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Archive for April, 2008


While browsing the internet a few days ago, I stumbled across this very interesting post over at Alex Shalman dot com titled “10 Life Lesson the Ernest Hemingway.” I found it so ironic, that I came across this post, when that same week I started reading – The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition.

In the post Robert of Flimjo.COM, describes now the best source for practical personal development is literature. And why nowhere else will you find better wisdom and insight to develop your sense of self and your character?

You will also find hidden pieces of advice and instruction. In other words, reading a great book not only provides you with a nice reading experience, but it also gives you value that far exceeds the price you paid for that book.

One the great writers you’ve inspired me is Ernest Hemingway, though I’ve just started reading some of his work. While Hemingway death was a tragedy, but he left behind legendary novels and collection of short stories that contain priceless guidance.

I strongly recommend you read “The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition” if you want to learn about Ernest Hemingway.

Below is an “excerpt” from the post:

“It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” For Whom the Bell Tolls

A bit strong to start off this list quotes. Nevertheless I found it appropriate; it illustrates the value and fulfillment of living while sticking to your beliefs and ideas. The minute you surrender your beliefs, you sacrifice who you are, and you condemn yourself to a life of timid submission.

“You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.” The Sun Also Rises.

Everyone has problems and flaws. But running away from a realization and an acknowledgment of those issues won’t solve anything. Wherever you go, they will follow you. The hardest thing to do is look in the mirror and say, “I’m going to fix this. I can change.”

“There is only now and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two days. And if you stop complaining and asking for what you will never get, you will have a good life.” For Whom the Bell Tolls.

One of the most important themes of For Whom the Bell Tolls is the well-known principle that one should “seize the day.” Yesterday doesn’t matter, and neither does tomorrow. Today is what you have, and it makes sense to make the best of it.

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There are times where we all get a little down, maybe even a little depressed. Maybe it’s because we are feeling overwhelmed, or feel bad because we’re not doing well in achieving our life goals. There are many other reasons for feeling down, and I’m not qualified to discuss them, nor their implications, or clinical treatment. What I can talk about are some of the things that have worked for me…sometimes! 🙂

Depression on a whole can interfere with achieving our goals, and we know we should be doing something – but we just don’t feel like doing anything. This sentiment has proven to be a serious problem in our Dominican society and economy. If you as an individual don’t head if off as soon as possible and take action, this feeling can last for a very long time. Here are some of the things works best of me. I’m not saying these things will work for everyone – but take action and find out what work for you.

Make a list. Sometimes we are depressed simply because we are overwhelmed with all the things we have to do that we haven’t gotten around to doing. Start simply by picking up a piece of paper and a pen, and making a list of the most pressing things you have to do. Sometimes it’s work stuff, sometimes it’s stuff around the house that’s bothering us, sometimes it’s goal tasks, or a combination of these and more. Simply making a list can be a big relief — you’re getting things under control. You can see, right in front of you, what you need to do, and that alone can change up your mood.

Take action. Now you’ve made a list, and you still feel overwhelmed? Well, get started on the first thing on the list you need to do – they won’t do themselves. Is it a big task? Then break it down and just do the smallest task, something just to get you started. Once you get started and get into action, you’ll feel better. Trust me. There is a chance that you might still feel overwhelmed, but at least you’re doing something. And once you start doing something – even if it’s the simplest thing, you’ve got momentum and that feels much better than lying around feeling sorry for yourself.

Exercise. I know, you might not be in the mood for exercise. But just do it! Taking a walk, going for a run, going to the gym, whatever it is you do for exercise (To all the gamers – playing videos games on your couch is not a form of exercise) — get out and do it now! You don’t need to do a real hard workout, but the simple act of exercise can lift your mood immediately. Just do it!

Shower and groom yourself. Lying around in your boxers, smelling bad is not going to do you any good. Simply showering, and feeling clean, can do wonders for your mood. Brush your teeth, comb your hair, shave, do whatever it is that you need to do to feel clean and good about yourself. Instant pick me up!

Get out and do something. Sometimes, if you stay home lying around, feeling depressed, just getting out (after showering and grooming of course 🙂 ) will change your mood. Staying home all the time can really get you down, and you may not realize this until you go out and do something.

Talk about it. Got a significant other, best friend, family member, trusted co-worker you can talk to? Bend their ear. That’s what they’re there for. It’s not say there are hotlines, or professionals you can talk – No! Not on this island – well not that I’m aware off.
Getting things off your chest makes a big difference, and can be a huge lift. It can also help you work out the reasons you’re feeling down.

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