Sometimes the roots of our problems start with our own selves. And the saddest thing is that we don’t even know about it. We fail to acknowledge our shortcomings, we fail to give ourselves a break from the harsh realities of life, we fail to give thanks for some life affirming instances we have gone through.
It is, therefore, important to know ourselves. We have to look deep into our selves, what make us tick, otherwise we will forever be navigating the same path, doing the same things and expect different results, which is rather insane and does not make for easy living.
Let us build on our own strength and find remedies for our weakness. It is only then that we can live a more fulfilled life and can totally ‘give’ ourselves to others.
“To Thine Own Self Be True.” is a great Shakespearean quote and I think means a lot.
Below are some quotes to live by:
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
– Sun Tzu (The Art of War)
Light must come from inside.
– Sogyal Rinpoche
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
The complete negation of the ego becomes its greatest affirmation.
– Dogen Zenji
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
– Albert Einstein
Once upon a time, it was customary to paint colours according to the activity that went on in the rooms.
Psychology of Colours – The Homefront
The colour red was normally painted to the dining area as red stimulates conversation and the brain as well as energy and passion. Red is hot and emotional colour. It is linked with blood, war and danger.
Be aware that painting rooms in red where you want to rest, relaxation and hope for peace can be rather tricky. Red can be dramatic and therefore can promote anxiety and restlessness.
White is clarity, purity and symbolises sincerity.
Green is painted in the quiet rooms of the house such as the library area to promote concentration and calmness.
Yellow, the paler the better, was painted in bedrooms. It is a calming and restful colour.
The pinks and terracotta were used in living areas. Both these colours were deemed elegant.
Blue is calming and soothing, perfect anywhere in the house, but in lightest of blue,
If you are thinking of redecorating why not look into the past for some inspiration.
GOT THIS CHART FROM FACEBOOK. IT IS REALLY AN INTERESTING EXPERIMENT. ARE ALL WE SEE ARE WHAT THEY SEEM?
It is the first week of the month, what better to start June than trying to know more about ourselves. The more you know yourself, the easier to tell what you really, really want and start working in attaining it. It would give you a proper perspective to things and reach your zen! 😉
Below is a series of mainly abstract pictures full of colours. What you need to do is to find from the selection that one that speaks to you most. The one that you feel an affinity towards. Apparently your choice will somehow determine your personality.
Isn’t that fine and dandy?
Underneath the photos are the meaning of the choices.
Have a go this fun Tuesday!
Personality Test Results:
1. Freedom loving
Freedom is important to you – nothing is worse than when you feel tied down. You may find you move jobs or location frequently because the idea of staying in one place too long unnerves you. The same can apply to relationships! People see you as fun loving, and you are. You attempt to enjoy life to the full, in accordance with the motto: “You only live once.” You tend to attract less energetic people as friends or partners, like moths to a flame, they see you as the light. Careful they don’t drain you! You are very curious and open about everything new and thrive on change. Quite simply, you are a breath of fresh air.
2. Independent and unconventional
Your lifestyle is highly individualistic. You do not follow the crowd, on the contrary, you seek to live according to your own ideas and convictions, even if this means swimming against the tide. You need a free and unattached life that allows you to determine your own course. You have an artistic bent in your work or leisure activities. Your urge for freedom sometimes causes you to do exactly the opposite of what is expected of you. You are rather unique, so don’t bother comparing yourself to anyone else. Live life your way.
3. Sensitive and reflective
You are comfortable spending hours alone with your thoughts and rarely become bored. You dislike superficiality; you’d rather be alone than have to suffer through small talk. Your relationships with your friends are very strong, which gives you the inner tranquillity and harmony that you require. You love deeply but if someone betrays you it is next to impossible to forgive. You are an old soul, someone who has lived many times before and has seen it all. All you crave now is simplicity and the chance to focus your attention on a meaningful existence.
4. Down to earth and charming
You have a natural authentic charm, what you see is what you get. People admire you because you seem so ‘together’. You have both feet planted firmly on the ground and they can depend on you. While others complicate their life with ifs and buts, you know your own mind. You provide security and space to those close to you. You are a rock, and although others may not tell you, you are the sun around which they revolve. You dislike superficiality and tend to be skeptical toward the whims of trends. Where others crash and burn, you motor on, quietly achieving all you need to do. You are a woman (or man) of substance.
5. Professional and self-assured
You take charge of your life, and place less faith in your luck and more in your own actions. You solve problems in a practical, uncomplicated manner. You take a realistic view of things in your daily life and tackle them without fuss. You are given responsibility at work, because people know that you can be depended upon. You project self-assurance to others. You are a born leader and organiser. Although you work well in a team, ideally you should be the one giving the orders. After all, you are usually right!
6. Peaceful and timeless
You are easy-going yet discreet. There is a timeless elegance about you (think Audrey Hepburn). You make friends effortlessly, yet enjoy your privacy and independence. You like to get away from it all and be alone from time to time to contemplate the meaning of life. You need space, so you escape to hideaways, but you are not a loner. You are at peace with yourself and the world, and you appreciate life and what this world has to offer. You have a strong life purpose and when you discover it, you project your personal brand of magic on the world.
7. Cultured and classical
Cultured and sophisticated you value the things money can’t necessarily buy – good conversation, original ideas, music and the arts. You have a fair mind and can see both sides of an argument. You rarely let emotions get the better of you, preferring to assess situations rationally. Calm, logical and yet compassionate and kind. You have ‘old-fashioned’ principles, which at heart make you a real lady (or gentleman). A timeless, vintage classic – the sort of person everyone secretly admires and likes to copy.
8. Sensitive and spiritual
You are a highly sensitive and spiritual person. You refuse to see life only from a rational view point. You have great intuition and trust your feelings. You must have dreams to aspire towards or you won’t feel happy. You like to improve yourself, and in so doing make a difference in the world – even if only in little ways. You find it hard to understand people who are only guided rationality. You form true relationships with open souls, people who know there is more to life than we can touch, see or hear. Your psychic sense is highly evolved, trust it and work with it.
9. Dynamic and sparkly
You are a mover and a shaker! You are willing to take risks in return for interesting and varied work. Routine tends to have a paralysing effect on you. Being stuck behind a desk 9-5 would destroy your soul and enthusiasm for life. You need to be given the chance to express your ideas and put them into action. You have a rainbow personality, and can cheer others up, even on the gloomiest of days. If you ever feel you have lost your sparkle it is because the situation you find yourself in is not right for you. Follow your enthusiasm, even if it means you chop and change for years. The journey is as important as the destination.
Just for a bit of fun, below is a personality test to see us through this Monday. LOL
Choose the eye or eyes that you are most drawn to. The meaning follows down below. Is it spot on? As they say,the eye is the window to your soul; it seems it tells your personality as well. Have fun….
An eye is very complex, beautiful and intriguing. The eye symbolizes clarity, focus and purpose. The eye you are drawn to below reveals quite a bit about your personality. Choose the eye you like best to learn more about yourself
This is a fun eye personality test! What eye are you drawn to? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9? You can choose more than 1 if you feel drawn.
Here are the write ups! Does your eye choice resonate with you? What eye(s) are you? It’s just for fun and I wanna see your answers! It’s fun seeing who everyone is drawn to!
If you are drawn to 1, Deep Down You Are Open.
You’re the type of person who will welcome almost anyone into your life and heart. You believe that it’s better to take a risk and get hurt than to close yourself off to the world. You don’t show the world your fears or insecurities. You believe that your problems should be dealt with privately. You try to be totally there for everyone, even if you’re hurting inside. Helping others is how you heal.
If you chose eye 2, Deep down you are Conscientious.
You’re the type of person who’s always looking to make a good impression and do the right thing. You believe your actions make a difference in other people’s lives, no matter how large or small they are. You don’t show the world how worried and upset you are. You see a lot of misery and injustice that you keep to yourself. You are devoted to being the best person possible. It’s the least you can do with your time on this planet.
If you chose eye 3, Deep Down you are tortured.
You’re the type of person who has a very tumultuous past that still affects you today. You can’t help but think that life is some sort of sick cosmic joke. You try to find your peace wherever you can. You don’t show the world your darkest thoughts. You have a lot to endure, and your keeping it to yourself. Your outlook can be surprisingly sunny at times. You’re an expert at picking yourself up when you fall.
If you chose eye 4, Deep Down you are philosophical. You’re the type of person who’s likely to over think everything and anything. You like to get to the deeper meaning of things. You get so lost in your thoughts that it’s sometimes hard to tell up from down. You don’t show the world how unsure you are about everything. You may be figuring things out, but you’re still confident. You see life as a puzzle, and you like playing with the pieces until they fit together. You may not ever figure out the meaning of it all, and you’re okay with that.
If you chose eye 5, Deep down you are mysterious.
You’re the type of person who hasn’t figured yourself out, so good luck to anyone else who plans to try! You are a mash up of many contradictions, and your mood changes daily. Once find yourself, you’ve changed into someone else. You don’t show the world much about yourself. You are a person of few words and confusing actions. You prefer to observe and learn about people before you chime in. You only say things that you are sure of.
If you chose eye 6, Deep down you are sensitive.
You’re the type of person who notices everything and forgets nothing. You are very in tune with the world. You feel deeply, and sometimes the silliest things can affect you. You are easily brought to laughter or tears. You don’t show the world how fragile you are. You instead show people how insightful you can be. You are good at anticipating what’s going to happen in your life. You are often the first one to see what’s coming.
If you chose Eye 7, Deep down you are fiery.
You’re the type of person who’s always energetic or passionate. There’s nothing subtle about you… ever. You tend to love or hate everything. You have a ton of opinions, and you make up your mind quickly. You don’t show the world how anxious you are. You have a lot of energy, and too much of it means you can be quite nervous. Everything is very high stakes for you. You can’t help but build up the drama in your head.
If you chose Eye 8, Deep down you are eccentric.
You’re the type of person who has unusual interests, beliefs, and practices. You’ve always been a bit of a weirdo. You don’t care much for rules or tradition. You do things your way and let the chips fall where they may. You show the world everything about you. You have nothing to hide, and you just laugh off those who judge you. You wish everyone was more like you. There’s a lot of joy in being a non-conformist.
If you chose eye 9, Deep Down you are Intuitive.
You’re the type of person who understands other people and the world very well. You don’t let on to how much you know. You can tell so much from someone’s facial expressions or tone of voice. And you always know when you’re being lied to. You show the world exactly what you want to show. Besides being good at reading people, you also know how you’re being read. You know when you’re being manipulated, and you know how to manipulate someone if you have to. You usually don’t resort to it though!
Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues. – Goethe
I saw this chart from Bizzie’s timeline in Facebook and I thought I’d add it here. It is our chuckle for this beautiful Sunday.
Hmmm… if you like fortified wine, you are well passed your sell by date.
Having a glass or two now and again can be good for you. It chills you out and relaxes you. Just don’t everdo it.
I have a friend who told me that her husband and her used to drink a bottle of wine everynight with their supper. They started limiting the amount of drinks they had when they noticed that a bottle of wine barely touched them, when it used to send them tipsy and had a goodnight sleep.
If you are a Dog : A very loyal and sweet person. Your loyalty can never be doubted. You are quite honest and sincere when it comes to your attitude towards working. You are a very simple person, indeed. Absolutely hassle free, humble and down-to-earth!! That explains the reason why your friends cling on to you! You have a good taste for clothes. If your wardrobe is not updated with what is trendy, you sure are depressed. Popular and easy-going. You have a little group of dignified friends, all of them being quality-personified.
January 01 – 09 ~ Dog
April 01 – 03 ~ Dog
June 15 – 20 ~ Dog
June 15 – 20 ~ Dog
September 28 – 30 ~ Dog
December 01 – 16 ~ Dog
If you are a Mouse : Always up to some sort of a mischief! The mischievous gleam in your eyes is what makes you so cute and attractive to everyone. You are an extremely fun-to-be-with kind of person. No wonder people seek for your company and look forward to include you for all get-together’s. However, you are sensitive which is a drawback. People need to select their words while talking to you. If someone tries to fiddle around and play with words while dealing with you, it is enough to invite your wrath. God bless the person then!
January 10 – 24 ~ Mouse
March 16 – 23 ~ Mouse
April 15 – 26 ~ Mouse
June 01 – 03 ~ Mouse
July 01 – 09 ~ Mouse
August 16 – 25 ~ Mouse
If you are a Lion : Quite contradictory to your name, you are a peace loving person. You best try to avoid a situation wherein you are required to fight. An outdoor person, you dislike sitting at one place for a long duration. Popular and easy-going. You are a born leader, and have it in you how to tactfully derive work from people. People love the way you always treat them. You love being loved, and when you receive your share of limelight from someone, you are all theirs!!!!
January 25 – 31 ~ Lion
March 13 – 15 ~ Lion
May 22 – 31 ~ Lion
November 01 – 16 ~ Lion
If you are a Cat : An extremely lovable, adorable person, sometimes shy, with a passion for quick wit. At times, you prefer quietness. You love exploring various things and going into depth of each thing. Under normal circumstances you’re cool but when given a reason to, you are like a volcano waiting to erupt. You’re a fashion bird. People look forward to you as an icon associated with fashion. Basically, you mingle along freely but don’t like talking much to strangers. People feel very easy in your company. You observe care in choosing your friends.
February 01 – 05 ~ Cat
March 24 – 31 ~ Cat
June 25 – 30 ~ Cat
July 27 – 31 ~ Cat
September 15 – 27 ~ Cat
November 17 – 30 ~ Cat
If you are a Turtle : You are near to perfect and nice at heart. The examples of your kindness are always circulated in groups of people. You, too, love peace. You wouldn’t like to retaliate even to a person who is in the wrong. You are loved due to this. You do not wish to talk behind one’s back. People love the way you always treat them. You can give, give and give love, and the best part is that you do not expect it back in return. You are generous enough. Seeing things in a practical light is what remains the best trait of you guys.
February 15 – 21 ~ Turtle
April 27 – 30 ~ Turtle
June 04 – 14 ~ Turtle
August 26 – 31 ~ Turtle
October 16 – 27 ~ Turtle
If you are a Dove : You symbolize a very happy-go-lucky approach in life. Whatever the surroundings may be, grim or cheerful, you remain unaffected. In fact, you spread cheer wherever you go. You are the leader of your group of friends and good at consoling people in their times of need. You dislike hypocrisy and tend to shirk away from hypocrites. They can never be in your good books, no matter what. You are very methodical and organized in your work. No amount of mess, hence, can ever encompass you. Beware, it is easy for you to fall in love….
February 06 – 14 ~ Dove
May 14 – 21 ~ Dove
July 16 – 26 ~ Dove
September 01 – 14 ~ Dove
December 26 – 31 ~ Dove
If you are a Panther : You are mysterious. You are someone who can handle pressure with ease, and can handle any atmosphere without going berserk. You can be mean at times, and love to gossip with your selected group. Very prim and proper. You like all situations and things to be in the way you desire, which, sometimes is not possible. As a result, you may lose out in some relationships. But otherwise, you love to help people out from difficult and tight spots when they really need you.
February 22 – 28 ~ Panther
April 04 – 14 ~ Panther
October 28 – 31 ~ Panther
If you are a Monkey : Very impatient and hyper!!! You want things to be done as quick as possible. At heart, you are quite simple and love if you are the center of attraction. That way, you people are unique. You would like to keep yourself safe from all the angles. Shall your name be dragged or featured in any sort of a controversy, you then go all panicky. Therefore, you take your precautions from the very beginning. When you foresee anything wrong, your sixth sense is what saves you from falling in traps. Quite a money minded bunch you people are!!