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 Life Without A Filter

by Angela Ragosa

living life without a filter
a filter
for many…
provides a semblance of
self protection

protects them
like a suit of armor

armor
seemingly necessary
in order to breathe easier

a filter
to
calm one’s fear
of
life lived
within a silent scream

living life without a filter
inevitably
leads one to
question

question
what lies behind the curtain
when will the
other shoe drop

what lies down
winding roads
crippled
by
dangerous intersections
and
skewed curves
iconic
near misses
if
turned a blind eye
to
never traveled

life lived without a filter
a
confounding psyche
few possess
and
even
fewer understand

a state of being
for those
if
given a choice
would
cease
to exist

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Moral Dilemma of Self-Driving Cars: Which Lives to Save in a Crash

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Would you ride in a self-driving car that has been programmed to sacrifice its passengers to save the lives of others, in the event of a serious accident?

New research has found that people generally approve of autonomous vehicles (AV) governed by so-called utilitarian ethics, which would seek to minimize the total number of deaths in a crash, even if it means harming people in the vehicle. But it gets more complicated than that. The study, based on surveys of U.S. residents, found that most respondents would not want to ride in these vehicles themselves, and were not in favor of regulations enforcing utilitarian algorithms on driverless cars. Continue reading

Your One Big Thing

by Chris Baréz-Brown

Most people’s lives are busy. It’s so easy for us to get up and plough straight on with the things that need to be done – and the next time we take a breath, the day is over.
 
Being busy is addictive. It is another strategy we use to numb our emotions. Author and researcher Brené Brown explains: ‘We are a culture of people who’ve bought into the idea that if we stay busy enough, the truth of our lives won’t catch up with us.’ Being carried along on a whirlwind of tasks makes us feel as if we are needed and achieving something but, more often than not, we are using our energy on the stuffthat doesn’t count, but that shouts the loudest.

Before getting drawn into your to-do list, think of one big thing you need to achieve today. Take your time to get perspective on what’s most important to you. Take a deep breath, smile, and just see what comes to you. You’ll know when you’ve got it right, because you’ll feel excited about delivering it and you’ll know it will create real impact for you and/or those around you. Once you’ve identified it, spend as long as you need to make it happen before getting distracted by the world calling for your attention. What’s your one big thing today?

 
 

Are you Taking Time out to Reflect?

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Do you take time out of your life to reflect?

Yes, I realise you may be busy, however reflection is important. What I mean by reflect – is taking the time out to review a situation or activity, your week, day, month or year. It is a great tool that allows you to take notice and become more mindful of what is happening in our lives.For example, have you ever noticed when you start a new activity, you are often enthusiastic and dedicated at first and then things change? Why does that happen? To be honest, I am not sure why it happens for you as we are all different and unique, however this is one of the reasons why it is important to take time out and reflect. Continue reading

7 Ways to Spark Your Creativity

Instant inspiration, courtesy of designer Anna Rabinowicz


1. Read Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis

A rabbit sits in a cardboard box and uses his imagination to transform it into a racecar, a mountain, a robot. The lesson? “Anything can be anything,” Anna says.

2. Go outside

Nature informs most of Anna’s designs: “A pinecone, a caterpillar, some gnarled gourds from a pumpkin patch—the natural world is full of bizarre, beautiful stuff.”

3. Start a collection Continue reading

Quote: Being the Best Version of Ourselves



“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.” 

― Jackson Brown Jr.

Some Deep Truths About Time Management

by Maya Mathias

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We’re well and truly into the new year.

Many of us will have designed resolutions, visions and goals.
And some of us will already have “slipped up” on them by now.

What makes some new intentions stick, while others seem to fall by the wayside?
Is it a question of will, of habit formation, or something else?
And how can we make the best use of the time we have each day to fulfill our most important commitments and our most heartfelt desires?

Here are some guiding principles that I have grown into over the years — they help me see time in healthier and more holistic ways, and turn the idea of time management into something far more effective for myself and the people I lead. Continue reading

How to be your best in 5 minutes

Proper body language can quiet self-doubt and help ace life’s challenges, says Amy Cuddy

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By Christina Pazzanese

It’s that make-or-break moment. You head into a room for a job interview, to give a presentation, or to take an exam. In theory, you should ace what’s coming: You’ve got the credentials, rehearsed what to say, and mastered the material.

But when it’s time to put your best foot forward, your body and mind go into meltdown as you sink into a dark spiral of panic, anxiety, and self-doubt that leaves others unimpressed. You walk out full of regret, knowing that you didn’t rise to the challenge and wondering what you can do to prevent the next pivotal opportunity from slipping away.

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy says there are some easy ways to help people rise to the occasion and dial into an inner strength that showcases their very best. Continue reading

How the ‘School of Life’ Can Help You Find Big Answers to Big Questions

by Amy Maclin from the January 2015 edition of Oprah Magazine

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For 17 years, I spent most of my waking hours in school, doodling. I learned the types of clouds, what happens to a banana when you put it in liquid nitrogen. But there were never any classes on how to live. What do we need to be happy? How can we make love last? Why should we keep washing the dishes when we’re all going to die someday? Continue reading

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