Sunday, January 23, 2011

Inspiring words from JFK still live

This week I spent some exciting time writing a story on the 50th anniversary of US president John F Kennedy's inaugural address (and his life). It´s the one with the famous line "ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.". While studying the speech I found it full of beautiful and inspiring passages. How about "With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own"?
JFK had some very dark sides, but the ability to inspire people - to make somebody feel that he/or she can rise and become a better self - is actually divine. In a time of cold war, the difficult struggle for civil rights and a bad recession (not to different from today) he made America and large parts of the world believe again. Large parts of that speech is very relevant today. Plus he had a style icon family - some of the pictures of Jackie Kennedy makes me wanna awake her stylist from the dead...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fabulous Good Running

I first heard about this idea from our dear friend and world citizen Min Li. It´s simple, smart and rather fabulous. It´s called The Good Gym and it goes like this: Everybody want´s to exercise - it makes us balanced, healthy, beautiful and full of harmony. When you´re at it why not do something good for a co-human? While jogging you could pick up a newspaper for someone less mobile in the neighborhood, run an errand for someone who needs the help or simply provide some kindness and contact for a person who lives alone.
Runners with The Good Gym in Great Britain commit to at least one run per week and according to all the stories on the gym's home page it really keeps them motivated.
The Good Gym has won some prizes and recently BBC did a story on them. Now one of my favorite publications Good Magazine wrote about the phenomenon.
I just think there should be a branch in every city...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy Magic New 2011

As always we get by with inspiration, warm embraces and a little help from our friends. Be safe, don´t forget to fuel your creativity and try things you´ve never done before.
Here´s New York Times tips for how to make your resolutions stick - a guide to sustainable life/marriage/money/food/tech.
Great music also helps, I still dance to this amazing song by french duo Les Rita Mitsouko.

One of my most inspirational moments in December was watching my dear friend Johannes Stjärne Nilsson and Ola Simonssons absurd, humoristic, unique and thoughtful feature film debut Sound of Noice. It´s aroused people at festivals all over the world, go see it.

Happy New 2011!