Why name matters?

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Name connects and constructs meaning.

We recognize, understand and learn through names.

Names of the places. Names of people. Names of things.

We build meaning narrative through names.

Our minds categorize names into classes and groups to simplify our lives and focus limited cognitive resources.

We remember what we deem important and forget what does not seem important. Sometimes we do forget what is important, however if it is really important we will remember it.

Remember is a form of really caring.

If we do not remember, we do not really care.

Of course then there are times of sincerity, where something really important to us, does not capture our attention in the moment in a sufficient way and capture our attention. Without attention any remembering is impossible to do.

Attention is our capacity to be present and with our presence communicate what is important.

What ever we focus on, grows and strengthens.

Love is attention and presence in action. What you do right now communicates a lot more about you, than what ever your contrast with your words.

You are where ever your attention is. And you are the sum of your narrative about your name to yourself.

You are different narrative to someone else. To someone else you are what they tell themselves about you. Their story to themselves about you is based on the observation and understanding about you. Also part of their story is what they are feeling there and then in the moment of attention, when they are thinking about you.

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” – Oscar Wilde

Names are constructs and we are the constructors.

Our own name is especially interesting. Our own name is special construct because it is ongoing construction of both ourselves and everyone and everything that will ever use it.

Names symbols for assigned meanings and that’s why they are powerful. It is in the human nature to desire power. Power means ability to stay alive and get specified part of this perpetual construction thing done in shorter time. Always shorter time even though time exists in the present.

Somehow we find it especially meaningful to measure time and assign meaning to a time. Time is also construct and a name for the flow of events in the present moment.

Best that we can be is be present and at our best behavior. Best behavior requires all your presence and presence of mind. Sometimes also behavior is not behavior at all.

We have this desire in ourselves. We might feel that we need more. More. Faster. Better. Quicker.

We do not feel adequate. We want something else.

Yet we do not understand that something else is impossible, because we only have now.

We are not who think we are, because or idea of ourselves is different. We should get to know ourselves in the present moment. Understand that the key is not the door. Your name is not the door. Key is to open the door, and then you also need to walk through the door. Usefulness of the door comes from using the door.

Usefulness of the name comes from using the name.

Remember: you on a journey, did you understand it or not. You are constantly moving. You do not need exert yourself. At times you need to exert yourself more than you would like to. All contradictions make sense when you understand at each moment what you need to do now. That is wisdom in action.

You are a passenger on this planet known as earth. What will you do now with this understanding? What will we do? What will you build out of your name? What will we build our of our earth, our home?

Remember impermanence. Home might be home for a day or a century. Yet it is only the gift of moment.

Remember to be grateful.

What ever happens to you is part of the constant, perpetual creation. You are creator and  a creation. Remember it is not only you who creates. You are also being created and you also have been given to opportunity to create other peoples lives.

Remember to be grateful of this opportunity. Always say thank you.

Pay attention and notice others. It is about caring first.

Being present, means to notice.

if you do not notice, you do not care.

And you really do care. So please notice.

Forgive for anyone who does mistakes.

Life is not about finding who is guilty. It is about learning to be present in loving and kind way.

Give the present the gift of full attention and presence.

Be you now.

In awe of your creative abilities

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Where is the greatness but in you?

Life as an experience is miracle if we look at the odds.

Then at our present we may not feel that way. Feeling certain way is, because of the evolutionary advantages of conserving strength among other reasons and complexities.

Life is a result of complex process. At least it is complex in comparison what our conscious mind is at times able to handle. At our best even our conscious mind is a miracle. However, hungry, exhausted, stressed and worried? Not quite so.

It takes another almost miracle to create environment where we are at our best. To create that we need other people who understand this.

Of course societies at large are becoming better and better at this, despite of everything. That’s why there is over 7 billion of us today,  more than ever before.

It is illusion that work is over. There is plenty of work for those of us willing to pick up slice of that responsibility which does not belong to them.

To solve problems which have not yet been clearly defined, requires wide range of different skills and above all the one elusive quality that makes us human: creativity.

Creativity is awesome.

What will you create today and how will you share it?

Creativity does not have to wait until tomorrow.

Creativity does not call for perfection.

You might start as a child like level, however do not be embarrassed of that. Think of Picasso, who tried lifetime to reach that state again. That is the cycle, irony and cosmic joke of life. We are afraid to begin, yet once we have got up to a speed we desire to return to that state. And it might take decades of masterful effort to be able to call oneself beginner again.

In order to figure out your strengths and creative tendencies, think of something that interests you. Start doing it with low barrier and commit to it for thousand repetitions. Do not judge yourself until you have thousand repetitions behind you. Then start to ask yourself if this is something you would like to continue in longer term.

Committing to something for thousand repetitions is under three years if you do it daily. It might seem like a lot, or a few, depending on your perspective. How about just be present and do something today?

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Have an awesome day!

Janne

RICH DON’T WORK FOR MONEY

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Definition of rich is literally and simply that of do you work for the money or does the money work for you. Being rich isn’t defined by the amount of money you have, but by the way that you are using the money what you have. In the way you think about the money is the way you use the money.

Being rich is mindset and behavior of money use.

Rich people do not work for the money, they make money work for them.

To make money work for you, you have to recognize few essential terms. First there is income, which is all the money that is coming in. Then there are expenses, which are all the money that are going out of your pocket.

Next two are a little bit more difficult: assets are all the things you own that bring you income (after expenses). Liabilities are all the things that cost you money time and time again.

Essentially becoming rich is about acquiring assets and getting rid of liabilities. Once you have enough assets you have regular income, which is called cash flow. When you have sufficient amount of cash flow per month, let’s say 2000 € and your liabilities are at zero you are pretty well covered.

In order to get and create assets your greatest asset is your mind. Invest in yourself and your learning.

“Study hard so you can find a good company to buy.” – Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad

I might add work and study hard in order to find or create a good company to buy.

What ever you are doing in your life, do it to learn more. Do not let the money entice you, remember who is the master and who is the servant. Money is your servant and you are the master. Therefore always work to learn.

Always speak kindly of the money as well. Money will come to those who will speak kindly of it. Who would like to work for a bad master?

As you learn all the time quicker and quicker. You’ll learn creative ways to create more money out of nothing. This is where all your learning is aimed at.

At first you’ve little or nothing and you are not asking for any money. You are not asking for any money, because you are not the servant of money. You are the master of money who is learning the ways of the money. The more you learn the ways of the money, the more you’ll make the money work for you. The more you master money, the more opportunities will come to your way.

Remember: be the master of money. To master money, you’ll need to learn, learn and learn. Learn everything about the money and speak kindly of it. Perhaps some money will come to your way and you will be grateful for it. For now you know, it will work for you as long as you’ll remember to take good care of it.

Building Positive Momentum

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When life goes well, let it be that way.

Change is such a buzzword. Change happens all the time. If you think about it in our experiences we tend to think change either as a) good b) bad.

Depending in the culture you are living in, you might have more or less bias towards action. Some cultures prefer a lot of action right away where are others are more of the ‘wait and see’ types.

There is no right or wrong.

When it comes to living a life where you feel good because of your actions, you’ll need to learn to recognize what is desirable and focus your limited actions to reinforcing that good. Often times no action is required: when things are well – let them be.

Too often we sabotage our own wellbeing.

Action is not always the best solution. Sometimes inaction is good solution too.

Do not confuse inaction with laziness, that’s a different breed. You’ll need to learn to recognize what kind of action creates waste and what kind of action creates value.

Either you need to focus on building more and more value, or find someone to who your waste is value. These both are rather good options.

You have limited time and focus. Use these limited time and focus to build something meaning, something positive and reinforce that positive momentum.

Once you’ve the positive momentum going, do not touch. Just seek to build on it. Build on every success you’ve, one brick at a time.

Values: connection & disconnection

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For what you value, you must sacrifice.

I’ve made changes in my values in the past six months. Due to this decision I begin to experience the price, and the sacrifice in my social life: the feeling of value with some people have begun to feel less meaningful and less valuable.

I’ve found different meaning and it’s no longer in the same direction.

Decision have to be made.

Values are meaningful. Shared values help us to work toward common goal.

If perception to the previously shared values changes, then the relationship changes as well.

What I thought was very positive change for me, has caused quite a bit of suffering. Is a positive change then a desirable? Is this temporary pain worth it?

I’ve comforted myself with the thought that nothing great is born without pain.

Besides I’ve chosen to update my values because I want something better. Yet in so called short term this feels surprisingly painful.

Long term or short term perspective?

Even from pain one seeks relief. At least hope. Is there hope?

Higher levels values, create higher level order.

Lower level values create chaos.

So by embracing and determining my values again, I’ve set out to feel the suffering now in order to create something greater. Example of great people have shown that the higher level values might not even be appreciated by the present state society. Only the future generation may grow to that level of maturity to appreciate.

About such greatness I do not know nothing. All I know, that I hope I must find and to create order I must continue.


Thank you for reading!

For greater context I can recommend Jordan B. Petersons 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote Against Chaos –book. It’s a book that I’ve read three times now in the past five months. I’ve found several ideas from that book to put in the practice and I believe I continue to discover so.

Now lately I feel like I want to connect with as many people as possible, globally so therefore I’ve chosen to continue my blog in English.

Janne

Short term solutions for a long term problems

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 Job.

Job won’t solve your financial problems.

Robert Kiyosaki defined job as acronym for “just over broke.”

In the same way there are many other problems in your life that are really short term solutions. Friday after work perhaps?

Instant or delayed gratification? Instant is enticing because it’s instant.

Delayed gratification does not have any guarantees and it’s difficult to see the feedback between action now and results later. If you want to see, you have to do and act.

We gravitate towards short term solutions because they bring pleasure now.

Why do we seek results instead of learning the means of production for the results?

For the long term, what are the results you would like to consistently produce? How you could do it?

Could you do it without actually doing it?

Work for love

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I heard this cliche “Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.”

And then I began to think: Work is the ability to get the desired results.

Why not to work for love instead? If you work for love, you’ll find what results the world needs and are able to give it.

Life is about giving after all.

Work to love.

“You can’t burn out as a giver, as long as you see the impact you create.” – Adam Grant

Remember though that you cannot give what you do not have. You’ve to take care of yourself first. It’s your own well being that limits your giving. The more you take care of yourself, the more you are able to give.

Work on yourself also to give more.

The more you give, the more you’ll receive in the end.

However, do not give to receive. Do not attach to the fruits of your labor. Attachment causes suffering.

Practice to give without an attachment. That is unconditional love. You’ll learn to love the process of giving, giving is joy in itself. And if something comes back that is joy as well.

Then life will be a pleasant surprise.

Work for (unconditional) love.

Warrior Within: Accessing the Knight in the Male Psyche

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What do you think when the word Warrior appears to you?

For Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette, it is men such as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King jr.

Not quite what you had in mind? Perhaps there is still something to learn about the mature male psyche.

Warrior is easily linked with aggressiveness and destructiveness. While those are important qualities of a warrior, real warrior is not purely set out to destroy. Real warrior is there to set out to destroy what doesn’t work and construct what is right in the world. Real warrior is both creator and a destroyer, a man with a mission to build and expand.

Warrior Within: Accessing the Knight in the Male Psyche is a book about the Warrior archetype of a masculine psyche, how to access it and why.

I cannot recommend this book as standalone, you should first read the outlining book: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature. However, once you have read that I highly recommend this.

Warrior within resonates with Stoic philosophy and thinking: “The buck stops with you. Prepare yourself. Step forward. Accept your Warrior responsibilities. Fit your talents and responsibilities to the arena or theater that seems to need you the most.”

Warrior energy should be put to work to take responsibility, destroy that which doesn’t work and then to expand and construct that which is needed.

What Would Happen If You Bought Investments and Assets Every Month?

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Asset is something that brings you regularly income.

Investment is something which returns you more cash than the invested cash.

What would happen in your life if you found every month to invest in or an asset to purchase?

Numbers tell. You would have increasing income each month over time of course.

Idea is simple, yet it’s not practiced. Reasons are for example that people do not have definitions for asset or an investment right.

Stocks as such are not investments, they are portfolio ownings. However there are exceptions such as when you own companies that pay dividends (return money to their owners and if this happens consistently you may have an asset.  Good thing to remember that the reason companies pay dividends is that they return money to the owners, meaning that they do not have better investments for the money. In a sense now it’s your responsibility again to seek for a gainful investments or assets.

Therefore in the end it’s our own responsibility to find gainful assets and investments consistently. Every month is a good place to start. Once you form a habit out of it will become easier.

Amor fati and no excuses

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Whatever is right, whatever is wrong. Your life is what it is. Make the best out of the reality that is.

You live only once, make that count.

You are create value with your conscious choices. Some are easy, others are not.

You will learn about the people who will support you and who do not. Learning is good. Make sure you will remember the lessons.

Remember what counts. Once you do, do not make any excuses: force yourself to think and implement solutions. Think what you can do today to achieve your goals?

Anything that has happened to you should be used as material for the success that you are about to experience. That’s all you have.

Wants consume your energy. Try to find out about your needs. What is necessary? Fulfill your needs instead of your wants. Your needs are few, love and embrace that.

Excuses for not getting there are plenty, yet you are in control. Focus your energy to thinking how you can do and you will find a way.