Sunday, March 29, 2009

Happy People

Happy people, people who are truly happy, don't need to do anything to be happy. They don't need a good job to be happy, not a great family to be happy, not a lot of money to be happy. They don't have thoughts like "If I just have this happen to me ... then ... ".

They are happy people who do things.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Movies that I Recently Enjoyed

I have not liked any of the new movies they put out lately; maybe I should just checkout Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire but I'll save that for another day. What I did do, however, was using Netflix to locate a few movies from its vast collection that I think I might enjoy, and what you know ? - I came away with some really good ones!

A couple of oddballs - Miracle Mile & After Hours

How come I never seen these two before? Lovely lovely films. Great acting, incredible surrealism, high energy. Both films have this authentic frantic feeling (a real sense of urgency) which keeps me totally hooked.

A few oldies - The Best Years of Our Lives, The Picture of Dorian Gray, & The Lost Weekend

These three are why we should watch classic films made by Hollywood fifty years ago. Interesting plot? Check; Intelligent dialog? Check; Characters you can care about? Check. Why don't they make films like these anymore?!

Movies no one heard about - The Ninth Configuration & The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The first one is just out there. Watch it and you can thank me or hate me later. This is a movie that you will think about after - that I can pretty much guarantee. The acting is just phenomenal. On the other hand, The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a fun, sexy, and emotional film. It is not nearly as as dark and wacky as the 9th, but it certainly could be just as thought-provoking.

I got quite some enjoyment out of watching all these movies. If you ever check them out drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ego's reflection

Ego is pervasive. If you are alert enough, you maybe be able to see it clearly within yourself and people around you. Here are some signs:
  • demanding recognition for something you did and getting angry or upset if you don't get it;
  • trying to get attention by talking about your problems, the story of your illnesses, or making a scene;
  • giving your opinion when nobody has asked for it and it makes no difference to the situation;
  • being more concerned with how the other person sees you than with the other person, which is to say, using other people for egoistic reflection or as ego enhancers;
  • trying to make an impression on others through possessions, knowledge, good looks, status, physical strength, and so on;
  • bringing about temporary ego inflation through angry reaction against something or someone;
  • taking things personally, feeling offended, making yourself right and others wrong through futile mental or verbal complaining;
  • waiting to be seen, or to appear important.
Does this sound familiar? If so try an experiment: Let it go. Let it all go and see what it feels like. Just drop it and see what happens.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Nietzsche's words

The philosopher Nietzsche, in a rare moment of deep stillness, wrote, "For happiness, how little suffices for happiness! ... the least thing precisely, the gentlest thing, the lightest thing, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a wisk, an eye glance - little maketh up the best happiness. Be still. "

Be still. Look. Listen. Be present.