I Wanted To Create Something Beautiful

Cover of "Something Beautiful"

Cover of Something Beautiful

“What did you came here for, boy?” she is asking. “I don’t know, I just wanted to create something beautiful, you know? Not even something that lasts but maybe something that creates an emotion that lasts in someone’s heart…” he answers. “But why do you think this is the right place to create that kind of thing?” she is digging deeper, not giving up on her journey to the heart of the truth. “I don’t know, I’ve never been good at drawing. Neither at other visual arts or sports. I mean I have been doing some good sometimes but never anything really beautiful, nothing that made me proud for more than one sec. I tried to write a book but I have never made enough sense to finish it. I wrote some lyrics but none of them was brilliant enough to make me proud for more than a few days yet. Anyway, until recently, I’ve been not that much of a singer to perform a brilliant lyrics in a beautiful way. Now I might dare to give it a try but am lacking the musicians to start this journey together. We’ll see what time does to this option of creating

there are beautiful places

there are beautiful places

something beautiful. But back to your question. I came here to tell the world about the light side of Gamification but was deceived with the first poor amount of feedback I got. After some time, I came back and realized I could write about much more than Gamification. I told the world about my psychosis and recovering from it, about some impressive books I read, about my educational research and ideas, posted some lyrics, photos and invited everyone to join me on my way to happiness. A few months ago I spent a lot of time on this blog every day. I felt like I was making some sense, like I could make a difference to someone. I hope I have done so.”

2013-09-25 14.31.00“Why do you sound like you’ve already closed this chapter?” she cannot resist to proceed with her questioning. “Well, you see I’ve been some weeks off or almost off, for various reasons. One reason is that I broke up with my girlfriend some months ago and then focused more on what I could call ‘real life and real people’. I wanted to meet people face to face and somehow spent less time on this blog. One day, I stopped following my weekly reading list and only answered comments I got here. I began my master studies and worked full time at the same time so I had enough to do during the day and evening that I did not feel a big need to participate that much in the amazing Word Press community anymore. However, I don’t think I’ve closed this chapter yet. I’d rather say I’ve changed to another book but still know where the old one is if one day, I want to come back. And I am sure I will, from time to time, whenever I feel like doing so. You see, the probability to create something beautiful and maybe even meaningful is much higher if you just let it happen and let the inspiration stopping by before beginning to write. The story of my life is not something linear, there are ups and downs, there are times with lots of events and changes and there are times when I feel like waiting for something not knowing what it might be. Why should I ever try to force my writing to be something that my life is not, something regular and linear? By now, with all of my 23 years of existence, I’ve learned that the good things come at the right time.

Walk through this gate with me

Walk through this gate with me

We can always try to improve our self and I try it day by day but I’ve learned about what I call “working with me” and “working against me”. It might sound a bit paradox but I believe both that we can improve ourselves very much and that the best version of ourselves is somehow predetermined. But thinking more about it, I guess it could make sense. In my life, I have often been working against me, muttering a low bass voice in the school choir (now knowing I have a high tenor voice), being very introvert (now knowing that communication and talking is one of my big talents) to list only a few examples. I worked a lot to become more of the Me - Ready for band rehearsalperson I think I am meant to be (this somehow predetermined best version of myself).” “I think I am getting your point”, she uses his short break, not asking a question for the first time in this conversation between the old friends Ms Doubtnosy and Mr Lookatmybigego. “I’ve only one question left: What is this new book you mentioned before about?” she points toward the end of this conversation. “I’m not the guy who reads the last pages first so I can’t tell you yet. The only thing I can tell you is that it is supposed to be about living a big love between two very different people who have a lot in common, who live in different cities but like to watch the same movies, who are from different countries but share the same dream. There might also be some lines about successful master studies, founding a band, playing some gigs, succeeding at work and of course, some dissatisfaction which is also the root of improvement.”

Thank you for reading this interview with myself, I hope you enjoyed doing so. I am here for your comments and whenever you want me to read something or have got a question for me, I will be happy to be of service.

I am wishing all of you the very best for the year to come, enjoy and celebrate these days, my friends.

May peace surround you, love kiss you and happiness be your friend.

Chris

The Rapture of Winning

Originally posted on Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger:

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In 1920, Harvey E. Newbranch, writer for the Evening World Herald in Omaha, Nebraska, became the first writer to win the coveted Pulitzer Prize, for his scathing review of the breakdown of government in light of the race riots, that brought the city of Omaha to its knees. The brutal lynching of Will Brown, a black worker, followed by the murder of two white men, the assassination attempt of the sitting Mayor, all dominoed into a rampaging crowd of thousands, who burned the Douglas County Courthouse…. to the ground.

There is the rule of the jungle in this world, and there is the rule of law.

Under jungle rule no man’s life is safe, no man’s wife, no man’s mother, sister, children, home, liberty, rights, property. Under the rule of law protection is provided for all these, and provided in proportion as law is efficiently and honestly administered…

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Briefly Hit By Happiness

Howdy folks,

Bring Back My Happiness

Bring Back My Happiness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you know this feeling of a very comfortable fit between two persons on a special matter of common activity? Do you know the feeling when it is gone as fast as it came into your life? If you do, I think you understand this post’s title quite well…

A Little Happiness

A Little Happiness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But we never give up, you know, we are fighters, for happiness and peace, we shout through the silence and silence the screams calming down the worried and loving the lost ones. Let’s stand together in the desert where a single drop of tear can make a flower grow and swim through the ocean of tears we cry one day or another. A new day will come and the sun will shine on our way. To happiness.

May peace surround you and be happiness your friend celebrating life.

Chris

Missing The Sun

Howdy folks,

just searched for some sun on YouTube. Maybe you have some good hints for me?

I like the bridge of this one for its dancing power:

But it did not really bring back the sun…

Why is it that most of the songs tell about sunny days in the past? I need it now…

Thanks to good ol’ Michael Boublé I know at least one song that gives me some sunny feeling, really looking forward to your suggestions for sunny or simply mood-lifting songs!

Hope all of you have a beautiful day.

Celebrate life.

Chris

When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be Happy

Howdy folks,

Check out what my brother just shared with me:

This boy is impressive, isn’t he? He is smart, funny and on his way to happiness. Set up my mood again, now I will start some singing and then I might forget about my winter depression that tried to wake up before watching this video. I’m not that tired, I’m not that sad, I should be happy and I will be. Right now.

Celebrate life, I hope you dance (Sorry Michelle but I love these words!).

Chris

I Love Loyal Friends

Howdy folks,

Passing on my way to work - looks impressive in the early darkness

Passing on my way to work – looks impressive in the early darkness

how are you? I’ve been off for quite a few days now only replying to comments and sometimes reading one or another blog post but not participating here most of the time. But I have still about 20 views per day and am getting a few comments each day. I’m impressed and want to say thank you for your loyalty!

Well, short update for me so that you know what I am up to do:

Taken on my before last visit at my grandma's

Taken on my before last visit at my grandma’s

Currently I’m quite into “real people” so I try to use every possibility to meet with and talk to people, anyway if for music collaboration, sightseeing or just for passing time because the train is waiting for three hours on its journey to my hometown because someone decided to commit suicide using the train just before us. I am breathing life deep into my veins and am working full time, so blogging falls short these days. No, I guess with these two, blogging would enjoy having very much attention but I am also into educational research and decided to begin a master in IT Management by “homeschooling”. I am so excited to get my first learning materials! Hope to feel like to catch up actively on your news soon, my friends. But feel free to drop me a line telling me what’s happening at yours right now please!

Have a great time and celebrate life.

Chris

For you there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do

Howdy folks,

these words are part of the beautiful song “Hey brother” by Avicii you can listen to playing the video below.

World wide web

World wide web (Photo credit: patrikneckman)

Do you know this feeling of deep love an care for the world? The feeling that you want to change something for the better, to make this world become a better place?

The effects of just one month spent in a Viet ...

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I mean sure, many of us are leading quite a good life nowadays but there is still starvation, disease and poverty around. There is also what I would like to call the “intellectual starvation”, the “over-consumption” disease and the “can’t pay my debt rates anymore” poverty in what we think of civilized society. So we can already think about a lot of things to do next door instead of hoping that it never happens to us or that we never become this way. We need to make a change my friends!

I am wondering what are the things I really need in my life. I will try to write down a list here beginning with the material things as they might come easier into my mind:

  • My notebook and smart phone (and the WWW) to work on my research, to collaborate and to communicate with my friends
  • A house and a bed are very nice things though other things might do depending on the climate
  • Clothes look good and might make me feel more comfortable but might not be necessary depending on the climate either
  • I am really a fan of my cosmetics and toothbrush and think most of them help me to lead a better life
  • Piano

    Piano (Photo credit: esc861)

    If I was not a singer, I surely would need some music instruments

  • Something to eat is necessary of course.
  • Because of the way we live, I need some money to satisfy my needs
  • Without friends, family and love, the world would be a much darker place
  • I need to sing because I love it (quite true for my other spare time activities)
  • Okay, let’s definitely add music and arts to this list!
simple

simple (Photo credit: monkeyc.net)

I could have missed something here but I think you might already grasp my point by this rather short list compared to the amount of things one might possess. I already think that I own quite a lot of things I hardly need and might change this fact. But I guess thinking carefully about really needing it before buying something (a proactive strategy) is needed much more. I will keep that in mind!

I hope you will find your way to make our world become a better place. What do you think of? What do you do to make a change?

May peace surround you and be happiness your friend,

Chris

P.S.: As I never experienced war, peace is quite natural to me but I guess I should add it to my list. Peace!

Greatness

Chris Thomas:

Thanks for letting me know on Twitter, my friend :)
Will be awesome, I’m sure!
Chris

Originally posted on Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger:

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Dream that you are a rocket blasting off
Giving a glow of warmth
As you make it to your destination…dream

There is a Balm in Gilead strictly translated means there is a healing tree on the hill of testimony.Giving testimony or speaking what good things or changes happen to our lives is often used and associated with religious faith but there is no monopoly. People who overcome addictions often testify to newcomers, who may be free of their addiction for a month, a week a day or a minute. Addiction does not simply rob society of an able body citizen. It destroys families, corrupts the soul and has the omnipotent ability, to even take a life. Salesmen engage in the practice, by the strictest definition of the word, to demonstrate how a product transformed them from rags to riches, overnight. And the sick and shut-in offer testimony to…

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Lessons Learned From Reading Götz W. Werner’s Autobiography “Womit ich nie gerechnet habe” Pt 2

Howdy folks,

I feel like having to proceed to tell you about this impressively inspiring book (first part here)… I can tell you, I folded one edge of every book page I found interesting and I was almost feeling like beginning to read one page, folding the edge and then finishing reading this page.

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English: Goetz Werner, head of Cross-Department Group for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, at “Centralstation” in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany Deutsch: Götz Werner, Leiter des “Interfakultative Institut für Entrepreneurship” an der Universität Karlsruhe, in der Centralstation in Darmstadt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First of all, if you have not read the first part yet, I want to briefly introduce Götz W. Werner to those of you who don’t know him. He founded the company I am working for, an originally German drugstore chain (now spread over big parts of Europe), in 1973. Today, he is a member of the supervisory board and is promoting an idea he really likes, a basic income for every citizen paid by one single tax on the consumption (he would remove every other tax because he thinks that every member of the industry is already calculating the taxes into the price we as consumers are paying for its products, so it is us paying its taxes). The drugstore chain he founded is quite well known, especially in Germany, for being a very social employer with some anthroposophical philosophy mixed into the corporate culture. I already told you about the process to get to a commonly accepted decision some time ago (see here if you want to) and this is only one example of a kind of different thinking.

Götz Werner was asked three questions that changed his life (and the success of his company) very much:

  1. Is your company serving you or are you serving your company?
  2. Are your employees serving your company or is the company serving its employees?
  3. Are the customers serving your company or is your company serving its customers?
Think Tank

Think Tank (Photo credit: Robiwan_Kenobi)

These questions are very essential because they define if the human being is the mean or the end of thought and work. If your employees, the customers and you are only serving your company, your company is just using human beings to grow or earn as much money as possible. But this is not the real purpose of a company. A company should be of service for the human being and be therefore the means and not the end of work and thought.

Next thought. Stop. Take a deep breath. What are you doing here? Why are you reading this post? What are your goals in life? Who are you? Stop again. Maybe too much questions and questions that are too hard to answer right now. But what Götz Werner is telling us is that we all need to spend enough time on reflecting the things we do. If we only react to the things that happen without thinking about them, we can hardly learn or improve anything and will therefore struggle harder and harder until we (literally) die. If we refuse to be always in “reaction mode”, we can start to take time to think about things and design our own life.

English: Think positive

English: Think positive (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once we begin thinking about our life, we need the right attitude, too. Remember, every problem is a potential for development and improvement and never a reason to worry.

If we are doing quite well getting our problems “solved” or if we work for a company or even own a company, we should begin to think about the needs and problems of the human beings around us. If we find solutions and ways to solve these problems and satisfy these needs, we can improve their quality of life and the way they satisfy their needs and will probably earn money or other rewards for doing so.

Information

Information (Photo credit: heathbrandon)

Very important in this context is one point I agree very much on: Good advertising is not talking to the dark and stupid part of the customer’s mind. It is honestly telling the customer about the existence of a solution for his/her problem and providing the opportunity to improve one’s life this way. This is real innovation and not just marketing…

Now we are on page 75 of almost 300 but I will stop here to give you the chance to think about what you have just read and proceed in part three next week.

Hope you enjoyed reading, comments are very welcome.

May peace surround you and be happiness your friend,

Chris

Personal Reflection

Chris Thomas:

hey Bon, how are you?
I decided to share your wisdom with my very important people by this reblog :) I want to add that I think one can only love other people as much as he or she loves his or herself. Do you agree?
Have a great day,
Chris

Originally posted on Barefoot in Paris:

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Moving to and living in Paris have taught me two very important things about myself:

  1. How to be comfortable and at ease with who and how I am, and that
  2. Beauty is subjective, and when it comes to myself, only I can define it.

Living in Paris means being surrounded by visually pleasing creatures. I used to get really intimidated and insecure because I knew I just wasn’t on the same level, and I wanted to be. I wanted to be gifted with a defined jawline, I wanted to wear the same shoes, afford the same wardrobe, sport the same hairstyle… In short, I wanted to be them.

Now let me tell you this: there’s no more liberating feeling than accepting the fact that you cannot be like other people, that you can only be the best version of yourself, and that the notion of beauty should not depend on…

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