David Bowie died…

… Long live David Bowie! A super human with a 1000 faces, Mr. David Bowie, the man who soothed our soul with his awesome, out-of-this world music and artistic persona is no longer among us in the physical realm, but for sure his legacy will be around for ages! And not just that, but already, throughout his career, with his style and musical changes, David Bowie has opened the way for new artists, such as Marilyn Manson, that looked up to him as a role-model. And this is what he’s done, whether he was aware of it or not: he encouraged each of us to express ourselves creatively, in unique ways, without being afraid.  Be brave, be yourself, live the life you envision for yourself, essentially, be the hero of your own life: Nobody gets out of this world alive! Live your life while you are alive! Be grateful for every moment!  Here … Continue reading

On bullying (part II)

More than one year ago, I wrote an article on bullying. Back then I felt that it would be just my first article written on the topic, and now it proves to be right because I gained more awareness and experience so that I feel like sharing some more on the same subject. Also, right these moments we are going through worldwide mourning over tragic events claimed by one group or another or just mere collective accidents. As I previously wrote, these events make me reflect on the frailty of life and of my own importance in this world! Because each of us is very important through every thought that you hold, every word that you speak, every action that you take, every talent and skill that you give to the world!! So, how aware are you of all of these?… and what does this have to do with bullying?? A LOT. Well, each of us is … Continue reading

The world seems to be falling apart…

… so what can WE do? Only in the last month there have been so many tragedies around the world: in Paris, in Beirut, in Bucharest just to name a few… What’s going on?? There are so many theories out there and conspiracy theories as well, that I let you discover by yourself if you’d really like to… As in for me, all these events just make me reflect more and more on the frailty of life, so that makes me live more and more in the present moment! What else can one do than honor life right now??  I refuse to feel powerless because I am not! None of us is! Every thought each of us has, every word each of us speaks, every action each of us takes, every skill that we put into the world makes a difference!     So, here is a thought: how about that this world … Continue reading

Is being grateful a good way to spend your day? (part II)

So, you’ve probably read my previous post here, but you are not yet convinced? You are not sure what is this gratefulness thing all about? Waste no other second and watch the following TED talk with Brother David Steindl-Rast! “ A grateful world is a world of joyful people. Grateful people are joyful people, and joyful people — the more and more joyful people there are, the more and more we’ll have a joyful world. We have a network for grateful living, and it has mushroomed. We couldn’t understand why it mushroomed. We have an opportunity for people to light a candle when they are grateful for something. And there have been 15 million candles lit in one decade. People are becoming aware that a grateful world is a happy world, and we all have the opportunity by the simple stop, look, go, to transform the world, to make it … Continue reading

How to find meaningful work?

We are living privileged and in the same time, confusing times! And the quest for meaning in our lives has never been so important and on the minds of many, as it is today… I am sure that since you reached this blog post, it’s a high probability that you agree with me and that you are one of the many “heavy thinkers” out there. And this thinking process can become quite painful!! Especially if you feel alone in it… but you are not alone! For finding relief, in the age of Internet, thank God we have access to brilliant free videos created by brilliant, passionate and dedicated persons such as Alain de Botton and his team at the School of Life. Just check out the comments below the video and you’ll see that there are more and more people like us, in the quest for meaning… Summarizing the video, … Continue reading

Do you find it hard to find your one true calling? (part II)

Well, continuing from where we left it in the previous blog post… let’s say you’ve gone through a thoroughly self-examination and you’ve come to the conclusion: I have more true callings!! More gifts to give to the world! Perfect! Relax into it! Why would someone think that this is bad? Well, for once, because our societies nowadays seem to value specialization. And this is explainable because since the Industrial Revolution overall progress has been obtained by strict specialization on the job market. Simply put, is efficient to be specialized! But is it really true? For sure specialization is helpful within the bureaucracy of a company or institution, so it helps in finding jobs, but take the on-going change of technology nowadays.. For example, the Internet was a dream only 30 years ago, but look how far its materialization has taken us! And now we can only guess how far it … Continue reading

Do you find it hard to find your one true calling? (part I)

Well, think again: it just might not be just one true calling, calling you out. 🙂 For sure we are living these times right now that are like no other times before! Our family wants the best for us and they advice us to follow so called stable&secure career paths. But we might not feel like following their ideas, but following our own! And the content of every job and profession has changed tremendously in only the last few decades, with several new hundreds of jobs adding up, that couldn’t have existed, say 50 years ago! There is no certainty on the work market nowadays. Actually, in no time in history there has been a labor market security, so security itself is a myth! What are we left with then? I believe we are always left with ourselves. 🙂 What I mean is that no matter the changes in history … Continue reading

Is being grateful a good way to spend your day? (part I)

… and how you spend your days is how you spend your life, eventually! Well, the first time I remember coming across the idea of gratefulness being more effective than praying was I believe, in Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversation with God book series. He was basically saying that while praying for something implies a lack, being grateful means that you already acknowledge that what you wish for in your life IS (even if it is not necessarily in the present moment – but it’s in an intentional form). This claim obviously implies a non-linear approach on time and quite a big amount of trust – whether self-trust or trust in the universe, you name it! Now, this type of view over gratefulness is shared by other personal development superstar authors of the moment, such as Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay etc.. And they are nothing but right! What I’ve done is … Continue reading

A role-model for a lifetime

I’ve been planning to write an article about José Mujica, the president of Uruguay, for a very long time. I admire him for his life, lived with courage, authenticity, consciousness and on-going reflection, assumed risks, pain (but no more suffering!!), healed wounds and love for every moment he spends on this Earth! I might not know all the facts of his life or all his (supposedly) life mistakes. It doesn’t even matter. I look at him in this video below and I admire the human being that’s he’s become, the synthesis of good and bad that have inherently happened to him. He seems to be standing in a space which is just beyond any good or bad actually! This video sums up everything I ever thought I could learn from him and not just intellectually: I learn from his humble attitude, his soft and non-judgmental tone of voice and his … Continue reading

Is your definition of success yours?

Being a creative, curious type, with a multitude of interests and passions, I find it hard sometimes when I am expected to fit into previously defined career paths or life paths or any other paths or patterns that have been prescribed by societies or cultures. The good news is that I meet more and more people with whom I share this kind of profile. But it’s hard you know. This kind of transition between supposedly secure/safe societies and the newly cannot-afford-retirement-plans type of societies. I think I face the double standard: being free and creative while most of the jobs on the market stick to the same old definition of what a successful career is. And it is frustrating. What I come to experience is that time flies so-so fast and people change as well!  But institutions and social norms don’t change at the same pace. I’ve always based my … Continue reading