May 29 – Share your joy

Let`s start the week with an inspiring fable from the Hindu mythology:

“Bharadvaja was a devout scholar who studied the Vedas (ancient Hindu philosophical and spiritual texts). He spent his entire lifetime learning and pondering the Vedas. Then he died.
Bharadvaja was reborn and he continued his reading, memorizing and writing of the Vedas. His whole life, yet again, was dedicated to studying these ancient texts.
Bharadvaja died and was reborn a third time. He once again pursued his learning of the Vedas with deep intensity. He withdrew from his community to study day and night and became known as a secluded sage devoted to learning. During this time, his desire to stop the cycle of birth, death and rebirth began to grow.
Near the end of Bharadvaja’s third life, Shiva paid him a visit. At first, Bharadvaja was excited as he thought his zealous studies had finally paid off and Shiva would release him from the cycle of death and rebirth.
The excitement waned as Shiva asked what exactly Bharadvaja thought he was doing with his lifetimes. Bharadvaja replied that every lifetime had been completely devoted to getting closer to the teachings. Shiva slowly shook his head, reached out the window and scooped up a pile of dirt which he placed in front of his student, saying, “This handful of dirt represents what you learned in one lifetime.”
Shiva swept up another handful of dirt and placed it with the first. “This,” Shiva said, “is what you learned during your second lifetime.”
Shiva reached his arm out the window a third time and placed a pile of dirt in front of Bharadvaja. He said, “this third mound of dirt illustrates the knowledge you accumulated during this lifetime.” Shiva then motioned to the Himalayas beyond the window, “Do you see those mountains? That represents the information contained in the Vedas, Bharadvaja. It would take thousands of lifetimes to master all that is contained within them. You certainly have gained more knowledge than anyone else, but you have chosen to live alone, to share your knowledge with no one and have yet to experience and give life to the true meaning of the Vedas. It is through sharing and teaching that you’ll awaken to life and overcome death.” Shiva then left his pupil and Bharadvaja died.
During his fourth lifetime, Bharadvaja not only studied the Vedas, but he became a compassionate educator. He imparted the wisdom and many students revered him as a beloved teacher. Upon his deathbed, people came from all over to honor their teacher. Shiva also came to tell him that he’d learned the lesson and that if Bharadvaja chose, he too could be freed from the death-rebirth cycle. Bharadvaja thanked Shiva but recognized that it was through sharing and teaching that he felt most alive and he chose to be reborn again and became one of the greatest sages ever known.”
From an early age we are thought that knowledge is power that gives us advantage over others. Sharing the knowledge is therefore not in our interest. The same applies to the office- we are all want to be seen in expert in our fields and oversharing could work against us. The story of Bharadwaja is an important reminder for all of us to first find what brings us joy and second and more importantly – to share the joy with the others, for theirs and our own good. Because the joy that is shared, gets multiplied 🙂


May 13 – Do you care?

We often feel the need to share the opinions that we’ve formed  based on our knowledge and experience. But just sharing them without consideration for the other person and their situation doesn’t always work. We’ve experienced it many times – there are always the ones who not neceserily know the best,  but are the loudest to share. Even though you’ve experienced something first hand and they just read about it somewhere- they are just so convinced that there is no point to have a discussion. In these situations it is difficult to connect , as the other side seems to be only interested in hearing their voice and does not seem to care about others’ views.  But then, how often do you genuinely care about what they have to say? Almost never, right? 

Sometimes in our eagerness to share we can be the “loud” ones.  And in these times listening might work better than speaking. Because we all want to connect. Connecting with care and consideration is the key to  getting it right 🙂

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May 10 – Be yourself


Staying true to ourselves ( specially when one is perceived to be “different” for whatever reason)  is one of the biggest challenges that we face in our lives. But it pays off as eventually we will be on our own journey,  learning our own lessons and making our own contribution to this world 🙂 And here are the words of the favourite songs from “La La land” to give you the inspiration to do that:

“She told me
“A bit of madness is key
To give us new colors to see
Who knows where it will lead us?
And that’s why they need us”
So bring on the rebels
The ripples from pebbles
The painters, and poets, and plays
And here’s to the fools who dream
Crazy as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that break
Here’s to the mess we make
I trace it all back to then
Her, and the snow, and the Seine
Smiling through it
She said she’d do it again”

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May 9 – Be happy

From an early age we learn to stand up for ourselves and defend our point. But very often things are not so black and white – people perceive them differently based on their experiences, background and beliefs. In these instances there is no view that is  right or wrong – but just different. Isn’t then listening and understanding much more valuable than proving that we are right and the other side – wrong? 🙂

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May 8 – Embrace yourself

Today I am sharing with you a wise set of words that “found” me very recently.I truly believe that our experiences shape us and only through them we grow and develop in our journey. We are often our toughest critics, without our “mistakes” we would have hardly learnt any lessons in life. Let`s start the week with embracing and honoring who we are and continuing on our path with confidence and no regrets.

In life we do things

some we wish we had

never done. Some we

wish we could repeat

a million times in our

heads. But they all

make us who we are.

And in the end they

shape up every detail

about us. If we were

to reverse any of them

we wouldn`t be the

person we are. So just

live. Make mistakes.

Have wonderful memories.

But never ever second

guess who you are,

where you have been,

and most importantly

 whereit is you’re


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May 6 – Learn from the best

Even though Churchill is definitely not an example of a role model, his words below deserve to be shared:

“If you can start the day without caffeine;

If you can get going without pep pills;

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains;

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles;

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it;

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time;

If you can forgive a friend’s lack of consideration;

If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, through no fault of your own, something goes wrong;

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment;

If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him;

If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend;

If you can face the world without lies and deceit;

If you can conquer tension without medical help;

If you can relax without liquor; If you can sleep without the aid of drugs;

If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed or color, religion or politics; then, my friend, you are almost as good as your dog.”

It’s never to late to learn- and the teachers are all around us. Scientifically we are the most advanced species, but indeed – there is so much to learn from our pets and the power of their inspiring unconditional love. 

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