About hsampson

After living a rather successful life, having all the things we are supposed to have to “be happy”, a good house, wonderful family, nice job and a good income, a series “chain events” marked my life leaving me literally on the street wondering what had happened and what went wrong. This situation pushed me to find many tool on my path and many unexpected wonderful teachers who generously shared their wisdom in many forms with me, changing my life in many ways. I have decided to start this blog to share this tools and lessons in the hope that someone out there who is living now a terrible situation, learns that there are other people who have walked that path and live terrible situations but have learnt to overcome them as well. It is possible to get out of the hole and live the life you have always wished. I am a good example of it and I want to share with you all this baggage I have been gathering along my way to where I am now. Fortunately I haven’t stop learning since I began and I don’t have all the answers in my backpack, so I continue my journey surprising myself every day and being grateful for the experiences. We are in the same boat and that is why you are reading this, so I invite you to get in and share the ride. We will certainly learn both wonderful things and reach each one of us, our own particular concept of success. Thank you being here with me. Hector Sampson

Totally here…

 

They say you cannot be in two places at the same time.  That is a law of physics.

But nowadays most people are in several places at the same time, everywhere, but in the place they are supposed to be.

Have you ever talk to a person who seems to be listen to you very attentively, just to realise few minutes later that they were thinking something else and their attention was somewhere else? Aha! But you have done the same to others as well so you are not off the hook!

Sometimes I wonder where did the time go when a day ends and it takes me for surprise.

Actually, I do not think it is fair! Continue reading

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Compare yourself

 

They say that one of the main causes of unhappiness nowadays is when people begin to judge the life of those around them and compare it with their own.

They begin to compare their life, possessions, “successes and failures”, health and so on and so forth, and immediately gloom installs in their inner system.

A friend of mine who used to be a very well-known actor told me once that he was surprised with the opinion of other people about what his life was.  They thought he lived a very glamorous and enviable life. Continue reading

They see you

 

Probably you have not realised how many people are observing you now.

What you are doing or not doing, what you say, what you do not say, what you are supposed to accomplish and what they are still waiting for you to achieve.

They have formed their concept about you, with what they see from the outside.

But how do things look from the inside?

Probably you feel there are too many incomplete things in your life right now. You know all those things you have been wanting to start, but for “some external reasons” you have not found the “right moment” to begin. Right? Continue reading

Thank you!

Thank you for those bad Mondays, because they gave me the opportunity to start a better week.

Thank you for those rude people who crossed my path, because thanks to them I can appreciate the kindness of other strangers.

Thank you for those mistakes in my youth, because now I can understand my children better.

Thank you for that scolding I received on time, because now I can tell right from wrong.

Thank you for taking the time to let me know I was wrong, because now I can see the difference.

Thank you for mistreating me, because now I have learnt to respect all people regardless of their appearance, race or beliefs. Continue reading

Personal

 

We react too fast to external events nowadays. I am talking about the way we take other people’s words.

You are walking quietly dowd the stree, minding your own business and suddenly someone pops up at the corner and bumps into you. That person began screaming at you as if it was your fault for being in their way and began saying awful things about you.  People look at the scene without giving it importance and following their way, but for you it was a very traumatic event.

You cannot understand why that person is in such a rage when you did not even crash against them in purpose.

But you had to listen a whole list of adverbs and probably you even learnt some new ones, without understanding the real reason for it. Continue reading

Wordless

 

You do not need to “share” all your experiences with the rest of the world.

Most of the things we really enjoy are things we cannot punt into words.

I know nowadays it is more important for many people to upload photos of their last trip to their social networks than taking the time to enjoy the moment for themselves.

The other day I was talking with a friend who told me that he had not taken any videos or photographs of his trip because I felt he lost a lot of time taking the photo instead of filling his mind and soul with that moment.   Continue reading

Being you

 

We are living very interesting times.

It seems evident that the easiest thing in this life should be, being ourselves.

If you have born with a particular set of characteristics, gifts, things to learnt and to share with others. Being yourself should come easy and without any effort whatsoever.

But as amazing as it sounds, nowadays it has become one of the hardest things to achieve.

This society is teaching us that being who we are is not enough. We need to have certain requirements in order to fit into today’s perfect model.

Of course, nobody can accomplish such a task, but everybody is doing their best to show others that they can. Continue reading

You are not listening (Self reminder)

The truth is that I was not paying attention to what she was saying.  My mind was “connected” to my own personal network, and thoughts on different subjects were floating around like a bank of fish in the sea. Not even the traffic noise could interfere with my self-centred thoughts.

My friend was talking about trivial topics and I “assumed” I already knew where her conversation was leading to.  I was wrong. But my focus was on my own interests and talking about frivolous things was not part of my plans for the day.

I had no time to waste on unimportant talking and after all, I already knew everything she had to say. Or at least, that was what I thought.

She suddenly stopped, looked at me and said. “I think that would be a good solution, don´t you agree?”

I stood there feeling a cold shiver running down my spine, since she seemed to be waiting for an answer. Continue reading

That obstacle

I was in a hurry, I was walking faster than usual, and that means very fast because I always walk rapidly, when suddenly right after turning to the right on a corner, I found a huge tyre with a tree branch in the middle blocking the pavement.

Who had dared to leave that hindrance in the middle of the pavement??

“Someone might get hurt, didn´t you think of that when you left these things here?” I said in loud voice, in case the culprit was still around waiting to have a laugh when someone bumped into it.” But there was no one there.

I tried to move that big branch to clear the way, and when I began pulling it out I could see a big hole on the floor.  It looked like someone had fallen into it previously and then, in order to avoid someone else to fall again, they moved a big tyre and a tree branch to cover it and that way prevent more accidents.

I stood still there for a while. Continue reading

Continuum

“Our main problem here is that we allow our mind to wander free when we need it to be focused and to focus on the things we should release.” The Lama said.

“We need to discipline our mind to avoid being dominated by the continuum…” He continued.

“And what is the continuum?” I asked, abruptly interrupting him.

He looked at me with a smile and answered: “What we call continuum, are those thoughts that seem to never leave our mind. Those sounds and memories that keep repeating as a broken old record in our mind without control”.

“It is like a song you listen on the radio once, the rhythm is catchy, you like it, and suddenly, you find yourself singing it without being conscious of it.  After a few hours and even days later, your mind keeps repeating a small portion of the song until you become conscious of this constant repetition.”

“The same happens with certain sentences or lines you hear in movies, TV, from friends, etc.”

“All that energy keeps your mind busy the whole day.  The problem is that some old and negative thoughts, ideas and feelings are trapped by your mind, forming a continuum that becomes very difficult to get rid of, forming a very negative mentality and creating many problems in your mind. “

“Then you ask yourself why bad things appear in your life.”

I remained silent for a few minutes and then asked him: “Can we do something about it? Can we really change that continuum? Can we program our own content?  Can we create a permanent continuum in our head at will?”

He laughed loudly and added: “Of course you can, actually you must, if you want to change your life and create a better present for yourself and all sentient beings.”

I remained in silence for a while. He was right. I was still struggling to stop repeating a jingle I heard on the radio a few days back and the more I tried to stop it, the more my mind kept repeating in the least expected moment.

Norman Vincent Peal said that motivation is like a flower, you need to water it every day to keep it from dying.

I am sharing in these chapters my thoughts and life experiences with the hope I can change my inner continuum, by reminding me of those lessons that have shaped my present mindset.

I hope you find something useful in them and maybe they could give you some ideas to create a better continuum for yourself.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming with me in this inner quest.

May the Light be with you always.

Hector Sampson

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