April in Bookland

Get lost in the words of a book and enjoy a new adventure with every chapter.

Can you see the new dream that unfolds behind your eyes?

Capture moments and create art, bring your vision to life.

Live in the magical land of books, learning, growing, making new friends or losing some of them.

Her superpower is disappearing into books and her complex mind is often hard to understand.

She is dreaming with her eyes open, wishes to travel the world and has sparkles in her eyes when she talks about the things that inspires her.

Embrace new beginnings and go out to find joy. With a cup of coffee in your hand, sun in your hair and chocolate in your bag, you decide to take over the world.

Take on your yellow dress and go behind the covers of a book when you don’t want to be here.

She loved mysteries so much that she became one, sinking where there was no time and fairies lived.

April, the moody month when the days are chilly and rainy but also bright, sunny and filled with flowers and perfumes.

Or “April”, the girl who decided to go for it, packed her bags and slammed the door, sinking in a world of her own.

“So pick your next book while you are here in Bookland, why don’t you? You will see your imagination expanding and your mind running like a well-oiled machine, I’ll help you if you want me to: @aprilinbookland.”

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t stop dreaming, chasing clouds and flip the page – to a bibliophile, the one that created her Universe through books: Happy Birthday!

“My best friends are like fairy-tales, they’ve been there since once upon a time and will be there until forever after.” 

 Bibliophile (n): a lover of books; someone who finds joy and peace of mind while holding a quality book.

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March Celebration

For a minute there I thought Spring was going to come.

Sunny days, warm weather, a few flowers.

Now we are back to rainy days and muddy shoes.

But I don’t mind. I think it’s raining because March knows you love rain and this is her present for you.

 

You are using the seasons as inspiration and words are like a rug for your feet.

You write poems in your head at a stop light and your head is filled with noises as you create art with your life.

Stars at your fingertips and constellations in your hair.

Music notes down your spine and glitter in your shoes.

The Universe is expanding through the books as you get lost in each word you read.

Eager to learn, reliable and kind.

You accept people as the glorious mess they are and even get inspired by their good craziness.

Sparkly water and still water. Some days are lazy and some are weird.

Captivated by purpose and driven by ideas.

Wear a smile every day and bring some color when the world is gray.

Be effortlessly you and may the blessings of the Almighty rest upon you every day.

Happy day.

Happy Birthday!

 

“There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger and live just a little bit better.”

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Random.

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Get lost in this weird Autumn, where it rains but remains fascinating somehow;

If you want to grow, you have to do something that scares you;

Even if it is small or big, a step in the right direction counts.

If it doesn’t open, it is not your door.

Keep the stars at your fingertips and don’t tell anyone that you are hiding leaves in your hair and sparkles in your eyes.

God will never tell you to do something and not equip you to do it.

Just laugh, don’t fear.

No rain, no flower.

Everything is upside down, but God is immovably compassionate.

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Be kind and cling to what is good;

Chase adventure, seek.

Though the mountain may crumble, you will not!

I visit my thoughts and see that You are the God who works wonders.

Stay for some tea and have a little hope.

It’s not the end if it’s not ok.

Keep my mind fascinated when I run out of ideas.

Words that keep you guessing and thoughts that make you curious.

Let’s enjoy this Fall weather a bit longer.

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Overthinking.

351d85901c78ce35f6554d8659c5da62I am happy that I live in a world where there are books. And that I have friends that are book lovers and like to share snippets from the pages they are reading.

A good friend of mine decided to share with me a picture with a fragment from a book which went something like this: “Your problem is that you keep expecting people not to be themselves. I mean, I could hate you for being massively unpunctual – but I don’t, because you’re you.”

When approaching the subject of one’s personality there are many things to keep in mind, because we are usually formed and influenced by the context in which we live in or we grew up in.

And yes, there are values and virtues that we develop. Habits that we can break and replace with better ones that lead to our growth, there are also some specific traits that makes us…well, us.

And I am referring to the unique traits. Allowing people to be themselves would mean from your side to stop any judgments about them or their point of view. To stop reading between the lines and see additional meanings where there aren’t any.

Try to consciously remember to allow people to be themselves, because you will also need that environment where you can be yourself. Keep your expectations rational and add the quality of freedom to your relationships, regardless if they are professional or personal.

So, where can we start?

By stop making assumptions. We all have different lenses which we use to understand the world so we may look at things from different angles. Therefore, don’t assume, talk!

Communicate and don’t set up unnecessary standards. Invest in your strengths, as usually if you make just one good habit (e.g. stop assuming) you will be able to break more of ‘not so good’ ones (e.g. stress caused by tensions between participants, anger, disappointment).

I should say; I am that person that is always late (but not the “bad late”). I am late, usually when there are events that can start without me and I am not disrupting the flow of the event, gathering, whatever it may be. I have gotten better at this, work in progress. 🙂

I have friends that are smart, witty, kind, funny, creative and the list could go on. At the same time, they have other shortcomings but that is ok, because they are them. And I like them.

So, focus on building trust and allow people to be themselves, even if they make mistakes. Do not expect people to be someone they are not.

Good luck!

“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.” – Galileo Galilei

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Happiness.

Sometimes it rains in the middle of the Summer,
makes you think like Autumn is coming…
so quick to jump to conclusions.97e3d8db2d46776f97c49ea5724b60a5
Stop saying you will be happy when the Autumn comes!

If you are not happy where you are at the moment then you won’t be along the road.
Practice contempt during the Summer and you will be happy when Autumn comes.
We always think that we will be happy when this and that happens. But that is a lie, happiness graved in fleeting things will fade quickly.
Know your worth and anchor it in a solid foundation, that won’t wash once the first drops fall.

Be patient, He who began a good work in you will carry it to completion!
Don’t be happy when, be happy because…
fill the paper of your heart with sounds!

4607d746b79f83fd4b63dfe88de99f17A wise man said “Whenever your heart starts to be anxious about the future, preach to your heart and say ‘Heart, who do you think you are to be afraid of the future and nullify the promise of God? No, heart, I will not exalt myself in anxiety. I will humble myself in peace and joy as I trust this precious and great promise of God – He cares for me!'”

The quiet sound of the rain or the loud noise of the silence it’s what makes you wonder…
what was the question?
I believe I forgot the answer.

It doesn’t matter anymore for I know who holds tomorrow!

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Teddy Roosevelt

 

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How do you handle disagreements?

inspire“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions.” – Albert Einstein

Nowadays seems like everyone feels offended by something. We always feel the need to have   strong, hurtful comebacks to prove a point if we are not agreeing on a topic.

And it is always wrong to attack someone on a personal level just because you don’t have valid  arguments or even because you are not able to articulate them.

 

As Socrates said: “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

And it is true, violence is a weak person’s weapon. We should try to be provocative thinkers that  are able to go through the process of the tough conversations, the kind of  discussions that gives us a view on what’s truly meaningful to us.

We should never tolerate bigotry or label people as ‘hateful’ when there are different points of  view.

If an opinion runs contrary to your own don’t dismiss it and don’t get in defensive mode. It is  normal to have push-pull conversations and we have to be able to face this kind of conversations.

 

It is good when people know where they stand and if necessary to be able to present their  opinions in a way that doesn’t revile the other speaker. Just because someone disagrees with you doesn’t mean it is something personal or that he/she doesn’t like you, it just means that you have different opinions on a topic. And that is perfectly fine.

 

It is a shame how everywhere you look on the internet, the comment section looks like a  battlefield of words and insults. And if we claim that we are an educated, smart society then let’s  also show this in the way we address our opinions. Respect comes first. You will never win any  disagreement if you don’t have respect and honor towards the other person. Because that person will feel too offended to actually listen to what you have to say.

 

So remember this: it is normal and ok to have different opinions; always voice yours with  arguments related to the topic and not personally attack other people, have respect, be  considerate and don’t talk just for the sake of giving a reply but truly listen.

Listen more, talk less!

 

Let’s make the internet (and real life for that matter) a better place for provocative conversations  and spark our intellectual capabilities.

Good Luck!

 

“If you have learned how to disagree without being disagreeable, then you have discovered the  secret of getting along – whether it be business, family relations, or life itself.” -Bernard Meltzer

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Martie, 13

Ţi-am luat o cutie de bujoriFB_20160301_10_30_05_Saved_Picture

dar ţie îţi plac alte flori…

 

poate o să citeşti un ziar de dimineaţă,

să te anunţe de ziua asta măreaţă!

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13 într-o primăvară, cu copaci înfloriţi pe afară,

vor să îţi spună o poezie, ştii am adunat 26 într-o valiză.

 

26 de gânduri, amintiri şi o alergie,

fiindcă acum am căutat şi în numerologie.

 

Cică ai fi asociată cu încăpăţânarea, poate chiar un bun finanţist,

dar te-ai hotărât să fi jurnalist!

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Să îţi scrii gândurile pe o hârtie fiindcă 26 acum vine!

şi mă uit înapoi, la noi în inimi,

te las cu amintiriile noastre toate

liceu, facultate, cameră, tren şi alte oraşe.FB_20160301_10_32_12_Saved_Picture

 

Am mers împreună şi am dansat prin furtună,

tu, cu papuci de balerină!

Şi ca umbra unei amintiri

poţi deja să începi să înșiri

toate acele nuanţe de culori,

pe care le-ai găsit printre flori!

 

Acum lăsând toate la o parte,

îţi scriu dintr-o carte, că vom rămâne întotdeauna nişte primăveri decojite,

niciodată ofilite! FB_20160301_10_29_49_Saved_Picture

 

La mulţi ani!

 

“Să nu ne părăsim niciodată…”

 

 

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of  those things which give value to survival.” -C.S Lewis