QOTD July 24 2014

July 24th, 2014 on 09:18

Julie A., M.A. Ross and Judy Corcoran: “When you understand that your feelings are triggered by what you think about an event and not by the event itself, you gain a measure of control. Although you cannot control the things (events) that happen to you, or change your feelings (after all, you feel the way you feel), you can change your thoughts. A change in thoughts often radically alters your feelings.”

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30000 Electric kilometers

July 23rd, 2014 on 23:59

I went through the 30,000km mark in my Nissan LEAF today, not bad after 2,5 years (of which 1,5 years without regular commuting :) )! The experience of driving an electric car is still as fantastic as the day I got it, I can really recommend this car to anyone. Nissan has been quite successful with the LEAF, even in ‘crisis’ years; I got a letter from Nissan yesterday in which they mentioned that the 100,000th LEAF was sold in the UK last January! As said quite a success and for a good reason; great drivability, lots of nice features, and above all; environmentally friendly (specifically in Norway with its hydro-electricity! :) )fdf, oh and probably the main reason for most; it runs cheap! It gives more kms/NOK than a ‘normal’ car and is highly subsidised (no VAT, virtually no road-tax, no toll payments, free parking in Oslo)…he he :)

 

 

 

QOTD July 23 2014

July 23rd, 2014 on 07:46

Will.I.Am Wordsworth: “That best portion of a good man’s life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”

Unsung Hero – Believe in Good

July 22nd, 2014 on 23:55

This is an amazing clip about an Unsung Hero, a must watch!

Yeah yeah, I know, it *is* a commercial (disclosed at the very end), yet not the normal kind of rubbish you see on TV. This one has a powerful message of love and a believe in doing unconditionally Good…I *love* it! (and wish more commercials were made like this…)

 


What does he get in return for doing this every day?
He gets nothing.
He won’t be richer
Won’t appear on TV
Still anonymous
And not a bit more famous

What he does receive are emotions
He witnesses happiness
Reaches a deeper understanding
Feels the love
Receives what money can’t buy
A world made more beautiful
And in your life?
What is it that you desire most?

 

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QOTD July 22 2014

July 22nd, 2014 on 10:10

Oprah Winfrey: “In order to be truly happy, you must live along with, and you must stand for something larger than yourself.”

Weekend working in Skopje

July 21st, 2014 on 23:28

My first week working has been quit busy, it seemed I missed working so much that I worked through the whole weekend, ha! :)

Not so bad as it may sound though, as I worked from Skopje, Macedonia (or formally F.Y.R.O.M.), though that sounds more exotic as it was; unfortunately there wasn’t any time to see much of the city other than the 5 minute walk from hotel to office and back (plus some occasional restaurants for lunch and dinner and a bar or two for a beer or two on Saturday :) )

There are some amazing buildings along the river as you can see below. The historic structures gave me a ‘Rome-like’ feeling, though the truth is far from it; everything has been built only in the past years (!) giving Skopje a brand new city skyline for uhhh a lousy 500 million euro (!!). One could conclude that Skopje does extremely well in the ranks of wealthy places on earth, but that ain’t true; unemployment is high and wages are low; waiters for instance earn just 5-8 euro, a day!!

Still, Skopje left a great impression and I hope to see a bit more when I am back mid August for work. :)

 







 

QOTD July 21 2014

July 21st, 2014 on 11:42

William Hazlitt: “The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.”

QOTD July 20 2014

July 20th, 2014 on 13:47

Demosthenes: “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”

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QOTD July 19 2014

July 19th, 2014 on 15:16

Mother Teresa: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”

QOTD July 18 2014

July 18th, 2014 on 08:54

Ann Richards: “If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities.”

QOTD July 17 2014

July 17th, 2014 on 12:30

John Muir: “When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.”

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QOTD July 16 2014

July 16th, 2014 on 15:16

Paul “Bear” Bryant: “I don’t hire anybody who’s not brighter than I am. If they’re not brighter than I am, I don’t need them.”

Today is the first day of something new…

July 15th, 2014 on 22:33

I am well aware that I made some people pretty curious as to where my ‘first and second step into something new’ blogposts would lead to…well, ‘disclosure time’ is finally here:

After a period of 1,5 years in which I haven’t worked (at least not in the routine rat-race way that everyone seems to love so much :) ), in which I took the opportunity to self-reflect as well as self-study, helped out people left and right with their processes and practicalities, was able to intensely enjoy the freedom to have an almost daily choice of what to focus my energy on, and above all; a period where I have had an invaluable opportunity to witness Misha grow from ‘non-speaking-just-started-walking’ baby boy to a ‘hey-daddy-look-how-fast-I-can-run-away-from(-or-towards-to)-you’ little child…it showed me how valuable time is, and how needed change can be.

Today has been the day that this phase of my life transformed into something new: yessss, I started working again!!

I decided some time ago to start my own consultancy company, and I found my first customer; my former employer! (or at least, a sister division of it, meaning I will work together with some very familiar faces, again!) :)

This morning I enjoyed a warm welcome in an environment that I know all to well, with enough challenges to keep me sharp…yeah, it is good to be back in business!!

Happy and excited!!

 

Haha, my welcome package:

QOTD July 15 2014

July 15th, 2014 on 08:15

Sir Winston Churchill: “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”

QOTD July 14 2014

July 14th, 2014 on 12:57

W. Somerset Maugham: “It is very difficult to know people and I don’t think one can ever really know any but one’s own countrymen. For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they are born, the city apartment or the farm in which they learnt to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives’ tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the poets they read, and the God they believed in. It is all these things that have made them what they are, and these are the things that you can’t come to know by hearsay, you can only know them if you have lived them.”

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QOTD July 13 2014

July 13th, 2014 on 16:52

Mahatma Gandhi: “Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.”

QOTD July 12 2014

July 12th, 2014 on 10:57

William Arthur Wood: “Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.”

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QOTD July 11 2014

July 11th, 2014 on 11:35

Jim Hightower: “Do something. If it doesn’t work, do something else. No idea is too crazy.”

QOTD July 10 2014

July 10th, 2014 on 11:51

L. M. Montgomery: “Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”

QOTD July 9 2014

July 9th, 2014 on 12:17

Ovid: “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”