Wednesday June 24

You cannot be really happy when you don’t have time to slowly enjoy fine experiences. – Frédéric Lenoir

One of the big changes is the bustle and stress we live in. It is the paradox of our times: we thought the invention of computers and technology would make us win time and things would get more quiet. But the exact opposite happened. We live according to the rhythm of the machine. Mobile phones are great, but simultaneously you’re always connected to it and it costs so much time. And you have less time to do other things, which doesn’t have to be useful. Because that’s another big development: all time has to be spent usefully. (…) I think you cannot be really happy when you don’t have time to slowly enjoy fine experiences. For example, when you’re drinking tea it’s delightful to enjoy it and be really present. When you don’t have time, you drink tea while doing something else. You work, you watch TV or talk to your kids. (…) You do everything at once and don’t take time to enjoy fine experiences. While there are many throughout the day. There are moments to enjoy the sun or watch nature, talk with friends or enjoy good food. While we do this, we are thinking… ‘Cause there’s always something to think about or to organize, and that’s why you can’t really be happy. You will become happy by enjoying these experiences and the afterglow of it, and these small daily pleasures.

This is an excerpt from the interview with Frédéric Lenoir in the Dutch magazine Flow, which I translated freely. I wanted to share this with you because his words made me think of the way we live our life and about how we should become (more) aware of the things we do and how we experience it. I hope you like it. And if you want to read some more: Flow exists in Dutch, French, English and German. You should definitely check their website (here!). Moreover Frédéric Lenoir published several books and I just added his book, Happiness, to my ‘to read’-list.

Hope you enjoyed this post :-)

Lots of love,
Laura

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Wednesday June 17

Remember how I posted a haiku last week? Well, the next day I was talking about it with some friends when I told one of them I would put his haiku on my blog…if he wrote one I liked. Of course he did not hesitate and even wrote two! So today I present you two haiku written by Joachim Verplancke.


Sun shines on campus
Memories and future plans
A new day begins


Gentle summer breeze
Relieve me of my unease
No more exams please


Don’t hesitate to tell what you think about his poetic talent! :-)

Lots of love,
Laura

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Painting


Already three weeks ago, I posted a quote I really really liked (here!). I liked it so much I decided to paint it, so I can hang it on the wall!

I started by drawing with a pencil on a canvas. Then, to make sure my hand and arm wouldn’t “hang” in the wet paint, I needed to start from top to bottom and left to right. I used a toothpick to paint the words, small branches and birds. It’s weird how I painted kind of small meaningless marks, but it still looked like little birds! For the pink edges I put paint on a card and slid with it along the edges of the canvas, from the outside to the middle.

I really like the result, but sometimes I regret that my paintings are a copy of drawings I discovered somewhere. However, even though inside my head there’s a whole other world, I just can’t find the inspiration needed to make a painting which is entirely my own…

I’d like to know what you think about it!

Lots of love,
Laura

Wednesday June 10

Enjoy the sunshine
because tomorrow clouds might
hide it already.


I chose today’s quote when my thoughts were going their own way, far from the quote I just read. When this happens, I know I must choose something else. My thoughts were driven to the art of haiku. A long long time ago I learned at school how to write one. These rules were still somewhere in my head, but very well hidden in, probably, a dark small corner. How did I find this corner? With Google’s help! :-)
These are the rules:
– Three lines
– The first and third line consist out of 5 syllables each
– The second line counts 7 syllables

As I was looking outside, I knew I wanted to write something about the sun and how the weather can change very quickly in Belgium. And that’s how I wrote this haiku. What do you think about it?

Lots of love,
Laura

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Wednesday June 3

Beauty is whatever gives joy. – Edna St. Vincent Millay

Beauty is in no way objective. Even though the media wants us to believe it is by overwhelming us with beauty ideals.

There is beauty in a smile.
There is beauty is seeing how the herbs you planted are growing.
There is beauty in the eyes of a mother looking at her child.
There is beauty in singing in the kitchen while cooking (and doing a little silly dance in between).
There is beauty in a good conversation, as well as there’s beauty in small talk.
There is beauty in being honest.
There is beauty in dreaming.
There is beauty in whatever you enjoy.
There is beauty in whatever brings you joy.

Lots of love,
Laura

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