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Comeback – Awakening Tempest

It’s been a while.  I’ve not been present here for a very long time – and by my own standards – this time I have well and truly taken the biscuit.

When urgent matter press in life, a type of filter begins to operate where it separates the urgent matters from the important ones, and, important matters from the not-so-important ones.  This leaves the not-so-important matters on a shelf collecting dust.  Unfortunately Awakening Tempest was that not-so-important matter and hence remained on a shelf collecting dust.

A couple of nights ago for no reason what so ever, this very blog was on my mind.  It was that night when I decided enough is enough and Awakening Tempest needed to be revived and revolutionised, and so I set about rediscovering this blog, re-reading some of my earlier posts and pondering how I might restart and re-energies this platform.

..and so, with careful thinking I’ve initiated the first few important steps.

Step One – Take this blog off the shelf and clean off the dust.

Step Two – Change the theme to something a little different – a little different from the last, and

Step Three – Continue to plan improvements and start to draft some posts.

Step Four – …still thinking…

So, if you stumble across here, somehow (or maybe you have subscribed) then please remain engaged with me for I shall be updating this blog with regular content and well thought-out topics.

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Mini-Celebration for 1000th visitor to my blog

Right people I have some exciting news to share, I have met a mini-milestone and have had 1000th visitor to my blog.

Sometime in the night after Tuesday 1st February my blog had its 1000th visitor.  Admittedly it is a small fry in the grand scheme of things but pretty epic achievement in my view.  I never really expect to measure this success in anyway other than noticing on the Tuesday in the evening that I had 992 visitors which then caught my attention thus prompted me to share this news with you, so the fact that over 1000 people somehow found their way to my blog is cool.

My blog was born on 25th October 2010 and it has been a little over 3 months till date and I have noticed that this blog has started to gain momentum.  I have not done justice to my blog and have somewhat fallen short in writing content as much as I would like too – but I believe the hardest part has been achieved by reaching this milestone; the only ingredients left now is to build up its reputation and credibility.

So for that 1000th person and all the people who have added to the count and visited this blog a BIG THANK YOU.  I hope you continue to visit, engage and share your views with me and other readers.

Dead Poets Society – Take The Road Less Travelled On

Dead Poets Society - Awakening TempestInspiration is a wonderful experience and we hold close to heart the things from which we receive inspiration from.  I have watched for the first time ‘Dead Poets Society’ and I have truly been touched.  It was produced in 1989 and is almost as old as me but the lessons taught in this movie can most definitely be applied today.

Here is the official trailer:

My personal belief is that one’s body, mind, spirituality and emotions needs to be ready to receive inspiration, and inspiration can be drawn from anything as long as you are ready to accept it.  Had I watched Dead Poets Society years ago I probably wouldn’t have appreciated it as I have done now – why because my mind and spirituality is ready to accept inspiration but may not have been years ago.  Some have trouble understanding how to define the word ‘inspiration’, for me its simple – it’s a combination of vision, determination, courage and to be different.  This is what inspiration means to me.

What really makes this movie special is how the teacher (who is part of an established system but has challenged it before) encourages its students to think differently from what was known to be normal, to be free from the system they enrolled to and to rise to a new level beyond the level that was expected, to explore their fears to become fearless.  This is not a review of the movie by any means – but I would like to touch upon few words that were said in the movie – words which sends shivers down your spine – especially if you’re prepared to understand the real meaning behind them.

Once again, the words used are magical and really do challenge the system – something which we can apply today.  Check out the video below of just one example of brilliance:

Notice how the students (casual people) are amazed when something different or out of the ordinary happens (the teacher walks out whistling) – how the confusion of the masses occurs.  The confusion continues when they are asked to follow (come out to the hall way by the teacher) or do something that is not normal to the system.  In the end the students still seem to be confused but unsure.  This for me is how our society is today confused in masses.

I have watched this movie twice in as many weeks and hope to watch it again some point this week – it is that good, I just don’t feel that I have been able to absorb all of what is given from this movie.

Another fine example of a touching moment is when the teacher takes the students out to a court yard, and encourages them to engage in an activity, the following is said:

“Now we all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular. Even though the heard may go ” That’s bad.” Robert Frost said, ” Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and I, I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” I want you to find your own walk right now, your own way of striding, pacing: any direction, anything you want. Whether it’s proud or silly. Anything. Gentlemen, the courtyard is yours. You don’t have to perform. Just make it for yourself…”

This moment in the movie (for me) is when the students have been prepared to start thinking different, to do what the society least expects or scared to do.  It’s about making a difference and that difference is what changes the world.

This post on the Dead Poets society is by no means concluded, as I will no doubt want to add to this later, as I continue to watch the movie again and again.

My advice to you is ‘it’s a must’ and I’ll go as far as saying buy it and add to your DVD collection – you never know when you might need to draw more inspiration, vision, determination and courage out of it.
It’s basically a master piece.

2011 – It’s about Relationships

Firstly – I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Healthy Successful New Year and I hope you all take full advantage of the New Year, as the New Year is like a blank canvas for a new start.

Secondly – The New Year is an opportunity for everyone to improve.  Improvements can be made in all aspects of life – some may put a limit on the amount of alcohol intake, some may control they spending and for some it maybe to improve their fitness, a friend of mine has a New Year resolution for collecting different types of glass bottles – don’t ask me why – whatever the improvement the New Year is the best time.

December for me has been a month for reflection and realisation.  Something which I’ve got into a habit of doing every year.  It’s a period where I gather some thoughts on how the current year has gone by and what I can do the improve going into the New Year.  It’s time to make a new resolution for the New Year.

My Resolution for the New Year is to work on RELATIONSHIPS – which includes friends, family, work colleagues, neighbours or anyone who I have engagement with.  We know how important relationships are in our lives.  Relationships is definitely a topic which we are going to see more off this year, and this year we will need our relationships to be stronger than they have ever been before.

The previous years I have made some promising changes as part of my resolutions and I’m happy to report that I have kept to these resolutions despite at time facing huge difficulties in maintaining them – 2010 was a year to improve my fitness, saying that my fitness has always been good but not consistent but by introducing different activities on a weekly basis has improved my health physically and mentally.  2009 was a year to take better control of my finances and to make my money work better for me, by introducing simple saving methods and reinvesting the money intelligently has brought forward its fruit.

So this New Year is going to be all about Relationships, improving and making stronger existing ones and making new relationships.  I fall into a trap of taking relationships as granted and an illusion that they will always be there.  What I fail to recognise is that relationships are a gift for me, each one is different to the other, each one has its highs and lows but they all make us what we are.

So by taking a new fresh look at the relationships I have – I will hope to make them stronger by putting more of my energy into them.  By doing just that little bit extra can make a big difference and can create a new level of relationship – a simple unexpected call to find out how someone is can increase your attachment, a call instead of sending a text message to someone can increase your attachment, and so on.

One social activity which I was well known for while I was a student was to invite friends once a month for a meal which I would cook, and the next month invite different friends and so on.  I guess this is something which I can reintroduce and manage going forward.

So this is what I will be introducing and doing in the New Year.  So what are you going to change for the new year?

On PAUSE

I’m on Pause right now in writing – I would like to take a moment to apologise to those few who visit and read my blog.  Admittedly I have not posted much since the birth of this blog but I do have few draft pieces of work which I had been working on.  Apologise for not being a regular – life throws at you challenges which require immediate response, but I guess some of it is my own doing for trying to take on more in a already cramped and space-less lifestyle.  I hope to be back in the next few days, doing what I love – write.

UK has been hit with a BIG FREEZE and the impact of this weather has affected the environment massively.  Heavy snow and dangerous icy roads have totally slowed down my daily routine.  While constantly being forced to rearranged plans and activities – I find myself learning new ways of doing things which I didn’t think I would enjoy – but I am.  While the big freeze continues (as been reported by the weather stations) my focus has shifted to prioritise my life and take this opportunity to arrange my lifestyle.  I guess for me this is the best time to take a step back and look at my life as a whole picture, identify improvements and implementing solutions going into next year.

So for now (for one week) blogging is on PAUSE – then I intend to return and share my frustrations and views on stuff that has my attention:

UK Student protests against high tuition fees.

Breakdown of peace talks in the Middle East between Israel and Palestinians, and Obama’s failure to bring about new ideas from a nation who rules the world.

Wikileaks and the release of US cables, motives, agenda and modern warfare – relationship between these cables and Israel in supporting their agenda in bring down Iran.

So stay tuned as the show must go on.