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Freedom. To dispose of what is surplus.

Full summer.
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.

Full summer.
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

English: The Open Share icon conveys the act o...

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)

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Say yes

Say yes

It seems strange to say yes for no reason.
Especially in a world that teaches us to draw boundaries, to say no.
Still, to say yes is the most powerful thing there is.

Not to each question from outside.
That would make us out of control.
But a wholehearted YES to everything you feel.

Yes to love.
Yes to fear.
Yes to pain.

A difficult exercise.
But worthwhile to try.

Because in your YES lies a profound trust.
A warm belief in your own voice.
A soft stone deep inside, a little piece that only belongs to you.
Something that brings you peace.

Say yes to life that embraces you.
Say yes.

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From left to right: Devan Brockenberry; Jahnae...

From left to right: Devan Brockenberry; Jahnae Johnson; Kie’Arra Pretlow; and Larry Pretlow II (2006). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Zeg Ja

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Living in a world full of unrestricted wars

Do you get up?

Every day we hear and see on television a lot about conflicts and wars. How do you look at them? Perhaps you think you can not do anything about it, but what about your voice and the politicians in your country?

three wars

three wars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What are you up to?

The world is on fire.
Far off
Poison attacks.
Washed ashore luck seekers or fortune hunters.
Unrestricted wars.
Close by and far away.
Rising poverty.
Less tolerance.
Almost no place for softness.
The world is on fire.
Far & close.

What moves you?
Do you get up?
Are you reaching a hand?

Are you willing to get up from your seat and do something against the injustice in this world?

What are you up to?
What do you do if someone calls near or far?

  • Marcus Ampe and Bond Zonder Naam (Movement Without a Name)

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Scattering of peoples who delight in wars

Preventing conflicts and war

When Tragedy Strikes…

A Prayer for 9-11

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Sometimes the best answer is a question

English: Poet Rainer Maria Rilke, former secre...

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
find yourself
one day
in your answer.

Rainer Maria Rilke
from :Letters to a Young Poet
Balans, 2009

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Soms is het beste antwoord een vraag

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Silence is not an empty space, but is filled with answers

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…
Silence speaks.
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.

 

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Dutch original / Nederlands origineel: De stilte is niet leeg maar vol antwoorden

sign for being quiet (Zeichen für Ruhigsein)

sign for being quiet (Zeichen für Ruhigsein) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Most visible part of Movement without a Name, sayings, lists and good intentions

The proverbs are the most visible part of Movement without a Name. Together they represent a potted philosophy, and a handful of wisdom. Every year we send out 8 million proverbs in Flanders alone.

This painting (oil on wood) from the last thir...

This painting (oil on wood) from the last third of the 17th century alludes to the popular proverb “Nimm dich selbst bei der Nase” (“take yourself by your nose”). It’s also called “Vogel Selbsterkenntnis” (Bird of self-knowledge) and exists in several samples (three, at least, in that same museum). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The five mailshots we send every year reach one in six Flemings. Each contains a nugget of reflection that everybody can think about.

The proverbs spring from daily life. They are not composed by somebody sitting at a desk. They are not the work of a team of psychologists. By listening carefully to why, how and what people say, you can often pick up useful ideas. These then find their expression in words, which must be matured for a while in the cellars of the mind. If you chew on what somebody has said for a while, you sometimes find a few grains of truth among the chaff. That could be the birth of a typical MWN proverb.

The result is a proverb that is short, clear, pithy, and close to life. It is not intended to change the world but is rather an attempt to invite people to reflection.

 

Why do you do what you do?


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
or more
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.

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Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places

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Why do you do what you do?

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
or more
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.

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It´s not how you fall, but how you standup

Niet hoe je valt, wel hoe je opstaatThere 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.

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Original Dutch version / Originele Nederlandstalige versie: Niet hoe je valt, wel hoe je opstaat

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Searching for fulfillment and meaning through own efforts, facing unsatisfaction and depression

Using failure

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  2. failing 1
  3. Failing 2
  4. Failing 3
  5. Failing 4
  6. day 122 . failing
  7. Fail Like a Scientist
  8. Failing at life
  9. Failing to Grace
  10. Failing and Flailing
  11. Fear of Failure, Failure to Risk
  12. Can I take my time?
  13. What have we done?
  14. Still not perfect
  15. 5 Ways to Fail a Class
  16. Average???
  17. Acceptance: I’m A Failure!!! But I’m Working at it!
  18. Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
  19. Failing Fast
  20. Failing IS Part of Our Process
  21. Throwing out the cheese
  22. Two-Facedbook
  23. Is it bed-time yet?
  24. Making it to Xmas
  25. Smart Goals
  26. Mastering the art of quitting
  27. And Endless Downward Sloping Set of Stairs
  28. 7 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because You’re Afraid Of Failure
  29. “Negative Vibes”
  30. Why?!
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  41. Life is hard. Send help
  42. The sun still rises even with the pain
  43. Learn To Strike Out
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  45. What’s At Risk When We Choose Not To Take A Risk?
  46. 365 Days Later
  47. 5 Lessons I’ve learned from 2016
  48. It wasn’t about me.

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Come in and sit down

This is what you see.
Your neighbour has recently arrived in the street.
His children are passing by on their bikes. You don’t know their names.

This is what you know.
You congratulate your long-standing girlfriend by text message but you haven’t seen her or heard from her in ages.
That family close-by, they need help, but you are afraid to knock on their door.

This is what you feel.
Your own heart is bleeding or palpitating and you would love to air your feelings, here or there.

Maybe we are scared, you and I.
Of the world and of each other.
Because you are different from me. And I am different from you.
Because the world challenges us every day.
In the humanitarian, economical and climatic field.

What makes us strong is that you can knock on my door and I can knock on yours.
That I say hi and you say hi.
That you are allowed to share sadness and me too.
That we don’t always have to understand each other, that we can be who we are.
People with a warm heart who want to listen to each other’s story.

I would like to hear yours.

Come in and sit down.
Say this also to your neighbour, that long-standing girlfriend, those children and that family.
Come in and sit down.

 

Dutch version /Nederlandse versie: Kom binnen en zet u

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Allow yourself a chill-out day

” I miss the simplest things the most during my detention. To see the horizon! A nightly sky full of stars! Sleeping in a tent, far away from concrete that wears me down here. After many years of detention, I was allowed my first “day out”. I took the train to the coast and, on top of a dune, I stared at infinity for hours. My soul and heart were filled with so much beauty”.

A prisoner of our thoughts.

Is there such a big difference between what we need – outside the walls – in order to be a better version of ourselves? Can we still do it, break through the walls of our thoughts and take a little while to relax? Even on holiday we seem sometimes caught in our everyday thoughts, our mobile phone which is never quiet.

And yet to do nothing for a little while is just as important as to write off your to-do list. Check the most recent books on management, burning the candle at both ends, can have serious consequences.  Because our mind – just as our body – needs a break every now and then. When year in year out we continue, we run the risk to get a burn-out or depression.
A chill-out day is then the valve with which you release the tension.

A right to slow living

English: Full Steam Ahead Thoughts of escaping...

Full Steam Ahead Thoughts of escaping life in the slow lane as this steam traction engine heads north out of Pontefract towards the M62. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everyone of us knows the feeling : a whirl of thoughts in your head which stops you from sleeping, the pressure of the things you still have to do. When we have high expectations, we increase our inner stress. When something is not going according to plan, we cannot be creative anymore. In the poem ‘Recht op traagheid’ of Alexis de Roode in ‘Gratis tijd voor iedereen’ the question ‘why all this is required’ is raised. Who is asking this and why today?

Another pitfall can be that we hide behind a full agenda. Because the place – where nothing is required and where it is quiet – can be quite confrontational. In that way we do not have to think about our own uncertainties and fears. We avoid the confrontation with ourselves. But this confrontation can be very revealing in order to have a positive attitude to life.

A detainee has no problem with a full agenda . To stand still is a must. It is not possible to  escape from yourself and the ways in which one is stuck.

 

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Holiday making and dreaming

Going on holiday is… silence in your head

Family happiness and little things we do

Home-stayers and their to do list

May, for many a month for mothers and many celebrations

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  7. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  8. Remember there’s a light in the next day
  9. Be an Encourager

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  26. Off to the mountains
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  28. Fall in Love with Florence
  29. Berlin as a tourist and a local.
  30. Spontaneous Camping
  31. Freaking out! Only 78 days left until our Florida holiday!!!
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  33. The ruins of Mỹ Sơn
  34. Picture Diary: Exploring Cornwall
  35. Bigger and better: the expanded Yorkshire Dales and Lake District national parks await
  36. Interrail Part 1: Prague, Czech Republic
  37. Hello from Belgrade!
  38. Mytilini Travel Diary
  39. Shades of Greens & Blues
  40. The Three Stages of Climbing Mount Fuji
  41. What I wore in Corfu, an outfit diary…
  42. Packing List for Women – Your Island Holiday Packing List (Bali, Vanuatu, Fiji, Thailand, etc)
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  44. 2 weeks of Sweden 
  45. Our Weekend at the Frio River
  46. Borneo – Tunkyu Abdul Rahman National Park
  47. Reggae Falls
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