Mindfulness and Meditation, Thoughts and Questions

Feelings are like waves

Feelings are like waves: credit: myStength from Aetna Resiurces for Living


“Feelings are much like waves – we can’t stop them from coming, but we can choose which one to surf. ” -myStrength

This is a wonderful quote seen in an email from Aetna Resources for Living. When first reading, it might not make much sense but really looking deeper and digesting it, it will all become clear. 

When you have a large set of emotions and feelings coming on, take a look at them all, choose the one that is best, not necessarily the first one that comes at you. It can be very hard at times to choose the positive road and leave behind the bad, but try to break through it. Ride the good wave, see the good waves and conquer through the bad ones. 

I hope this helps you through your day and as always, stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark
As an end note, the quote and picture above are credited to myStength and Aetna Resources for Living. 

Daily Prompt, Mindfulness and Meditation

Daily Prompt: Delta

Transitions in life or changes in life can be hard to manage and deal with sometimes. Today’s daily Prompt is about the world Delta. 

Delta can be the difference in something or a transition into something. Learning to deal with things during a transition or a change is hard but figuring out a way to handle it is the key solution. Find something good about the change. Find the positive in the situation changes can be good or bad but there is always a bright side. Focus on that and you will come out on top. 

The delta of a water way collecting together and leading into a larger body of water symbolizes a similar phenomena. Focus on the greatness around how something is being created or more concentrated. The other way to look at it would be to focus on the smaller item becoming something more and something greater.

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

Delta | The Daily Post

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Achievement, Mindfulness and Meditation, Thoughts and Questions, travel

Travels: Near and Far

Recently I was asked by Cross Country Life to put more information out about where I’ve been and the things I have seen.

There are many great places around the world that I have been. Some are for work, some are for pleasure, and well I enjoy them all of course.

To start with the shorter of the two lists, my work travels of course (I will write separately later about my personal travels this far). I have been to Queretaro, Mexico on various different occasions. in 2016 I visited 5 times and 2017 this is now my 2nd trip that I am on while writing this very post. Previous to my travels to Mexico I got to visit Shirley/Birmingham, UK and Telč/Dačice, Czech Republic back in December of 2015. Prior to that was my first true business trip while working for ZF TRW. My first trip was the great journey to Seoul, South Korea and Daegu, South Korea. That trip is the one I met Monel on randomly in our airplane leaving Chicago O’Hare International Airport. I had no idea I would be sitting next to her or that we would even end up talking at all. Now here we are, almost two years later and going strong.

Mexico

Mexico has been a wonderful place to visit of course you can see that in my post from earlier. Here are a couple of pictures from today to show you some of the things you can see in Centro Historico district in Queretaro if you ever come to visit. The food featured in the picture is at a restaurant called Chucho El Roto, pictured is the Chucho El Roto Molcajete along with the appetizer of Grasshoppers (yes, grasshoppers). It is a wonderful restaurant that I have been to a couple of times in the past and absolutely love it. The food is fantastic and in a wonderful location right downtown. Also the Aqueduct is a famous thing to see while in the city. It was built to carry water down from the mountain into the city many years ago. While visiting this time there was a festival going on and you can see pictured a clown and a tiny car (they had an old Volkswagen car show going on). If you ever have the urge to visit central Mexico, I highly recommend checking out Queretaro.

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UK and Czech Republic

Moving along to the UK and Czech Republic visit I did back in 2015 (December), I stayed in the UK for about 9 days and then went to the Czech Republic for 4 days.

While staying in the UK I got to visit a number of restaurants. One of the favorites in that area was the Miller and Carter Steakhouse. If you are in the area and looking for a good place to eat, highly recommended by me. 🙂

We also got to do some checking around the area and enjoyed looking at the different types of buildings. Another great place in the relative area is The Red Lion Tavern. It is an old style tavern but definitely worth checking out if you’re into that kind of thing. They only accept cash so make sure you’re ready for that.

While visiting over the weekend we went and checked out London, which was amazing by the way. Seeing Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the London Bridge, and various other great buildings. While visiting we made sure to get as many pictures as we could and see as many sights as we could. One of the more interesting parts of that visit was the protests outside of Big Ben.

The Czech Republic came next and that was like entering another world of its own. The language was hard to understand and driving there was difficult because of that. However, we did get around just fine in our Skoda car. A lot of open farmland and beautiful country side by the area we were staying in (Telč/Dačice). Telč has an awesome old style castle town which has some interesting little shops and things to see. There isn’t much in the town itself but our hotel Hotel U Hrabenky was awesome! Great food served at the restaurant and wonderful beers as well. Dačice is where our plant and test facility was located so we drove there everyday to work and found the drive was quite easy but there isn’t much there (even less than in Telč). If you’re planning a visit to the Czech Republic, I would highly recommend staying where we did in Telč but make sure to spend some time in Prague, I have heard it is amazing but we didn’t get to spend much time there other than in the airport.

South Korea

My first business trip was to South Korea. Obviously I mentioned above that it is still one of my favorite trips for very good reason :), I met Monel on my way there!

First when I arrived there in the airport at Seoul, Monel and I were very tired from talking throughout the entire 13 hour flight from Chicago. I loved the entire flight, but I was also looking forward to getting some sleep at the hotel near the airport. The next day I woke up to find out that the person I was supposed to be meeting didn’t actually end up coming, so I met up with two of the other people I was supposed to meet anyways and we got ready to take along train ride to Daegu (southern South Korea). In Daegu is where we stayed for the two weeks of our trip while working with our supplier on assembly line equipment. I learned a lot during that time, both about myself and about my work. Daegu is a great city and I would love to go back and visit someday. I had a friend I knew through work who lives in Korea who showed me around during the weekend and a few extra days that I stayed there. It was great having him show me around to the different parks and hiking on the Bukhan Mountain. He also showed me the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) between North and South Korea. I will say that was a very interesting and peaceful thing to see, even though it was closed the day we went to see it.

One of the great things I loved about Korea’s restaurants is the service. They don’t come and check on you every 5 minutes while you just stuffed a bunch of food in your mouth. Instead, they have buttons on the tables (at most restaurants) and when you need something you can push the button and next thing you know, someone is at your table to help you.

The Korean people have a high regard for being hopeful and positive towards the future by placing their faith in different objects. I learned this while hiking one day with my friend and he showed me a few different instances of exactly this.

Hiking with him and conquering the mountain was amazing! I had a great time as I always do while traveling.

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Let me know what you think of this post and I hope you enjoy my future writings. I will be posting some more information about personal trips soon.

Stay tuned!

Stay classy and awesome! You Rock!

Adios,

-Mark

Daily Prompt

Daily Prompt: Handle With Care

Sometimes emotions can really play an odd part in your daily life. Some days are wonderful and happy while others can be sad and dreary. At certain points in life it feels like you should wear a giant sign on your forehead that says in big bold letters “Handle With Care”, meaning to tread lightly as to not bring one to their knees emotionally and mentally.

People are not necessarily always fragile but do keep in mind when going about your everyday life and interacting with people, that they might be in a sensitive state of mind. That being said, others also need to be more conscious of their actions around people as well. Without even noticing a simple comment or gesture can ruin someones day if they are in a fragile state.

I would also like to add that we can absolutely not go around treating everything and everyone as if it is in need of being treated as an infant. Society has gotten to a point where we do that sometimes in certain situations and it does not help the person or society as a whole.

What types of moments do you feel that you need to be handled with care? Do you agree that people also need to toughen up a bit sometimes?

Stay classy, stay strong!

Adios,

-Mark

Source: Handle With Care

Thoughts and Questions, travel

Traveling is good for you! Break free of the chaos!

Maybe you enjoy traveling like I do, or maybe you don’t enjoy it at all and it causes you anxiety. Or there is a chance you’re somewhere inbetween those two ends of the spectrum.

Regardless of where things fall for you in regards to traveling, you should at least try it once and a while. It really gets you into a different state of mind and allows your thoughts to break free as well as your mind. Escaping the chaos of life is seemingly impossible at times but taking a trip somewhere can really make it a reality. If you haven’t been anywhere in a long time, plan a trip, even if it is just for a weekend getaway to another town or city within a couple hours of home. I can’t promise that you’ll enjoy every second of your travels but you will certainly learn something about the new area and more than likely, you will learn about yourself. 

Let me know where you’re at and where you’re going. I’m curious to see what kind of trips people are taking. Maybe I can even put together a map of travels I’ve been on compared to places you’ve been. 

Stay classy! Travel often! Love life!

Adios,

-Mark

Thoughts and Questions, travel

Travel to Querétaro, Mexico

I am traveling to Querétaro, Mexico 🇲🇽 for work this week. I will post some pictures if it isn’t raining the entire trip. Hoping to get a lot accomplished during the week and solve a lot of issues at our manufacturing plant as well as the customer vehicle assembly plant.

If we don’t set goals for ourself each week then what are we aiming for? What is our driving force to get through the day and week? How do we justify the weekend fun if we don’t work hard and put our time in?

The answers to these questions may be completely different for many different people. But, to conclude, you should always have goals in mind for the week of professional tasks and personal tasks that have to be taken care of. 

Good luck with your journeys and look for more content coming from Mexico. 

Stay Classy!

Adios,

-Mark

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Be the Lamplighter – School of Greatness

This episode of The School of Greatness is of course a great one. Be the Lamplighter is all about being the one to lift up the others around you, to light their lamp. Give the people in your life the extra bit of power they need to breakthrough, be positive, love life!

Hope you all enjoy this episode as much as I did. Make sure to listen closely and focus in on what they have to say. I promise you’ll learn a lot. 

Cheers!

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes: Be the Lamplighter https://overcast.fm/+EC6jhZ0