I guess every one of us has once in a while reflected upon the weekends well spent realising that the most perfect ones are those that are completely spontaneous. Where there are no ‘shoulds’ or ‘have to’s’. When you don’t resist, don’t plan, but instead let it flow.
R.L. Stevenson once said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
I guess, for me it means, it is not always about being 100% productive running like a squirrel in a wheel. Sometimes, it’s more about embracing a day where the greatest goal is to recharge your batteries - stepping aside from the structure you have created, and instead encouraging the flow of late afternoon being wrapped in your sheets, leisurely brunch, deep breath, mini longboarding marathon along the sea.
This weekend has turned out to be perfectly random with all the great things mentioned above. Yet, the most favorite of all is being cruising along the Munkkiniemi beach above the sun-beaten ground. The sudden feeling of changing seasons.. that crispness creep into the air.. The sky feels different, yet, the sun is as warm and glowing as in the middle of summer. Love the moment of enjoying the body flow with the wind whistling in my ears while soaking in the solitude of the surroundings. For a moment that means stopping the inner dialogue and instead living in the flow full of energy and fun. There is no better feeling than being in the nature while working on understanding your body. It’s that ultimate freedom you get when your mind becomes comfortably numb and present.
Some personal advice by Chris Anderson as you embark on career. “Everything from “one word: plastics” to… “follow your dream, pursue your passion.” Indeed the mantra of romantically pursuing passion is hammered into us by countless movies, novels and pulp TV. I’m not convinced it is very good advice. Apart from the fact that many people aren’t sure what their passion is, even if they were, there are lots of wonderful things in life that absolutely should not be pursued directly. Take love. We all want it. But there’s a word for people who pursue love a little too directly. Stalker. Or take happiness. Go after that wholeheartedly and most likely you’ll end up a hedonist, a narcissist, an addict. A great musician who wants to pursue the absolute in artistic creativity doesn’t get there by being creative. She gets there by being disciplined. By learning, listening and by practicing for hours… until one day the creativity just flows of its own accord.
Pursue discipline. It’s an old-fashioned word, but it’s never been more important.Today’s world is full of an impossible number of distractions. The world-changers are those who find a way of ignoring most of them.
Knowledge, discipline, generosity. If you pursue those with all the determination you possess, one day before too long, without your even knowing it, the chance to realize your most spectacular dreams will come gently tap you on the shoulder and whisper… “Let’s go!”. And you’ll be ready.
And that is how you’re going to help shape a better future.
Every once in a while — often when we least expect it — we encounter someone more courageous, someone who choose to strive for that which (to us) seemed unrealistically unattainable, even elusive. And we marvel. We swoon. We gape. Often, we are in awe. I think we look at these people as lucky, when in fact, luck has nothing to do with it. It is really about the strength of their imagination; it is about how they constructed the possibilities for their Life. In short, they didn’t determine what was impossible before it was even possible.
* Debbie Millman’s illustrated essay of timeless advice on courage and the creative life