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Gary Turk: Look Up (YouTube)

On May 5, 2014 by DMNK

“When you’re too busy looking down, you don’t see the chances you miss.”

I know, I know: “Oh, the irony of that guy uploading the video to YouTube and that other guy posting it on his website. Idiots.”

The point is: Technology can be a tool, but it can also make us into one (pun totally intended).

So why not make a conscious effort to keep your phone in your bag or pocket while you’re out and about? Personally, I’ve found that I started to feel incredibly different when I ditched my habit of always leaving the house with headphones on. It enabled me to take in the world, interact with it, feel it, breathe it, experience it so much more intensely and vividly than before.

I’ll end this one with the last words of the linked video: Live life the real way.

Sekou Andrews: The Awesome Anthem

On March 7, 2014 by DMNK

“I am perfection in process. I am rapture en route. I am awesome.”

Eloquent lyrical excellence packing a positive message: This is awesome.

How I Reclaimed My Privacy From Big Data

On November 3, 2013 by DMNK

… or at least tried to.

With Edward Snowden’s revelations still coming in at a steady pace, more and more people seem to become enraged by the behavior of intelligence agencies and “big data” companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Apple, and rightfully so. Knowing that all your data is at stake, you might find yourself beginning to think about reclaiming independence regarding your (digital) life.

That’s what I did, once the news about pretty much everyone being spied upon by various agencies worldwide started to emerge. I was suddenly thrust into a place where all these comfortable solutions (free email, free synchronized cloud storage, free social networks) showed their real cost. And it wasn’t astonishment that characterized my emotional reaction, but rather shame and a nagging feeling of “I knew, but didn’t act upon my knowledge”. You see, I knew of sayings like “If the service you are using is free, you are the product” and was generally a rather skeptical person, but I didn’t seem to really understand the scope of it. It was just too convenient to go along with a lot of new (and convenient) developments. I was responsible, and for that reason, a feeling of shame seems pretty appropriate.

TED Talk: Daniel Amen – Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

On October 23, 2013 by DMNK

This video not only is highly interesting, it’s also highly relevant to the ongoing collective Gratitude Journal that is 1000 Things To Thank Others For. Mr. Amen mentions the usage of a Gratitude Journal at about 9 minutes into the talk. But the whole thing is well worth your time.

1000 Things To Thank Others For

On September 28, 2013 by DMNK

Life is often too negative. Too often we don’t tell people the nice and positive things we should be telling them. Like… “Thank you!”

So what I want to do here, is offer a possibility to thank people for what they do for/to/with us, each and every day – however small. It’s an idea similar to that of 1000 Awesome Things, the difference being the social context and basis. It’s about gratitude and human connection.


By going to www.dmnk.me/1000thanks you’ll reach every post filed under this category. You can also follow the the stream of gratitude on Facebook. Let’s try and add at least one item each day!

You can email me your ideas and expressions of thanks to “1000thanks@dmnk.me“, or via Facebook! They will be posted on the Facebook page as well as on this blog under this category.

I’m looking forward to what you have in mind! And let me be the first to say: Thank you – for your participation!