How to reach perfection?

Everybody knows that being perfect is an illusion, but each of us is trying to get as close as possible. The desire for improvement is natural, and because of this tendency we have a lot of good in our lives.

But there are people who are obsessed with perfection. They usually would not agree and immediately highlight all the imperfections they have and need to improve. As long as they live inside of their obsession and don’t bother others, it is dangerous only to them in terms of mental and later physical health.

What I consider to be a problem is a lot of people who are paralyzed by the obsession. They are standing at the life crossroads and wondering which way leads to perfection. They want to avoid mistakes so much that they prefer thinking instead of acting. These people are always waiting for some UNTIL. Until I get this and that I can’t start doing this or that. They often become collectors of certificates with zero practice.

I believe in the power of practicing. My drawings are best proof of it. People ask me how I blend the colors, if I have special pencils for it. No, I don’t. I have the most common and cheap pencils, but I patiently put on many light layers until the drawing gets rich in color.

And this is my conclusion for today. You can get close to perfection by unlimited range of imperfections. Being imperfect means that you are on the way. Keep doing!

With love, Ivana

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Keep smiling, show emotions!

Living in the virtual world is full of emoticons, and some of them are really weird! It’s easy to push the key on a keyboard and send the picture with a mood because nobody can watch your face and real emotions. Do we really laugh or love as much as the emoticons show?

I don’t have anything against emoticons! I’ve been using them since Windows had not yet existed, and we had to do it with alphanumeric characters only. It has always been a way how to make a cold computer communication more human.

However, it seems to me that we have already come to a strange extreme. We are using emoticons in the virtual world abundantly and often thoughtlessly, while in the real world we carefully hide emotions and, unfortunately, often even in front of ourselves. Are we giving so much effort to make computer communication more human, that we don’t have enough humanity or emotionality for the living outside the keyboard?

So I draw a picture to remind the importance of emotions, all kinds of them. Finally I have seen what I somehow know, that emotions are like water. They are deep and strong, flowing one to another, quietly or in turbulence, usually without warning.  And to survive as humans, we need emotions as much as water. Don’t you think so?

With love, Ivana

Keeping courage

This week I drew a picture for myself, for my own encouragement and clear mind. I took color pencils into my hands and there began a strange heart to be formed, one heart from two opposite parts. There was a wide mixture of feelings – courage with hope, fight with faith, will with love, male with female. And it was their mutual cooperation which created the certainty that even impossible thing could be done.

Cooperation of the opposites is the key. In our everyday life we are naturally attracted into the groups on the basis of similarity. And it is also natural, that individual groups are opposed to each other. Sometimes it is only on a joke level and sometimes it can escalate into more serious fights. The same principle works in the big world of politics and adults as in kindergarten among children. Permanent focus on competition and rivalry gives the impression that nothing else could shape our identity.

And that’s why there must be an earthquake or other disaster from time to time. It’s an opportunity to check if malicious rivalry didn’t yet eliminate pity, mercy and solidarity. If there is still somehow kept the balance between Ego and Heart, if the common humanity is alive.

I pray in order to prefer voice of my heart to the cry of the ego and leave what is not essential. I hope to do it before some kind of disaster come also to my life. Unfortunately there are plenty of them worldwide.

With love, Ivana

P.S. I’ve been already told that the picture looks more like an ass than a heart….

Liebster Award nomination!

I am honored to get this award nomination from Jewish Thoughts, who deeply inspires my soul in her posts. I like to follow her thoughts from beginning to the final point, even though sometimes I don’t perfectly understand the subject. But I feel a kind of resonation in my heart, so it counts.

Additionally, I sincerely welcome this opportunity to know each other closer and more personally.

The rules of the award as follows:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs.
  5. Notify those 11 blogs of the nomination.
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

Jewish Thoughts asked me following questions:

  1. When did you start blogging?

It is nearly one year, time is running so fast!

  1. Why do you write?

From time to time I have internal tension from too many ideas and putting them down is a kind of therapy. Doing it in English is a language practice. Finally, I love my herbs and it is a pleasure to share what I love.

  1. What is your favorite holiday or festival?

Definitely birthday and not necessarily my birthday. I consider each birth of a new life as a miracle, so it deserves to be celebrated.

  1. What is your greatest ambition?

You should ask me twenty years ago! I would give you a long list of them! Today I am more humble in ambitions as I believe that being a decent woman with open heart is a good start.

  1. If you could have any one thing what would it be?

Honestly I don’t know. I cannot remember anything in terms of things. If the thing could be a strong health, this would be my favorite.

  1. What was the best day of your life?

Speaking about miracle of the life, it was probably my birth. Otherwise I wouldn’t taste the miracles after then.

  1. What is your favorite season?

Spring, because it is kind of rebirth among seasons.

  1. Do you enjoy reading?

It depends. I don’t like reading for reading, reading as an escape from the present moment, an escape from daily life. I like reading for pleasure, especially with taste of inspiration and/or information. But I don’t aspire for hunting information which I cannot use.

  1. What is your job?

I work on myself as a consultant in the field of personality development, especially how to deal with various stress factors.

  1. What is your favorite recipe?

In principle, I am not a fan of recipes. I like to understand how things react and then create myself. That’s why I cannot make the same soap twice regardless precise documentation. I believe it is similar like weather. You can recognize when it rains, but the rain is never exactly the same. And it couldn’t be.

  1. What makes you want to wake up each morning?

I simply like to live. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining or sunshinig.

 

Now I give you the confession, I mean the random 11s about myself 🙂

  1. I’m mad for herbs.
  2. I need a space to create and sometimes it’s difficult to keep the rules.
  3. When I’m enthusiastic with some idea I need to share it, even though the others couldn’t feel as much enthusiasm. But it’s so difficult to confront the ideas with four walls only! 🙂
  4. I love Hebrew letters! I feel them like many layers’ bright spots in spiritual darkness.
  5. I love Hebrew language! The sound of it gives me strength, protection and excitement.
  6. I like drawing with colored pencils, but I’m not able to use any “wet” technique.
  7. I’m afraid to follow my inner calling in all aspects of it.
  8. I am aware of the fact that any decision based on a fear has never brought me to happiness.
  9. It’s much easier for me to give advice than to make the advice alive.
  10. I love nuts! Especially almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashew, pistachio and many others. If you pay a visit, bring some of them.
  11. You can expect some experiment from my kitchen in return 🙂

 

I would like to nominate other 11 blogs for the Liebster award with humble hope they accept it.

  1. Reflections on Existence
  2. Wildlife and Eco Gardens
  3. The Dancing Herbalist
  4. The Zero-Waste Chef
  5. Wildflower, Medicine Wolf
  6. Platyzoa, artborean
  7. Jessica Baker
  8. AquarianSoap
  9. Naked but Content in My Flower Garden
  10. Rhythm in Life
  11. Farmer Hick’s Homestead

 

And here are my short 11 questions:

  1. Coffee or tea? And which one?
  2. City or wilderness and why?
  3. Cat or dog?
  4. Book or TV?
  5. Summer or winter for holiday?
  6. Running or walking?
  7. What ice cream do you love if any?
  8. What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?
  9. What is your favorite activity for leisure time?
  10. Do you play an instrument? Which one?
  11. Are you satisfied with the location of the world where do you live?

 

Thanks for taking part in this award nomination!

Ivana

Award Nomination

I’ve been surprisingly nominated by Jewish Thoughts for this aword!

I’m writting my blog for a while, so I am really thankful for it. I’m also thankful to Okoto Enigma for creating this fantastic award.

If I’ve nominated you, the rules are as follows:

List the rules.
Put the award logo/image in your blog.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. Tell your readers three things about yourself. Nominate 10-20 people. Notify your nominees. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice with one weird or funny question (specify) Share a link to your best posts.

Next, I’ll answer to the questions of Jewish Thoughts:

  1. What’s one small thing you’re thankful for?
    Even though it is not the small thing, I’m thankful for current state of my health. Since my summer’s lyme disease I’m improving slowly, but I’m very thankful for any small progress.

2. Do you prefer books or music? Definitely books.

3. What’s your best tip for successful blogging? As I’m a blogger beginner I would like to know it as wel 🙂

4. What was the best day of your life? To be honest, it was more than one day, it was whole journey through national parks in the western part of U.S. few years ago.

5. Do you believe in a Creator? Yes I do. Even though it was a long process into depths of my heart.

And now, three things about myself:

1. I’m red-haired fan of trees, herbs and forest.

2. I like to create edible and inedible things from herbs and natural ingredients. Soups and soaps etc.

3. I love to share my space and creative products with group of my soulmates.

And now, my best favorite nominees at the moment:
1. Aquarian Soap

2. Misty Meadows

3. Reflections of Existence

4. Jessica Baker

5. The Zero-Waste Chef

And here are five questiones for the nominees:

  1. What’s your favorite plant (herb or tree) and why?
  2. Do you prefer city or nature?
  3. What’s your favorite activity?
  4. What you ask for if you catch the gold fish and your wish is valid only one day.
  5. What’s your favorite color and why?

The links to my ‘best’ posts:

Wild Rose: Beauty among thorns

Yarrow, the medicinal hero

Nettle: Excellent Blood Purificator

Enjoy!

Ivana