What are you waiting for?
What would you do if you knew you only had a year to live?
What would be on your list?
Whom would you like to see again?
What would you like to spend time on?
Which dream would you want to realise?
What would you like to leave behind in this world ?
How would you like to be remembered?
Whom would you want to have been and how?
Read the list out to yourself.
What really matters to you?
What are you waiting for ?
Take a small step.
Nederlandse versie / Dutch version: Waar wacht je nog op?
Consolation is your sadness on my table.
Pain that is allowed to be.
Consolation is the power of silence.
My listening without judgement.
Consolation is training in little.
Not judging. Not talking.
Not wise advice.
Consolation is hardly anything.
Except being there.
There and then.
Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Troost is daar waar pijn gewoon mag zijn
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The season of juicy fruit.
The land gives, we reap and enjoy.
The season of sharing, sharing what is abundant on the bushes.
Sharing what we can do without.
Is filling ourselves with sunlight.
Recharge our batteries, new energy.
The air and the light give, we reap and enjoy.
And then we share. We share what we can do without.
Because that is freedom.
To choose to share.
To give away what is surplus.
To get rid of the unnecessary.
Nederlandse versie: Vrijheid. Wegdoen wat overbodig is
The Open Share icon conveys the act of sharing by visually representing one hand passing an object to another hand, as in “pass it on” or “sharing”. The icon also represents an “eye”, as in “look at this”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Poet Rainer Maria Rilke, former secretary of August Rodin Česky: Básník Rainer Maria Rilke, kdisi tajemník Rodinův (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The poet Rainer Maria Rilke exchanged special letters with a young, doubtful and novice poet.What he then wrote to Kappus , at the beginning of the twentieth century, is still true today.
Love your questions
Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart
and try to look at your questions lovingly,
like locked rooms.
Or like books written in a very foreign language.
Do not now seek the answers .
which cannot be given you ,
because you would not be able to live them yet.
It is about “living” everything.
Live your questions now.
And perhaps you will then gradually,
without noticing it
in your answer.
Rainer Maria Rilke
from :Letters to a Young Poet
Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Soms is het beste antwoord een vraag
Every day, for the duration of a lifetime.
So many questions. So much doubt. So many thoughts.
Newspapers tell us about possible paths to take.
Friends give advice.
Books give insight.
What happens when you empty your head ?
What do you feel when it is quiet?
When you close yourself off from the outside world?
When you make everything go quiet, very quiet, as in hibernation.
The intense silence makes you restless at first.
Your thoughts go on raving.
And that is allowed.
Accept your doubts and your fears.
But then, listen…
Your inner voice becomes powerful.
You can quieten yourself.
In the Great Silence you find your own voice again.
And also your own answers.
Every now and then, become silent.
Be at home in yourself.
Silence is not an empty space, but full of answers.
Dutch original / Nederlands origineel: De stilte is niet leeg maar vol antwoorden
sign for being quiet (Zeichen für Ruhigsein) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Do you recognise this ?
The good intentions at the beginning of each new year?
We make lists of
that which we will never do again
of what we will do more often
of what we will do less often
of that of which we will eat less
of whom we would like to see more often
or less often.
We think about our dreams
and also about the bad luck we had in the past.
We stand still. Just for a moment.
As soon as the bottles are empty, the snow has melted, the wishes for happiness have been distributed, we return to the issues of the day, life zooms by and very quickly the list is forgotten in the bottom drawer.
What would happen if we would read that list again every day?
If we would ask this big question to our reflection every morning :
“why am I doing what I do”,
If we leave that list in the sunlight on our working table ?
What would happen if we would ask ourselves every day, and not only the first day
of the year : why am I doing what I do ?
Let us stand still more often.
A few moments every day.
Look into the mirror.
To dare to ask that one question, to dare to hesitate, to try, to fail, to get up, to choose.
And then to try to live like we réally want to.
Dutch version: Waarom doe je wat je doet
There is a beautiful text by Peter Handke in which he says ‘Fail calmly’. Fail, yes. Calmly, no. We did not learn that it is o.k. to fail. Let alone that we stay calm while failing. To fail calmly is an art of living, a constant balancing between trying, exercising, and daring to stumble.
Daring to stumble is showing your vulnerability.
To show that you don’t know either.
Socrates already said : ‘I know that I don’t know’.
That wisdom is centuries old .
Why is it so difficult to take away the layer of veneer?
To show who you really are, hesitating and stumbling?
Maybe it helps when we choose.
To choose to dare.
To choose to love stumbling people.
To choose to surround yourself with warm people who do not reject you when you stumble, but who on the contrary reach out.
And to offer your own hand or shoulder when someone nearly falls.
To get up and continue.
It sounds simple, but you never do it alone.
On top of your restored self confidence you need others.
Warm, encouraging others who also believe in your ability, your resilience and your talents.
To believe in yourself is to allow yourself to stumble.
Stumble calmly, struggle to get up and accept those hands, smooth your hairs and try again.
Not how you fall, but how you get up.
Original Dutch version / Originele Nederlandstalige versie: Niet hoe je valt, wel hoe je opstaat
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