Posts in: Living a Good Life

Success in life

I ran across this great quote: To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of oneself; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition;

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Teaching Happiness

Today I watched this documentary, and it deeply moved me. It is about an old teacher, who teaches his students something relevant. Compassion, friendship, and happiness. His work touches me on a deep level. I cried quite a lot. I hope you like the documentary as much as I do!


Insourcing

Here is a skill that helps you to become financial independent, healthier, happier and helps you to grow as a person. It is not very popular these days. But hey — Common Sense these days makes no sense at all. I am talking about insourcing. Insourcing means taking your matters into your hand. It means going for a daily walk, instead of taking those pills against high blood pressure. It means cooking your own food, instead of running to the next restaurant.

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Strangers in strange lands

We can remember between 5 and 9 digits. So, why do we value our thoughts so much? Gaze at a flower and it is marvelous. — Look with a mental projection in your head, and you only see a representation. You look at the thought of a flower. You could not accurately describe how a flower looks. How it smells with words. You have to go beyond thought. Beyond words.

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The magic of small steps

I discovered the secret how you can achieve your goals. A secret that can change your life. Forever. When we look at people who lost weight, at people who got rich, at happy people, at people who mastered a craft, we only see the results. We see what they are now. And not the path that let them there. We do not see the hours of hard work they put into it.

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Getting rid of ads

I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. Franz Kafka Often I feel bad after watching an ad, reading an article about the next health gadget, after watching Apple keynotes or browsing on Amazon. I feel like I have a hole in the stomach. I have to fight internal fights. Shall I buy the thing I didn’t even know about a few minutes ago?

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Jack of all trades

Photo by Nico Smit on Unsplash Today, our society tends to move more and more towards specialization. You can buy everything prefabricated, and you are supposed to hyper-specialize in your job. When it comes to your life, you should really consider if this makes sense for you. Here are some examples, what we do on our own. Many examples are mundane — but that is just fine, considering that many people cannot boil an egg, without a special appliance.

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Living a good life with less money: Books

Photo by Shir omani Kant on Unsplash I love reading. When I was young, my parents heavily subsidized my book purchases. So, I formed a habit of buying a ton of books. When I became a programmer, this started to become more and more costly. Every few days, the postman delivered my books. When I started to budget and tried to invest money, I noticed that I spent between 100-200 Euros on books every month.

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Life: Glorios improvisational theatre. Out now! Lean back and enjoy!


Reminders to myself: Change what you can change

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 – 1971) Life is full of problems. Haven’t you noticed? You can spend your whole energy and creativity on fixing them. Here are a few examples that you might encounter as a programmer: Your team does not test code You want to use Git, but everyone else just feels fine with SVN No department speaks to another one Scrum sucks I had quite a hard time trying to fix all these things only a few years ago.

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