SO.LIVE.YOUR.LIFE

So, my fellow readers, I have come to the unanimous decision, that upon this fine Saturday morning, and every other fine Saturday morning, I shall post a quote… (After my coffee and snuggle with Sophie cat obviously…I’m not sure I can classify myself as Homo Sapien till that…)

Not just any quotes…

NOOOooooo!

I mean quotes that make you go…..’Huh!’ With that sudden realization look in your eyes, and the nod of your head. Quotes that make you question your own life, existence and its happenings; that make you grow, and develop, and learn, and expand in your consciousness (Whatever that is…)

Today I bring you a quote that I have started reading pretty much every day….Tending to synchronize it with my toilet escapades……..Too much info?? Its the writings of a little known man, by the name of Tecumseh. He was a leader of the Shawnee Native Americans in the 1800s, and fought the Americans in the taking of their lands. He left this quote to live by. Let me know what you think!

 220px-Tecumseh02‘So, live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart … Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and in the service of your people…

 Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving                                   thanks, the fault lies only in yourself…

 When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose lives are filled with the fear of death, so that when time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.’

– Tecumseh

 

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Make. Your. Bed.

If you are never able to do the little things right, you will never be able to do the BIG things right…

 ***BEEP BEEP BEEP!***

  My alarm shouts out like a Regimental Sergeant Major… I roll over in bed, Sophie, my annoying little cat has spent the whole night in the room, slap bang between my feet at the end of the bed. I give her a quick stroke, say good morning and roll out onto the floor (I love her really, but don’t tell her I’m more of a dog person, she’d be mortified!) My first job of the day? To make the bed.

 For me, Life, is a series of challenges, crammed into a finite number of years. There is one major lesson I have learnt from my days of being an Air Cadet, from my Dad, from a youtube speech, and from some recent personal hurdles that I have, and still are, jumping. Every morning at Cadet camp, our instructors would walk into the barracks room to inspect our beds. If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers tight, the pillow just below the headboard and the spare blanket neatly folded at the end of the bed. It was a simple task, mundane at best, but every morning, we were required to make our bed to perfection, creases and all.

At the time, as a spotty little teenager, wanting to grow up to be the next James Bond (DAMN I love that theme tune!) or Special Forces Operative, it seemed a little ridiculous. I wanted to be running around shooting at baddies and blowing stuff up!!! But in the last few months, the wisdom of this simple act has already started to prove its power in my life over and over.

If you make your bed every morning, you will have completed the first task of the day. It will fill you with a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of that day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. It will reinforce the fact that the little things in Life truly matter; if you are never able to do the little things right, you will never be able to do the BIG things right…

And if by chance you have a miserable, horrendous day, (with no coffee), you will come home to a bed that is made. That YOU made! And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better!

So if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

 

 

 

Life lessons from an 80 year old…

One thing I wish I had done, and now regret, is to have spent more time talking with my grand parents. Hearing their stories, asking them questions, soaking up their wisdom. I’ll always remember sitting on my grand fathers lap listening to him talk about his past.

I came across these a few weeks back on Facebook, and think they are FANTASTIC! A lot of them hit home…

  • Have a firm handshake
  • Look people in the eye
  • Sing in the shower
  • Own a great audio system
  • If in a fight, hit first and hit hard
  • Keep secrets
  • Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday
  • Always accept an outstretched hand
  • Be Brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
  • Whistle
  • Avoid sarcastic remarks
  • Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.
  • Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out
  • Lend only those books you never care to see again
  • Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have
  • When playing games with children, let them win
  • Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  • Be romantic
  • Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know
  • Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters. Nothing is as important as it first seems.
  • Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the callers.
  • Be a good loser
  • Be a good winner
  • Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret
  • When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go
  • Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born
  • Keep it simple
  • Beware of the person who has nothing to lose
  • Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
  • Live your life so that your epitaph could read : No Regrets.
  • Be Bold and Courageous.
  • Never waste and opportunity to tell someone you love them
  • Remember no one makes it alone.
  • Take charge of your attitude.
  • Visit friends and relatives in hospital, you need only stay a few minutes
  • Begin each day with some of your favourite music
  • Once in a while, take the scenic route
  • Send a lot of Valentines cards
  • Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy.
  • Keep a notepad by your bed. Million dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3am
  • Show respect to all who work for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
  • Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
  • Make someones day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
  • Become someones Hero
  • Marry only for love
  • Count your blessings
  • Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home
  • Wave at the children on the school bus
  • Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people
  • Don’t expect life to be fair

Like a soggy Salmon slap to the face….

KA-BLAMO!

It smacked me hard in the face, like a right-hook from Muhammad Ali…. metaphorically speaking. I was walking towards my cabin on a clear, cool evening, not needing a torch for the moon was bright; I glanced up at the stars and that was that, I had an epiphany.  Life. Is. Short.

Why do so many of us happily become slaves of our own lives? Listening to that little voice in our head telling us to do the sensible thing, to play the safe option, to sit back watch life unfold as it wishes. That was it, I had been sitting back, feet up on the couch, glass of wine in hand, following through the motions of ‘life.’ WAKE UP – WORK – SLEEP – REPEAT. My realization, my enlightenment if you will, had kicked me square in my fat arse, I need to change. I need to sort out my life. Ditch the bullshit, and grab that bull right by the horns and lead the life I want to live. Why can’t I be incredible at piano? Why can’t I be strong? What is stopping me from sticking my head down and driving for the things that I want in my life.

And this, my fellow readers, is the reason this blog exists. I asked myself the question, ‘what do I want out of life?’….one of my answers – to TRAVEL, to see the world, the different cultures, to smell and taste the foods that this incredible planet and its earthlings produce, to see landscapes that fill the soul with deep reconnection to our origin. I wish to share this with you, to bring some of these experiences to your screen. This blog is what the title says it is, Bilcos Life….