Thursday, September 11, 2014

Blogging - Such a Hip Thing

But what Happened? How come it does not climb to the top of my to-do-list? It is again over six months and I wake up. No words, no photos posted.

Perhaps this is a sign that I have a life. One outside of the virtual world.

Here are some prove to share with you:

Nepal Feb 2014

Taj Mahal, India March 2014

Early Finnish Spring April 2014

Finnish Apple Blossom May 2014

Neighbours June 2014

Sun Set in Visby, Sweden July 2014

Fun in Kuopio, Finland August 2014

Reaching the Moon, Kuopio Finland September 2014

Let's enjoy the beauty that exists around us; nature, friends, family, silence... You name it.

The non-virtual world is pretty HIP to me. What do you say?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Do You Dare to be Honest?

Competing with others is a tough job and running the race calls for difficult choices. It is easy to discuss about fairness and honesty from a theoretical point of view. Real life and achieving set goals on fair and square terms can be a bit more challenging than any good intended rational guides you and me.

The following thought made me ponder my own decisions more thoroughly:

A Shoe

'It matters not what you do, 
make a nation or a shoe. 
For he who does an honest thing, 
in God's pure sight is ranked a king.'
- John Parnell

Any thoughts?

Good luck to the new week of refreshing reflections of honesty and choices to be made!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Agile or Frozen on the spot?

Occasionally I find myself in situations where I don't want to be. Perhaps you know the feeling? Those occasions when one is taking a less funny ride in a roller coaster questioning own decisions, actions, moves or -in the worst kind of scenario - own personality. Luckily such a halt can be a sign to take time out and ask where am I going and why.

It is utmost easy to take up opportunities, which are not quite suitable for us. Thoughts like 'There is something good hidden in this' and 'Even if it is not 100% match, I see great opportunities hiding somewhere there' gallop in our mind. One forgets to ask the honest question: 'Did I REALLY listen what was said' and 'Is this actually the best choice for my set of skills and experience?'.

Taking up new challenges and stretching once boundaries does no harm. It shows courage and curiosity to explore new fields, even if the result turns out a bit different than one expects. When one chapter closes, another can begin.

There are five things I try to keep in mind in whatever situation or country I am in or out:

1. remain humble enough to ask help
2. accept that culture shock is part of the deal when going through a change of any environment
3. keep a mental note: ’common sense is not so common’ - it is defined by our personal experiences
4. have mercy on yourself and take time to relax and chill out - especially when the going gets trough
5. people are people no matter where you go

My personal experience has thought me that by applying these five points, I keep my mind and body agile. Possibly I am also a bit nicer person to hang around with. In private and at work.

To finish with ....

'Learn to enjoy where you are, while you are waiting to get to where you want to be.'
- unknown author -

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Three Wise Gifts for the New Year 2014

Stop Children going Blind!
Keeping up with the beat takes time. My time, your time, our time. All of us are facing the same challenge of time management: how to fit together family, work and personal responsibilities. The one common denominator is quilt of not having enough of time.

The silence of this blog speaks about the same matter. Finding time to be on- and off-line recalls for some fine-tuning and tough choices. It is hard find a total solution to the dilemma of time management. I have come to the conclusion that doing some small nice things may help others and oneself in managing time and life in general.

My personal suggestion includes three wise gifts we can give to others and ourselves:
  1. by providing positive and open-minded comments and feedback to people around us, we add many extra hours to their lives by more relaxed environment to exist and excel.
  2. by fostering humor and laughter even in tough situations, we make others more comfortable and may even bring smile to our own faces.
  3. by helping those in need in the form suitable to us, we increase the potential for well-being nearby and faraway.  
Not so difficult! Sometimes that one positive comment may change the world or giving a small financial contribution to a good cause can have a snowball effect of goodness. Both intangible and tangible gifts can add some extra breathing space to the scarce 24 x 7 we have. Perhaps we can see our future even brighter than now by putting these three gifts in practise.
What is your action plan of personal time management for the year 2014? Is it wise?