Evening

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There is just something that seems to capture my attention when I step out of our house each day. I often look to the sky for inspiration and to see if the day will turn out well. Call me suspicious but I believe we live our lives with an intended purpose that if often not known to us. Some call it Karma others fate. But nature tends to lay it out to us pretty simple. That is why I look to the sky. The clouds in this picture with the setting Moon just seem to say. All will be well. I will shine for you today and everyday. There is nothing to it more basic than that. Try not to read more into it. Life will flow as it should. It always does. Enjoy it! Live.

Mossyy in Oz.

Slow your life

We all live in a very connected world. Email, Facebook, Twitter and so on challenge the way we once communicated. The simply things in life, like writing a letter, having a chat, going for a long slow walk and just taking everything in. These are often lost in our daily rush to do things more quickly. The email I received tells about a culture of a company, perhaps even the whole country. We should really give a good hard look at our lives and slow things down and experience life. I found the email telling of what we don’t do. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did reading it. – Ronald
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It’s been 18 years since I joined Volvo, a Swedish company. Working for them has proven to be an interesting experience. Any project here takes 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It’s a rule.
Globalized processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of searching for immediate results. Therefore, we have come to possess a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x quantity of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. At the end, this always yields better results.

1. Sweden has 2 million inhabitants.

2. Stockholm has 500,000 people.

3. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, Electrolux, are some of its renowned companies. Volvo even supplies NASA.

The first time I was in Sweden, one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000 employees drive their cars to work).

The first day, I didn’t say anything, neither the second or third days. One morning I asked him, “Do you have a fixed parking space? I’ve noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the nearer lots.” To which he replied, “Since we’re here early we’ll have time to walk, don’t you think that whoever gets in late will need a place closer to the door?”

Imagine my face!

Nowadays, there’s a movement in Europe named Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart, Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle.

Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week. Basically, the movement questions the sense of “hurry” and “craziness” generated by globalization, fuelled by the desire of “having in quantity” (life status) versus “having with quality”, “life quality” or the “quality of being”.

French people, even though they work 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British.

Germans have established 28.8 hour workweeks and have seen their productivity driven up by 20%..

This slow attitude has come to the notice of USA , the pupils of the fast and “do it now” brigade.

This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity.

It means working and doing things with greater quality, productivity, perfection, with attention to detail and less stress.

It means re-establishing family values, friends, free and leisure time.. taking the “now”, present and concrete, versus the “global”, undefined and anonymous.

It means taking humans’ essential values, the simplicity of living.

It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and more productive work place where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do.

It’s time to stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality with no-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products and services, without losing the essence.

In the movie, ‘Scent of a Woman’, there’s a scene where Al Pacino asks a girl to dance and she replies, “I can’t, my boyfriend will be here any minute now”. To which Al Pacino responds, “A life is lived in an instant”. Then they dance the tango!

Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious to live for the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists.

We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment. As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.

Congratulations for reading this email till the end of this message…. there are many who would have stopped in the middle so as not to waste time in this “Globalized” world!

How to Dance in the Rain

Just had to share this message. We often literally live our lives without a thought or care in the world. I got this in an email from a friend. The mesage is well, beautiful.

Enjoy
Mossyy

What a beautiful message!

How to Dance in the Rain

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat
breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.

He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.
As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.
I was surprised, and asked him, ‘And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?’

He smiled as he patted my hand and said,
‘She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.’
I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought,

‘That is the kind of love I want in my life.’

True love is neither physical, nor romantic.
True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.
With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails, sometimes there is one that comes along that has an important message. This one I thought I could share with you.
The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the best of everything they have.
I hope you share this with someone you care about.
I just did.

‘Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

NOW

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that is why they call it the present. Live your life in the now, not in the past, nor worry about what the future holds. You can’t control it anyway and it usually turns out to be quite different form what you expected it to be. Live in the now means taking time out from the hustle and bustle of everyday living. Live in the now means stopping all that you do and taking a deep breath. Sensing the air around you, feeling the sun on your face. Listening to the birds fly through the air. Smelling the flowers, the aroma of life as it goes on all the time around you matter what you continue to do. Feel the wonder of nature in all it’s goodness, in all it’s greatness, in all it’s wonder. Feel your life.

Love is Unconditional

Souls live to love. As humans we are drawn by the fact that we need to go through life loving and caring for something or someone. But what does it mean to love someone or something.

To me it means that you have to give of yourself unconditionally and without expecting to get something in return. It’s easy to love something in animate as the objects or objects of your desire and that you care for cannot feel or be hurt by that love. As humans however we are sensitive to those around us and must often act and behave in ways that is beyond what we are comfortable with.

But there is a limit as to how far we will go. Often too we do not or will not see the hurt that is caused but conditional love. We take it for granted that something is expected in return for showing care or love to someone. It is when expect something in return that we trully hurt someone. What is worse is to pretend to love.

Love and love unconditionally without ever expecting to be loved back. That is true love

Mossyy