12 September 2013

Let's Chat | Steve Jobs, Happiness

Yesterday I was reminded me of a quote from Steve Jobs that I had come across before he sadly passed away.


'When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.'

— Steve Jobs 


There are times when you come across quotes which are so powerful, that they have the ability to make you want to change your mindset on the way you approach day to day life, and this is certainly one of those times. You hear people every day saying 'We only have one life' but that fact doesn't hit you properly until you sit down and actually think about whether you are spending yours how you would have hoped to. 

If what you do doesn't make you happy, look into changing it, because you cannot write off the possibility that things can get better, only you can make that happen. Life is beautiful, make sure you see it that way!
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6 September 2013

Let's Chat | Overcoming Obstacles

Below is a story that I thought carried an important message, about life and perseverance, and not taking the easy way out of things! 

The obstacle in our path

In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. 
Image sourced from Google Images.

On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many others never understand.

I think that the message this story sends is that in life, we are always going to be faced with obstacles. Some people choose to step around those obstacles and ignore them. Then there are others who accept the obstacle and try to defeat it, and it is those people who realise that overcoming an obstacle is an opportunity to better yourself, and to realise your potential. Of course, the gold coins are just an example of a reward, but rewards can come in many different forms, such as realising just how strong of a person you can be, mentally or physically. The great thing about that is, once you overcome one obstacle, it will give you the confidence to feel like you can overcome so many more. 
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25 August 2013

Let's Chat | The little things

Whilst on the train from University to London, I was browsing the internet and came across a little story which I felt had a lot of meaning to it, so I really wanted to share it. This story was told by Dr. Stephen R. Covey (1932 – 2012).

The Mayonnaise Jar
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.



He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. 

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. 



The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. 

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “YES”. 

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. 

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions. Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.” he said.

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you...” he told them.

“So... pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Worship with your family. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Spend time with good friends. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, “I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”
It just goes to show that you should never neglect the most important things in your life, and that the things which aren't as important can sometimes cast a haze over what is. I absolutely adore coming across stories like this, I know some of them can be quite long but they really do have a lot of meaning so i tend to stick with them! 

Have you got any stories like this one that you really liked? Let me know.
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21 July 2013

Let's Chat | A little Inspiration

Whilst browsing a few photography blogs I came across a comment made in 2009 from a lady who spoke of how she was so tired of her 9-5 job, knowing that she wasn't following her dream in becoming a photographer. She wrote saying that she had made a promise to herself that within the next 5 years, her occupation would be a photographer and that she herself would have her own photography blog. So off I went and clicked on her name to see whether she had kept this promise to herself (nosey nosey), leading me to the most beautiful wedding photography website which promoted her own company. Seeing something like this made me feel so inspired, as many people make resolutions, or promises to themselves, yet a small fraction actually manage to keep it. It was truly refreshing to see that this woman had made a change for the better in her life, and was able to wake up every day knowing that she could do what she loved for a living. 

I hope that this has inspired you in some way to go after what you seek in life. Have a lovely day and check back again soon!
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