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I often feel I am nothing and everything. It’s a really fine line, much like with being crazy or brilliant. John Lennon had a nice way of putting it. He said: “Part of me suspects I’m a loser. The other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty”. I wrote a blog post about it. Anyway. A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon the “I, a universe of atoms…” quote by the American physicist Richard P. Feynman (1918 – 1988). And it’s stuck in my head ever since. Because to me it’s both mind blowing and heart warming. The thought of “I” being a tiny, stand alone atom – and an infinite, whole universe at the same time is just beautiful. It blows my ego of it’s socks too. I isn’t the ‘earthly me’. I am a single atom and an entire universe, completing one another. Wow! So yes, it’s a quote I gratefully meditate on because it’s so simple and yet so deeply profound. Making me feel so incredibly humble and larger than life – it’s actually liberating. Look at us humans. Look at you, look at me. We are both nothing and everything. Again. That’s just… wow.
Imagine you’re looking for something, but you can’t find it. Annoying. Yes. Very. But then, maybe you’re not supposed to find it. Or maybe you’re just looking in the wrong place. Or maybe… you already found it, but you don’t realize it yet. Whatever the reason is, you might want to stop searching. Why? Well think about it: as long as you’re busy searching – you’re not… finding!
Dear friends, it’s been more than a year since my last post! Honestly, I needed the break but a lot of good things have happened to me in the meantime. Apart from a great time at Eyeworks Netherlands, where I worked as a Senior Creative with some great people at the Program Development Team, it were exciting times for me personally as well. Too much to tell you in one post. But I will share more in the coming months, because it’s been truly transformational.
I’m planning on a brand new start of focusNjoy at the end of April. And this time, I intend to actually make some money haha – because running an ad-free blog is great, but from a financial point of view it wasn’t a success and one of the reasons for me to get back to television. Later in 2014 I intend to finally start with my workshops in Amsterdam. I’m super excited about that but let’s see how things develop. Anway – I’m back and I’m feeling fresh. Hoping to hear from you – always feel free to send me an email and say hi!
Laughing is fun, free and healthy. It lowers your stress levels and strengthens your immune system. And did you know six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day and adults only 15 to 100 times? Makes you think right? No wonder grown-ups risk getting all stressed out! Lets all laugh more!
Education is a means to ‘survive’ in modern society. It gives us a frame of reference to which we all can relate. When we look closer into this frame of reference, it turns out to be a collection of rules and patterns, and modes of thinking – more or less presented like certainties on which we can build our realities. Paradoxically, in order to learn we need do let go of certainties. To make new discoveries and to gain revolutionary insights we need “think out of the box” and leave the certainties our education gave us. And is exactly that – forgetting what we know – what makes it hard to learn.