As I stumble to Enlightenment

Goal nr. 7: Uh…

Six goals.

And then it stopped.

Sure, I had my list all written out.

And yet when it came to writing about goal number 7, it stopped.

So I left it for a while.

Until things became clear to me.

I don’t care too much about this goal.

At least not enough to write a blog post about it.

So how am I ever going to find the drive and energy to accomplish it?

So I dropped it.

The goal by the way, was to cook an awesome dinner on a regular basis.

I only spent a few moments thinking about why I had this goal in the first place.

And now I know it was some sort of guilt.

Guilt about not doing a lot in our household.

Guilt because so many men are chefs in their spare time.

Or at least they think are.

I’m not.

Me, I’d rather work a few more hours instead.

And have more fun than ever doing it.

So I’m leaving this one to others.

It’s like with boats.

I don’t want to be so rich so I can buy a sailing boat.

I want friends with a boat.

So I can go with them once in a while, and not have to worry about maintenance and storage.

If anybody reading this is interested in becoming a great Chef, let me know.

I still want to eat great food as often as possible.

Especially if it is prepared by great friends.

I am awaiting your invitation.

And I, I continue with goal eight.

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Niks te doen

“Morgen,” zo zei ik tegen mijn pa, “heb ik niks te doen.”
Nu, nu morgen vandaag is geworden, besef ik wat een foute uitspraak dat was.

Het klopt dat noch ik, noch iemand anders van de familie een afspraak heeft of ergens naartoe moet.
Alleen is dat duidelijk niet hetzelfde als niks te doen.
Een hele voormiddag ben ik al bezig.
Met de belastingen die nog geregeld moeten worden.
Met een ingebrekestelling.
En dan ben ik nog niet aan de paperassen en de emails die nog in mijn inbox steken toegekomen.
Om van de meetings voor de komende week die ik moet voorbereiden nog maar te zwijgen.

Weer een les geleerd.
Ik zeg te rap dat ik niks te doen heb.
En als dat dan niet zo blijkt, word ik daar ambetant van.

Toch maar ergens een uurtje vrijhouden om wat te lezen en wat muziek te luisteren.
Of nog es ne blog post te schrijven.
Ge weet wel, om content te worden.

Zelfkennis, ge zijt daar nooit klaar mee.
Maar het van u afschrijven helpt nog altijd merk ik.

Like me

Be more like me.
For 35 years I´ve tried to get people to be more like me.
Because I got annoyed when people did things different.

For example, being on time.
I make it a point to be on time as much as possible.
And get really anxious when others are not.

No more.
I have learned to like me.
And from that I have learned to see how different others are.
And I am now starting to like the differences.

So don´t be like me.

Be You.

Breaking the code

I believe the meaning of life is to understand and experience consciously that we are all creating our own life.
Whatever we focus on, whatever we believe, whatever we say, it all works together to create the future.

I believe in abundance.
I believe in positivism.
I believe in nice.
I believe in progress and creation.

Funny thing is my life is abundant.
My life is positive.
My life is nice.
My life is always in progress and full of creation.

You may disagree.
That’s fine.
Just tell me what you’re life looks like.
And I’ll tell you what your beliefs are.

Tthe most important thing about beliefs is that we have a choice.
And we can choose every day again.
The best choice you can make sometimes, is to choose a new belief.

It can make a hell of a difference in real life too.

No more Mr. Bad Guy

My oldest son told my wife the other day that he likes her a lot more than me.
I get that.
My wife is much nicer to our kids.
Because she’s much nicer, always.

But it hurt.
It hurt really bad.

The best thing is it made me aware.

About my own behavior.
And why I get angry with my kids regularly.
And the simple answer is ‘habit’.

There is no reason ever to get angry.
It’s just what I’m used to.
What I’ve seen in my youth and all around me.
What I still see.

It’s part of who I am.
I have a temper.
Well, no more.
From now on I’m going to be Mr. Nice Guy.
Always.

So if you see me moving backwards some time, look around, there might be bad guys around that I’m avoiding.
And if you don’t see any, see if you can find a mirror.

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