09 January 2010

Words of Wisdom

Am not a buddhist, in fact am a Catholic... but I never fail to read any books of the Dalai Lama. I find his books so inspiring and I think (this is only my personal opinion) his teachings are a great help....to guide us well if we want to survive in these modern times.

Here are some of my favourite Words of Wisdom by the great Dalai Lama:

1. We can live without religion and meditation but we cannot survive without human affection.
2. It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance.
3. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
4. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
5. Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isnt anyone who does not appreciate kindness and compassion.
6. Compassion automatically brings happiness and calmness. Then even if you receive disturbing news it will be easier to take, as your mind is still.
7. I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So I think the very motion of our life is towards happiness.
8. The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
9. Each of us in our own way can try to spread compassion into people's hearts. Western civilizations these days place great importance on filling the human 'brain' with knowledge but no one seems to care about filling the human 'heart' with compassion. This is what the real role of religion is.
10. Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human but also human to other forms of life.


New Year Resolutions?

Happy New Year everyone!

It's that time of the year once again when we attempt to write down a list of resolutions only to be discovered that not one of them has been started mid-way through the year. Haha! But anyway, to keep the tradition going I thought I should still list down a couple of them as hey, who knows this year...a new decade... I will really be able to do it.

First on the list would be to try to lose a few pounds here and there which I have gained through laziness (I hope I could say that I gained those few pounds from blogging) and the second item would really be ....blog.....blog about my craft.....blog regularly....blog regularly about my craft.....what a day is like for Soft Treasures as a crafter! In case you don't know I still have a full-time job, a 7.5 hour job...so..... mix1head....you really need to set your priorities straight this year as well.

To help me attempt to accomplish the first resolution of the year...a coincidence I believe too....where I work starting next week and for the next 12 weeks we are having a 'biggest loser' competition. For $10.00 per participant we started weighing ourselves last Friday and whoever loses the most wins the total amount that will be raised from this competition. The idea is to promote team-building...and have fun at the same time although some people have started to be really serious about it even the organizer is starting to get angry...blood pressure rising whenever someone makes candid remarks. I wish the organizer would also think about the word 'FUN' when organizing everything but knowing her...I dont think so. I havent seen the list yet of who belongs to which group but.... hey....bring it on! For the next 12 weeks, I will probably also be blogging how we are going on with our competition, so come back regularly and check out how am doing. Am I losing....or am I gaining. haha!

As to the second item on the list, I do enjoy blogging just about anything because I also blog at work for our group(see...work or home I am a blogger) but I guess for me to do this regularly for Soft Treasures, I have to find the time to do it...and that is where priorities come in. I am just going to hope for the best....

Upcoming events for mix1head....attend a high school reunion in early Feb and try to post new handcrafted items here.