In our forest

Why should I destroy what is growing under your feet?
Why should I cut the things around you,
fill the ground around you with concrete?
Build a fence around you and isolate you
so that you only grow by me?

We are trees in the forest,
our roots touch each other.
We live by the same soil.
Breathe the same air,
drink the rain together.

On your own you will die if I don’t water you.
With me, you will only grow by my light and water.
I love the passion for life.
I love the power, the surprise, the storm.
Who should light up the fire that I did not see coming?
Who but you, ignited by someone else?
Breathing the oxygen the sky gives to you.

Fly free like a bird in the sky, my heaven.
Dive to the sea bed and taste the sea.
Sing and dance, laugh and jump, cry and shout.
However you need it.
I am with you.
I am with you wherever you are.
I am with you whatever you do.
Fly my bird, fly.
Breathe life.

In our forest, there is space for everybody
For everybody who lives, who loves, who is.
I want to multiply peace, the sign of love, by ten,
giving the power of humanity to the earth,
forever.
Be my peace, my love,
I be your power and you be my earth,
I be your love and you be my life,
my eternity, my present, at the moment.

In times of silence, I can feel you.
I am often too loud, often too fast
Am the bow tensed with an arrow and fly with the arrow.
When I am with you, I am with me, my homeland, my harbour.

Blow all the borders with your roots growing.
Hold your treetop upwind and downwind, no matter the storm.
Give love and soil to grow at your roots.
Fly my bird, fly,
Breathe life, my heaven.
Let us multiply peace, the sign of love, by ten
and let us give the power of humanity to the earth,
forever.
When I am with you, I am with me, my homeland, my harbour.
My heart, my soul.
We will find each other again and again,
no matter which space,
no matter what time.

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… and it makes sense!

Hey folks,

some of you might already know that I am currently taking part in the CBS Social Entrepreneurship MOOC. My original intention was both to learn more about social business (which I find a great way of working on social and environmental problems in a sustainable way) and about entrepreneurs (whom I find very interesting and inspirational personalities). Now I am part of an online project working on delivering personal and emotional support online to people in need of it and training mentors to give this support. More information on this project can be found here and before starting with my main post, I will share our short presentation video (“pitch”) we just have done for the online course:

Always looking for feedback by the way 🙂

But now to what I want to share with you today:

An entrepreneur is born (… and it makes sense)

First, I don’t think someone becomes born as an entrepreneur. But if you tend to seek solutions for problems existing in your environment, you are likely to become an entrepreneur one day. I think the most organic (in the meaning of continually growing) and sustainable way of becoming an entrepreneur is to be deeply committed to solving a problem in your environment (e.g. loneliness of the elder people).

You now begin to think about and search for solutions and develop a kind of idea what your solution could look like to solve this problem. Feeling this deep commitment and therefore need for a solution, you have a fire burning within which empowers you to work a lot on your solution and communicate with enthusiasm to other people to find like-minded people and form a team. Forming a team is very important because some day you will need more skills or thought exchange or working hours than you have at hand yourself and if you don’t have a team then, your solution will be limited in its growth and loose its sustainability and you can even begin to burn out.

So far my thoughts are no rocket science I think. But a thought hit me as I was telling a friend that I lacked the feeling of having the parts/activities in my life integrated into a vision/goal which makes me feel like “This is what I am. This is what I want to achieve. I don’t just work, I burn for making my vision real and everything makes sense!”

If you are deeply committed to solving a problem in your environment and burn for it, the way you are and the skills you have will make more and more sense in your life as you will be able to use them for your solution and the puzzle of your life reveals a mystery and shows the entrepreneur required for making the solution real.

I think this must be a wonderful feeling (even if you can’t sleep at night sometimes because you are full of visionary thoughts) which gives you a lot of inner fuel and strength. I mean after all, you have just found the confirmation for the need to be needed and a really meaningful activity and you are somehow made for it – wow!

I feel like my words still lack a bit the clarity to paint the picture of this entrepreneur in my mind but maybe you can help me with your comments and questions so that I can develop this idea further?

Have a great day,

Chris

Beautiful Weekend/Proactive Journey Update

Howdy folks,

How have you been? Hope all of you had a beautiful weekend!

I just wanted to share a 1) short thank you and 2) update on my journey towards being a highly effective person.

  1. Thank you for this beautiful weekend. I enjoyed a great dance/dancing party, had an insightful and motivating singing lesson and a very long talk with some nice food and a very good friend of mine. Not to mention the bunch of things I managed to do yesterday – I am happy!
  2. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo but maybe you can still somehow guess it.
    30 days of proacitivity diary - read me in the morning - tell me in the evening

    30 days of proactivity diary – read me in the morning – tell me in the evening

    This is my 30 days of proactivity diary for the application suggestion “30 days proactivity test” for Habit 1 (Be Proactive) of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I use to read my self-made book inlay (shown on the other photo below) every morning and tell my diary how I’ve been doing through the day in the evening. I don’t want to dive too deep into theory but in short, I can say that the goal is to work in my circle of influence using my freedom to choose my response to a stimulus and to take and use respons(e)ability this way. I lack the words sometimes as I can’t make excuses any more but most of the time I feel a lot better because I feel like growing my circle of influence. So tomorrow is day 22 of 30 but I might continue my diary for a while. It is a very good self reflection exercise for me to answer my three questions every day:

    30 days of proactivity diary inlay - how to be proactive and which questions I ask myself every evening

    30 days of proactivity diary inlay – how to be proactive and which questions I ask myself every evening

    Q1. In which situations have you been proactive today?
    Q2. In which situations have you behaved reactively today and which would have been a proactive way of dealing with it?
    Q3. Have you kept the commitment for today and how do you feel about it/what did you learn?
    And I make a commitment for every day which I have always kept except for two times when I only managed to work towards the intentions behind these commitments. Keeping a commitment to yourself every day is a great way to grow, too.

So now I am about to go to bed, getting ready for day 22.

Have a great start of the week and make sure to let me know what is the one thing you want to do most this week!

Cheers to you,

Chris

Remember Happiness Today – (St)Art(ing) Sunday – Day 28

Howdy folks,

I'm on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

I’m on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

The idea of this post series is to ask you one question every day hoping the answers will remind you of happy times you would like to repeat once more. And I’m sure you will find a way to repeat them in one or another way.

If you want to read more about my personal happiness project, I recommend to you reading my sketch of the face of happiness series. Maybe you want to answer my key questions to happiness, too.

Enough words for now, guess you are already excited to get your question for today:

My brother playing the organ

I was in the opera and in the theater with my brother for the last time.

When did you go to the theater for the last time and what was the story on stage?

Please share your answer with us by commenting on this post. I look forward to reading your answers!

My poem of the day goes here:

Silence.

The curtain rises.

The king is dead.

The queen is calling.

The knight is coming.

The story ends.

The curtain falls.

Applause.

May peace surround you and happiness be your friend.

Yours sincerely,

Chris

P.S.: You can find all the Remember Happiness Today questions here.

Remember Happiness Today – Social Saturday – Day 27

Howdy folks,

I'm on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

I’m on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

The idea of this post series is to ask you one question every day hoping the answers will remind you of happy times you would like to repeat once more. And I’m sure you will find a way to repeat them in one or another way.

If you want to read more about my personal happiness project, I recommend to you reading my sketch of the face of happiness series. Maybe you want to answer my key questions to happiness, too.

Enough words for now, guess you are already excited to get your question for today:

Redesign of a gamified Software Engineering course, ICL Kazan 2013

Thank you very much for this compliment

 

When did you receive a compliment for the last time and how did you react?

Please share your answer with us by commenting on this post. I look forward to reading your answers!

My poem of the day goes here:

I want to kiss the world today

You made me happy, you just made my day.

Thank you so much.

You know, a simple “thank you”

is the best compliment sometimes.

May peace surround you and happiness be your friend.

Yours sincerely,

Chris

P.S.: You can find all the Remember Happiness Today questions here.

Remember Happiness Today – Physical Friday – Day 26

Howdy folks,

I'm on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

I’m on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

The idea of this post series is to ask you one question every day hoping the answers will remind you of happy times you would like to repeat once more. And I’m sure you will find a way to repeat them in one or another way.

If you want to read more about my personal happiness project, I recommend to you reading my sketch of the face of happiness series. Maybe you want to answer my key questions to happiness, too.

Enough words for now, guess you are already excited to get your question for today:

Do you understand that I want to get back to this physical state? :)

It was not the last time but maybe one of the most beautiful times?

When did you walk on the beach for the last time?

Please share your answer with us by commenting on this post. I look forward to reading your answers!

My poem of the day goes here:

Let your soul fly

Let it swim on the tide

Let it dive into the sea

and see what you will find.

On the beach

there is time for happy times.

May peace surround you and happiness be your friend.

Yours sincerely,

Chris

P.S.: You can find all the Remember Happiness Today questions here.

Remember Happiness Today – Thumbs Up Thursday – Day 25

Howdy folks,

I'm on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

I’m on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

The idea of this post series is to ask you one question every day hoping the answers will remind you of happy times you would like to repeat once more. And I’m sure you will find a way to repeat them in one or another way.

If you want to read more about my personal happiness project, I recommend to you reading my sketch of the face of happiness series. Maybe you want to answer my key questions to happiness, too.

Enough words for now, guess you are already excited to get your question for today:

Kiss from a rose

Kiss from a rose – I was excited to find a young woman from the train on Facebook

When were you excited for the last time and what caused your excitement?

Please share your answer with us by commenting on this post. I look forward to reading your answers!

My poem of the day goes here:

Surprise.

Joy.

Or not?

It depends

on how you take it.

Take it the easy way.

Even if it is not easy this time.

May peace surround you and happiness be your friend.

Yours sincerely,

Chris

P.S.: You can find all the Remember Happiness Today questions here.

Remember Happiness Today – Worried Wednesday – Day 24

Howdy folks,

I'm on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

I’m on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

The idea of this post series is to ask you one question every day hoping the answers will remind you of happy times you would like to repeat once more. And I’m sure you will find a way to repeat them in one or another way.

If you want to read more about my personal happiness project, I recommend to you reading my sketch of the face of happiness series. Maybe you want to answer my key questions to happiness, too.

Enough words for now, guess you are already excited to get your question for today:

May you rest in peace and enjoy the flowers on your grave,

For a short moment I was very close to cry…

When did you not know what to do for the last time and what was it making you feeling helpless?

Please share your answer with us by commenting on this post. I look forward to reading your answers!

My poem of the day goes here:

Facing it

Can be hard sometimes.

Are you ashamed?

Are you shy?

Are you hiding?

Facing it

Should be the only answer sometimes.

Face it.

To win.

May peace surround you and happiness be your friend.

Yours sincerely,

Chris

P.S.: You can find all the Remember Happiness Today questions here.

Remember Happiness Today – Thinking Tuesday – Day 23

Howdy folks,

I'm on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

I’m on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

The idea of this post series is to ask you one question every day hoping the answers will remind you of happy times you would like to repeat once more. And I’m sure you will find a way to repeat them in one or another way.

If you want to read more about my personal happiness project, I recommend to you reading my sketch of the face of happiness series. Maybe you want to answer my key questions to happiness, too.

Enough words for now, guess you are already excited to get your question for today:

I am grateful for every beacon of hope like this one of Boop!

Boop can help you – I am grateful for every beacon of hope like this one of Boop!

When did you solve a problem for the last time and what was the solution?

Please share your answer with us by commenting on this post. I look forward to reading your answers!

My poem of the day goes here:

Problems.

Pain or pleasure?

Pain if you don’t know how to solve them.

Thinking too much can hurt your head.

Pleasure once you’ve solved them.

A good friend could help.

Good luck!

May peace surround you and happiness be your friend.

Yours sincerely,

Chris

P.S.: You can find all the Remember Happiness Today questions here.

Remember Happiness Today – Material Monday – Day 22

Howdy folks,

I'm on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

I’m on my way to happiness. Wanna join me?

The idea of this post series is to ask you one question every day hoping the answers will remind you of happy times you would like to repeat once more. And I’m sure you will find a way to repeat them in one or another way.

If you want to read more about my personal happiness project, I recommend to you reading my sketch of the face of happiness series. Maybe you want to answer my key questions to happiness, too.

Enough words for now, guess you are already excited to get your question for today:

My parents' garden (left)

In my parents’ garden, there are nice fruits in the summer

What is your favorite sweet and when did you eat it for the last time?

Please share your answer with us by commenting on this post. I look forward to reading your answers!

My poem of the day goes here:

Sweet, sweet friend of mine.

How are you today?

You look delicious, did you know?

I hope you will be happy on your way

down my throat.

Goodbye,

Sweet friend of mine.

May peace surround you and happiness be your friend.

Yours sincerely,

Chris

P.S.: You can find all the Remember Happiness Today questions here.