Conny Jasper

Archive for January 2014

Modern research identifies 5, 7, or 10 different types of power. However, there are essentially two kinds of power: power over and power with.

“Power over” is based on control. Whereas, “power with” is based on cooperation.

Most of us are acclimated with power based on control. We live with various levels of social constructs that direct our lives.

Power based on cooperation is less familiar to us, and when we encounter it, we tend to be somewhat uncomfortable or even suspicious.

However, it is “power with” that allows us to connect, create, and flourish.

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An Internet search for this topic actually produced over twenty results. But guess what? In the grand scheme of things, this really does not matter.

What is truly important: your desktop wallpaper or what you are accomplishing with your life? You have only a limited amount of time here.

Keep the small stuff simple rather than complex, and focus on what will bring you the greatest rewards.

Dante’s famous trilogy is named The Divine Comedy. It consists of the Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. So why is it called a comedy?

At the time it was composed, a comedy was a story written in common language and that had a happy ending. But it is not just called a comedy; it is called The Divine Comedy.

Human existence is a divine comedy, because it is both spiritual and strange.

Real life is like the Inferno, Purgatory, or Paradise. We all go through each of these experiences in different ways.

Life is filled with paradoxes and absurdities. It is a sacred performance.

The modern, western world offers us fast and numerous choices of goods and services. We can have almost anything we want in a matter of weeks, days, or minutes.

In some ways, this has allowed us to accomplish more. But it has also caused us to expect everything quickly and become impatient when something happens gradually.

Despite modern conveniences, there are still many things that take time to develop and manifest. Many of the most important aspects of life do not happen instantly.

If you want instant gratification, be instantly satisfied with things as they are in the moment.

One of the best ways to reduce stress is to prevent stress. This can be done by reducing distractions and focusing on priorities.

Stress often results from trying to do too many things or by not paying attention to what is most significant.

Managing stress stems from knowing what your boundaries are and how much you can handle at a time. This means consistently being aware of what you are doing and recognizing what is going on.

The world is not going to become less complicated, so it is up to you to make your own life less complicated.

Personal perspective is a phenomenon affected by many factors such as feelings and emotions, past experiences, and other people’s viewpoints and actions.

Our perceptions are created by the reality we construct from various influences. And this happens according to our own interpretations. So what we perceive is formed by both inner and outer forces.

If we want to gain a clear perspective, rather than one that is embellished by emotion or other people’s opinions, we have to ask ourselves some questions.

What are the facts? Can the situation be viewed in other ways? How would it appear from a positive outlook? What is the worst that could happen? What is the best that could happen? What is most likely to happen? Is my perspective allowing me to feel good or to accomplish my goals? What can I learn from this situation, and how can I make improvements?  

Widespread media has created continuous drama in our lives. We no longer live a normal, natural existence. Instead, we live in an epic movie or an ongoing television series.

We have been taught to overreact and crave excitement. If we stop and think about this rationally, we realize this is ridiculous.

Life does not have to be overly dramatic. When you pay attention to your actions and your environment, you have a good handle on life. You can also be more prepared for potential problems.

Do not let circumstances catch you by surprise!