A to Zen would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy New Year! May 2012 renew your spirit, reintroduce passion and keep you healthy and full of drive.
Here’s to new beginnings and beautiful changes…
Remember, life is not about what we could not do so far, it’s about what we still CAN!
Begin Living Life Anew!!!
A to Zen wishes everyone the heartiest Christmas! May you always shine as bright as the ornaments on your tree, warm hearts like candles do, aim as high as the North Pole and experience love and happiness like a child in a candy store.
Snuggle up close with loved ones, enjoy hot chocolate and egg nog, listen to carols and add your own unique element this year of what Christmas means to you.
Here’s Celebrating the Joy of Tradition…
Merry Merry Christmas!
I read something recently and had to share it here. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!
It’s written so simply, yet so well. If it talks to you or touches you in anyway, please do your part and pay it forward.
It’s About Time
If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank…time.
Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as “lost” whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can’t hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or invest it. You can only use it—time.
Here’s a story that drives the point home:
Arthur Berry was described by Time as “the slickest second-story man in the East,” truly one of the most famous jewel thieves of all times. In his years of crime, he committed as many as 150 burglaries and stole jewels valued between $5 and $10 million. He seldom robbed from anyone not listed in the Social Register and often did his work in a tuxedo. On an occasion or two, when caught in the act of a crime by a victim, he charmed his way out of being reported to the police.
Like most people who engage in a life of crime, he was eventually caught, convicted and served 25 years in prison for his crimes. Following his release, he worked as a counterman in a roadside restaurant on the East Coast for $50 a week.
A newspaper reporter found him and interviewed him about his life. After telling about the thrilling episodes of his life he came to the conclusion of the interview saying, “I am not good at morals. But early in my life I was intelligent and clever, and I got along well with people. I think I could have made something of my life, but I didn’t. So when you write the story of my life, when you tell people about all the burglaries, don’t leave out the biggest one of all… Don’t just tell them I robbed Jesse Livermore, the Wall Street baron or the cousin of the king of England. You tell them Arthur Berry robbed Arthur Berry.”
Here are six terrific truths about time:
First: Nobody can manage time. But you can manage those things that take up your time.
Second: Time is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people that only bring us two percent of our results.
Third: Time is perishable. It cannot be saved for later use.
Fourth: Time is measurable. Everybody has the same amount of time…pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use.
Fifth: Time is irreplaceable. We never make back time once it is gone.
Sixth: Time is a priority. You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities.
What you just read is an excerpt from a book called, First Thing Every Morning by Lewis Timberlake. This book has everything you need to energize your life – reflections, stories and quotes that’ll lift your spirits and lighten your load.
If you like reading, do pick up this book. I’m sure you will enjoy it!
OK, gotta go now…time is ticking away!
A to Zen was listed within the Around Town section, page 76 of Time Out Mumbai, Nov 26-Dec 8th issue.
To be or not to be. To live or not to live. In Passion…. That is the Question!
Are you or aren’t you passionate or living with passion? Most of us would like to think we are. Ask yourself…how in tune are you with what you really love? I mean really love! What gets you excited and gives you goosebumps with the mere thought of it?
Very few people are connected to what they really love doing, in essence what brings them immense happiness. To live with Passion means thinking, doing and acting in alignment with what matters to you most. Are you in a job that gives you thorough satisfaction and growth? Are you unstoppable because how you spend your day is so liberating that nothing can stop you? Do you feel a heightened sense of motivation continuously?
If you can’t say yes to the above questions, you’re probably not exactly living with Passion.
Passion changes your life. Actually, it makes life worth living. It centers your being. It makes you smile all the time for no reason at all.
Living with passion could mean doing more and more of what you love or seeing a hobby to the nth degree even if it doesn’t provide immediate monetary benefits. It’s different for everyone.
The goal is to actually merge what you do and how you spend your time with what you love. This will create immense contentment and and zeal for your personal life and state of being. It will also be a full-proof way to ensure success as you are always better (by default) in things you love doing in the first place! If your hunch is telling you that you should have been a chef or the sight of blood makes you sick yet you work in a hospital, it’s time to do a Passion Test!
Take a few minutes out of your day and ask yourself: What makes me tick? What brings me immense inner joy? How close or far am I from that in my life today? And start bridging the gap…
It’s not as difficult as it may sound. In fact, it’s one of the easiest and clearest ways to begin realizing your life-calling.
Follow your intuitive path and do it with passionate intention!