To be, to have, to think, to move — which of these verbs is the one you feel most connected to? Or is there another verb that characterizes you better?
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“I am who I am; no more, no less.” – Terry Goodkind, Wizard’s First Rule
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” – Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Haven’t posted in a while due to an overabundance of school work, but I saw this prompt (and the Blogging 101 assignment) and it sparked me to do a little bit of writing:
The Great Divide: When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?
I used to be a purely fiction reader. I remember, as a kid, I would skip class and go to the library to read these English Magic Key series. It featured 3 main characters, Biff, Chip and Kipper going on adventures revolving around a magic key. As i grew older, i graduated to actual novels (without pictures on every page!!) some of my favorite series were the Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings series. Wouldn’t say I had an unhappy childhood but there was enough stress and family stuff that cracking open those pages brought a release I couldn’t find elsewhere. After hitting 13 and building my first PC, i discovered a love for tech and science-fiction became a part of my library. Space Demons, i, Robots and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy were some of favorites growing up. Fantasy and Sci-fi have become a mainstay of my reading lists, and I always enjoy discovering new lands and explore the magic in these worlds.
As I have grown older though, I have started injecting some non-fiction into the mix. Some recent favorites have been Steve Job’s biography , Phil Jackson’s Sacred Hoops, and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. It serves as an extension of my learning process: in conjunction with browsing the internet to acquire new information, non-fiction books acts as an alternate source. It is an avenue of personal growth, because it introduces new ideas and new ways of thinking. I love expanding my store of knowledge, and reading is an invaluable way of doing so.
While I always strive to learn more, escaping into a fantasy world where heroes can overcome any hardship and challenge is just pure joy. I definitely prefer reading fiction over non-fiction if only for the escapism. I’m highly attached to the ideals and romanticism novels gave me as a reader. It has shaped who I am today: my code of justice, my believes about romance, my sense of morality. Essentially, how I view the world. It might be idealistic to expect life to work out as in a novel, but what’s the fun in being highly realistic? If there’s one thing novels taught me is that there isn’t a challenge to tough to conquer, and the tougher the quest, the more rewarding the outcome. Strive for the stars and we’ll get there eventually 🙂
Ah Sundays~ a day of rest and relaxation. Its the day of the week to let loose and do something out of the ordinary. I’ve been wanting to go try a new restaurant in Downtown LA for a while now, and finally got a friend to go with me: ChocoChicken, a contemporary take on fried chicken that serves chocolate fried chicken.
Continue reading Sunday Indulgence: Chocolate Fried Chicken
“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.” – Alan Wilson Watts
Isn’t it amazing? Despite all the odds, we are currently making a connection. Can you even begin to imagine the chain of events that has led to this very moment in time, all the things that had to go right for this moment to occur? Continue reading Connections
who I am & why ‘m here
I’m Steve, and am a student currently studying in the US (born and raised in Hong Kong, though). Throughout the past year I have been going through some things personally and in the process have realized that I needed more happiness and positivity in my life. This led me to read books such as the Power of Now (by Eckhart Tolle), to meditation, to the general maintenance of my mental health. I have discovered that the little things add up; inspirational quotes, beautiful images, and eye-opening videos all contribute to our feelings of happiness.
Happiness is contagious, and I want to share what I can with you, so you can in turn affect those around you. Mental well-being was not a concern of mine, and I’d like to share with you the things I’ve learned and my continued journey into a more Positive Attitude (Positivatude!!) So basically anything that would hopefully put a grin on your face 🙂