life lessons

An Amazing Life Lesson From a Brain Tumour Survivor

2 years ago I had brain surgery. Now some people might say I am lucky to be alive and I am, but when I was faced with it I framed it as an opportunity. It was scary at first but one the initial shock wore off I thought “how can I go through this and still thrive?” I took it as a positive and not a negative. A chance to grow as a person even though the next year or longer of my life was going to be more different then I would ever know it. How many things have happened in your life that if you were to frame them a little differently the outcome would have been more positive?

One Priceless Love Lesson From a Cheap Tiny Old Ring

One word frees us all of the weight and pain of life: that word is love. — Sophocles For the past however many years (I honestly can't remember how longs it's been), I've had this on again, off again, relationship with a cheap, gold-painted, little ring. There's nothing particularly amazing about this ring. It wasn’t expensive, and it’s definitely not from Tiffany’s. In fact, I believe I bought it for less than five bucks at Forever 21 (when I was still in the appropriate age bracket to shop there). But for whatever reason, unbeknownst to me, I've grown a strong affection for this cheap, little ring. I wear it all the time, for every occasion, always on the same hand, always on the same finger. The weird thing about this ring is...

The 3 Ways Squat Toilets Made me a Happier Person

...I just returned to the US after spending a year in China. Unsurprisingly, it was transformative—as travel often tends to be. And as that year began, I knew I wasn’t heading into a serene, picturesque vacation. There would be no top-notch wine, no quaint seaside cottage stays. There would be bodily fluids on the streets, random power outages and pork shavings in everything (everything). And that was okay. I knew that the discomfort would be intermingled with plenty of debauchery and adventure, and I was ready for some boundary-stretching, some comfort zone-breaking...

8 Important Things We Wish to Forget but Essential to Remember

It's amazing how much we learn every hour, every day. How much we think we know and how much we have yet to learn. It's mind-boggling how much we can forget what is essential to remember... I have a book which was mine to-got-to friend since the earliest age. It is a huge book and it looks like a brick :) I call it a brick of wisdom. Sometimes I find it comforting to address my questions and find some answers there. Surprisingly, by revisiting the same book every year, somehow I always find something new to discover... new conclusions, new thoughts and ideas. But most importantly I've found essential things to remember that are too easy to forget.

Changing Today for a Better Tomorrow: 5 Simple Steps

Granted, nothing stands still and everything stirs in the constant flow of everlasting change. Whether we like it or not, everything's changing. Resistance? It's pointless. The question is simple: are we interested to introduce some mild yet mindful changes into our daily life? Are we interested changing our ways today for a better tomorrow? Is it really necessary? How happy we are today? How happy we are with things that happen around us?

6 Compelling Lessons From Unlikely Teacher

Unlike Scooby-Doo, my dog makes sense when she talks to me. Holly is a five-year-old white lab, and like Scooby, she loves treats and will never pass up a tummy rub. Like Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid movies, she imparts wisdom in the most unlikely ways. The knowledge she bestows upon me helps as I travel toward a more full and fulfilling life.