There are smart ways to live and dumb ways to die. This animation, created by the Melbourne Metro, serves as a reminder that getting hit by a train is the dumbest way to die. Point taken, with a smile.

November 20, 2012 by: | Category: Video | Tags:

This compilation of laughing infants, babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, adults and seniors will put a smile on your face. A brilliant example of ‘Where focus goes, energy flows’, because the natural result of your attention for all these laughs, is that you’ll start to feel good and laugh yourself.

November 15, 2012 by: | Category: Video |

“It’s no wonder that we’re pessimistic. It’s no wonder that people think that the world is getting worse. But perhaps that’s not the case”. This is the opening statement of this video. Watch it and become excited about the future. Because perhaps we forget that we’ve only just begun.

November 13, 2012 by: | Category: Video | Tags: ,

Storm Sandy changed the look of New York City in a way that was not seen before. The filmmakers words: “Seeing lower Manhattan without power was a surreal experience. This is traditionally a city that never sleeps. One in which the lights are always on. One that is always bustling with people. When the lights went out it was wholly different. This piece is meant to capture and relay the feeling of what it was like to walk around the darkened streets of lower Manhattan”. The film ends with the words: “We are already alive”. To me this serves as a reminder that bright lights and a big city may make us feel alive, but that in fact it is the other way around: we make the bright lights and the big city come to life. In other words: we don’t need a vibrant city to know we are alive: we already are.

November 8, 2012 by: | Category: Video |

An excuse is used: A) to explain (a fault or an offense) in the hope of being forgiven or understood and B) to apologize for (oneself) for an act that could cause offense. Excuses can be genuine, coming straight from the heart, based on nothing else but the truth. And excuses can be false, a made up lie, used as a cover up. The story in this film is about a guy who arrives at home too late. His excuse however, is the most imaginative one ever! I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.

November 5, 2012 by: | Category: Video |

Always wanted to go to Hawaii? For sunsets, surfing, scuba diving, helicopter flights, driving a cabrio, exploring a little nature etc.? Well now you can in less than 3 minutes: enjoy this trip to paradise!

October 11, 2012 by: | Category: Video |

Speaking of focus and joy: this is an ultimate example! You can fall, sure, but you’re not going to!

October 2, 2012 by: | Category: Video |
    • Daring to be vulnerable gives you power to be

      People are vulnerable as individuals and as a species. And fighting vulnerability is useless. No matter how hard you try. Simply because you can’t control everything and so your life can turn upside down at any moment of any day. You may be the King of the World, the Smartest Woman in the Universe or the Sexiest Man Alive; it won’t help. You can however hide from it. And most of us do. Behind a fancy job title, nice car or house. Interesting friends, a busy agenda, designer clothes or healthy hipster life style, but sooner or later vulnerability will find you. So what can you do? Well, it’s simple.

      Simply face it and embrace it. Because when you embrace it, you no longer need to fight it. You no longer need to run or hide from it, by keeping up appearances and putting energy in this hopeless attempt to avoid the discomfort of feeling it. You can now be as you are, vulnerable, instead of pretending not to be. The way I see it: vulnerability is indestructible. So by letting it in and become a part of you, in a way that makes you indestructible. Daring to be vulnerable gives you power to be.

      Vulnerability becomes a Strength

      Are you alive?

      From time to time it’s good to ask yourself: “Am I alive?” Because it’s not uncommon to just be busy doing what you’re always doing. To be caught up in a routine. And that routine may very well result in hours, days, weeks, months or even years of living, without actually being alive. Because there’s more to living, than just breathing. Imagine someone in a coma and it becomes clear… I recently attended a re-birthing workshop and I experienced the difference between A) normal breathing: a mostly shallow, kind of mechanic and unconscious way of getting the bare minimum of oxygen ‘shots’ and B) breathing with full awareness, in a rich flow, organic and fully open to receive life’s energy in all it’s splendor. It let me experience the meaning of the phrase: “Just because you breathe, doesn’t mean you’re alive”. And so I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to wonder: am I  really alive or mostly just busy breathing?

      Just because you breathe

      Who am I… or rather, what am I?

      I guess you’re familiar with this sensation: one moment you feel great, and the next… well not so great. I sometimes feel like I’m nothing and sometimes I feel as though I’m everything. It’s a really fine line, much like it is 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 post about that one too. 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 his words are 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, blows my ego off it’s socks. Because “I” isn’t (only) the ‘earthly me’. “I” is a single atom and an entire universe, completing one another. Think about that when you’re looking at yourself in the mirror. So yes, it’s a quote I gratefully meditate on. It’s so simple and yet so deeply profound. It makes me feel humble and larger than life at the same time – it’s liberating. Look at us humans. Look at you, look at me. We are both nothing and everything. Again. That’s just… wow.

      I, a universe of atoms

      focusNjoy #122: Stop searching, start finding

      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!

      Stop searching, Start finding

      A fresh start for focusNjoy

      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!

      Love, Stijn.

      focusNjoy back 2014
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