Changes… Then What?

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.” ~Goethe

Dealing with changes, big as small, is part of the privilege being homo sapiens. It’s totally individual how you cope with tales in your life ending – adjustment, processing, learning, exploring – it all depends on how you acknowledge and see these changes. For better or worse, it’s our own call.

So why do I bring up this subject? I think I have undergone quite some changes in a short period of time after returning from Australia. I see it as a natural process of traveling and having been away from ‘reality’. Looking at things differently and getting new perspectives on things in life, big as small, is one of the things I love the most by traveling.

Some days you can find yourself strolling around in a dark rainy cloud and small changes can seem like big challenges and hurdles to jump – and some bright days you can take on the World yourself! I guess it’s part of being human to have some ‘flaws’ – that’s what makes us unique.

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Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite writers and have some good positive insights on life I think. He have a great spiritual gift and occasionally he write some inspirational thoughts on his blog. I found this short article a while ago and I think it has some good points to focus on and that you can implement to most facets in your life.

Closing Cycles, by Paulo Coelho

One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through.
 Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.

Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?
 You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened.

You can tell yourself you won’t take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that.
 But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister. 
Everyone is finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill.

Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away.

That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home.

Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place. 
Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them.

Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.
 Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood.

Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.

Nothing is more dangerous than not accepting love relationships that are broken off, work that is promised but there is no starting date, decisions that are always put off waiting for the “ideal moment.”

Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back. 
Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need.
 This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.

Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life.

Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust.

Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.

-Paulo Coelho

One Love.
Daniel

Blog Neglected

It’s been a while since my last blog entry. As a matter of fact I just can’t believe that a month have gone past this quickly. If time keeps moving this fast I’m gonna turn thirty in a blink of an eye, and finish my education in what surely must feel as some kind of world record time. But hey – aren’t people saying that if time feels like it’s passing quick, then you’re either super busy and tied down, – or something interesting and awesome is taking place? True or false, I myself like to think of it that way anyways. In fact school have been super busy, intense, stressed, expressive, interesting and just awesome the past four weeks. So I believe this solves the mystery of this ‘teleport’.

So what have I’ve been up to? Actually I think I will start off with something not school related. I wanted to re-design my website hence I think my former design was way too grungy and “in-your-face” – not pleasant to look at so to speak. I wanted a more subtle look and make the design as minimalistic as possible to enhance the actual content and bring it into focus. Here’s the outcome:

School have offered a great chance to work on many different subjects and assignments the past month such as a photography + Photoshop course, and working on idea development and research interviews. Made a still image film, created a menu folder for a sushi restaurant, done some posters, and having typography, chromatography and drawing lessons. Last thing I did was a presentation on the colour “black” presented pecha kucha style. Here’s a video I did on alopecia, which actually was an offspring idea, developed from an assignment concerning ‘wigs’.

So school is far from boring and I take something with me home everyday from that place. It is very time consuming with very little spare time and can be stressful and tiring at times with many assignments and deadlines, but I really enjoy it and try to take in as much as I can possible holster. I see myself as fortunate to be given this opportunity to learn.

Though school is taking most of my time these days I did had time to make this short movie when I caught the flu and had to stay home anyways.

To finish this entry off I’d like to give a shout-out to one of my favourite spiritual mentors Paolo Coelho and his blog. Check it out for daily word of wisdom. I will leave you with todays entry:

Destroy and rebuild
I am invited to go to Guncan-Gima, the site of a Zen Buddhist temple. When I get there, I am surprised to see that the extraordinarily beautiful building, which is situated in the middle of a vast forest, is right next to a huge piece of waste ground.

I ask what the waste ground is for and the man in charge explains (I can’t verify if it is true, but it must be):

‘That is where we will build the next temple.
‘Every twenty years, we destroy the temple you see before you now and rebuild it again on the site next to it.
‘This means that the monks who have trained as carpenters, stonemasons and architects are always using their practical skills and passing them on to their apprentices.
‘ It also shows them that nothing in this life is eternal and that even temples are in need of constant improvement.’