From breakfast cereal to spirituality

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I do not consider myself a health freak or a sport addict but when I learn that something is good for you I try it and when I learn that something is bad for you I endeavour to avoid it. My eating habits have changed over the years and will probably continue to do so and as regards sport I think I engage in it on a daily basis in one way at work because it’s not about extremes but simply about keeping yourself active on a daily basis. However I do engage in real sport as well on a regular basis. Although no guarantee in itself I do believe it helps in reducing the risks of certain types of illnesses.

There are other equally important factors involved that if ignored can adversely affect our chances of long term health. Study and research in these additional areas is an ongoing journey of discovery but also a realisation of things that we subconsciously already knew and  already applied in our daily lives.

Why do we find it so important to satisfy this internal desire to be socialble and connect with other beings that starts with our own parents and siblings and develops into searching for even more connection outside that circle with friends and relatives and finally resulting in searching for that special relationship of love and connection generally satisfied in the opposite sex. When these fundamental needs our not adequately satisfied we tend to suffer health wise with one aspect generally leading to another, from emotional to mental to physically issues.

If you have found a good relationship do not take it for granted. Unfortunately many of us do not entertain that luxury but we still have hope.  We can still endeavour to maintain good ties with our existing family and friends that can bring out the best in us and our self worth in a positive way.

Also the satisfaction in the act of giving and helping others as a opposed to the ‘selfish me’ first lifestyle has really helped ones to find a positive up building purpose in their lives that in turn contributes to good health. It does not always have to be something spectacular though, even just ‘giving’ some of our precious time and personal attention can do wonders for another human being. It seems fairly obvious that the results we witness and the gratitude received from our efforts can only produce positive health benefits in ourselves. The inner emotional joy in our soul can only have positive effects on our mental well being which in turn can only be good for are physical health even though we may at times be exhausted from the physical exertion involved. I am thinking of that expression ‘Hard work never killed anyone’ .

These things can help us in our goal to build and maintain a positive emotional and mental attitude in life, whatever are situation maybe while at the same time growing instead of stagnating in self pity, continually endeavouring to move forward making positive changes in our lives.

 Art, music, culture, traditions, travel, dance or sport. Have you discovered your personal passion yet, something that touches your heart and soul every time you see hear or actively participate in it? Even if we discover and start these things later on in life the benefits to our health our invaluable due to the deep inner joy and satisfaction experienced. 

And then there is ‘Spirituality’ something that everyone has to decide for themselves whether they choose to recognise it or not and respecting everyone else’s choice in this matter. For many it has played a very important role in their general well being in addition to the positive effect they radiate to those around them.

I don’t know how I got from sharing a photo of my breakfast cereal to talking about basic spirituality. I guess I just wanted to say;

“Take good care of yourself, your body, your life and well being but remember that there is a lot more involved than just a healthy diet and frequent exercise.”

I bet you won’t share this post……

Please forgive me if I don’t respond? like, agree, disagree or copy, paste and pass on your posts concerning “real issues” about life, lost, suffering, injustice and our dying planet here on Facebook. When someone writes at the end of their post “….. I bet you won’t share this….” that’s just what I do. I don’t. I never share anything when someone tries to coerce me or try to make me feel guilty. That just has the opposite effect on me.

However my lack of response does not mean that I don’t care. Its just that I still cannot view this platform as a reliable and worthy source of factual, unbiased and non manipulative news and information source. Combine this with the sometimes very emotionally charged discussions that arise
involving large amounts of ……basically complete strangers posting a large percentage of comments that have no real proven factual backing or basis. Then I try not to get involved.
For me Facebook will remain loyal to its name and synonymous with the word “SELFIE” 😆.
A place where my face sticks out trying to get your attention to “look at me!” “look at me!” with yet another “selfie” photograph.
It’s also a great medium of escape from that harsh reality of life where we can forget all these troubles for a moment and yes, even share are selfie holiday and family photographs, or something funny and something positive and upbuilding, that gives some hope showing that there is still some humanity and goodness out there.
Disclaimer.
This is just my personal viewpoint. I am not mocking or criticising anyone else in how they
choose to use social media. Many have accomplished great things by means of it.
Always viewing and treating everyone with RESPECT.

The Alternative Blossom Season Route

It is the blossoms season again with many people visiting the fruits tree vineyards of Haspengouw from Alken to St Truiden Hoepertingen, Vechmaal, Heks and Borgloon regions in Flemish Belgium, to admire the breathtaking views of clusters of trees engulf in their sunday best costume of blossoms.

In addition Hasselt has its own compact Oriental Paradise in the form of the Japanese Garden with its own explosion of cherry tree blossoms at this time of year. A yearly treat for locals and tourists alike.

My only slight problem with this blossom phenomenon is that I don’t know where to look…… it’s like an optical overdosis of colours filling up the whole spectrum of my naked eye. It’s like having to eat a whole jar of honey in one go or being plunged into a swimming pool of smarties and being asked to immediately figure out just how many different colours there really are. Dare I say it’s too intense, it’s too beautiful and because of the huge numbers of trees involved that are all fighting for your attention you just lose focus. These individual trees actually get lost in the masses to the point that we don’t actually see them individually anymore.

Being the very odd and eccentric person that I am, I have discovered a new way to enjoy the blossoms with greater appreciation.

By stepping out of my front door and going for a walk or jumping on my bike and start riding around my neighbourhood. The concrete jungle of my home town. In any street, alleyway, open town square, shop, church, house, office block, or the other side of someones garden wall or fence can be a breeding ground for these seasonal appearances. Naturally I would have to include the small playgrounds and parks with my town center.

Disclaimer
Before you look at the examples shown below let me hasten to add that I have absolutely no professional or amateur photography skills in addition to the poorest possible photographic material ever created ….. my smartphone. These primitive photos cannot compensate visually to being able to observe these flowering trees in blossom with the naked eye or through the lens of an amateur or professional photographer. Its merely an additional visual aid in trying to convey a simple point. The second disclaimer. I did not pay enough attention at school several decades ago so I don’t know the difference between a fruit tree and a non bearing fruit tree and if that even exists. All I know and can see is that a particular tree is in flower. End of disclaimer.
Anyway the first two examples are from Haspengouw and the rest are situated in various locations in and around Hasselt town centre.

I purposely choose this first example in the town centre to demonstrate a point about the amazing effect that a flowering tree has on it’s environment. It seems to somehow erase any ugliness in it’s vicinity and redirect all visual attention to itself.

It’s almost as if you can hear the tree saying “Look at me, Look at me!!”
…….it’s either that or I am going through the second stage of schizophrenia!!

But even when the physical surroundings our acceptable, a tree in blossom still stands out.

It’s like a subtle street battle where these trees always wins.

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And whats your home town blossoms like??

Another normal working day ??

It’s just a another working day in a simple suburban town somewhere in Belgium.

Its cloudy, cold and damp and you can almost feel it through the photograph, with the droplets of rain still resting on the body and windscreen of the car revealing the last recent shower.

But all off this just fades into insignificance as we behold the stunning appearance and beauty of this employee, a woman that somehow does not seem to belong in this background that she finds herself in, smiling very subtly, holding a lovely bouquet of flowers that although seemingly small are filled with just the right combination of colours perfectly arranged to match her hair, makeup and outfit.

No it’s not just a another working day its;

“International Womens Day”

The journey is not about the destination so sit back and enjoy the ride.

I wrote this piece originally on my smartphone while sitting at the kitchen table. Originally intended to serve as an “about me” description in my new facebook account but as usual I got a bit carried away. :-\
Hello everyone. I have reached a crossroad in my life where I feel the need to follow a totally different career path after working for employers mainly in the industrial electrical installation sector for nearly 40 years.
In 2014 while visiting my parents in Jamaica I discovered something called “WordPress” and promptly opened an account on my mobile phone and started reviving a long suppressed passion of writing without any thought of the possible income opportunities in this field.
https://morganwise.blog/

Inevitably ‘Wordpress’ lead me to what I previously considered to be a female oriented website ‘Pinterest’ and that in turn lead me into the whole world wide web of E-Marketing and online Entrepreneurship.

From that time on I started looking into the various possibilities of actually making a living from something that I naturally enjoy doing.
However I am still sitting on the fence at present. I started one course with SFM,
https://thesixfigurementors.com,
but I hacked off due to the monthly subscription plan which virtually forces or pressurises you into promoting their own company and business plans, using the supposedly “earning while you learning” principle. However I am very grateful for what I did learn in that short time period. I will mention one of the points that I learned later on in this short blog.
After that I stumbled across an individual Blogger / Mentor

“I am Dawn Marie”

https://iamdawn-marie.com/

I found her method of teaching through her website and a number of her ebooks more suited to my circumstances and allowed me to learn and apply the information at my own pace. Basically I cannot stand to be pressurised or rushed into anything. I have had this my whole life and to be able to do things calmly is more important to me than any possible money or profit that I could lose. In the end we work to be able to live a comfortable relaxed lifestyle and not living a constantly rushed and hectic life for our work.
My personal philosophy is we will always have to and actual need to work not just for financial survival but also for our own self worth and purpose in life. In general it occupies a large percentage of our daily or weekly routine and you may as well enjoy it as best you can regardless of how boring and monotonous it may be. It’s the same thing when I get home from work, I have to take a shower, I choose to cook my own meals in general, eat it and then tidy up afterwards on a daily basis. So I do everything in a calm manner, I put on some good music very loudly in the background and focus on the positive. For example instead of being depressed that I can’t afford to eat out every night or hire a young beautiful maid servant to cook and clean for me, I concentrate on the fact that I still have the strength, ability and health to cook this meal and that I have a job that can finance the means to cook this meal, I have a dishwasher to reduce and ease the cleaning up afterwards, and I was able to hear another beautiful new song on Spotify that I can save and add to my ever growing personal playlist.
I guess this is one of the reasons why I am still sitting on the fence because I apply this same attitude to my work. I do not focus on how little I earn compared to Richard Branson or Bill Gates, or some of the unfavourable working conditions, or having to get up so early every morning or on the feeling my employer takes me and my work for granted.

I focus on the fact that I have a job to go to, that it has supported me and my family to at least live a reasonably comfortable and secure life compared to millions of other people on this planet, that this job has actually kept me physically and mentally fit and active, that many of our clients do show appreciation and gratitude for our work.
However this inner desire to move on and change refuses to disappear and I will not try to suppress it but slowly move forward at my own pace to try and fulfill its request.

That’s why I decided to create this seperate business orientated facebook account. It’s just another step on my continued path to that destination of finally becoming my own boss,but I guess it’s more to do with feeding my own self worth and respect than any possible annual six figure income possibility. That was one of the very important lessons I learned at Six Figure Mentors. If your primary motivation is money you may have great difficulty in succeeding. The main emphasis should be doing something that can increase your own self worth as a human being and that can be fully accomplished when you can help others. “Providing something of value to others” be it a product , service or advise. The feeling that it creates when you realise that your personal input has made a valuable difference to another human being is a feeling that you cannot put a price tag on.

Hopefully through this account I can create a large network of like minded friends that can support, encourage and advise me on my journey and maybe vice versa.

Also providing possible links to persons or organisations that could have interest in any services I could provide or products that I may offer in the future. Maybe my account can just serve as an internet highway service station where travelers can stop by, take a break and read something of interest that can refresh, encourage and motivate them on their own personal journey.

There you have it “about me”

Serious facial expressions in salsa dancing

Recently a friend of mine commented on a photograph that was taken of me dancing at a salsa party. He said that I had a very serious expression on my face while doing something that should actually make you smile profusely,……dancing to rhythmic Latin music with a beautiful woman.

Although I do actually smile very profusely in general while dancing I had to agree with him on this occasion that I did have a very serious, none smiling exrpession on my face.

But as usual I have an answer for everything and I felt like sharing it with with you briefly

Yes Koen its true. My colleagues at work are continually teasing me about all the beautiful women that I dance with at these parties , but I always reply defensively saying;

‘yes I do dance with some very beautiful women but I have to concentrate on executing my salsa turn patterns in such a way that I can lead them properly, keep in time with the rhythm and be prepared for my next pattern combination so that the dance remains a pleasant smiling experience for them in such a way that they will be prepared to dance with me again in the future.’ “

Hence that moment ot intense serious concentration caught on camera………but even then I my heart beams with joy inside while I am enjoying the moment of at least being able to do at least one thing right with a women.

Who is my brother? Who is my neighbour? Who is my friend?

Mixed feelings about this last minute trip to England. as regards friends, family and even strangers.

Sometimes we connect, get help and encouragement from the people we least expect.

A friend of my late mum and myself that I have not seen for decades insisted that I stay to eat a meal with them despite me just popping in unexpectedly.

My cousin exhausted from a hard days work still took the effort with her equally tired daughter to pop by on the bus to her mums where i was staying just to greet me.

Complete strangers connected, smiled and danced with me last night and changed an otherwise boring lonely evening into a great night out.

An old school mate from 38 years ago has just spontaneously decided to come and fetch me from the train station on my journey back down to London for breakfast.

The moral of this story? Who is my brother? Who is my neighbour? Who is my friend? Well its not necessarily the initial meaning of those words.

Even seemingly small and insignificant acts of kindness and attention can have a very big, powerful impact.

Make time for people because we might not get a second opportunity in this uncertain world and life of ours.