Category Archives: Wisdom

why reading is for lazy people

Let’s be honest, I am a lazy person. If I can do things an easier way, I for sure will take the shortcut.

Have you heard of Brene Brown, the author of “The Power of Vulnerability”? One of my favourite books, I mentioned her before.

It took this wonderful lady A COUPLE OF YEARS to do research on a passion project, interviewing HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, several WEEKS or even MONTHS to consolidate and get the grammar and the spelling checked, needed the collaboration with a publishing company and so many more hours and proof-readers involved…

After so much effort, focus, time and love, discipline, hard work and sleepless nights (okay, I will stop listing words here :D) to create this wonderful piece full of knowledge and revelations… what is left for me to find out what conclusions she came to?

JUST GRAB THE BOOK AND READ

Within a couple of hours or days I can inhale all the knowledge she found out on this topic, all the experience she gained on her journey. Sometimes when I read books, call me crazy, but I feel like cheating, like copying someone’s homework, because all of the work was done by someone else and I just effortlessly read their conclusion, put into an understandable and pleasant language for me to digest.

I heard people say “I don’t like reading” before. This doesn’t make sense to me. It would be the same as I heard someone saying “I don’t like series”. My response to that phrase is usually “So you haven’t read the right book yet.”

For every person, every field of interest, every hobby, there is an interesting, catching book just around the corner.

Books can open our horizon and let us see the world from another angle.

Let’s give this little miracles made of paper another chance and go the shortcut.

Pina

The first time she has seen a 20$ bill

So I take out my pink-white striped wallet and pay for her hot chocolate, my matcha latte with almond milk and two deeelicious macarons, using a 20$ bill, green and friendly as the country it belongs to (god praise Canada).

Here is what she says.

“Can I see it? That’s the first time I see one.”

“You mean, that’s the first time ever you see a 20$ bill?”

“I’ve seen nana using 5$ and 10$ bills before, but never a 20$ one.”

After that we changed the coins her nana gave her and the 5$ she got from her grandpa to her first own 10$ bill! You should have seen that smile…

I recently started volunteering with an organization in Vancouver where we as volunteers – I love how they call it – coach vulnerable kids for the game of life.

Every week, me and her spend some quality time together. We go iceskating, to the aquarium, or like on that day, play a board game or cards in a cozy cafe.

In moments like this, I realize – how much of a difference I can make just by taking out this adorable girl to places she hasn’t been before and showing her the world.

These few hours we spend together might mean a small thing for us in our busy-minded life, but they mean the world to kids like her…

Originally I started volunteering because I was seeking for compensation to my 9-to-5 office job and – of course – giving something back to the society.

Definetly a win-win for both of us, I thought. I love all the activities we get to do together.

But it’s way more than that. I didn’t expect how much I could learn from a 8-year old girl.

Not only that this smarty-pants corrects my english grammar mistakes, she makes me climb on trees, draw pictures of Helen, the dolphin in the aquarium, spend 2 hours watching and feeding fishes and play hide and seek in a fancy shopping mall.

Kids like her teach us what some of us might have forgotten in our fast-paced world – to stop to think, enjoy the moment and smile.

With this being said I just want to remind us all that there are so many opportunities to give something back to our society just by spending some quality time with another person – no matter the age or background.

Let’s not forget about the power of time and attention, we can make a big difference in somebodys life.

And in the end, we realize how much we earn in return.

Pina


Be yourself, be authentic

Words of wisdom by this wonderful lady Brene Brown. She couldn’t find a definition for authenticity, so she just made one up

au·then·tic·i·ty /ˌôTHenˈtisədē/

Authenticity is a choice and needs practise.

Authenticity is the daily practise of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we actually are.

Choosing authenticity means cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, expressing compassion that comes from knowing that we’re all made of strength and struggle and nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe we’re enough.

Authenticity demands whole-hearted living and loving even when it’s hard.

Even when we’re wrestling with the shame and fear of not being good enough and especially when the joy is so intense that we’re afraid to let ourselves feel it.

Mindfully practising authenticity during our soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy and gratitude into our lives.

This was an extract out of an audiobook that I highly recommend to anyone, called “The power of vulnerability”, Brene Brown

It’s one of the best and funniest audiobooks I’ve listened to!