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Friend: Tomorrow I will have a talk at work. Maybe my CEO will be there too.

Me: Would you like him present?

I am so prejudiced… 😦

(But I guess it’s more about being aware of that yourself than anything else… I don’t believe it is possible to purge yourself of every prejudice, since they are a natural side effect of having experiences. And isn’t that what life is about? Having experiences and choosing how to (re)act on those experiences?)

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I have what I call a buy-fobia. Ok, this may be a wee bit exaggerated, but it is a fact that I get some bodily reaction that resembles fear when I have to make a (say, > 15 euro’s) purchase.

I think this goes back to the time when my dad (probably subconsciously?) taught me the value of things  and in the process, pointed out (also subconsciously) that desire for a product is fleeting: Whenever I would want something, he’d say no. It was a most definite no. The no that you don’t argue with. He would take me aside 3 weeks later, and tell me: “if you still really want it, I will buy it for you.” Of course, 99 our of 100 times, my desire had passed.
I think this worked really well. I’m even considering doing it with my own kids. But it may also have sparked the belief that objects have little to no value. (which isn’t true)

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You could argue that my daily life consists of a string of rituals, and you would be right. Ever since I was little I’ve attached value to doing certain things every day and as it shows in my Surprise of the Days, I believe that repetition is useful for something. Lately – besides my new getting-up ritual which includes, but is not limited to, showering, brushing teeth, flossing (new!), doing a sun-salutation, watering plants etc. – I’ve added a couple of new rituals. I call them my check-in and check-out.

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I’m reading the story I wrote for the NaNoWriMo 2010 for the first time. In my head, this story turned into the most cliche, most boring, exactly the same as the previous story of all times. Luckily, my imagination took over somewhere in that process, because it isn’t all that bad. One sentence in every hundred other ones is actually well put and rather ingenious.

I want to share this part on this blog. Because it made me think. (Part of the fun of reading it again is that I honestly have no idea how it will end and I have no recollection for the most part of what I wrote, so I can actually read it as any other book). The story itself is over 50.000 words (part of the challenge), so this is only a little part of it, but in itself worth putting up here, I think.

She didn’t look up. She wasn’t going to give up this feeling easily. She was going to stay in it for as long as possible. But the old man did not allow her that time. With a rasping voice, he intruded into her realm.
“Now how could a young missy like you be in so much trouble?”
She didn’t reply. He had no right. He was already judging her by the feel of it and this was the last thing she needed right now. 

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Whenever I tell people about my idealistic view of the world (which is, I must admit, pretty often) I tell them I allow myself to think and speak like this because I’m young enough to still be an idealist. This notion is meant as a joke. Not everybody gets it.

I have observed myself being an idealist in a lot of situations lately. It has come up abundantly in my conversations with other people. I like talking about it. It makes me wonder (not worry) whether I will be able to keep this world view up as I grow more… experienced (I refuse to say older, or more mature ;))

I dare to dream of a better world. I dare to trust in a world that is nice, positive, and that builds on people’s strengths. To me, every person is interesting and has strengths and talents. Not everybody has discovered that about him/herself or is actually bringing that into the world (yet!), but I believe it is there.

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I want to cut back on things ‘just lying around’.

Ever since I’ve been thinking about value in the world – my value to the world, the value of things, the value of money, the value of people – things have become so much more clear and sometimes just plain simpler. If I’m not doing anything with a little table that resides in my shed right now, I’d better donate it to these people who are trying to make a flex-working place that I’ve been involved in. If I have some savings in my bank account, I’d better start thinking about what I want that money to do in the world and take control of it.

I have one example in particular that I’d like to share with you.

I was contacted the other day with the request to sell one of my domains. I have one that has been lying around doing nothing for a couple of years because I wanted it for my sometime-to-be-company (not the same one as I’m starting up now). Now, someone is interested in buying it. In the earlier days, this would have posed a problem, since I wouldn’t have known what my opinion would be. I would listen to people say: “No, don’t do it, you’ll loose the domain” and other people saying: “Well, why not? You’re not using it and maybe you can get something out of it.” It would totally have confused me, because there would be no way of telling what I’d want to do. It could go either way, but none of the ways would be for founded reasons.
Now, when I think of the value it brings me, it is all so clear. If the other person will make something out of the domain, thus adding value to his own life and the world, it is, in my opinion, better to sell it to that person. I’m keeping the domain hostage without it having value. I don’t want to do that. I’m all for adding as much value to things as possible.

So. This guy can get his domain if he wants to. I’ll write him an e-mail about it right now!

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Here’s a list of 5 things I stopped doing:

– I stopped hurrying
– I stopped being cold
– I stopped should-ing
– I stopped starting
– I stopped hiding

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