Quote of the day (#9): Plan in decades, live in days.

As I’m working on my Bachelor’s thesis (well,… reading stuff in order to eventually come up with a functioning proposal), I’ve found a good way to keep me motivated.

For each chapter of scientific (interesting yet sometimes quite complicated) piece of literature I read and understand, I get to read one piece of fun and inspiring online article.

One of those inspiring articles by Nic Haralambous stayed in my mind for a couple of days now – that’s why I’d like to share it with you today. It’s about some simple rules one can comply to in order to possibly live a more relaxed and fulfilled life.

My two favorites are:

Read every day.
Read everything you can.
Don’t just read about things you know about. Read about people. Read people.

and

Be patient. Nothing worth doing is worth doing quickly. Nothing worth building is worth building in a rush. Nothing of value is formed in a minute.
Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days. 

Find the full list on: Matadornetwork.com

IYW (#6): Love, faith and hope

Throughout the past week, we have shared a great number of personal thoughts about spirituality, religion and many other very personal topics with each other.

After attending the service at a local church on Sunday, we talked about our personal values and religious beliefs. Chaplain Heinrich from Kronberg joined us for part of the discussion. One of the statements he made inspired me a lot:

It all comes down to love, faith and hope. The hope in the endless power of love is what we believe and trust in.

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Chaplain Heinrich talking to the group about love, faith and hope.

IYW (#4): The more you give the more you get?

An important part of the International Youth Weeks (IYW) is to talk about the worldwide distribution of different resources such as money.

When discussing that topic, we also came across the topic of not only sharing monetary resources but also those within us.

This is my small group’s finding on that:

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Sign in Udaipur, India

When thinking about monetary resources, I notice that I don’t find it fair if one person has everything and another has nothing. We need to split up the resources so that everybody gets his or her fair share. Although the shares will not always be equal, I have to be somewhat satisfied with what we got at one point because goods will probably never be shared completely equally in our society.

The emotional resources we carry within us such as love and compassion whatsoever are endless. The more I give, the more I get. The more of myself I am giving to others, the more about myself I share with them, the more I receive in return. However, there is no need to estimate how much love and stories I am going to receive in return for sharing mine. Whatever I do for others will cause I feeling of joy within me and whatever I receive I will be grateful for.”

Quote of the day (#8): Lasting a lifetime

Today, I am going to quote myself. I wrote those words only a couple of days ago while evaluating and reflecting upon my Erasmus semester in Debrecen, Hungary. I am writing this post while I should actually be packing suitcase. I didn’t think this was ever going to happen when I first arrived here, but I am super melancholy right now. Great memories made lay behind and great adventures and challenges lay ahead of me. I am incredibly excited to be surrounded by my family and friends back home in Germany again.

However, wherever you go, you leave part of your heart. I will most certainly miss living right next to a beautiful park, studying in a pretty university building, having brunch, lunch and dinner with my friends, going to Erasmus events, traveling a lot (at least I’ll stick with that one) and spending precious moments discussing our lives. Thank you for everything, my dear friends in Debrecen. Sziasztok!

View from a mountain top in Pécs, Hungary

Enjoying the view and treasuring the moment in Pécs, Hungary.

Studying abroad is an experience producing relationships and memories that can last a lifetime.You might struggle to keep in touch with your friends back home. You re-evaluate your interpersonal relationships on numerous levels. You build new friendships. Some of those might last a lifetime. You learn a new language. You learn to find your way around a formerly unknown surrounding. You get a chance to grow academically. More importantly, you grow personally. You might face some obstacles – and will most certainly overcome them. And most of all, you learn to enjoy every moment of your life, remember the importance of appreciation and to treasure the memories and friendships you make for they might last a lifetime.” (Laura Konieczny)

Quote of the day (#7): We only have today

Wow, time flies (who would’ve guessed…). It seems like yesterday that I arrived in Debrecen. I’ve had a great time, traveled a lot, learned even more, and most importantly met many amazing people. However, it’s not time to say goodbye yet. Two more weeks remain for me to make more memories. Only fourteen more days remain before I will head back home to Germany with a summer full of new adventures ahead of me. Be that as it may, be departure is still a long way off. That is why for now I am enjoying my time in Debrecen, treasuring every moment.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We only have today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa

Quote of the day (#6): The Present Moment

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“Have you noticed,” she asked him, “how we live much of our lives in the past and most of the rest of it in the future? Have you noticed how often the present moment slips by quiet unnoticed?”
― Mary Balogh, Simply Magic 


“Ist dir jemals aufgefallen”, fragte sie ihn, “dass wir einen Großteil unseres Lebens in der Vergangenheit und den Rest in der Zukunft verbringen? Ist dir bewusst, dass der gegenwärtige Moment oft beinahe unbemerkt vergeht?” ― Mary Balogh, Simply Magic

Happy Birthday to Me

I will miss eating my grandpa’s traditional birthday cheesecake today – but I will most certainly spend a great day with my friends in Hungary.

Es kann nichts schiefgehen. Das einzige, was passieren kann, ist, dass die Dinge einen anderen Verlauf nehmen als geplant.” (Stephan Sarek)

Nothing can go wrong. The only thing that could possibly happen is that things take different turns than expected.” (Stephan Sarek)

I don’t know what it is – but special days always make me feel somewhat melancholic. That is why I do not only want to celebrate me turning 22 today but also want to express my gratitude for life. I am incredibly grateful for all the opportunities life has granted me throughout the past year(s), for all the love, support and companionship displayed to me by wonderful people, for countless happy memories, great encounters, and amazing adventures.

Besondere Anlässe stimmen mich immer ein wenig melancholisch. Deshalb möchte ich heute zur Feier des Tages nicht nur feiern, schon seit 22 Jahren durch diese Welt zu hüpfen, sondern der Welt da draußen auch mal wieder sagen, wie dankbar ich für dieses Leben bin, das ich meines nennen darf. Ich bin unendlich dankbar für die Liebe, Unterstützung und Freundschaft all der wundervollen Menschen, die Teil meines Lebens sind, für die Chancen, die ich nutzen konnte, für unzählige schöne Erinnerungen, Begegnungen und Abenteuer.