This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.
– Margaret Atwood
“After the longest night, tomorrow we sing up the dawn. There is a rejoicing that, even in the darkest time, the sun is not vanquished. As of tomorrow, the days begin to get longer as the light of day grows. While the gentle winter sun slowly opens its eyes, let us all bring more light and compassion into the world. ”
Gracing the entrance Bright, Elysian sidewalks Serendipity
“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May song birds serenade you every step along of the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”
My life before simple A linear path filled with a fairly predictable routine Then, one hot summer day… The library presented an irresistible challenge Itching with anticipation! Waited for what seemed like eternity! The mission was to read 20 books! The reward? A yo-yo! The latest spinning craze Allowing gravity to unwind the string Lighting up the world of so many participating children Embarking the reading journey while “walking the dog around the world” 😉
Years later Just when I think the yo-yo has disappeared into the locked vault of yesteryear’s fads My serious concentration questioning employers at a cyber job fair was broken!
Genuinely smiling Filled with overwhelming nostalgia A blue yo-yo! Gleaming against the black tablecloth Idaho National Laboratory “You made my day!” Your motto? The energy of innovation! Indeed! 🙂
Hello, hope you had a wonderful weekend! One of nature’s most amazing natural phenomena is bio-luminescence, the ability of an organism to create its own light. Mother Nature is astounding!
Two years ago, MIT engineers embedded nano particles into a watercress plant so that it will glow in the dark for 4 hours. Various startups have created types of glowing plants with the vision that bio-luminescence will supplement or even replace electricity setting exciting trends in biotech-based lighting.
These projects have gone through their fair share of setbacks and critiques. Though one glowing plant project has shut down in 2017, I wonder if synthetic biology applications will be given another chance in the future. I feel curious enough to participate in some research projects exploring such alternative energy sources. Who knows? 🙂
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Hello! A few days ago, I went to a personal workshop for women called “What Color is Your Cape?” (mine’s yellow like sunshine, btw 😀 ), and I encountered the quote above. Patanjali was a Hindu author, mystic, and philosopher who codified and compiled a set of yoga practices into a systematic framework called the Yoga Sutras written in 3rd Century B.C. Though their origins are quite mysterious, some claim that the content is not mysterious at all, but rather the difficulty lies in practicing them. Sutras are an aphoristic form of short, sharp, and clear statements. He understood what it meant to find the flow in each arena of your life.
According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian American psychologist, in his book “Flow: The Psychology of Happiness”, he defined 8 Characteristics of flow:
Clarity – your goals and feedback are immediate
Concentration – total focus in the present moment with no room for distractions
Seamless Integration of Actions and Awareness – when you become what you’re doing
Lose Awareness of Self – sense of self is strengthened after each flow experience
Failure Becomes Inconsequential – you only learn, you can’t fail when you’re moving forward, you fail when you quit
Transcend Time – speeds up or slows down
Activities Become Intrinsically Rewarding – FUN! 😀
You Transcend Emotions – loss of self-awareness “What are they going to think of you?”
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Rory has tagged me for me for his challenge 3.2.1 Quote Me about hope this time around. If there has been anyone that has taught me about hope, it’s my parents. They braved a perilous journey across torrential seas because they knew there was a better life elsewhere, and they were willing to sacrifice literally everything to get there.
Hope has a cost. Hope is not comfortable or easy. Hope requires personal risk. It is not about the right attitude. Hope is not about peace of mind. Hope is action. Hope is doing something. The more futile, the more useless, the more irrelevant and incomprehensible an act of rebellion is, the vaster and more potent hope becomes.