Make Life Easier – Be More Joyful

Be More Joyful

This is the easiest way I know to attract more abundance, serendipity, and contentment in to your life.

Life Can Creep Up On You

It’s easy to get caught up in the mundane, everyday activities that we all have to do. It’s easy to get trapped on a treadmill of monotony without even realising it. And then one day, to wake up and realise that life is a bit boring, and to wonder where the joy and laughter went.

Yes, certain things have to get done. Work, the school run, the shopping and food prep, parent-teacher meetings, that training you have to do for work, the accounts, etc. But very often we do them without thinking. We go through the motions of the everyday, trance-like.

And when we do wake up and wonder where the joy and laughter went, we don’t remember how to bring it back.

I may be painting a grim picture here – perhaps I have gone to an extreme to prove a point, but you may be on the road to this place, even if you’ve not got that far yet.

What I have found is that when the joy and laughter reduces in our life, even just by a little bit, life becomes harder, we have to work at things more, and the little moments of magical coincidences become fewer and less frequent.

Live, Love And Laugh

I believe that to:

  • feel more connected
  • feel more spiritual
  • be more intuitive
  • create more abundance
  • really engage with the universe,
  • attract the good things (and the magic) to us,

we need to get back to joy: Remember, it, find it, and invite more joyfulness in.

A friend told me that some years ago she had heard the author Marianne Williamson speak and that she had said, “healing happens one ‘aha’ moment at a time”. My immediate response was that I had found healing and magic happens one hahaha moment at a time. The more we laugh and are joyful, the more magic and healing we attract in to our lives.

When I’m with magical friends who make me happy and joyful, AMAZING things happen: theatre ticket upgrades, snow on demand (seriously, I was surprised too!), hearing from someone out of the blue, to mention just a few.

So, how about we look for moments of joy, we learn to laugh at ourselves a little, or we actively seek to bring more joy in to our day, week or month, and see what changes happen?

What Makes you Feel More Joyful?

I’ve recently started dancing again after quite a break, and change to a very different style of dance. But I can’t tell you the difference it has made in my life, the joy and laughter, friendships and happiness it has introduced. So I have to ask, what have you always loved to do? Can you re-visit that, or introduce something new?

  • Take a book to the park
  • go to the cinema
  • have a picnic
  • paddle in a stream…

There’s a lot of joy to be had in the world, even in a single moment. And for some reason, the lines from Blake’s poem Auguries of Innocence keep coming to mind, so I feel the need to share here. Maybe life is all about learning to take a time out of that everyday trance, to see the beauty in another, to take joy from a moment in time, to be truly present to the world…

To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour

Book Flights From Varanasi to Bangkok for Pleasure or Work

Flights from Varanasi to Bangkok cater to the needs of the travelers who wish to connect from the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi to the national capital of Thailand, Bangkok. Varanasi is located on the banks of the River Ganges in Uttar Pradesh located at a distance of around 320 KM from the state capital Lucknow. Considered to be the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism, it is continuously flocked by travelers both from domestic and international terrains. Home to regional headquarters of several multinational giants, Bangkok attracts people from all across the world to seek investment opportunities and other business related opportunities.

India and Bangkok are both important tourist destinations. In order to connect the two, there are regular flights that cater to the specific requirements of the business and leisure oriented people alike. Flights from India to Bangkok are available in plenty and all major cities have several flights to the destination. Metropolitan cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, in particular have large number of aircraft and air carriers which cater to the diverse range of travelers on this route. Of you wish to catch a flight from the national capital New Delhi to Bangkok, you can do so effortlessly from the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Booking flights from Varanasi to Bangkok –

Varanasi is well connected with the rest of India through air, road and rail. If you wish to reach Bangkok, you would need to book a connecting flight from Varanasi to one of the major cities in India and then to Bangkok. There are many options available but the most popular one is Delhi. The tickets for Varanasi to Bangkok flights can be acquired from the local office of the selected airlines or via World Wide Web. Due to the ease involved in booking a ticket through the online method, most of the passengers prefer it over anything else. However, you can also check out the local travel agents for the same as they offer cheap deals in order to lead the competition in the market.

Both India and Bangkok are major destinations and therefore it is quite natural that scores of travelers catch flights from India to Bangkok each and every day. Shopping in Bangkok is world famous and those looking for electronic goods at cheaper rates can always find a good bargain here. Shoppers from India and other parts of the world visit this dream destination to buy several products for their personal or resale use. In fact, even the businessmen and corporate people come here to get the best bargains and eventually earn huge profits.

How to Let Go and Allow Blessings to Flow Into Your Life

It is amazing how much we accumulate particularly in the developed world. The world we live in is a materialistic environment where self image is so important. As a result we worry not only about the clothes we wear but about what brand they are. We sacrifice paying lots of money just for the brand.

Season by season we strive to keep up with fashion, and what was once fashionable a few months ago suddenly becomes old fashioned.

It is no wonder therefore, that our closets end up bursting with numerous pairs of trousers, most of them never worn and never to be worn. Talk of handbags, numerous of them, all shapes, sizes and colours!As for dresses, short dresses, long dresses, black dresses, floral dresses all sorts. It is all there!

Even our sheds overflow with all sorts of unused gadgets and tools. And yet still we go out and buy even more. And yet we still think we need more, never feel satisfied. Before the new season even begins we are already planning on what we need to acquire next. Its almost like a never ending race to maintain our self image.

Even for our newborn babies, who soon outgrow their clothes, from day one we shower them with unnecessary clothes, toys and gadgets. Oh yes, they too soon join in the race to keep up with our self image. We accumulate not because we need to, but because we have an image to maintain. It is very me, me, me thinking at work.

Take a new perspective today, and instead of worrying so much about your self image, think of others. Let go of the need to accumulate, be considerate and practical, go through your closet, and get rid of that which is not of practical use to you. If you have never worn it, or don’t wear it, it is basically of no use to you.

Clear out the clutter, donate to charity, and give your clothes to somebody who really needs them. Just think that someone somewhere will be forever so grateful for that jacket or whatever it may be you give away. It may seem like a trivial donation to you but to another it will be the best outfit they have ever received.

Your rewards will be personal satisfaction for helping a good cause. You will even feel lighter, and experts actually say that the physical act of clearing out clutter also aids to release those negative emotions we hold onto such as anger, resentment, grief etc. So you really have nothing to lose but everything to gain. When we let go of the need to uphold our self image, or being led by our egos, we free ourselves and the benefits are not only having more room but emotional, financial and ultimately spiritual.

And The Award Goes To My Granddaughter

Rare is the time when I actually am all caught up with my schedule. Whenever I think I am caught up, something happens that takes that and throws it out the window.

Such was the case this past week. I was very much happy with the fact that I was on schedule and I had everything in hand. Nothing makes me feel better.

Of course, this is mostly delusional, at least for me. If there ever was an award for being delusional, I am quite certain I would be at the top of the list. The amazing thing about being delusional is that you never think you are.

As I was wallowing in my delusion and enjoying every moment of it, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage came and said rather sharply, “Are you ready to go?”

At the moment, I had no idea what she was talking about. And so I responded, “Huh?”

I’m not sure if that is really a word or not, but it accurately described my delusional moment at that time. I had no idea what she was talking about.

“You haven’t,” she said, “forgotten what day it is, have you?”

I was tempted to say, “Of course not. It’s Tuesday.” Fortunately, I did not yield to that temptation and just responded with another, “Huh?”

With a disdaining look she said, “You would forget your head if it wasn’t attached.”

I wouldn’t tell her, but I probably would not miss my head if I would forget it. After all, I don’t wear a hat.

“Today,” she said in a very serene voice, “the two grandchildren are getting awards at school.”

I’m not quite sure if I forgot or if I was not listening when the instructions came my way. At this point, I was not going to let anybody know, particularly my wife.

“Oh, yes,” I said getting up from my chair, “I’m all ready to go. Let’s go.”

She gave me one of her classic sarcastic grins and we headed for the door.

Our one granddaughter was graduating from the third grade and the other from the fifth grade. Unfortunately, one was at 8:30 in the morning and the other was it 1 o’clock in the afternoon. It would make sense to have them all at once, but what has sense to do in our world today?

I did not want to complain, after all, it is our grandchildren, but I think the planning could have been just a little bit better than that. After all, sitting in the school cafeteria listening to the award ceremony is about as exciting as it can get.

The chairs that we had to sit on were uncomfortable, which was very fortunate for me because I was not tempted to fall asleep during the ceremony. I believe that was done on purpose.

Imagine getting an award for completing the third grade!

I cannot remember any such thing when I was going to grade school. Our great award was leaving school and going home in the afternoon. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

We live in a different world today where everybody gets an award for something or sometimes for nothing.

Then I remembered my cell phone in my shirt pocket. It is times like this that God had in mind when he invented this cell phone technology. I pulled out my cell phone and started checking my email.

Then I felt a sharp pain in my right ribs (thanks Eve) and I heard a voice saying, “Put that away and pay attention.”

Slowly and reluctantly, I returned my cell phone to my shirt pocket and tried to pay attention but I didn’t have enough quarters. Paying attention can be very expensive when you’re in situations like this.

The problem is that the grade school, particularly the third grade, had more children than my grandchildren. They were trying to give awards and recognition to all the children and I was only interested in one, my granddaughter.

I was musing on this for a while and then my companion said, “Look, there she is.”

When she said that, out came her cell phone and she began taking pictures of our granddaughter walking up to the stage to get an award. I can’t use my cell phone, but she’s at liberty to use her cell phone. Where’s the fairness in that?

Taking a hint from my wife, I reached for my cell phone only to realize that I was too late and the moment was gone. I glanced over at my wife and all I could see was the big smile on her face and her saying, “I got her picture.” All I could do was return her smile and congratulate her on getting the picture.

After each of the award ceremonies my wife and I went forward and she took pictures of me and the grandchildren together which made her rather happy.

All the way home that afternoon, she was giggling and chattering very excitedly. “Her” grandchildren received some awards. According to her, these were very special awards.

I smiled and was tempted to say, “Aren’t they my grandchildren too?” Why spoil the moment. She was excited and happy and it was worth my silence.

I was reminded of what Solomon said. “A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7).

A wise man knows when “to keep silence.”

The Yahtzee Game And Its History

Dice games have always been very exciting. In fact these hobbies are enjoyed by people of all walks of life, regardless of age, gender, or race. There is that certain level of thrill and excitement that dice games offer that cannot be surpassed by any other form of entertainment. This is probably the reason why many different types of dice related entertainment were designed and invented for everyone to enjoy.

One of the most popular dice entertainment today is Yahtzee. Yahtzee is a classic dice game that is played with five dice. This type of entertainment actually originated from earlier dice games such Generala and Yacht. It is pretty amazing to know that Yahtzee was actually invented accidentally by a young Canadian couple who first played the game, which was then called Yacht, with their friends. This young couple obviously named this dice game Yacht, because this was first played by the couple and some of their friends aboard a yacht. Since the game’s inception in 1954, the rest is just history.

The couples’ friends enjoyed the game so much that they told other people about it, and correspondingly these people told other people as well. Thus, the popularity of the game was translated from one person to the other.

It wasn’t in 1956 though when the game was made available commercially. This was after the famous game entrepreneur Edwin S. Lowe brought the rights of the game from the young Canadian couple for an equivalence of just 1000 gift sets of the game. Although the game did not really hit it off in the market right away, Lowe saw the market potential of the game. As such, Lowe thought of advertising the game to the public by organizing Yahtzee parties, where people could actually play the game and experience it firsthand. This marketing strategy proved to be successful since most of the people who experienced the game themselves were eventually converted as Yahtzee enthusiasts and were marketing the game themselves. Since then, Yahtzee game has become the talk of the town, and gained popularity not only in America, but in other parts of the world as well.

Yahtzee game was under the ownership of Lowe from 1956 to 1973. It was also during these years that a number of changes were made on the game’s contents, packing, and appearance. Indeed, Yahtzee was a major success commercially since Lowe was able to sell 40 million games in America and other parts of the world in a period of 17 years.

Although Lowe sold the ownership of the game to Milton Bradley in 1973, the popularity of the game was not affected with the change of ownership. In fact, the current owner of Yahtzee, Hasbro stated that approximately 50 million Yahtzee games are sold each year. This only shows that despite the changes that the Yahtzee game has to undergo including ownership, appearance, and contents; people from all over the world just seem to love it more.

The Path from Mediocre to Meteoric

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the Master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach

Are you ready for a meteoric life? Have you had enough of mediocre? Deep inside, you KNOW you deserve a fantastic life. Maybe you’ve been taught that you are less than amazing, that a mundane, ordinary life is good enough for you, that just getting by is the most you can expect. Well, it’s time to change all that. How, you ask? To rise above mediocrity, the first step is to remember something very important that you may have forgotten:

You are absolutely and eternally wonderful and worthy of whatever you desire.

Deep inside, you know that’s true, but this truth may have been covered up by limiting beliefs you’ve picked up along the way. Here are two of the most popular limiting beliefs:

  • I’m not good enough. There is nothing true about this belief or any of its manifestations – I’m not smart enough, talented enough, attractive enough, etc. You do not need to justify your existence. You KNOW you are absolutely wonderful and completely worthy just as you are.
  • I can’t really have what I want. In this Universe of Well-Being, where you can attract anything and everything you desire, unlimited abundance is yours for the asking. It is not necessary to settle for less than you really want. Remember?

Eternal Expansion. Life is an ongoing process of growing and expanding and breaking through to new beginnings – to experiences you could never have imagined from your previous vantage point. Often we go through a difficult situation and look back later and say – Thanks, I needed that or I am so glad that happened or Gosh, that was the most fortunate turn of events. The point is to proceed with confidence toward your new goal. Like the baby chick breaking out of its shell, there’s a brand new exciting world waiting out there for you that you didn’t even know existed. This is when you wake up and feel the thrill of being alive. This is when you take back your life and direct it in a wonderful new direction. As you move through life, ask yourself – Who do I want to be now? Who am I in the process of becoming?

“What if fine isn’t good enough? What if I want extraordinary?” – from the movie, Hitch

Think BIG! Envision ideal circumstances. Eliminate all limitations – money, time, I can’t, etc. Expect to have it all. You decide what kind of life is right for you: ·ordinary or extraordinary ·average or exceptional ·commonplace or rare ·humble or proud ·plain or extravagant ·conventional or avant-garde ·mediocre or meteoric. You decide what kind of life is right for you.

And, if you decide that you want and deserve nothing less than a meteoric existence, then go for it – paint a fabulous new picture of who you are, write a delicious new script for your life, make new, empowering I am statements. These exercises will set you on the magical, joyous path from mediocre to meteoric.

Entrepreneurs – Top 10 Essential Entrepreneurial Traits

Are you intrigued by the possibility of being your own boss and starting a business but not sure you have the right qualifications to be an entrepreneur? What are the characteristics of an entrepreneur? Although there is no single perfect entrepreneurial profile, there are many characteristics that show up repeatedly in successful business owners.

Following are the top 10 essential entrepreneurial traits that anyone who is interested in starting a business must possess:

    (1) Independence – This is the most common denominator of all entrepreneurs. They want to seize control of their future; thus they decide to become their own boss instead of laboring under the gaze of a master.

    (2) Persistence and Determination – The world of entrepreneurship is fraught with both success and failure. An important quality of a successful entrepreneur is the doggedness to continue pursuing a goal despite some setbacks and obstacles they may encounter on the road. This persistence and determination is fueled by a burning desire to achieve the goal of succeeding in the chosen field of business.

    (3) Self-Confidence – Along with independence, an entrepreneur possesses self-confidence. They believe in their capabilities and makes sure that they will put in their best effort into their particular endeavors and likewise expect the best results from it. Belief in one’s capabilities is very important in achieving any goal – especially in the world of entrepreneurship.

    (4) Creativity – In the business world, you can not afford to be complacent and uncreative unless you want the competition to move up on ahead of you. Creative people are naturally curious, inquisitive, bright and highly flexible when thinking. They keenly observe their environment and have an eye for spotting new trends that could spark a business opportunity.

    (5) Organized and goal-oriented – An entrepreneur knows the value of organization in a business endeavor. A good entrepreneur has the ability to consolidate resources.

    (6) Visionary – An entrepreneur has a vision for his/her future.

    (7) Risk-taking and Tolerance for Failure – A good entrepreneur realizes that loss and failure are inherent in any business endeavor. Thus, an entrepreneur must always be ready to make calculated risks and face whatever consequences accompany those risks. As in all fields of endeavor, the characteristic of a successful entrepreneur is in never giving up and in picking up the pieces and continuing the journey even if failure momentarily obstructs the way.

    (8) Perseverance and Hard Work – These are perhaps two of the most important entrepreneurial traits.

    (9) Commitment – An entrepreneur will not achieve success if he/she gives up at the first sign of trouble.

    (10) Honesty and Honor – Another very important mark of a good entrepreneur is being honest and honorable in all business dealings and interpersonal relationships – whether it is between business partners, employees, peers or investors.

If you possess these traits, you may have the necessary skill set to become a successful entrepreneur.

Synsepalum Dulcificum – The Taste Changing Miracle Fruit

Synsepalum Dulcificum is the scientific name for the miracle berry plant. This amazing bush produces bright red berries which change the way the human tongue perceives certain flavors. Sour (acidic) foods eaten following the consumption of miracle fruit suddenly taste sweet.

Sound too strange to be true? That is what I thought the first time I heard about miracle fruit. How could there be such a crazy berry that I have never heard of? I immediately added this to my bucket list as something I needed to try. It was some time until I heard any mention of this peculiar fruit again, when I did it was in the context of the berry in dried form. Perfect, I thought to myself, now I can try this out without having to ship frozen berries half way around the world.

I found a place where I could order the freeze dried fruit online pressed into little tablets. I remember being really excited when the box of tablets showed up, 10 tablets in a blister pack equivalent to approximately 25 berries. My friends had been eagerly awaiting the “Synsepalum Dulcificum” ever since I had told them about it.

I distinctly remember my friends’ reactions when they first tried the miracle fruit. Some of my friends were pretty apprehensive but all of them were excited. First we sucked on the dried fruit letting it dissolve on our tongues. It doesn’t taste like much and has a very slight sweet flavor. Once the tablets were dissolved the fun began.

Previously I made a trip to the store to pick up all the best foods to try. I think what I will always remember most is my friends’ reactions which ranged from sheer disbelief to exclamations of amazement. Things immediately turned into a free for all as everyone began grabbing food racing to eat as much as they could before it was all gone. Needless to say everyone enjoyed themselves pretty well. Lemons, Limes, and Rhubarb were some of the things we ate that had the best effect.

To host your own miracle fruit party is pretty simple. All you need are some miracle berry tablets, a couple friends or family and some sour foods which will go well with Synsepalum Dulcificum.

The History of Quartz Countertops

In 1963 Marcello Toncelli founded a company known as Brevetti Toncelli, which roughly means Toncelli Patents. A few years later that name was shortened to Breton, he took the Bre from Brevetti and the Ton from Toncelli to create a new brand. Afterwards he developed a patent for his process of solidifying quartz and resin slabs to be used in countertop surfaces. The Italian inventor created the Bretonstone technology used for producing engineered stone, also known as vibrocompression under vacuum. As a result he was able create an extremely durable surface that would one day be used around the world for all sorts of surfaces, particularly countertops. This method has been picked up by other companies around the world such as Dupont, Cambria, or Cosentino in order to create their own specific mixture. Zodiaq for example, is Dupont’s version of a quartz countertop.

It’s not just popular around Italy, according Wikipedia it’s the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust. Not only is it abundant, but nearly every ancient culture revered quartz for different reasons. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Australian Aboriginals, and Romans all used quartz crystals as talismans. The Romans used rose quartz as a seal to signify ownership, and the Egyptians believed the stone could prevent aging.

It’s often found in passage tomb cemeteries around Europe, such as Newgrange or Carrowmore in Ireland. The Irish word for quartz is grianchloch, which means “Sunstone.” This has resulted in a number video games referring to it as a Sunstone. Quartz was also used in Prehistoric Ireland, and many other countries, to make stone tools; both vein quartz and rock crystal were knapped as part of the lithic technology of prehistoric people.

Made from one of the hardest minerals on earth, quartz countertops are one of the most durable options for kitchens. However, unlike natural-stone slabs, which are mined, these slabs are engineered in a factory. They are made of a little over 90% ground quartz and the other 10 percent is made up of Polyester resins and pigments.

Until recently people would refrain from using quartz as a countertop because it lacked the beautiful patterns and color variations you can get with natural stones such as marble and granite. But thanks to plenty of technological advancements that is no longer the case, we now have the ability to make quartz slabs that have a variety of flakes and swirls to generate random patterns that can make quartz slabs absolutely stunning. Finally able to rival the natural beauty of marble and granite.

6 Things You Want to Known Before Volunteering Abroad

Follow this ultimate guide with 7 tips to know before volunteering abroad and you’ll be ready for anything:

#1: After completion, volunteering won’t guarantee you a visa, or a job:

There are a lot of volunteers who come abroad thinking they will get hired after or get help extending their visa. Make sure you don’t lose track of the expiration date of your tourist visa. If you really have the desire of staying longer, inquire with your programme to know what the options are for getting a more permanent work permit. You may have to make some quick trips to the embassy to fill out the necessary forms. There are always chances that they will hire you, but don’t rely on that too much.

#2: Things can be very bad, worse than you think.

A lot of programmes mention something often referred to as “culture shock”. You may think that you saw it all, but you probably didn’t. Often when volunteering, you witness things you never thought you would have to see. You may see first-hand emaciated children sleeping on cars at night, or things that make you realize what true famine really is. This obviously is no reason for not doing it, but be prepared.

#3: You won’t change the world.

You may think that you’ll change the place where you’re going. You can and will definitely help a lot, but thinking that you’ll change the world with a couple weeks or months of volunteering is very naive. Accepting this fact can take a while, and is no reason to not volunteer abroad. Every little bit you help is great and you’ll help a lot. Just prepare yourself for what you might see and be prepared to leave without having solved all the problems in that place.

#4: Volunteering can make you see sides of yourself you never knew existed

There are high chances that you will have confrontations with extreme situations. Those situations can make you feel vulnerable and even make you cry or break down. Try to put a positive spin on the situation. How you react in these situations can help you learn a lot about yourself. For example, you can find your love for children while struggling to teach English at a primary school. You can realize you are very good at helping people with disabilities when faced with helping someone that needs you. Getting to know yourself while exploring a foreign culture is part of the process. Be prepared to look within.

#5: You don’t need to pay for a volunteer placement:

There are a lot of programs that offer you a placement to volunteer abroad, however you need to pay a significant amount of money to get them. These kinds of programs are great and help support you a lot by helping you create networks, choosing the right International health insurance for you and giving you a decent place to sleep. However, there are endless programs that provide the same benefits to you without asking you for any money. Do extensive research before selecting a program.

#6: Despite everything, you will miss it afterwards.

Volunteering abroad is an experience that will leave strong imprints on you. You will be put in uncomfortable positions, asked to make heartbreaking decisions and live without food or hygiene you’re used to. But you won’t stop thinking on some things that you had seen and those are the best lessons of all.