#Trust30 | Too scary to write about?

Another prompt from #trust30 is again touching the point of “what would you do”. Specifically, the prompt states: Always do what you are afraid to do.” What is ‘too scary’ to write about? Try doing it now.

Honestly, I have no clue what to type, that is ‘too scary’, so guys, it’s up to you! What is scary to write about? What would you write? Or what do you think I should write?Najnovšia výzva od #trust30 sa opäť dotýka toho “čo by sme robili”. Konkrétne, výzva je: Vždy rob to, čoho sa bojíš. Čo je “príliš strašné” na to, aby si o tom písal? Urob to teraz.”

Úprimne, nemám poňatia, čo je “príliš strašidelné”, aby som o tom písal. Takže, je to na vás! Čo je strašné na písanie? O čom by ste písali vy? Alebo teda, o čom by som mal písať?

#Trust30 | Five Years

The latest prompt of #trust30 from Corbett Barr was a no-brainer for me. Answer to the question “What would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say to the person you’ll be in five years?” was clear right after I had finished reading it.

To 5  years older myself and to 5 years younger myself I would say the same thing:

Keep on doing what you do. Look for new things.

Put your whole heart in what you do.

Work on what makes you happy.

Look where you can help others.

Make mistakes. Learn from them.

Strive for success. Savor it.

Be strong. Be emotional.

Challenge yourself.

Care for people.

 

Be here!

Be you!

Since few years I believe I have been the person that I want to be (maybe I just did not know it then). There are areas for me that I want to improve or diminish, but I do not want to change my personality.

What about you?  What would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say to the person you’ll be in five years?

Nad najnovšou výzvou na #trust30 od Corbetta Barra som nemusel vôbec premýšľať. Odpoveď na otázku “Čo by si povedal svojmu ja pred piatimi rokmi? Čo by si povedal sebe o päť rokov staršiemu?” mi bola jasná hneď, ako som ju dočítal.

Mne v 5 rokov mladšej aj v 5 rokov staršej verzii by som povedal úplne to isté:

Pokračuj v tom, čo robíš. Hľadaj nové možnosti.

Daj do toho čo robíš celé srdce.

Pracuj na tom, čo Ťa baví.

Snaž sa pomáhať ostatným.

Rob chyby. Pouč sa z nich.

Snaž sa o úspech. Uži si ho.

Buť silný. Buť citlivý.

Prekonaj sa.

Maj rád ľudí.

 

Buď tu!

Buď sebou!

Už pár rokov si myslím, že som tým, kým chcem byť (možno som to len vtedy nevedel). Sú oblasti, v ktorých sa chcem zlepšiť a ktoré chcem potlačiť, ale nechcem sa meniť.

A čo vy? Čo by ste povedali sebe samému 5 rokov dozadu a o čo sebe v 5 rokov staršom vydaní?

 

#Trust30 | Stop being realistic

I had used to perceive myself as a realist some time ago. I always thought realistic approach keeps you from failures, too high hopes and a lot of disappointments. But how fade would life be then?

So much for the intro.

Today reacting to the prompt of  Matt Cheuvront on #trust30, I am happy to say, that I no longer am the gray realistic mouse who always approaches life with the undeniable logic and bullet-proof plan. It’s just not worth it to live life in a template! Giving life a bit of ‘creative freedom’ brings much more happiness into it. Giving it chance to unfold after taking the “leap of faith” is so amazingly exciting, rather than controlling every bit of outcome of coming days. In the end, will we measure our life by how many targets we hit or how much joy we’ve had and given to others?

I used to do my decision based on tried-out practices. Name them: pros & cons list, weighting of the options by points, strength vs weaknesses. Well, all of this makes sense and is good, and still I use them. But we, human beings, are “artists”, everyone in deep core of us is a spiritual being, we all have also the other side of our brains, we all have jin and jang in us. And for me intuition and the “guts-feeling” are continuously playing more and more important role in my life endeavors.

So what’s one thing I’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue?Ešte nie tak dávno som sa považoval za realistu. Myslel som si, že realizmus ma ochráni od chýb, priveľkých nádejí a sklamaní. Ale o čo by bol potom život chudobnejší?

 

I have always wanted to be a writer. I always dreamed of writing a book, publishing it and having it read by people.

What’s been holding me back?

  • procrastination
  • fear of failure
  • laziness
  • other “urgent things”
  • feeling of not being able to do it
  • ‘Who would actually read that?’
  • ‘What’s the point in it? I’m never going to be really successful?!’

But no more. Here’s my tangible plan to have my first book finished by the end of 2011:

  • chose topic by June 15,
  • have first draft done by September 30,
  • have the final version by December 1,
  • go public by December 25.

Or something like that. It’s important, that I finally want it and want to work on it. Let it flow a bit, so it’s a bit of fun 😉

What about you my friends? Are you holding back because you are realistic? Or do you dare to be bold?

#Trust30 | Come alive or be present?

Well, todays’ prompt from #trust30 from Jonathan Mead again challenges us with the “soon to be dead” change of view of ourselves.

Well, I won’t really reply the question of what I would be doing differently if this would be my last week of life, but I want to touch the end line of the post: “How can our goals improve our presence and not keep us in perpetual “always something better” spiral?”

I believe, that if we keep dragging our past behind us and reaching for our future in front of us, we have no chance to stand firm in our presence. I love how Master Ooogway from Kung-fu Panda put it

For me, the question is not “What should I do differently”, rather “What can I do to be present in the moment, and appreciate it?” Yes, of course it is important to think what we can do better & different, but sometimes (and we should do it more often) we shall be just PRESENT!

What do you say? Are you present?No, dnešná výzva #trust30 od Jonathana Meada nás opäť atakuje zmenou pohľadu na seba v situácií “krátko pred smrťou”.

Asi neodpoviem priamo na otázku, čo by som zmenil, ak by toto bol môj posledný týždeň, ale skôr ma zaujala posledná veta: “Ako môžu naše ciele vylepšiť prítomnosť a nedržať nás stále v nekonečnej špirále “niečoho lepšieho”?”

Ja si myslím, že ak budeme za sebou ťahať svoju minulosť a načahovať sa stále do budúcnosti, nemáme šancu pevne stáť na nohách prítomnosti. Vynikajúco to vystihol Master Ooogway z Kung-fu Panda:

(preklad: Príliš sa zaujímaš o to čo bolo a čo bude. Poznám jedno príslovie: Včerajšok je minulosť, zajtrajšok je záhada, ale dnešok je dar. Preto sa mu hovorí “present”.)

Pre mňa nie je otázkou “Čo robiť inak”, ale skôr “Čo robiť, aby som bol prítomný v danom momente a ocenil ho?”. Áno, je dôležité posúvať sa a premýšľať, čo môže byť lepšie, ale niekedy (a mali by sme to robiť častejšie) by sme jednoducho mali BYŤ PRÍTOMNÍ.

Čo poviete? Ste prítomní?

 

#Trust30 | Travel & kick the bucket

Well, #trust30 came today with a question of Chris Guillebeau on “What is the one place that you really want to visit before you die and what will you do to get there?” And I was thinking, well, I guess there’s too many places to go, who can actually decide which is the one? Then later on today I decided to watch once again movie Bucket List (Haven’t seen it? You should!). And watching the story unfold in front of me, thinking on my bucket list I actually started to see the point of it… People say that life’s short, but then, are we really doing our best to get the most of it?

My reply to Mr Guillebeau is TIBET.

I would just love to spend some time in the monastery uphills of Himalayas in silence and contemplation. It just attracts me for couple of years and I can’t truly fathom what it would be like, that’s why I would love to go there. And WHAT I WILL TO GET THERE (no would or could, stick with actions) is that I will post this on the DreamBank (as soon as I figure out how much a travel ticket costs to Tibet :)) and I will keep this in my own personal bucket list (to be posted soon).

So what  about you? What is the place that you would love to see before you “kick the bucket” and what you do about it? And if you have a “bucket list”, what is on top of it?

No, #trust30 dnes prišlo s otázkou od Chrisa Guillebeau: “Ktoré miesto na svete by ste chceli navštíviť, kým umriete, a čo urobíte preto, aby ste sa tam dostali?” Začal som premýšľať. Je predsa toľko miest, tak ako sa môže človek rozhodnúť, ktoré je to jediné? Neskôr popoludní som sa rozhodol znova si pozrieť film Bucket List (Nevideli ste ho? Mali by ste!). Keď sa predo mnou začal odvíjať ten príbeh, začal som rozmýšľať o mojom “bucket liste” (zoznam vecí, ktoré chce človek spraviť “kým otrčí kopytá”)… Ľudia stále vravia, že život je krátky, ale čo v skutočnosti robíme preto, aby sme  si ho užili čo najviac?

Moja odpoveď pre pána Guillebeu je TIBET.

Jednoducho by som chcel stráviť nejaký čas v chráme na úpätí Himalájí v tichu a premýšľaní. Priťahuje ma to už zopár rokov a naozaj si neviem predstaviť, aké by to bolo, a preto by som tam chcel ísť. No a ČO UROBÍM PRETO, ABY SOM SA TAM DOSTAL (žiadne by som urobil, rovno to urobím) je, že tento sen pridám na DreamBank (hneď ako zistím, koľko stojí letenka do Tibetu) a dám si Tibet na môj osobný bucket list (čoskoro pribudne aj na blogu).

A čo vy? Kam by ste chceli ísť, kým “otrčíte kopytá” a čo preto robíte? Ak máte svoj “bucket list”, čo je na prvom mieste?

#Trust30 | Post-it question

#trust30 Post-it question
How can I identify my right direction & impact?

I was thinking today on the task given by this post and decided I ask myself what you see above. Lets see what answers next 48 hours with this on the wardrobe next to my bed will bring. You can join the initiative of #trust30 as well.

#trust30 Post-it questionAko môžem nájsť svoj správny smer a vplyv?

Dnes som premýšľal nad zadaním v tomto článku a rozhodol som sa spýtať sám seba to, čo vidíte hore. Uvidíme, aké odpovede mi dá 48 hodín s týmto papierom na skrini vedľa mojej postele. Aj vy sa môžete pripojiť k iniciatíve #trust30.

And they walk hand in hand

As you might know, men proximity is totally different story in the Arab countries.  For past few days I had full chance to observe this around Cairo streets. Just few minutes ago, smoking on the balcony of our ground-floor flat two guys around twenty passed around with their hands linked (thanks Isabel for teaching me the expression). On other occasions they hold their hands, palm in palm, walk down the streets 🙂 The other day, we were coming home from work with Stanley and we took a walk from the “bus stop” (well, as I mentioned before, it is not actually a bus stop, rather a place where bus stops, which can be anywhere) and in front of the nuts shop 4 guys were holding and tickling the fifth one. Funny thing to do for people in their thirties in the middle of the street, at least for me… Over a year ago, when I first met Onur, I got also introduced to another proximity paradigm shift, that is working also here in Egypt. Friends – guys – are kissing each other on the cheeks when meeting. Everyday story here 🙂 However, it is at least ironic a bit, that men homosexuality is in here considered taboo (if you wish you can read more on that also here) It’s funny, how much such a thing as proximity among men can be differently perceived just based on culture. And how many other things do we consider “normal” because we get raised in one culture, while in other it might be totally inappropriate?Ako možno viete, blízkosť mužov je úplne inak vnímaná v Arabských krajinách ako “na západe”. Za posledných pár dní som to mal šancu dobre pozorovať v káhirských uličkách.

Len pár minút dozadu som postával na balkóne a fajčil, keď okolo mňa prechádzkovým krokom prešli dvaja asi 20-roční chalani držiac sa popod lakte. Inokedy sa zasa takto muži prechádzajú ruka v ruke po uliciach 🙂

Nedávno, keď sme so Stanleym išli z práce, museli sme prejsť pár minút pešo od “zastávky” (teda, ono to nie je ani tak zastávka ako skôr miesto, kde stojí autobus, čo môže byť kdekoľvek) a pred obchodom s orechmi štyria chlapi držali piateho a šteklili ho. Zábavne vidieť toto robiť 30-35 ročných chlapov.

Viac ako pred rokom, keď som prvýkrát stretol Onura, takisto som mal možnosť zoznámiť sa s rozdielom v mužskej blízkosti si, ktorý teraz môžem pozorovať aj v Egypte. Dobrí kamaráti – chlapi – sa bozkajú na líca keď sa stretnú.

Na druhej strane, je to trochu ironické, že mužská homosexualita je tu tabu (viac na túto tému môžete nájsť aj tu)

Je vcelku zaujímavé, ako veľmi môže byť jav ako “blízkosť medzi mužmi” ovplyvnený kultúrou. A koľko ďalších správaní, ktoré považujeme za “normálne” môžu byť v inej kultúre neprípustné?

Launching MonthLong

MonthLong is my new way of doing something reasonable for me and others. It is dreaming to become a community for people who struggle to develop particular habits or just want to bring a new habit to themselves.

Every month the interested people will join their forces to practice a new habit. It will be MONTH LONG of new activity.

And the first Month Long will be June 2011, which will become:

Month Long of RUNNING

Join the facebook page to run with me!

MonthLong je môj nový spôsob ako urobiť niečo pre seba a iných. Dúfam, že sa MonthLong stane komunitou ľudí, ktorí sa snažia rozvinúť nový návyk a možno hľadajú pomoc iných, aby to dokázali, a možno iba trochu inšpirácie.

Každý mesiac sa ľudia, ktorí budú mať záujem spoja, aby praktikovali nový návyk. Bude to “MONTH LONG” novej aktivity.

No a jún 2011 je prvý MONTHLONG, a to

Month Long of RUNNING

Pripojte sa k facebook skupine MonthLong.

Egyptians are barking!

Parking cars and watermelon seller
Parking cars and watermelon seller

Now you must be wondering why after 2 weeks of bloging silence (caused by tiredness and too much of happening in the evenings – will get to that soon) I am getting back to you with such a trivia message: “Egyptians are barking!”. Who does not bark, hm?

Before you read further, please keep in mind, that this is not to be dishonoring people, I am just trying to take a funny view on some things 🙂

Well, Egyptian barking is special topic for 2 reasons:

  1. when Egyptians are barking, they are actually parking,
  2. and they are parking in a very special way.

Egyptians – lower and not that much educated classes – have a problem pronouncing letter “P” and it gets mispronounced  as “B’. That causes in everyday life a lot of funny moments. Just imagine:

You drive through the street to your hotel, park your car and then the porter of the hotel tells you: “Sir, no barking here.” Well, my reply to that would be: “No worries, don’t have my dog with me.”

You call to the support line to fix your internet connection and the operator goes: “Go to start. Bress run. Type bing…” Well a bit of laugh is the least inappropriate reaction. By the way, this actually happened to my friend Lukas just few days ago).

And the best one: You go to the restaurant and the waiter stops you at the door “Sorry mister, too many beoble inside. No blace to sit.” Well, what else add as LOL :D?

Parking cars and watermelon seller
Parkujúce autá a predavač melónov

Teraz sa asi čudujete, prečo po dvoch týždňoch blogového mlčania (spôsobeného únavou a priveľa dianím po večeroch) sa vraciam s takouto triviálnou nezmyselnosťou: “Egypťania barkujú!” Veď kto nebarkuje, že?

Predtým, ako budete čítať ďalej – pamätajte, že nechcem nikoho urážať, snažím sa len zaujať vtipný pohľad na vec.

Totižto, egyptské barkovanie je špeciálne z dvoch dôvodov:

 

  1. keď Egypťania barkujú, tak vlastne parkujú,
  2. a parkujú veľmi špeciálnym spôsobom.

Egypťania – nižšie a nie veľmi vzdelané vrstvy – majú totiž problém vysloviť písmeno “P” a vyslovujú ho ako “B”. To spôsobuje v každodennom živote veľa vtipných momentov. Stačí si predstaviť:

Šoférujete po  ceste k vášmu hotelu, zaparkujete svoje auto a zrazu vám hotelový vrátnik zahlási: Bane, tu sa nebarkuje.” No, moja odpoveď na to by bola: “Žiaden strach, veď nemám bárku.”

Voláte na infolinku, aby ste opravili svoje internetové pripojenie a operátov spustí: “Stlačte štart, kliknite na Spustiť, brosím. Nabíšte bing…” Úprimne, trocha smiechu nie je až tak nevhodná reakcia. Mimochodom, presne toto sa stalo len pár dní dozadu môjmu kamarátovi Lukášovi.

No a to najlepšie: Prichádzate do reštaurácie a čašník vás zastaví pri dverách so slovami Bane, máme blno. Budete musieť bočkať.” No, čo iné ako LOL k tomu dodať :D? Continue reading Egyptians are barking!