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Life lessons

The Two Wolves — Life Lessons Series #9

‘A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego. The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, […]

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Life lessons

The Muddy Road – Life Lessons series #8

Two monks, Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.   ‘Come on, girl,’ said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over […]

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Relationships, Self

Thank you to my brother

When your brother is only two years older than you, then you are almost certain you will have a healthy competition. You play, you joke and fight and you tease and challenge each other. Once you reach a certain age, you also (slowly) learn how to give compliments. Today, my brother Sheraz has become 31. Time […]

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Life lessons

I’d Rather Be a Happy Turtle — Life Lessons Series #5

Zhuang Zi was a brilliant philosopher and strategist who lived in ancient China. His abilities were many and several rulers sought his services. One of them, King Wei, sent his courtiers out to Zhuang Zi’s pastoral home to invite him to come to Wei’s court and be the leader’s chief counselor. They found him there […]

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Impact, Self

Being Successful Not Because, But Despite

Success leaves clues, which is one of the main reasons I love to read biographies. I’ve recently read the biographies of the amazing Jay Z and Steve Jobs. They have achieved amazing things, and the books carefully outline their steps to success. However, some of the actions don’t match my internal representations of success. A traits both […]

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Life lessons

The Bamboo Three — Life Lessons Series #1

‘The seed of a bamboo tree is planted, fertilized and watered. Nothing happens for the first year. There´s no sign of growth. Not even a hint. The same thing happens – or doesn´t happen – the second year. And then the third year. The tree is carefully watered and fertilized each year, but nothing shows. […]