most of the times, yes

37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
for short vacations only

38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?

40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?

41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?

42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
hell no!

43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
the amount of experiences

44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
the time is now

45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
because of its price

46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
express my feelings

47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?

48. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?

49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?

50. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

be more compassionate (read all 9 entries…)
Meditation 2

On Compassion

be more compassionate (read all 9 entries…)

be more compassionate (read all 9 entries…)
Meditation 1 - 14th Dalai Lama's Lessons

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

read books by authors of 43 different nationalities (read all 21 entries…)
#32 Afghanistan

‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini

read books by authors of 43 different nationalities (read all 21 entries…)
The Guardian's list - Top 10 trivia: Novels that predicted the future

1) HG Wells: The World Set Free (1914)

Any number of inventions could have put Wells on the list, but for sheer prophetic brilliance it has to be his prediction of a world powered by nuclear energy. Physicist Leo Szilard read the novel in 1932 and it inspired him to mastermind the atom bomb.

2) Mary Shelley: Frankenstein (1818)

Real-life re-animation experiments were all the rage and gave Shelley the idea for her novel, but as creator of the original “Frankenstein science” she became unwitting godmother of everything from heart transplants to GM foods.

3) Jules Verne: From The Earth To The Moon (1865)

Verne predicted submarines and airships, right? Well, not really: the technology was around already. And even his Moon-shot scheme used a cannon instead of a rocket. But he did make Florida the launch site, just like the real-life Apollo missions.

4) Edwin Balmer and William MacHarg: The Achievements of Luther Trant (1910)

Balmer and his brother-in-law co-wrote a series of stories about psychologist-turned-detective Trant. Apart from applying “the method of Freud and Jung”, Trant also employed a lie detector, 14 years before the first polygraph was used by police interrogators.

5) Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (1735)

In Lagado, Gulliver sees a machine that can write books, while on the flying island of Laputa – held aloft by magnetic levitation – astronomers have discovered two tiny moons orbiting the planet Mars. Real astronomers weren’t able to see them until more than a century later.

6) Rudyard Kipling: With The Night Mail (1905)

Kipling’s story is set in 2000 and imagines a sky full of airships, used to send letters and parcels round the world. Not so prophetic? Well, he may have got the time-scale wrong, but Kipling beat the invention of real airmail services by nearly 20 years.

7) Edward Everett Hale: The Brick Moon (1869)

Arthur C Clarke may have invented the geostationary satellite but it was clergyman Hale who gave us the first description of an orbiting space station – a 200-foot sphere made of bricks. Why ever didn’t it catch on?

8) Robert Burton: The Anatomy Of Melancholy (1621)

A perennial must-read for bookish depressives, Burton’s rambling discourse contains the first-ever mention of little green people from space. Was that an invention or a discovery?

9) George Orwell: 1984 (1949)

Today’s Big Brother isn’t quite what Orwell envisaged, but just as depressing. Surveillance cameras, police helicopters, newspeak, lotteries to numb the masses – Orwell saw them all coming.

10) William Gibson: Neuromancer (1984)

That’s right, cyberspace. The year that saw the first Apple Mac go on sale was also when Gibson unleashed the idea of people plugging themselves into a virtual-reality matrix.

read books by authors of 43 different nationalities (read all 21 entries…)
War & travel books
  • Silver Stallion /by Junghyo Ahn
  • Death of a Hero /by Richard Aldington
  • Master Georgie /by Beryl Bainbridge
  • Darkness Falls from the Air /by Nigel Balchin
  • Empire of the Sun /by JG Ballard
  • Regeneration /by Pat Barker
  • A Long Long Way /by Sebastian Barry
  • Fair Stood the Wind for France /by H E Bates
  • Carrie’s War /by Nina Bawden
  • The Savage Detectives /by Roberto Bolano
  • The Sheltering Sky /by Paul Bowles
  • An Ice-Cream War /by William Boyd
  • When the Wind Blows /by Raymond Briggs
  • Invisible Cities /by Italo Calvino
  • Auto-da-Fe /by Elias Canetti
  • One of Ours /by Willa Cather
  • Journey to the End of the Night /by Louis-Ferdinand Celine
  • Monkey /by Wu Ch’eng-en
  • Heart of Darkness /by Joseph Conrad
  • Lord Jim /by Joseph Conrad
  • Nostromo /by Joseph Conrad
  • Sharpe’s Eagle /by Bernard Cornwell
  • The History of Pompey the Little /by Francis Coventry
  • The Red Badge of Courage /by Stephen Crane
  • Robinson Crusoe /by Daniel Defoe
  • Bomber /by Len Deighton
  • Deliverance /by James Dickey
  • Three Soldiers /by John Dos Passos
  • South Wind /by Norman Douglas
  • The Three Musketeers /by Alexandre Dumas
  • Justine /by Lawrence Durrell
  • The Bamboo Bed /by William Eastlake
  • The Siege of Krishnapur /by JG Farrell
  • Birdsong /by Sebastian Faulks
  • Parade’s End /by Ford Madox Ford
  • The African Queen /by CS Forester
  • The Ship /by CS Forester
  • Flashman /by George MacDonald Fraser
  • Cold Mountain /by Charles Frazier
  • The Beach /by Alex Garland
  • To The Ends of the Earth /trilogy by William Golding
  • Asterix the Gaul /by Rene Goscinny
  • The Tin Drum /by Gunter Grass
  • Count Belisarius /by Robert Graves
  • Life and Fate /by Vassily Grossman
  • De Niro’s Game /by Rawi Hage
  • King Solomon’s Mines /by H Rider Haggard
  • She: A History of Adventure /by H Rider Haggard
  • The Slaves of Solitude /by Patrick Hamilton
  • Covenant with Death /by John Harris
  • Enigma /by Robert Harris
  • The Good Soldier Svejk /by Jaroslav Hasek
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls /by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Prisoner of Zenda /by Anthony Hope
  • The Kite Runner /by Khaled Hosseini
  • A High Wind in Jamaica /by Richard Hughes
  • Rasselas /by Samuel Johnson
  • From Here to Eternity /by James Jones
  • Andersonville /by MacKinlay Kantor
  • Confederates /by Thomas Keneally
  • Schindler’s Ark /by Thomas Keneally
  • Day /by A. L. Kennedy
  • On the Road /by Jack Kerouac
  • Darkness at Noon /by Arthur Koestler
  • The Painted Bird /by Jerzy Kosinski
  • If Not Now, When? /by Primo Levi
  • The Call of the Wild /by Jack London
  • The Guns of Navarone /by Alistair MacLean
  • All the Pretty Horses /by Cormac McCarthy
  • Blood Meridian /by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Mark of Zorro /by Johnston McCulley
  • Lonesome Dove /by Larry McMurty
  • The Naked and the Dead /by Norman Mailer
  • La Condition Humaine /by Andre Malraux
  • Fortunes of War /by Olivia Manning
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude /by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Children of the New Forest /by Frederick Marryat
  • Moby-Dick or The Whale /by Herman Melville
  • Tales of the South Pacific /by James Michener
  • The Cruel Sea /by Nicholas Monsarrat
  • History /by Elsa Morante
  • Suite Francaise /by Irene Nemirovsky
  • The Sorrow of War /by Bao Ninh
  • Master and Commander /by Patrick O’Brian
  • The Things They Carried /by Tim O’Brien
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel /by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Burmese Days /by George Orwell
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance /by Robert Pirsig
  • The Valley of Bones /by Anthony Powell
  • The Soldier’s Art /by Anthony Powell
  • The Military Philosophers /by Anthony Powell
  • Gravity’s Rainbow /by Thomas Pynchon
  • The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen /by Rudolp Erich Raspe
  • All Quiet on the Western Front /by Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Crab with the Golden Claws /by Georges Remi Herge
  • Tintin in Tibet /by Georges Remi Herge
  • The Castafiore Emerald /by Georges Remi Herge
  • The Devil to Pay in the Backlands /by Joao Guimaraes Rosa
  • Sacaramouche /by Rafael Sabatini
  • Captain Blood /by Rafael Sabatini
  • Everything is Illuminated /by Jonathon Safran Foer
  • The Hunters /by James Salter
  • Ivanhoe /by Sir Walter Scott
  • The Rings of Saturn /by WG Sebald
  • Austerlitz /by WG Sebald
  • Black Beauty /by Anna Sewell
  • The Young Lions /by Irwin Shaw
  • A Town Like Alice /by Nevil Shute
  • Maus /by Art Spiegelman
  • The Charterhouse of Parma /by Stendhal
  • Cryptonomicon /by Neil Stephenson
  • A Sentimental Journey /by Lawrence Sterne
  • Kidnapped /by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Treasure Island /by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A Flag for Sunrise /by Robert Stone
  • Sophie’s Choice /by William Styron
  • Gulliver’s Travels /by Jonathan Swift
  • War and Peace /by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn /by Mark Twain
  • Around the World in Eighty Days /by Jules Verne
  • A Journey to the Centre of the Earth /by Jules Verne
  • Williwaw /by Gore Vidal
  • Candide /by Voltaire
  • Slaughter-House Five /by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Put Out More Flags /by Evelyn Waugh
  • Men at Arms /by Evelyn Waugh
  • The Island of Dr Moreau /by HG Wells
  • The Machine-Gunners /by Robert Westall
  • Voss /by Patrick White
  • The Virginian /by Owen Wister
  • The Caine Mutiny /by Herman Wouk
  • The Debacle /by Emile Zola

be able to look back on each day with a sense of accomplishment (read all 13 entries…)
How to start your day positively - tricks!

Ballance, happiness and energy after waking up? Very first minutes & very first acts are incredibily important here.

1) First thoughts: motivation (NO to degradation)
- Your fav motivation quote as picture on a night stand
- Afirmation thought when bad thoughts & problems of the day catch you
- Inspirational self-questioning (“What am I going to do to make my day special?) + answering & following these responses
2) Something positive to be read when you eat breakfast (blogs, poems, jokes)
3) Divide your duties on 3-elements groups. Focus on 3 most important tasks and see them as doable. Then analyze next ones. By this clear your mind from chaos and create a plan doable step-by-step.
4) Before sleeping, put a glass of water with lemon juice (better than coffee, an extra oxygen, an extra toxic reductioner, a beauty maker.
When drinking it in the morning, say to yourself: “I care about myself!”
5) Stand up 15 minutes earlier and turn off your mobile/alarm clock stand by mode. In the evening already be organized to dress up for the next day (calm and satisfaction in the morning)
- Eat healthy breakfast (“I care about my health, body, and beauty”)
- Keep all the morning places clean and organized. Add things which make you smile, motivate, or inspire – it will let you feel you’re a prioritate in your own life: you deserve good things and you’re going to realize your life this way!

“Let me listen to me and not to them.”
- Gertrude Stein

be able to look back on each day with a sense of accomplishment (read all 13 entries…)
Achieve five things a matter how small.

Funny but so good goal to be done during 2012’s each day!

Extreme sports & ideas (read all 33 entries…)
Post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them

I didn’t like this goal – seen it as a teen-age fun. But now seeing it transformed somehow – the answers won’t be so important (maybe I won’t even go back to check on them), but it’s gonna make me think more creatively, hopefully ;)

Be more organised (read all 8 entries…)
Have a regular sleep pattern

Sleep is important :)

be more compassionate (read all 9 entries…)
Little Dress For Africa

Extreme sports & ideas (read all 33 entries…)
Make a senbazuru

Extreme sports & ideas (read all 33 entries…)
Grow a bonsai tree

As a test for my patience ;)

read books by authors of 43 different nationalities (read all 21 entries…)
#33 West Bank (Palestine)/Switzerland

‘Burned Alive: a Victim of the Law of Men’ by Souad

read books by authors of 43 different nationalities (read all 21 entries…)
#34 Sudan

‘Mnaret’ by Leila Aboulela

Extreme sports & ideas (read all 33 entries…)
Walk 365 miles in 365 days

Listen and share with your inner self

Extreme sports & ideas (read all 33 entries…)
Not speak a word for 24h

~~ Clear your mind, clear your soul ~~

get in shape (read all 11 entries…)
Changing the tickers

Over two months ago, I’ve created this small tickers on my profile page – in order to help me with my weight goals by counting for me how many days I fight for my perfect look. And since then, I must admit, I didn’t do much for this look to achieve…
So today is this sad day, when I had to reset them both and make them tell the truth again – by strating the whole event all over :).
This time however, I hope it’s gonna be a helpful tool instead of nice colorful pictorial element.
Keep tracking me!

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