Make more mistakes!

Every day we remember the past, good and bad.

Some memories are with regret, because we made mistakes.

Mistakes shouldn’t be seen as something negative.
Why regret past mistakes & fear future mistakes?

We all do mistakes. And it is good!
The mistakes teach us. We improve our life with mistakes.

Maybe in the moment we do a mistake, we don’t realize it could benefit us.

But with some time, we can look back and see: yes, mistakes are not bad!

“Life can only be understood backwards - but it must be lived forwards.”

Eh?

Does a photo have to make sense? Does it have to always reflect reality?

No!

What makes a photo interesting? There are many opinions and tastes.
For me a photo works, if you pause for a few seconds.
If you look at the photo and think: “what is going on?”
Or if a photo invites you to use your imagination.
It has an "effect" and is causing your wheels in your head to move.

That, for me, is an interesting photo.

This series called “Incognito” I submitted a few days ago to a big international photo competition “Lensculture Emerging Talent Awards 2019”.

Pain is part of happiness

Could you enjoy the food, if you would never be hungry?

The lack of something is necessary in order we can enjoy it once we have it.

If you would be happy all the time, would you know that happiness exists?

We need the pain and times of unhappiness, in order to be happy!

So next time you feel sad, remember: it’s part of your future happiness.

“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”

Beat the Bad!

Bad and unfair things happen to all of us. It makes us sad and we wonder:

“Why is the world like that?”

You can get caught up in the thinking and analyzing. And then? What’s next?
Recently, when I experienced a bad thing, I remembered a quote:

“Don’t focus on the problem. Focus on the solution.”

From then on, I put my attention on finding a solution.
Instantly, I felt better AND I found a solution as well.

FREEDOM

No matter which place I have been living, birds always came to my home and were living with me. Some made even a nest!

I like symbolism - Birds represent freedom.
We humans don't have wings, but we can be free, too.
Free of the need of approval, free of worries, free of any kind of dependence, free of debt , free of pain.
There are many things we are or could be free of!

From what do you want to be free? What things (or people) right now in your life are not letting you to be free?

Look at that thing/person who is not letting you to be free and make a decision to mentally fly away from it.

EXCITING

We fly around the sun super fast!
108000 kilometers per hour! WOW!
That's 30km in one second.
83 times faster than the speed of sound.
42 times faster than a bullet from an AK-47.
WOW!
We are travelling on a high speed spaceship through space!
Good, that we don't feel it.
But we can notice it!
Today while taking pictures in the morning, I notice how fast the shadow moved.
Within a few minutes I could see a big difference!

There are so many crazy beautiful things around us we don't notice.
But when we do, like I in the morning, it's:
EXCITING!

PS:
Acutally we are even faster going through space!
The sun is moving through space, too! And we are following.
Plus, the galaxy we are in is moving, too.
A lot of motion!
And we are sitting on the sofa...

BLOCK IT

Did you ever think how much the daily words and thoughts affect your happiness?

Bad news starting in the morning. Later in the day you hear people complaining.
In between you give attention to your thoughts of worry.
On the way home you hear somebody telling a bad story.
At home you watch a movie about people killing other people and you end the day with some more bad news.

Now let's imagine another routine.
You get up, read some inspiring quotes. Be grateful for what you have.
Later you meet people complaining. You smile and ask them "what good did you experience today?". "For what are you grateful today?".
Worries come and you smile. I will win this game! And come to the next level.
Somebody you know, tells you a bad story. You ask: What is the good in the bad story? "How can you benefit? Also, tell me something good you experienced today!"

Everywhere there is negativity waiting to enter our system. People do not notice!
Be on guard, be aware. Once you are aware you can block it.

"What you pay attention to grows"

Photography is a present!

A present which puts you into the present.

 

Before I had a camera, I would never spend hours observing butterflies.

I was missing out!

It is so refreshing for your mind and soul to be in the present and put your attention 100% outside of yourself.

You can escape your voice in your head and the constant thoughts about yesterday and tomorrow.

You just have to go and take your camera. Cell phone is fine, too!

 

Try it!

Go to a place were you would usually not go. Be there with your camera. Be in the moment. Be happy!

BE HAPPY

A friend of mine wrote those words o my note board in the kitchen.

I have been thinking about her words.
And now it came to me!
Happiness is an action, a decision!
“Be” means to take action!

Happiness can be constructed!
You don’t have to wait to get it from something or someone!

Now I wrote on my board:

“Today is going to be the best day of my life.”

BE HAPPY!

PRISON

We all live in a prison. The prison of our mind.

Our mind is "protecting" us from harm.
But it is ridiculous.
What harm is there to dance on the street? Singing in a train full of people?
Giving that pretty stranger a smile?

Dear mind, what is the danger?
"You could be seen as a fool and get rejected"
That's it?
It is worse to be in a prison!

Outside of the prision is the action.
Dear mind, I know you have good intentions, but you are not helping me!
You are hurting me, keeping me locked up.

Your voice will never stop.
But in future if I want to leave my comfort zone, I will count 5-4-3-2-1!
And step out of my comfort zone (prison)!
I won't listen anymore to your voice.
You have no power to keep me away from being FREE.

Are you listening?

Or just hearing?

Most people hear, but don‘t listen.

Listening means:

- pay full attention
- thinking about what has been said
- not preparing a reply while the other is talking
- trying to understand
- remembering what has been said

Did you know that when someone really listens to you, it releases “Dopamine”, the happy hormone?
The world would be a much happier place, if people would be hearing AND listening!

“Listening is a master skill for personal and professional greatness.”

WATER

We all know how amazing and essential water is for life. There are many interesting facts!

But did you know that water has kind of a consciousness?

Scientist did an experiment, exposing different kinds of music to water. After it they froze the water and observed it under a microscope.
Classical, happy music produced beautiful crystals. Heavy metal, aggressive and sad music resulted in deformed crystals.

The same results were found with words. Words were spoken regulary to the water. Same results like with the music. Positive words: symmetrical, beautiful crystals.
Negative words: deformed crystals.

The average human body is about 60% water. Think about that!

Our words and thoughts have power. It effects water! How much of an impact do they then have on us and others?

Massive!

So take care what you think and say.

Universe Bank

Surely you know this situation where you do favors for a person. Not because you gain something or expect anything. You do it, because you feel good about it.
When nothing comes back, you are fine.
 
But how do you feel, when you do many favors for a person and one day, you need their help.
You ask about a little favor. Much less than you did for them in the past.
And you get either silence, false promises & cancellations last minute.
How do you feel? Giving a lot and not getting something little back, when you need them?
 
Horrible!
 
It happens a lot, unfortunately.
Of course, there are many exceptions. You do favors and you get it back much more.
You get things in return, which you did not expect at all.
Those are people with character. They will be happy in life!
Those selfish people who only take, will never find true happiness.
 
What helps me is to think all the good favors you do, go into the “Universe Bank”.
You will get it back, plus interest. From someone other than the person you helped.

It is true!
 
Also, the “Universe Bank” works the other way around.
If you are selfish, take only credit, but don’t pay it back. You will be punished somehow.
Don’t mess with the “Universe Bank”. They can be worse than American Express.

FINDING YOURSELF

Many people are on a quest to "find themselves".

Are you lost? Why do you have to find yourself?

That expression is weird. And doesn't sound good.
You are shaped by your history and experiences.
People, media and society shapes us.
We learn to be afraid, to conform and not to stand out.
I think what people really want is to break out of that prison.
It's not about "finding" yourself. It's about CREATING yourself.
Who do you want to be? What do you want to do?

BE IT and DO IT.

Don't be confined by the prison the system put you in.
It's hard to break free from years of programming. But it is possible and

STARTS with YOU.

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

Enlightenment

Some seek it, some not.

Those who seek it, look for it in meditation, travels, drugs, gurus, books or challenges.

 

I found it, without looking, in photography.

 

It combines all of the methods above!

 

- Having your camera in front of your face feels like: meditation

- The camera lets you explorer places, you wouldn’t usually visit: travel

- Looking for, and getting the right “moment”, the perfect shot makes super happy & that is addictive: drugs

- If you are an active photographer you meet many people, some of them inspire you: gurus

- Being in love with photography makes you curious about life and you experience what others only read about: books

- Photography is not about talent. It is more about practice and patience. Constantly improving: challenges.

 

So, enlightenment, which means for everyone something different, you may get by taking pictures. A lot of pictures.

 

For me photography, is compared to the movie Matrix – taking the blue pill.

Do you visualize?

If yes, then you know the benefits already.

If no, give it a try! It’s proven by science that visualizing can improve your performance, make you more confident and happier.

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You have an option!

Every day there are many opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you let these negative emotions in, is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.

 

REALITY DOES NOT EXIST

Every human sees life and situations different.
We experience what is right in front of us with a filter.
Also, what we see takes time to get to our brain.
It’s very fast, but still there is a delay.
What we see in front of us is actually the past.
So then how can reality exist?
We see everything through a filter and delayed.

It’s a distortion.

So how can reality exist if we can’t experience it?

MANIPULATION

You know often in life what people do or not do, makes you wonder:
WHY?
There is not always an explanation about people’s actions.
And sometimes people do strange things, because they are insecure or want to manipulate you.
It’s not about you. It’s about them. Whatever the truth is, I want to choose to believe the most positive version of a situation.
We don’t know the truth why people do what they do.
Sometimes we are even wrong with our assumptions about a situation.
Our brains tend to look more for the negative, to protect us.
But we have a choice!
Every time, we are faced with a situation, where we don’t know the truth behind someone’s action, we can choose the most positive explanation!
Better to think positive and be proven wrong.
Then to think negative and to be proven wrong.
That is a better protection! With that way of thinking, the insecurity of other people doesn’t infect us.
And if you always choose the most positive version of any situation, you take away the power of any manipulator.

A manipulator has power over you, if you are unsure and doubting.
If you think the most positive version of any action/inaction, you win.

HANDS

They are fascianating!
Everything you see was build with hands.
Even if they used machines, still they were operated by hands.
Hands can do good and also bad.
They just follow orders from your brain.
People communicate with hands, writing messages.

So fascinating!

High 5!