ROOSTAR

ROOSTAR

Once upon a time there was a rooster who found himself to be the best looking rooster in the world. In fact he liked to think of himself as a roostar.

Not only did he admire his cockscomb, the colours and shine of his feathers, but he also loved his voice. His ‘cock-a-doodle-doo’ was the best sounding cock-a-doodle-doo ever.

He knew how to pronounce in it in English, but also mastered the French ‘cocorico’, the Dutch ‘kukeleku’ and the German sound of a rooster ‘kikeriki’.

The rooster lived in a coop with exactly eighteen hens. Eight of the hens were in love with the handsome rooster.and ten were not. As a result only the eggs of the first eight were fertilized and the others weren’t.

The rooster wasn’t happy with this. He was happy with his offspring, but wanted more. He did not understand why the other ten hens were not attracted to him.

One day after doing one of the best sounding cock-a-doodle-doo’s ever, he went to the pond and watched his reflection in the water. Still bothered with the ten hens that weren’t in love with him, he decided he needed to become even more beautiful. And better sounding.

That’s where he started. First he learned the Spanish Quiquiriquíííííííí, Czech kikirikí and kykyryký, the Italian chicchirichì, the Portuguese cocorococó and even the Japanese: コケコッコー(Kokekokkoo).

Then he started working on his appearance using pieces of cloth and paint and even tape. He brushed his comb by rubbing it in the damp grass, making it shinier than ever before.

After that he went back to the pond and was very satisfied. He decided to stride back to the chicken coop, making all his sounds, convinced all hens would fall for him immediately.

And they fell.

Well, three of them did. They were literally shocked to death. The other 15 were so nauseated by his appearance and sounds they ran away, never to return.

As it happened to be, 2 farms down the road, a very ugly rooster lived with no hens. His eyes almost popped out of his head when he saw the procession of 15 hens and he almost fainted when they asked if they could stay.

And the roostar? Well, he took a ‘sabbatical’, now works in a circus and is actually very happy.

The moral of course is that it is better to stay who you are and be happy with what you have.
The problem often is that because you are who you are, and know what you know, and do what you do, you can become either bored or under-(or not)-appreciated by yourself.

We’re somehow ‘programmed’ to constantly aspire change and forget to reflect on what we have and appreciate it or rediscover things we already had, but forgot. That way we can start to re-appreciate. Anyway, dressing up to look even better is bound for an over-the-top-statement.

So re-appreciate, or go work in a circus. That is all I have to say about it.

 

Rooster is part of the World of Beast-series and a fable.

 

Magic potion

TrnasparantMagic potion

What makes you laugh?
What makes you adore?
What touches you?

Most of the time it is something out of the ordinary. Out-of-the-ordinary or extraordinary. Ordinary is derived from the Latin word Ordianarius, meaning orderly. Ponder on that for while. Scary word, orderly…

Yesterday I saw a number of great artists performing. They definitely were out of the ordinary and the crowd that went wild was humongous! It gave energy.

The same for Guernica from Pablo Picasso, the numerous paintings of Salvador Dali or the coloured squares of Piet Mondriaan. All paintings that were out of the ordinary and touched a lot of hearts (and souls).

And yet, we most of us try not to be out of the ordinary, but try to blend in. Being ordinary. When everybody’s doing that, the world would become a very boring place and everything will stay the same…

And a boring place is like a still standing pond of water. It becomes cloudy.

So with this post, I challenge everybody to go extraordinary once in a while. Do something that is against conventions. Take something ordinary and turn it around. Challenge people at work, challenge your friends or family by thinking and doing different. Not matter the outcome, it will always be different than the situation before.
That is the start of change.
Stirring the pond.
De-clouding the water.

I believe every one of us has something extraordinary and with that extraordinary thing you can change the world!

But it is scary to be extraordinary.
That’s why I invented a Magic Potion. Magic Potion Number YOU.
It’s very simple: Take a glass of water add a drop of lemon or citron, then a pinch of salt. Stir it three times clockwise, than slam it on a table and drink it.

You’ll instantly feel a twinkle to do something extraordinary. It was already in you and the potion freed it!

This one’s for inspiration:

One last thing: When you use the potion, you become the magical touch that makes a difference.
Be the magic!

 

 

Obstacles

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I had an interesting experience.

I was driving on the highway, when I saw something on the road. I hit it before I could avoid it. The result was a busted tire, late arrival for an appointment and 2 new tires that had to be mounted.

I was thinking what the story about obstacles is and how to avoid them and then I realized, avoiding obstacles is our natural reflex.

An obstacle is an annoyance, time-consuming and can be costly, but at the same time any obstacle instantly changes your life. It can be something difficult, something new, something unfamiliar, something scary,…

There’s a life before and after an obstacle. Avoiding an obstacle doesn’t change a thing. Life goes on as it was.

Confronting an obstacle is an instant change. Like no flat tire / flat tire.

Confronting an obstacle is an investment in change. It may cost time and money and energy, but what does that matter when the outcome is better. What is time and money on a cosmic level?

Again like the tires. They’re now brand new, with a deep profile, ready for some serious and save driving in wind and rain. That gives a good and secure feeling.

Of course not all obstacles are worth confronting, be wise in picking the good ones. The ones that have an impact that counts.

You know which ones.

Espresso

REF21 Truce 150x150cmI love to run.

It is relaxing, it clears my mind, great ideas pop to live and problems are solved. All during a 40 minute run. I’ve done this for years and years and it is part of me.

But suddenly I got a pain in my calf and sometime my achilles tendon. It started little, but it grows into a serious pain and finally became a cramp. Really painful, serious enough to stop running and walk home carefully.

It recovers in a day or two, but every time when I run it happens again. I even got cramps at night!

I tried all kinds of things to get rid of it, but none of it worked. My shoes were good, good cushioning good support, so it had to be something else.

Then, believe it or not, during running I realized that because I got a new job, spending more time in an office, with a coffee machine, I drank much more coffee then before. By much more, I mean 10 cups a day, easy.

I love to drink coffee, it is one of my favorite drinks, but I realize that, to convert caffeine into something more „neutral”, it uses water…. A lack of water in your body can cause cramp.

I had to quit drinking too much coffee. I had to change but changing a habit is changing routines and that is hard. Especially for someone like me, I love the taste of coffee, the darker roasted the better, the intensity, it’s my fuel for work and creativity!

But I did quit.

I changed to 4 to 6 cups espresso instead of drinking ordinary coffee. The real thing of freshly ground, high quality coffee beans, made by a noisy espresso machine, making great tasting espressos. I enjoy every one of them and drink a lot of herbal tea and water.

And guess what?
The cramps stopped.
It took a few days and a few careful runs, but slowly the cramp dissolved and now I can run without pain, feeling great every time I do!

But there’s more.
Instead of missing my ‘a-lot-of-coffee-drinking-routine’, I gained something additional. I more consciously enjoy the 4-6 cups of great tasting espresso then un-consciously drinking 12 big cups of ordinary coffee.

The morale?

Sometimes it is necessary to give up things,
but realize,
by doing it consciously,
before, during and after,
with a clear objective,
you get a lot more good things in return.

And remember: The best tasting coffee is in the bean.

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Espresso is part of the “Little Voices” series. Little voices are like the angels on the shoulders you see in cartoons, but not just good or bad. There are much more Little Voices, like the fearful one, the daring one, the sensitive one, the one who doesn’t like change and so on, but all of them influence behavior in one way or the other.

Fail more

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This year, fail more.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying you should try to fail. What I mean is that you need to take more risks. You need to put more of your ideas into action – even the ones you haven’t fully worked out yet.

Of course if you do that, you’re going to fail more. But you’re also going to succeed more. Thomas Edison once said, “I haven’t failed. I’ve discovered 10,000 ways that don’t work.”

You’re going to learn what works and what doesn’t. You’re going to discover that some of your great ideas actually suck, and you shouldn’t spend any more time on them. You’re also going to discover some new, truly great ideas because of those failures.

Launch things before they’re perfect. Go for 80-percent – good, not great. Modify and adjust as you go along.

In 2014, fail more.

Fail more is part of the “Little Voices” series. Little voices are like the angels on the shoulders you see in cartoons, but not just good or bad. There are much more Little Voices, like the fearful one, the daring one, the sensitive one, the one who doesn’t like change and so on, but all of them influence behavior in one way or the other. (this post is inspired by Ferdinandi)

The fear of the un-thinkable

We people are good in thinking the un-thinkable. Even when it doesn’t exist we tend to create a negative thought and make it the center of the earth.

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That can be pretty paralyzing, while the opposite is also true.

Imagine the way you came until now is on an uphill road and you reached the top*. Where does it leave you? And what will you do?

Hell yeah, you can stay on he top, looking around enjoying the view, asking what’s next, or enjoy the ride down hill. You deserve it.

And remember: use the momentum but try to avoid obstacles (real and imaginative ones). There’s only two things that can happen:

  1. The ride is only downhill from here and you’re lucky
  2. There’s an other hill ahead, so try to pick up as much speed as you can, you’ll get to that top easily for another ride downhill and you’re lucky again.

 
Every situation is an opportunity and depending on the way or perspective or from which dimension you look at it, it will create a new insight and new energy and sometimes even a new purpose.

I was thinking about the antonym of fear and found some great words, like calmness, cheer and happiness.
I call it freedom.
The freedom of the thinkable.

Enjoy the ride.

 

*The top is a matter of perspective, because either one continues the way to the actual top or turn around and make the current position the top.

The brightest colors are between black and white

Thinking of black and white I thought of the term cognitive dissonance.

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It’s an interesting and ingenuous human trait (and many people do it automatically).

It basically comes down to reducing or rationalize the unpleasant tension that arises when knowledge of facts or opinions  are contrary to ones own belief or opinion.

It can also be based on behavior that is contrary to ones own beliefs, values ​​and norms. It is in other words, the perception of incompatibility between two cognitions, where the word cognition can be knowledge, attitude, emotion, belief or behavior.

The way we reduce it is by fitting it into what we already know, reducing the negative feeling.

The interesting question that arises is: “What would we do when we didn’t have that belief(-system) or opinion. Or when we didn’t have fear in embracing new things.

That of course is the  downside of cognitive dissonance. It’s that we try to explain new, disruptive, positively life changing experiences as well, with what we know.

But because it’s new and disruptive, but does that necessarily mean that they are bad? Of course not. It’s just new. But being aware of this trait already will make a difference, just because you read this sentence and that is great!

A few funny examples: When Henry Ford was asked whether people were actually waiting for an automobile he said no.
When you ask people what they want, they’d say a faster horse, so I just made it. The result we all know of course, he created the first in series produced T-Ford and sold millions of them.

Same for Steve Jobs of Apple. He said, don’t ask people what they want, because they don’t know. And when they give an answer it is based on what they know, or old. That’s why he introduced the iPod in 2001 (in the midst of an economic crisis) …

It is even said that the Inca’s weren’t able to see the Spanish armada, laying for the coast, due to the fact that their brains just weren’t able to see it, because it had never seen anything like it before.

That doesn’t mean new ideas, situations, opinions, experiences are bad. It just means we need to adapt to new concepts, to new ideas. We have to overcome the fear of the unknown. Creating a new or revised beliefs, values ​​and norms, instead of hanging on to the old ones.

Be aware, that the only way to grow, the only way to go the next level, the only way of becoming a new and improved you, is by deliberately becoming more creative.
Literally meaning ‘Creating your new reality’. Embracing new opinions, knowledge and behavior. Believe me, it is much more fun.

Not black, not white, just looking for the brightest colors in between.
Or beyond…

De-create

Play5In order to create it’s is necessary the de-create.

Who we are is like Lego.

We have a baseplate, that are our genes. We can’t change them (although we can change the activity within the genes, but that’s a different story) and we have a soul, pure and eternal.

On that baseplate, as we start living, we put the building blocks of experiences, habits and routines. Layer after layer we build, new  on old , good on bad and vice versa. Our soul provides the energy to do so, but sometimes, with all these building blocks, it is getting dense and can get suffocating.

Souls don’t like that.
And we don’t notice.
Too busy, to preoccupied.

Until a point something or someone alerts us.
Then we realize we have a problem.

But this problem is a positive problem, it offers the opportunity to change. I use the positive definition of the word ‘problem’. It is the discrepancy between the current situation and the ideal situation, or the current state of mind and the new consciousness.

Back to the Lego.
In order to create you have to decreate.
Take a minute to realize.

Take of fthe blocks, keep the ones you like, no matter whether it is size, color, shape and set aside the once you don’t like or don’t need and give them away as good advice. Find or get new blocks, maybe even the nice transparent once.

Then start creating.

The new and improved you and the good thing is, you can take off the blocks at any time you want. Being aware of that is your new consciousness, it creates flexibility. All new experiences are new building blocks. Use them as you want.

So be adventurous, go out and find new experiences. every experience is a building block.
You can use it or give it away.

De-create is part of the Heroic series. The idea behind the paintings is to re-discover or inner child and release it. Letting the child free in you as an adult is an heroic deed! Not only your happiness gets a boost, you’ll make surroundings happy as well. Try it. Just start laughing hard, you’ll see others will start laughing as well.

Scappy and the Echo

Play4To set the scene right away, Scappy is the contraction is of Scary and Happy and it is the way we are generally raised as children. We’re happy, but are continuously reminded by our parents (and other adults) of the things we don’t do right. That’s the scary part.

The Echo is about the fact that our parents were raised by their parents who grew up Scappy as well.

The way children are raised by parents is often an echo of the way our grandparents were raising our parents and the great grand parents were raising them, etcetera. Take that plus the changing environment (we got phone, radio, black & white tv, color tv, computer, internet, smartphones, emancipation, short skirts, wealth, …) and you probably catch my drift.

Times are always changing. The way we judge our parents is based on the now on the us, not on the then and the them. And generally, let’s face it, we’re all trying well, and do as right as we can, without deliberately giving trauma’s to our children. But it happens, with only good intentions, so how objective are we.

Well we can and we should, and yes, sometimes that’s hard.
The good thing is however, you can change the past as well as you can change the future. Just hold on the positive , but put the negative emotions from the past in a different context.

Negative experiences can be the best teachers as long as you recognize, understand (you don’t need to solve them), confront them and use them in a positive way. Not trying to be right, but feel right. You’ll grow a stronger person.

The thing is, when you keep living in the past, you’re wasting so much good for the future. The negativeness will prevent you from it. So I have a simple rule and it starts with reading the words.

Every day, and one day it’s a part of you:

No Blame, Creates Gain.

Scappy and the Echo is part of the Heroic series. The idea behind the paintings is to re-discover or inner child and release it. Letting the child free in you as an adult is an heroic deed! Not only your happiness gets a boost, you’ll make surroundings happy as well. Try it. Just start laughing hard, you’ll see others will start laughing as well.