Best of ROACC

New to ‘Reflections of a Crazy Colombian’? This page will take you on a guided tour of ‘Best of ROACC’ since its’ inception – as judged by the number of page visits each post gets. There are 3 lists of posts in this section:

  1. The ‘Top 5 posts’ according to visitor counts since we started
  2. Unusual & controversial ideas
  3. Reflections inspired by famous people

If you want a full list of posts organised by category, you can go to the ‘Archive’ page.

Top 5 posts – according to visitor counts since we started

Que es poesia?

A liberal translation of one of Gustavo Adolfo Becquer’s simplest yet most beautiful poems (What is Poetry?).

Can we fall out of love?

I wrote this post in response to another blogger’s post on love. On it, I discuss the process of getting to love someone; and the difference between being ‘in love’ with, and ‘loving’ your partner. In this provocative post I compare the love dynamics of ‘old-style’ arranged marriages vs those of modern-day partnerships, with some surprising conclussions towards the end. A must read if you like to challenge common-wisdom!

Garbage In, Garbage Out

According to Systems Theory, systems have 3 core components: The Inputs they take; the Process they put those inputs through; and the Outputs at the end of the process. In this interesting article, I examine the world of emotions through this framework. In this examination, I challenge the notion that we can control emotions, and propose that the only viable solution if we want to improve the impact that those emotions have in our lives, is to choose how we process them.

How to reduce your ‘carbon footprint’ and make a difference to our environment

Change is hard. With so much media attention on Climate change, why bother doing anything about it? Shouldn’t it be the responsibility of governments to ‘fix’ the problem? In this article I explore some of the impact that an increasing trend in the emission of carbon-dioxide is having on our planet; and give you 5 easy to follow ideas of how to make a contribution in alleviating the problem. If enough of us follow these simple ideas, the impact on our level of carbon emissions will be noticeable. Given the severity of the problem, every bit will count! Read on, and make a difference.

How to reach your goals

A very small post, it contains a quote from an interview with Best-selling author Dan Millman. On the interview, Dan talks about the easy and the hard way to go about achieving your goals. The answer is rather un-intuitive!

Unusual & controversial ideas

Renewable energy: Want to fly a kite?

The debate over whether renewable energy will ever replace coal-based or nuclear-based power generation just got a whole lot more interesting. A team of renowned scientists, with the backing of Google, has initiated a project to harnes the power of high-altitude winds in kite-farms. If it hadn’t been reported by a well-respected journalist when I first read about it, I would have thought it was a science fiction story!

Pass it Forward!

What would you do if someone told you they have set on a mission to inspire 1 million people to do a Random Act of Kindness for a stranger? In November 2006, this idea got lodged in my head, and I embarked in a rather unusual adventure. Read more about it in this article, and get some hints on why this is important, and how you can make a difference.

Can we fall out of love?

I wrote this post in response to another blogger’s post on love. On it, I discuss the process of getting to love someone; and the difference between being ‘in love’ with, and ‘loving’ your partner. In this provocative post I compare the love dynamics of ‘old-style’ arranged marriages vs those of modern-day partnerships, with some surprising conclussions towards the end. A must read if you like to challenge common-wisdom!

Do you believe in Karma?

Another response to a blog entry, this post explores the concept of Karma; and its often misunderstood use in modern life. ‘I hope Karma gets him!’ is a phrase commonly used to describe the desire to see justice /revenge fall upon those who we believe have done harm. Yet the concept of Karma has not much to do with justice; it really has to do with lessons. Find out in this post what it is all about.

Are you a specialist or a generalist?

The UnAwakened always rewards Specificity.
Only the Masters enjoy Balanced Versatility.

This article starts with this quote from an article by author Steve Ilg, and explores the dangers of overspecialisation; our society’s obsession with specialists; and the benefits of developing transferable skills across a broad range of topics. A must read for anyone considering embarking on a specialisation program or looking for the next career move in the same functional area!

Reflections inspired by famous people: Jack Lalane

  • Wise advise from Jack LaLanne: Stop being so tired
  • Jack Lalane surprises again: The power of lateral thinking
  • Reflections inspired by famous people: Dan Millman

  • Book review – Way of the Peaceful Warrior
  • Wise advice from Dan Millman: “Just fit in until you find out where you stand out”
  • Crazy retro-back: Do you have trouble devoting regular time to exercise?
  • “Everything dies and changes, even radiators”
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