This blog will hopefully inspire you, warm your heart, make you smile and feel positive.

Stay Active

We are living in the age of inactivity. How much time are you are wasting in front of a screen? What are you usually doing while you are in front of a screen? You are probably sitting and eating. Physical inactivity has its price tags and it is linked to the development of various diseases. It can make us feel bad about ourselves. Do you observe someone around you who have more energy, stamina, and an overall healthier lifestyle than others? This is the type of person we should strive to be. But how to become them?

Set the timer of your smart watch or phone to remind you to exercise hourly. The routine is up to you, it can be a mix of push-ups, planks and curls. This is the best way to get your blood circulating. You can exercise anywhere, don’t feel weird to do push-ups at the airport. The best form of exercise is to simply run. Run early in the morning. It is amazing what benefits this will bring and how good it will feel. If you only do one form of exercise other than running, planking is the one you should do. If you can’t hold the pose for 50 seconds, you may be prone to serious health problems. Stand while you work, purchase a standing workstation and refuse to sit down at work.

Drinking more water will instantly give you more energy, you will feel drained and fatigued if you are dehydrated. Get quality sleep in order to stay awake longer and have more energy. Stop worrying about things that do not matter. If you worry about too many things or try to spend your day pleasing everyone else but yourself, then you will lose energy. You will fail to get sleep and you will spend your entire day with low stamina. Why waste energy worrying when you can use the same energy to visualize success? Get a theme song, listening to music will provide you an instant energy boost. Try creating playlists for each mood you would like to put yourself in. Go outside often, you will be amazed at the energy boost by simply going outside.

Here are all the hints. Do or do not, the choice is up to you. But there is no try. The process will be challenging, but by breaking the challenges into smaller parts, they will be less overwhelming. In the end, you have to want it. You have to be willing to work hard and suffer some short-term pain.

Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret.

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The Story of the Eagle

The eagle has the longest life-span among birds. It can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision.

In its 40’s, its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its chest and make it difficult to fly.

Then, the eagle is left with only 2 options: die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days.

The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its talons. When its new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old-aged feathers.

And after 5 months, the eagle takes its famous flight or rebirth and lives for 30 more years.

Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, we can take advantage of the present.

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens. Not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life.

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.

When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the cloud.

Adoption Surprise

In most of the TV crime dramas, police normally checks CCTV to catch criminals. But CCTV can also capture heartwarming moments. An 11-year-old Utah girl’s joy after learning her adoption was finalized was caught on the school CCTV. This video will make your day.

You Are Very Much On Time

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Obama retired at 55, Trump started at 70.

Sydney is 3 hours ahead of Perth, but that doesn’t make Perth slow.

Someone graduated at the age of 22, but waited 5 years before securing a good job.

Someone became a CEO at 25 and died at 50.

Another became a CEO at 50 and lived to 90 years.

Someone is still single, while someone else got married.

Everyone in this world works based on their time zone.

People around you might seem to be ahead of you and some might seem to be behind you.

But everyone is running their own race, in their own time.

Do not envy them and do not mock them.

They are in their time zone, and you are in yours.

Life is about waiting for the right moment to act.

So relax.

You’re not early.

You’re not late.

You are very much on time.

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called “The Whole Earth Catalog”. It was created by Stewart Brand, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and Polaroid cameras. It was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of “The Whole Earth Catalog”, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, on the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

– Steve Jobs, June 12, 2005

Midlife Crisis

I woke up in the morning, despite the tiredness, I forced myself to get up and get ready for work. The weather outside was fine and it’s a perfect day for a day off. But the project was late and there were too many issues to handle. As I walked to the bathroom, the heel pain still remained from my last run. I looked in the mirror while I was brushing my teeth, one of my eyes was blood red, I thought I got the flu. Time was not kind to us. Especially after you had walked the first half of your life, you may feel lost at some point – a dead-end job, a failing relationship, an unimpressed account balance and the uncertainty of future. And worse, your body is not young anymore.

Feeling lost is fine. Almost everyone had a period of their lives where they had no clue what they were doing. So this is just yours. Being disappointed in yourself just means you know you can do better. If you were never falling short of your own goals, you’d be living your life all wrong. Disappointment means you believe in bigger things for yourself. Hold this belief, it will push you further than you can imagine. You still have time to fail at love, at your career, at your personal goals. You still have the strength and determination to start over again. You can still fall and pick yourself back up, so many more times.

Everyone’s terrified. None of us really knows what’s coming next. No one actually has a foolproof plan. No one is 100% sure of how to get where they want in life and no one has it all figured out. Life is constantly changing. Uncertainty is a key ingredient to the whole shebang. If you had it all figured out right now, the rest of your life would be boring. The ups and downs are just a natural part of what keeps things interesting. And the truth is, it’s never too late to ride out those fluctuations. A period of struggle prepares you for a future of resilience. We all messed up and had made mistakes that we wish we could take back. You’re not alone. We’ve all done some really screwed-up stuff and we’ve all survived it. So you’re probably going to as well. The future still has plenty of time to fall into place.

The Backwards Law

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The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.
– The Backwards Law

Let’s think about it. The more you pursue feeling better all the time, the less satisfied you become, as pursuing something only reinforces the fact that you lack it in the first place. The more you desperately want to be rich, the more poor and unworthy you feel, regardless of how much money you actually make. The more you desperately want to be sexy and desired, the uglier you come to see yourself, regardless of your actual physical appearance. The more you desperately want to be happy and loved, the lonelier and more afraid you become, regardless of those who surround you. The more you want to be spiritually enlightened, the more self-centered and shallow you become in trying to get there.

Philosopher Albert Camus said, “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” If pursuing the positive is a negative, then pursuing the negative generates the positive. The pain you pursue in the gym results in better all-around health and energy. The failures in business are what lead to a better understanding of what’s necessary to be successful. Being open with your insecurities paradoxically makes you more confident and charismatic around others. The pain of honest confrontation is what generates the greatest trust and respect in your relationships. Suffering through your fears and anxieties is what allows you to build courage and perseverance.

Pain is an inextricable thread in the fabric of life, and to tear it out is not only impossible, but destructive: attempting to tear it out unravels everything else with it. The only way to overcome pain is to first learn how to bear it. If you couldn’t care less about the pain, you become unstoppable.