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My point based motivation system (draft)

We all have bad periods now and then in life.  When things go well for us,  most of us have motivation naturally because we are feeling good with our selves and our self confidence is high and we can sort our priorities as we go.

We also can appreciate the priorities in our every day tasks well when we are in balance.

This system is not really necessary for those periods when you are in control and everything flows perfectly and smoothly. It is for those periods when you really want to go on a safe autopilot to get the most out of your day and to eventually get back on track again to that good level of self confidence and balance in your daily tasks.

Having said that, it does not mean to follow this system, is bad when you feel good with yourself, it actually can improve your efficiency anyway. I will explain why, this is the case more later.

So how does it work?

The main thing is that during a day a persons has a number of work tasks, a number of organisational tasks, a number of routine tasks and a number of voluntary tasks, and a number of unknown first time occuring tasks or rare unregular tasks etc.  Which one to do during a day and when? And can some tasks be skipped etc?

Well, the thing is that over time a list of tasks is generated with different priorities (weights) put on each task. They sort of are quite easy to sort and to understand their importance if you analyze them individually and separately. I will do that later in a later section or in another article part.

For now you just accept my default list tasks and values and hope I evaluate these tasks correctly and have a good list.

You can always add tasks or change it depending on your own analysis and preferences and personality. We are all humans and not robots. This system is meant to be customizable to any persons needs and situation in a certain period of that persons life.

What I am explaining here is only the basic principles of the system, you will need some imagination and some work to make it work well for you! Nothing in life comes for free.

So, what tasks do we have during a day? Well the list is long. It can be very detailed and it can be less detailed. Its all up to you. I won’t compile a perfect list, because it will never be perfect for you.

Some things are sort of unnecessary to write because you do them anyway. And some things are good to have written so you actually get a reminder of what useful/good things you can do during a day.

However we can divide them in the following order crudely.

  • Things you will do anyway (wake up, breathe, go to the toilet) (0)
  • Things that you need to do to keep a home/office/homeoffice orderly. (1)
  • Things you need to do to plan your worklife and move that ahead. (2)
  • Things you need to do to plan and move your selfdevelopment ahead. (3)
  • Things you need to do to keep your partner/family/friends/neighbours/pets  happy. (2-3)
  • Things you need to do to keep your work partners/work network happy. (3)
  • And things you need to make yourself happy in several aspects: (2)
  • health, ego, sexual needs, self development, food, drink

There  could be more sections, it all depends on the level detail you want to use this system or that you need to use this system. The weights are set as you find them important. But realize that you need to understand why something gives 3 points and something only gets 1 in your system. It needs to be well thought out.

Some basic examples are the following:

  • Wake up in good time (3)
  • Check the mail (1)
  • Open the mail (1)
  • Act on the mail (2)
  • Drink regularly (1)
  • Take daily excercise, longer break (3)
  • Take daily exercises small breaks (1)
  • Eat or  cook a meal (2)
  • Solve a new problem (2)
  • Solve an acute problem (4)
  • Solve a post phoned problem (3)
  • Decide to solve a problem later (post phone action)
  • A social action (2)
  • An ego boosting action (1)
  • An altruistic (non egoiistic) action) (2)
  • A long-term  action in any aspect (3)
  • A self treat, to make you enjoy life. (1)
  • A solution to a problem (2)
  • An awareness of of a problem you did not know you had. (3)
  • A definition of a problem you got aware of. (3)

Etc…the list goes on..and its just your imagination as a person and patience as a person that defines how much you want to systematize your life. And put that in perspective to what you need to have control over to have a good life under your circumstances.

A person with very little time on their hands, will get a lot more time over to personal things if they plan and systematize well.

A person that has not so much demands on themselves, can just satisfy with some basic tasks they need to define in this point system.

Why a certain task gets 3 and another just 1 or 2 or even 4 is a rather philosophical question. But most people would agree that throwing the garbage can every day is not as important as eating a good meal or get fresh air every day or call a friend. And to solve a heavy problem is way better than just take a walk every day. But if you do it simultaneously, that is just great! I wont go into that part more detailed in this article. Just use sound sense and you will be fine in evaluating your own scores for your tasks.

 Lets summarize:

Find out what you do every day. Sort them in categories. Put priority wrights on them. Find the exceptions that needs individual points. Decide to use a system of scores in this first version and update the weights and the systems scores on a paper to keep track of what weights you add to a task/task from a specific category. Follow the system. Count the scores you get every day. And note it down in some place where you can keep track of the other days scores. Diary, desktop notebook or your cellphone or a notebook of some kind. Whatever works best for you. And is practical, or you will tire of doing this every day.

That is the commitment, to try to do this every day. The system works even if you forget one day or two, but its better to keep a continuity if you want to gradually improve and feel efficient and harmonic and improve and get results in any part your life.

It should be a routine, something challenging you and to make you do and finish things to feel better. Those days you dont keep a score, will be blank days in the system and you really dont know how well you did those days.

Try to commit to the system and follow the basics, count the task scores and summarize. Its not that hard. It will take about 10 minutes every day.

I myself use now a customized workout program in my iPhone to easily count the score , but earlier I had a list of tasks written down and I just updated my scores in my head as the day passed on..and wrote down the result at the end of the day somewhere.

So why follow this system? It sounds a bit boring to keep count. I want my life to be free and flow as water. Well thats the thing, when you allow water to flow wherever it wants, sometimes there wont be enough water at the important places. Like in your body or in the bathtub or to your food or in your pets water bowl or in your mind to make you think good enough. This was just a meta fore.

Total freedom has the problem that it can take away the focus of the important things you really need to get done, in order to have any quality freedom and time to do it, at all.

Its like the money problem in a household. First you pay the important bills, then you make sure you have some money for food and transport. THEN you can think about go and buy whatever you want to buy. You have a freedom that does not cause you any problem this way. This is the same way this system works. It makes sure you use your freedom in an organised way so that you can have freedom in an un organised way. Paradoxical truth.

There may be many questions arising after this first draft, you are welcome to pose questions if you dont understand, I will either explan or rephrase this text or do both.

Lastly, what will a use of this system lead to? Well first of all it will make you a very efficient person. It will make you an aware person. A responsible person. And a person who feels good because a lot of aspects to feel good are covered in this system by automatic. All you need to do is to count and keep score and hope to reach better and better scores every day.

However, there is no point in having “sloppily” done points, because they cause minus points to the system. If you do something, do it properly, otherwise they simply dont count and will ADD minus  points instead.

Example: You call a friend, to get a score, but you dont really help the friend. that gives MINUS -3 instead of adding 3. And so on…

You can and should also add stuff like:

  • Read an interesting quote every day (1)
  • Take a nice photo (1)
  • Learn a new thing or concept (1 or 2)

I hope you will find that this system helps you to get a better life. It helps you to be a better person, towards yourself and others. It helps you to manage your time better and not waste it on potentially non-useful things that you didnt evaluate properly. For example if in the system one thing is not there, like, watch soaps 4 hours. Then you need to adress that “task” and evaluate if that is good or bad. And if you still wanna do it, make sure you got + on the BANK so you can afford to do it. Otherwise it will just detract -4 from your good score everyday.

What are the bad things with this system?

Well it does make you very aware of what you do to a very detailed level, and painstakingly aware of what you use your time to. But recall that it also allows you to get time to NOT BOTHER ABOUT IT AT ALL.

Example: you reached 25 points before its even 5 pm.

Then you know that you have been efficient and can decide to DO what the heck you want the rest of the time. Not having to book it in the system if you prefer not to.

What are the good things with it?

Good thing is that you wont allow yourself to just walk around and use your time totally without control. A behaviour that WILL GIVE YOU lots of trouble and less time to do WHATEVER YOU WANT…

(This is based on a life long problem of my own to keep a  necessary discipline and do things I need to do, in order to have more free time for other things in my life that does not necessarily generate any useful products or results at first glance – I started to use this as an entrepreneur in my early 20ies, when I had a lot of time on my hands in between work hours. I wanted to be useful and feel good and build my ego and have a good conscience at the end of a work day and know that I was improving all the time, even when I did not have a money generating business deal to make or something similar).

But the system works for unemployed, house wifes, retired, school kids on their free time. Well just about anybody with a lot of time on their hands and a lot of duties and ambitions at the same time.

Try it and let me know how it works for you! Or if there are any questions about it. I will answer questions in a FAQ, which means every question will be listed. Or I will include an explaning section to this method.

GOOD LUCK!

Robert S. Hedlerfog

Coach of Lifestyle & Mental training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spezify, Doing Well In The Visual Search Boom

As originally posted in Arctic Startup:

 

Spezify, Doing Well In The Visual Search Boom

By Robert Hedlerfog, January 19, 2010, 4 Comments

ArcticStartup have earlier reported about a promising Nordic visual search engine initiative – the Stockholm based Spezify.com, a visual multimedia search engine founded by Felix af Ekenstam and Per Persson, digital creatives and freelancers. Their concept have a great potential to grab a big piece of this market.

Their approach and perspective emphasizes their service as a starting point for inspiration. And I have to agree, Google may still be the number 1 alternative for serious web research in most fields, but it takes time to find all the golden nuggets among the tons of information standard search engines can provide. Some argue that the top of the iceberg, is the top to read, end of discussion, no other service is needed.

But I don´t think that is the complete truth. It used to be, times have changed. Google is no longer the trendsetter in the search engine market, it has stayed with its original concept a bit too loyally and others with new daring concepts are ready to overtake or at least add extra needed functionality. However Google won’t wait long for a powerful retort in this area, I am sure.

The Flash powered Spezify format, with iPhone scrolling, balanced mix of images, quotations, YouTube clips and other searchable web media, is an elegant approach that suits humans way of perceiving various media & information without tiring the user. The widely used ordered list format (used by Google, Yahoo, Bing and many the other search engines) is secondary in that sense.

And as the saying goes, A picture is worth a thousand words, and a clip probably even more so. The team behind Spezify.com had an ambition to create a single place to find the essence of a word. Instead of having to dig through various sources like Flickr, YouTube, Yahoo, Twitter, Google Images and similar, they decided to make the process quicker to get that notion of a search term in a very short time. With that aim cleared, they are now moving on with the concept and customizing its service for the iPhone market, according to a twittering made some weeks ago.

According to online reactions, Spezify seem to have been received well by young trend sensitive users. One spontaneous reaction among many is from a female user (in her 20ies) expressing her fancy of Spezify in this way: “If Google was my husband, then Spezify would be my hot pool boy

Even though they are prominent in the visual search market in the Nordic/Baltic countries, they are far from alone in a global perspective. Microsoft Bing is right now betatesting a visual search version (not yet testable in Sweden and presumably in the Nordic countries). It aims to visually sort, scroll and enrich categories like news, media, sport, entertainment, shopping items and similar. But they’re not quite there yet and apparently not on the same wave length as the unique Spezify concept.

Among about 50 other visual search services Blinkx.com and Search-cube.com caught my attention especially with their  creative  and useful approach. Blinkx focus on clips and videos in a neat visual format and Search-cube organizes multimedia in a cubic format.

And of course, while we are on the subject of innovative visual search tools, we have the still hot Google Goggles mobile app project, where you can pick up your mobile (for Android phones at the moment), take a photo of a book, a building or a work of an artist and in seconds get information of the who, what and when of the processed image. (rumour say it is possible also on an Ericsson Experia X10, but it is not yet confirmed)

These are just some of the top services in a bubbling trend of visual search engines, fighting for the internet audience, to present information differently from standard search engines on the market. I safely predict that this market will become even hotter in the near future.

grown-ups

There are enough grown-ups in the world. So there is no hurry for another one – take your time!

Sow your flower seeds

I conclude that nothing is more important than self confidence, positive attitude, motivation and ambition. The rest comes by itself. Skills, talents, experiences, preparation, luck, funds, friends, happiness, family, health, great hair (for example), a lovely smile, a great inner energy in your eyes etc, are all flowers of these four seeds. To simplify even further: Self Confidence=>Ambition=>Motivation=>Work=>Results=> And the rest of the flowers ray out from this core. Self confidence is the one great thing you can give a child – and s/he will get all other things.

(Robert S. Hedlerfog, 2012/03)

 


 

Mind boggling concepts

What a mindboggling concept for people in the past that the Earth is round, hopefully way more mindboggling than the fact that people should not be discriminated because of color, race, religion, class or sexuality. And yet here we are, still having trouble to comprehend the easier obvious while easily accepting the harder unobvious.

(Robert Saravanan Hedlerfog – 2012/03)

Machinarium Review (PC)

As originally published in GDN.COM (Gamer’s Daily News) by Robert Hedlerfog:

Machinarium Review (PC)

Posted by Robert Hedlerfog, 

At last the long-awaited Machinarium has arrived, a new point and click adventure from the independent game studio, Amanita Design, based in Prague. It awakens the classic adventure gaming feeling from the early 80’s, when inspiring games like The Hobbit, Hitchhikers guide, Bureaucracy and Myst were popular.Those games were a labour of love and had the intensity, the well-designed game plot and thorough background based on plenty of research. Amanita Design have that same approach in making the robot fantasy Machinarium but also in earlier outlandish and charming work with Samorost, Samorost2 and Questionaut (a children’s quiz for BBC). Amanita Design has undeniably walked their own path among the myriads of games out there.In Machinarium you take on the role of an ingenious little telescopic robot and subtly battle to save his kidnapped girlfriend and his hometown starting out from a robot scrap yard where he is dumped. He must swiftly come to his beloved and his fellow citizens’ rescue and save the city from being blown to pieces by the three hoodlums of the Black Cap Brotherhood, by using wits and any trick up his telescopic robot sleeves.The environment is ominous and, at the same time, humorous and beautiful with its hand-drawn and genuine backgrounds. Dungeons, machine rooms, advanced devices, factory buildings, worn-out facades, rusty pipes and dented cisterns, a robot gallery, each with a unique peculiarity. Picture clues must be understood, lurking traps need to be cleared and intriguing puzzles yearn for solutions. Being an archetypical robot tale some robots are musicians, some are bar or house owners, some bad, some good, some policemen, some offenders of the city order or just bullies from Josef’s childhood. Josef gets flashbacks of the malevolent robots he encounter and often daydreams about his missing girlfriend and his childhood. The game has an endearing charm with its handmade animations and tailor made scenarios and brings out plenty of playing joy.

 

Josef interacts only with objects within reach. The robot has an extended and a compressed mode and can stretch out his telescopic limbs to reach for nearby objects to prevent players to just randomly click them selves to a solution. The inventory system elegantly cleans out the used inventory with a clever animation in a natural and often humorous way.

The level of difficulty varies from pretty basic to fairly advanced. In total there are about 30 locations, suiting all members of the family to play independently or together. Machinarium has many mini-games, even the in-game hint system has to be unlocked by a horizontal shooter. Anything from Rubik’s cube variant to “5-in-a-row“ and other clever little puzzles or devices in-between. All very well crafted with completely sound and logical solutions.

Every scene is planned carefully at the paper and pen stage. All ingenious little steps and clever applications of inventory and related animations are skilfully and artistically executed. That little twinkle in the eye is there, in every scene, in every animation. During every course of action there is customized robot jazz or robot symphonies playing in the background taking gaming music to the next level I dare say. The dedicated musician and the sound technician at Amanita contribute with an important part.

The founder of Amanita Design, Jakub Dvorský, 30, from the Czech Republic with strong artistic family influences has put his soul and feel for art into the game. As a student he made the well-known and unusual flash game Samorost as a degree project. The Amanita Design Studio, started by Jakub and his student friend and animator Václav Blín in 2003, has already been awarded two prestigious prizes this year for Machinarium – The IndieCade 08´s – Aesthetics Award and the Independent Games Festivals – Excellence in Visual Art Award.

The game is taking place in a barren environment, similar to the Wall-E movie. Despite all the mechanical gadgets and robots, there is plenty of humanity that sentimentally softens the player’s view of the robot society. There are jazz playing robot musicians, runaway robopets, robot citizens, all with special activity and human-like traits. These bits of humanism in the otherwise cold robot reality are what make the game so alive and personal. There is constantly that underdog feeling impregnating the game and you can’t help but taking Josef’s (named after the Czech artist Josef Capek, who coined the word “robot”) destiny as your own and loyally help “him” on his journey toward his worthy goals.

There are also bad robots of course, hoodlums, sadistic wardens, intolerant police robots, busy shop owners, and other authoritarian types taking any chance to make life difficult for the citizens. One has a feeling that the game is also an allegory and a subtle tool for the game makers to allow them to display through the world of Machinarium their own outlook of the world. Jakub has in interviews stated that writers like Stanislav Lem, Douglas Adams, Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Stanley Kubrick and Karel Zeman, who had a similar outlook of the world in common, influence him. They all in their own way wanted to tell the world what kind of world we really live in and ask us all to react before it is too late.

A novelty in http://gamersdailynews.com/images/awards/GDN_Gold_Award_LORES.gifMachinarium is the nonverbal communication system. All communication is made through sketches in talking bubbles above the communicating characters. The sketches are well made and cleverly done and the communicated messages are clear. No tedious text to skim through! The team felt that it was abundant with text communication when the sketches did a better job and admittedly thought they were not capable of a good written dialogue so they chose another solution. Their game Machinarium has single-handedly taken back a lot of territory from other gaming genres and revived the charm and importance of the click and point adventures. Welcome Machinarium, to a very well earned and stable place on the throne for point-and-click adventure games!

 

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 Our Rating for Machinarium Review (PC)
5.0
Replay
Not much interest in replaying a solved adventure game but Machinarium would be one of the few exceptions due to its charm and uniqueness and I would gladly play it over again to show a friend.
9.5
Graphics
The hand drawn art style and cute animations are truly a piece of art and the game would not be what it is without it.
9.0
Sound
A new standard is set for customized gaming music that really helps to enhance the game!
9.5
Gameplay
The gaming experience is just wonderful. All factors come together to one beautiful game. Period.
0.1
Multiplayer/Online Content
9.0
Overall
This is a game every player should allow himself or herself to enjoy alone or with their family. It is childish, it is cute, it is clever, it is subtle and it is mind-boggling at times. And it is a piece of art!

As originally published in GDN (Gamer’s Daily News):

 

Rubik’s Puzzle Galaxy Rush Review (WiiWare)

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http://www.gamersdailynews.com/article-2265-Rubiks-Puzzle-Galaxy-Rush-Review-W

Rubik’s Puzzle Galaxy Rush Review (WiiWare)

Posted by Robert Hedlerfog, 

Rubik’s Puzzle Galaxy Rush is the first game of three, in the new Rubik’s Galaxy series from Two Tribes launched just in time before Christmas. The game is based on a 3D game engine that really makes the world actually spin and gives a great stylish and spacious feeling to the game arena. It has a slight similarity with Chuchu Rocket, from Dreamcast and will probably be enjoyed by those who liked that game. But the better and faster 3D feeling and cooler graphics makes this an entirely new game of its own, so don´t worry! Think Lemmings, think Cuchu Rocket and think Wii game feeling, and you may get a pretty good hunch of what it is all about without giving away too much. The goal is to guide colorful cubes in tricky patterns to the exit points to be able to solve each level being thrown at you. You have in your toolbox, conveyor belts, warps, stop signs, direction signs, speed switches, splits and what not. That is as hard as it gets, when it comes to learn the game rules, the rest is all about finding out what to do with those tools and when and where to place them. Easy? – Sometimes! Fun? – Yes! Addictive? – Yes! And better yet, you don´t have to be Zsa Zsa Gabor and help your inventor friend by launching a world party in order to get a Rubik´s Cube in your house, you just need to buy this game. Yeah, you get the cube in four different sizes in the bargain and a world to play it with as well. Not bad huh? Included in the package, you can play the classic cube game in pure 3D mode and compete against other Wii friends. Of course with a tutorial! Christmas is saved! Well I have to admit, I was one of those Rubik´s poor kids, so this game did connect with me on a pretty high level, but I did forget all about that cube the last 30 years! I had them in any size and probably wasted a number of them trying as well, if I remember correctly. My trick to get faster was to put a bit of butter (!) in the inside to make things smoother, a bit too smooth as it would show, because a number of my cubes fell apart thanks to it. Don´t try this at home on your Wii! The game has great funky sounds and background music that makes you feel motivated for the challenges. There are more than 70 gradually harder but fair puzzles and of course the challenge hardens by being compared with all online players for best finishing time in each level. The online leader boards make this game survive that much longer once you cleared the puzzles, smart move! The graphics are quite simple but adequate, smooth and fast, and everything feels very streamlined and genuine. It has a beat of its own and I really feel like playing just by watching the intro scenes. That´s the way it should be, the game should convince you, not the other way around. The wii-remote interaction is impressively responsive and specifically designed so no complaints in that department. There is also a quick guide, to get hang of it in zilch time. There is no doubt, Two Tribes have created a potential hit here. I really enjoy the action packed mental state that the game manages to put the player into. I have a feeling this game will attract both old and young, and what a great way to connect between these generations! This is a game I want to play with my grandchildren one day! If you aspire for your kids (or yourself) to improve their skills in creativity and problem solving this is probably a game you should be seriously thinking about gifting them for Christmas. The puzzles are tricky and gives a good feel of achievement and builds confidence! What kid does not need that in this world these days!

Originally published at GDN (Gamers Daily News):

The creator’s so far best creation – the woman. (first edit)

Once upon a time there was nothing.  And the one who created the nothing was kind of bored. “We need to add some creatures to this nothing.” the creator pondered. So the creator, created bugs, fish and amoebas, land, mountain, sun and waters.

The creator soon tired of that too and decided that there was a need for something bigger and more intelligent that could in its own turn create their own things taking the load off the creator and at the same time entertain. The creator  came up with the brilliant (at the time at least) idea of  – a man.

A man is the greatest achievement I ever made, the creator mused contentedly,  looking at the men walking around, hunting,  fighting and making war. The creator was so amused by these men that he soon got quite tired and needed a nap.  Some hours passed and some days passed. Well you see when creators takes a nap, they do it in a rather big way.

Anyway the creator woke up and needed some  water to get fully  awake. So the creator half emptied a lake of water next to the resting place. And rubbed the eyes to get a clear sight of what had happened.

The creator saw nothing. Well to be more exact  – a destroyed “nothing” and a lot of dead men with weapons and wounds and burned ground and buildings spread around the destroyed “nothing”. Dead fish, destruction and polluted water.

The creator now started to think about what a waste of time it was to create a man. Even the bugs and fish and the other stuff that was created was destroyed now too. Just the sun was left,  and even that was almost covered by the pollution the men had created.

The creator gave it all a good think and took a few more days napping to get a really good idea. Then one day, after waking  up the creator this time finished an entire lake. There was no fish to worry about since the men had all fished out the lakes and destroyed it with pollution and war in lands, lakes and all the waters.

The creator this time decided to create a smarter creature that was self aware and knew its limitations and would feel more at one and have more in common with nature, being a part of it and carrying a part of it. A creature that would not make wars and would be splendid and tailor made to nurture other creatures and take care of the nature that was given to her.

After doing this big deed, which took  a lot of planning, the creator needed another nap.  You see, the mysteries of a woman was even a hard task for a creator. Even the creator was a bit stunned with what he just achieved and just hoped the creation that was made could be controlled.

So the creator slept for days and days and suddenly woke up. Served a delicious meal, with vegetables, milk, fruit, porridge, honey and jam and lovely sweet smelling tea. All tenderly served by some beautiful women in the creators closeness.

The creator thanked the women and had the lovely breakfast, then looked around and saw flowers, green fields and cows and sheep on the meadows. Wherever the creator looked there could be seen industrious women working, talking and smiling and laughing and playing. Ornamented homes, lovely hair styles, beautiful clothes,  laughter and smiles. The women were taking care of all the land, homes,  fish, the animals, and breeding more animals and seeding and cropping the fields.

Life was really great now and everything flourished in the creator’s creation.

Then it was time for the creator to give the women a present for being so fruitful and good, taking care of every living being that was created and put on earth.

The creator asked the women: “Dear women, what is it I can create for you that you don’t have already? I want to grant this wish to you – as a thanks for taking care of our creation so well. The men I created before made such a lousy job so I had to remove them. But you managed so well,  far beyond my expectations.”

The women, said ” Oh creator nothing really, we are all very satisfied – but tell us oh Creator, what is a man?”

The Creator then described a man, for them, mostly physically. Forgetting however to tell them the actions of men and the psychology of men. This made the women immediately fall in love with the idea of a man.

The creator, now in a generous mood, and forgetting about all the chaos men created in the past,  and that he had not fully explained what men actually were about to the women, said: “Oh well, I could create one man for you each. Maybe you can control the men better than I did. You seem to have the powers I lack and be able to take care of whatever I create.”

So the creator  took another long  nap and finally woke up and this time there was not any nice breakfast served  so the creator had to go back to  a diet of lakes and grain pondering about what had happened since last time.

This time the lake was tasty with nice fish and fresh water.  The creator rubbed once again the eyes and looked out on the lands.

And what the creator saw was what you also  see, every day you wake up.

Women forgiving and trying to rebuild everything men destroy but also nurturing their babies,  and old men, educating young boys , comforting their children, sisters, mothers and husbands, taking care of nature, food and crops and doing all the other work that they always did before men’s existence and now even with a loving smile on their faces for their men, friends and their little ones by their side. Setting a side most of their life to others, made the miracle idea of a woman work.

The creator now mused over the weird  but romantic balance that was  created, and hoped that the women, would not regret having men presented to them and one day wake him up again and demand a change. And so the creator went to a long this time undefined  sleep again.

(Men, let us all treat all our loving and caring women well, so they do not wake the creator up again and complain about us. Then we men, are all toast.)

by

Robert Saravanan Hedlerfog

 

This story is dedicated to my beloved mother.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The goodhearted and clever Pizzaman”

Once upon a time, there was a pizza baker in a little town. He came from another country and had brought with him the traditions of ancient gourmet pizza baking from his native country. The country where he lived now was not used to his food at first but now loved his delicious pizzas.

They even loved them so much that they forgot sometimes how to cook their own food. Most young people went to the pizza baker when they had nothing left in their food storages and they often went there with friends on weekends to have one.

Everything would be  good and great if not all the pizza customers started to get very lazy and come more and more often. And each time they arrived they got bigger and bigger. The pizza baker a goodhearted and non greedy man thought about this often. He couldnt sleep sometimes having nightmares of exploding customers who ate too much of his delicious pizzas.

The pizza man decided to try to fix this in some way, he could not live with being the source of their unhealth. He just wanted them to enjoy his pizzas and feel good in life. Not to be lazy and explode. And he did not want to loose his customers! And the mess of exploding customers was too much for him to clean.

So do you know what he did? I will tell you just have patience. Hang on.

Take a think about what you would do first…

Gave up already?

Well..he started to bake in a puzzle in each Pizza. And then he stored the answers to all the puzzles at different locations where you could only get by walking. At the top of a mountain for example. He telegraphed to a friend who lived in the lighthouse at the mountain to give these people the answers.

The Pizza man had many friends who lived in different locations. One was living on an island and you needed to row there. One other friend lived in a tree, and you had to climb there.  And so on for almost 100 friends in the town.

Then he wrote on a big sign:  “Anyone who has the answers to their last  pizza problem will get their next pizza for free.”

And then he waited for the results. What do you think happened?

Well the clever good hearted Pizzaman was right. The customers would now quite often buy a “puzzle pizza” just to be able to get one for free. But the puzzles were hard so either the customer didnt go back to the Pizza man until they finished the puzzle of they would take a hike to the location with the answer.

And that way they would meet new friends and get fresh air and have the chance to eat Pizzas without getting too fat and explode.

And another good thing was that the Pizza man now got letters and packages from his far away friends. Whenever a pizza customer was there on visit to get an answer they would get something to carry back to the Pizzaman.

So everyone was happy and the goodhearted Pizza man could sleep well again, now that his customers were happy and fit and well exercised in both mind and body before they came to eat again.

The End.

Robert S. Hedlerfog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The japanese princess that couldnt sleep (draft)

 

Once upon a time there was a little princess in a very busy Japanese little Kingdom.  Everyone wanted to visit the busy kingdom,  all the merchants from all over the world came to this kingdom and wanted to see if they could make some business with the ingenious merchants in the kingdom.

The kingdom was known for its ingenious citizens, that had managed to come up with many funny inventions that the world was interested in but also chocked by.  So all the strange inventions from other parts of the world also found its way to this strange but interesting little kingdom.

The  odd kingdom was an island, and  had many ancient stories about warfare, conquers and trade.

However, enough about the kingdom and its violent but flourishing past for now, this little story is really about a princess who lived in this kingdom.  She had decided to earn her princess hood by normal work, not to live off her father and mother, the King and the Queen. The girl was a hard working girl who gave people advice in the art of business.  One day she realized however that she could not sleep. Day after day, night after night passed and she could not sleep.

She did not tell her workmates, just her close friends about her problem.  Every day she was sitting in the merchant office and staring in newspapers to learn the news to recommend the merchants of the kingdom. They did not know she was a princess of course. All was a well hidden secret of the princess.

She was under cover to not get any benefits of her princess hood. She wanted to achieve success by own ways and through own efforts. It was a very goodhearted princess.  One day an indian prince came riding into the kingdom. He was on a visit to teach the art of Buddhism and had been invited by the princess’  father the King of the kingdom.

The king had not told the prince he had a missing daughter and the fact was that he  had asked the prince to come and teach the learnings of Indian religions and wisdoms as well as Buddhism and non violence principles to his people and samurai warriors and himself so he could find answers to his recent miseries and search after his  long lost daughter. They thought the daughter had been eaten in the forests by wolfs or been captured by trolls.  And they thought their misery was the payback from destiny, being a nation of war in the past.

The prince rode every day on his own horse, that he had brought and rode all the way from India. It was a unique  horse that was not even afraid of tigers, snakes or elephants. A very strong horse.  He rode very fast through a park every day. And every day he saw this princess sit there and think and look out in the air, with an empty look in her eyes.

Until one day, the spring sun was shining so bright and lovely and it made him and his horse loose  control of the ride. They had to slown down and the prince had to walk next to the horse for a while to calm him down.

Then he decided to sit down next to the princess and ask her about her predicament. “Why, my dear are you sitting and staring out in the blue, every day, what is bothering your heart my dear?”

“Oh, my prince. I am not sure.  I can not sleep at night. I think about so many things that happened in the past and the now. It makes my mind go blank by exhaustion. I also lost contact with my dear family, now when I am in the big town,  trying to earn my livelihood. I miss my brothers and sisters, that are to be born. They think I am lost. And I cant allow myself to go back and tell them, that I am alive until I made my success my own way.”

“Why my dear?”, the prince asked

“My pride doesnt allow me, my prince, the princess replied.

“OK my dear, would you allow me to give you some words of wisdom that I think will help you?”

“They have been passed on to me by experience from my other lifes and by the wisdoms of the books and tales I have encountered in my childhood up til now.”

“Please do, my prince. Anything that will help me,  will  make me grateful and happy”

“Keep every day a notebook and a pen. Put it at your bedside table. Boil yourself a large cup of evening herb tea. Drink it slowly, and look at a lit candle. Close any “windows” you have, any noise or disturbing apparatus.  Breathe in and out for at least 10 consecutive times in a very slow and peaceful way”

“After doing this, think about what is in your mind. Take the pen and write these thoughts down in your notebook”

“Empty your mind with whatever you feel right then and there.”

“Write uncontrolledly in your notepad. Dont look back at your writing.”

“Dont judge yourself. Let your mind, soul and heart speak – totally connected.”

“Will this help me, my Prince?”

“Yes it will, if you believe it will, my dear”

The prince stood up,  “My dear, I will come back in some days again to see if you are helped. And if you are not, I will give you more advice.”

“I now have to ride back to my generous hosts, who are the king and queen of this Kingdom. They would love to have a daughter like you but are childless, they told me”.

“Farewell my princess, I wish you great success and great peace in your soul.

Hopefully we will see each other again. And that day with a smile on your face.

And so the prince rode away on his strong horse, that was not afraid of tigers, snakes or elephants, and left the japanese princess pondering about her newly given advice.

What do you think will happen?

I dont know, but this story has no written end. The end will continue in your imagination. Let us hope everything solves for our japanese princess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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