Posts filed under “Happiness”

Zen in a lotus flower

rss | t | f | g+ 1. A beautiful lotus flower blooms from a muddy pond.  2. A gardener who wants to grow flowers must also tend to weeds.   These are lessons we can learn about cycles of suffering and happiness in our lives. 1. We usually think of mud and weeds as something to be discarded, dirty, a [...]

Zen in a toothache

rss | t | f | g+   What good can come from a mere toothache? As I have recently experienced, there are a few life lessons to be learned from a small (yet extremely painful) toothache.   A few summers back, when I stayed in Plum Village, the monastary of the famous monk Thich Nhat Hanh, there was one day [...]

Let go of your most toxic habit

rss | t | f | g+ Whether it’s money, possessions, body type, career, status, fame or fortune, most of us find ourselves doing it almost everyday – comparing ourselves to others. We see someone else with more or better X, or Y than us, and we feel less of a person because compared to them, we don’t stack up. It’s [...]

Making Miracles

rss | t | f | g+ When life gives you lemons, make grape juice, and let the world marvel at how you did it. What a great twist to an old saying. Sometimes, you don’t get everything that you want, or even everything that you need. If only you had a bit more time, more money, more resources. Life can be [...]

One Important Question for Life

rss | t | g+ What happens if you follow your instincts? Despite my best intentions to take a year off to relax, I somehow landed myself a job… at the British Embassy in Tokyo. It seems I have found the reason why I was drawn back to Japan. My instincts were right – this is where I’m supposed [...]

Wing it for all you’re worth

rss | t | g+ A lot of changes have happened in my life over the past few months. I completed my final exams, graduated, worked in central London… and moved to Japan. I’m here to start a new life. No, I don’t have a job waiting for me. No, I don’t have a clear-cut plan. No, I don’t [...]

The Most Important Lesson You’ll Ever Learn About Opportunity

rss | t | g+ Two shoe makers go to a remote village. One of them immediately gives up and goes home, declaring, “It’s hopeless! Nobody here wears shoes.” The other, smiling, declares “What a glorious business opportunity! Nobody here wears shoes”. Opportunity is something that you discover, not something that you wait for   Whether it’s new business [...]

Lessons learned from snow & blossoms

rss | t | g+ Oh, snow. It’s pretty at first, but then it turns grey and slushy, getting into your shoes and freezing your toes. Then there’s the winter wind that makes your nose turn red and your eyes start to water. In Japan, the cherry blossoms came to mark the beginning of spring. The air is warm [...]