Looking at the other side

A blog full of contrarian views

I was sipping my coffee besides the window at my workplace. After many cloudy and rainy days, this morning is sunny again.

The sun slowly evaporates the small puddles on the asphalt. For some reason, witnessing that had a soothing effect on me.


I woke up tired.

That usually means I'm stressed and the quality of my sleep takes a hit. When I lay down at night, it takes me a while to fall asleep.

I dream, a lot. Most of the time I don't remember the details, but I am sure I've dreamt a lot.

Today, I recall something, though. I was in front of my computer, reading a post with one picture and a single text line below that picture.

I woke up, it was 4:35 a.m. and I was puzzled by that scene.

Then, I fell asleep again, and I was there, in front of the monitor screen, reading the exact same post (same picture, same line).

Does that mean something? Maybe.


Concentration makes life better.

If you walk, eat, sleep, ride your bicycle—whatever—in absolute concentration, your experience will be more colourful, more intense.

Conversely, if you go about life distracted, or let yourself be perturbed for long, life gets significantly worse.

Distractions might be a matter of life and death. Seriously, if you are distracted while driving, that might be incredibly dangerous.

That I learnt today.


This quote found me today, and I feel strangely relieved after reading it.

So, I'm not in a hurry, and I'm not worried. Because all good remains as long as I make the space for it.


You don't need a special day, to go back to write every day.

Sit straight and write it down, fill the page with pink, blue and earthy tones.

Simply keep this in mind, your eternal muse won't let you down.

Your writing is full of hidden meanings, because you don't write for everyone.

But oh, today is a special day, if you don't know why, don't expect me to say.


At first, you don't know how to move. Be still for a moment and listen carefully.

If you experience fear, embrace it. Feel how your body is getting cold, the chilling sensation going up through your spine.

You are completely alone in the darkest night.

You might find dragons and demons in here, don't run away. Keep your thoughts pure and bright, and they will be gone soon.

Confidence builds up as you keep moving, it slowly grows from within. Be grounded. Move slowly but confidently, one step at the time. Your erratic movements become more graceful over time.

Doubts may be strong at first. Make a pause and remain still for a moment. Be kind to yourself, never let your heart sink.

If you have to walk back your steps a few times, worry do not. Those are not failures, it is part of the learning process.

Adjust your course if need be. Follow your guts to decide whether to turn left or right. When you fall down, get up, dust the dirt off your shoulders and keep going.

You are alone in here, but don't be afraid. Only those who are brave enough to walk in the dark are able to see the light.


“Nearly every example of faulty reasoning that has been published is accompanied by the phrase “of course” or its equivalent.” ― Donald Ervin Knuth

Of course that's the case.


Continuous noise—like the background noise in big cities—is unnatural.

In our fascinating adaptability, we got used to it, but we shouldn't.

We need daily moments of absolute silence to function properly. But these days, silence scare us. We obsessively fill any moment of boredom with something. And there is always some thing (to watch, to read, to look up, to say, to think).

Remaining silent is neither slacking nor idling. A quiet and silent mind remains unshaken by phenomena—pleasant or unpleasant—and is the source of unimaginable power.


There are times in life when a wave of overwhelmness hits me. During those periods, I find it challenging to focus on everyday tasks. When it is clear I am in a downward spiral, I have to do something about it.

I'm in such a period at the moment.