Koan – The First Principle

When one goes to Obaku temple in Kyoto he sees carved over the gate the words “The First Principle”.

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The letters are unusually large, and those who appreciate calligraphy always admire them as being a mastepiece.

They were drawn by Kosen two hundred years ago.

When the master drew them he did so on paper, from which the workmen made the large carving in wood.

As Kosen sketched the letters a bold pupil was with him who had made several gallons of ink for the calligraphy and who never failed to criticise his master’s work.

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“That is not good,” he told Kosen after his first effort.

“How is this one?”

“Poor. Worse than before,” pronounced the pupil.

Kosen patiently wrote one sheet after another until eighty-four First Principles had accumulated, still without the approval of the pupil.

Then when the young man stepped outside for a few moments, Kosen thought: “Now this is my chance to escape his keen eye,” and he wrote hurriedly, with a mind free from distraction: “The First Principle.”

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“A masterpiece,” pronounced the pupil.

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Has it ever happened to you that once you simple let go and stop worrying things simply flowed?

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Rewards – The WordPress Family Award

It’s been under 3 months this project got started.

Time flies and its actually hard to get back into the mindset with which it all started: we are a result of our daily experiences…and has there been experiences!

People have been (still are) constantly providing ideas, texts and feedback.

Every single post is proof read by plenty of people (thanks to all of you who drop me a mail/text when you find out some mistake…you are loved for being so “strict”).

I’ve never been that interested about social media, so imagine my surprise when I found out I’ve been awarded something by somebody!

And its not just anybody…its a blog (and the person behind it obviously) which actually has thousands and thousands of hits! (Note: he’s trying to get to the 100.000 visit mark…please do check him out).

So without further delay…

Here is the blogger giving the award:

And here is his award:

Rules:

1. Ping back to the person who gave you the Award (Me) <- Done!

2. Display the Award

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3. Display the text in Red as I want people to know why I made it

This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I start this award on the basis that the Word Press family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only Word Press can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award. Thank you, Shaun

4. Nominate 10 people you look to as almost Family here on Word Press

Here are 10 blogs I follow and find VERY interesting:

1. Incredible photos with light <- http://pollockoflight.wordpress.com/

2. Humor searching the new ephiphany <- http://alterthecourse.com

3. A great shaker! <- http://totallyinspiredpc.wordpress.com/

4. Daily dose of thoughtfulness <- http://richardacross.com/

5. Learning how kindness spreads <- http://kindnessblog.com/

6. One step a time <- http://justasinglething.wordpress.com/

7. Nice thoughts <- http://freefunorinteresting.wordpress.com/

8. Well thought travel advice <- http://traveltipsandpictures.wordpress.com/

9. Interesting health eating project <- http://dalecuerpoatusalud.wordpress.com/

10. Art healing with attitude <- http://arthiker.wordpress.com/

Thanks to those who simply pass by…hopefully you take at least some thought with you 🙂

Thanks for all of those who follow this blog, comment or simply pass by and like…its free and believe it or not, it helps staying motivated!

Have an AWESOME day!

PS. For the record, in these weeks I hit several “milestones”…the two I most like? 40 followers and 500 views. This sounds ridiculous compared to what we know the big guys do…but you know what?

I don’t care for the big guys.

These views and followers are MY guys and I’m grateful to all of you.

Believing in yourself

Some years ago I met a woman who is now a friend.

At that time, she was in a frontline position for a big IT multinational, basically hassling with those tasks anybody who has worked in an office learns to dread.

IT problems

When your main role is to aid people that contact you because something just broke “and I didn’t do anything”, it takes a fair amount of energy to remain positive thinking and focused on providing a good experience to your customer.

And yet she did.

She’d been in the job for a few years and neither the salary or the working hours were very kind…but you got to live with what you got to live…right?

Wrong.

Her positive attitude and will to provide the best help she could think of to the end clients made that not only the users sought her out (which means they acknowdleged her skills and attitude) but she had become the unofficial leader of her shift at her location.

IT Services

I have always admired those people who refuse to go the easy path, because their inner compass pulls them in the right direction.

Beeing grumpy, disengaged ordismissive of the clients happens all too often in the customer service area: the worker loses the edge, feels he is always solving everybody’s problems but gets no recognition (neither from the clients nor the bosses)…

I’m not going to go into the pitfalls of management, so we’ll focus on the worker.

On my friend’s story.

On how a year later she LEAPT 2 levels due to her attitude, comitment and focus on what she DOES like of her work/company/role.

On how being able to identify that you’re earning “less than I should but enough to keep  me going in an enviroment I love”.

Ask yourself if you’re giving your best shot at your current job, position or project.

Are you really pushing towards what makes you feel good…or do you simply allow yourself to go down the slope and later complain because you don’t have control of things and it just keeps getting worse?

Don’t know how to stop the sliding?

Smile.

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Try to focus on what you CAN do instead of what you would LIKE to do but is not possible due to [use your excuse].

Refuse to get into fights over who’s right or who screwed up: does it really care? It’s not going to change the past…that action already happened.

Smile, breath deep and concentrate on what you CAN and WANT to do.

And if it happens that what you can and want to do is in a different place/job/project…start moving in that direction, identify what you need and get the ball rolling.

More on this last idea on the next post.

What is the next thing you’re going to do to improve yourself? And your enviroment?

Let us know in the comments, Twitter or drop us a mail in the contact.