Øyvind Henriksen

Øyvind Henriksen

I am not a blogger! I just put my thoughts into writing some times...
Feel free to give me a comment and let me know what you think.

2017, October, 16 Øyvind Henriksen

There’s No Such Thing as an Adult

― and No One Has Their Shit Together! When I was young, (I mean younger then I’m now…) I looked at my parents and my teachers and thought that they have figured it all out. They had some secret to life that I will one day come to learn. As they said:"You’ll understand when you’re older." We all probably thought that there was a certain age that you turn where suddenly things just make sense and you have all the knowledge to make the right choices. Then you grow up and realize that

2017, August, 17 Øyvind Henriksen

On the importance of making your bed

I make the bed every morning as one of my "household duties". Now, perhaps this task is expected of me from my better half, but I also know that it makes me feel better before heading off to work. And it definitely makes me feel better to come home to a neat and clean bed at the end of a long day, instead of a rumpled one. Pretty obvious, right? On the surface, it makes perfect sense why I (and many millions of others) perform this "daily chore".

2017, June, 20 Øyvind Henriksen

One in ten thousand

What is the secret to become a black belt? The easiest correct answer lies in the tenets of Taekwon-Do:Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit, among with Courtesy, Integrity, and Self Control “A black belt is a white belt that never gave up” 

2017, April, 24 Øyvind Henriksen

On the importance of making mistakes

Have you heard the story of Siegfried & Roy? The world-famous Las Vegas magicians…? Roy was mauled by his own tiger during a show. A pretty serious mistake. But I’ll come back to these idiots later. I will address the importance of making and accepting mistakes, since there is a culture, especially in business, of intolerance of mistakes.  You make too many mistakes and you get fired. For good reason, for mistakes are bad, right? Well no..., not always. You should learn the differenc

2016, October, 19 Øyvind Henriksen

Love and hapiness

It’s not being in love that makes me happy. It’s being in love with you that makes me happy. Happiness… what is happiness? Happiness is a feeling; it is a gift we receive and something we can give to others. It is a song, a butterfly, it is the right butterfly in the right moment. It is a whisper, a poem, a word placed where it belongs. It means feeling at home, feeling welcomed. It is an embrace, the taste of Crème Brûlée after a rainy day. It is someone who remembers our favorite col

2016, September, 30 Øyvind Henriksen

Why do we hate? Feature

We hate because we are taught to hate! We hate because we are ignorant! We are a product of ignorant people, who have been taught ignorant things. Which is: that it is four or five different races; that who you feel you are as a person has to be in the norms of what others feels that you should feel like; that everyone’s beliefs should be what you believe, for that is the only right belief;

2016, September, 10 Øyvind Henriksen

Don't FIND a Soulmate, BECOME a Soulmate!

Do you believe in a soulmate? A good friend of mine asked me that question a while ago, and I answered without any hesitation…

2016, August, 28 Øyvind Henriksen

Climbing the Relationship Mountain

I feel that a relationship (or a marriage) is one of the most beautiful experiences of this life. And I’m not just talking about the relationships that are good ones! :) Yes, I’m even talking about the Relationships that face really steep challenges such as cheating spouses/partners, porn addictions, infertility, mental illness, ETC. And I’m even talking about a relationship that ends. You see, relationship offers a place to grow; a place to be face to face with your own weaknesses; a plac

2016, May, 7 Øyvind Henriksen

Realizing the Importance of Letting Go!

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”―Ann Landers There is something important to be learned from the art of ‘letting go’, it is an invitation to relinquish unhealthy attachments to events, ideas, possessions, and minor irritations. No time is better than the present to make a conscious decision to release these negative influences so that, you

2016, May, 7 Øyvind Henriksen

How Important is it to Love Your Job?

Much has been touted about how important it is to find a job you love. Maybe that's not as critical as we've been led to believe. My experience is that most people don't love their work. Many like it, some tolerate it, but it is a minority who find work they love that also supports their lifestyle. Does that mean that everyone else is left to live in frustration, desperately seeking that perfect job they can be passionate about? Not at all.

2016, March, 13 Øyvind Henriksen

On the importance of voting

With countries facing major difficulties from all directions, we all have an opinion and a solution to offer. However, the sine qua non of this matter is whether we are with or against the current proceedings and the administration; our opinions are only justified, or should only be justified if we vote.

2016, March, 2 Øyvind Henriksen

The Power of a Dog

I’m idling at the intersection of grief and exhaustion, and what I think about is how much I am going to miss him. How much I dread the silence of coming home to nothing. Oh, how I’ll miss that full-on celebration of owner/doggie reunion, as if we’ve been apart for eons when, in reality, I have returned from a 20-minute zip to the supermarket.

2016, February, 23 Øyvind Henriksen

On the importance of teaching, and the skills you gain by doing so

I don’t earn my living as a teacher, but I do teach in my “after job activities”. Not as a school teacher, but as an instructor for a martial art school, self-defense classes, and a life skill education program for my TKD kids class.I also naturally, because of the character I am, do a lot of pedagogical activities and teaching every time I interact with kids, new inexperienced colleagues, or even dogs I play with.What drives me is that I like to inspire my students and others to be more t

2016, February, 13 Øyvind Henriksen

Valentine's Day 2016: The importance of loving yourself on 14 February

The cry of the simpering singletons on Valentine's Day is always the same: "I just want to be loved". It's the day for sighs and teeth-gnashing from the romantically unattached and competitive smugness from those who are taken – but whoever said the day should just be about one very limiting definition of the word "love"?

2016, February, 4 Øyvind Henriksen

On the importance of birthdays

Time changes things. Or rather, things — be it abstract or tangible — change with time. One day ends to give way to another. And another. The earth slowly rotates and revolves. The clock’s hands never stop. And with it, the wheels of change are set into motion. It creeps in slowly, inch by inch. Every day is just another day. And yet, it is not. To make some days stand out, we give them a meaning, a name, or a reason. Even your birthday. Yet there are many who see no reason to celebrate

2016, January, 3 Øyvind Henriksen

What is right order to watch the ‘Star Wars’ movies!

Let's say you grew up watching the Star Wars trilogy, and then had children sometime after 1999, when George Lucas started releasing the prequels. When your kids are old enough, what order should they watch the films in? There are two obvious options for watching the Star Wars saga. Release Order - Watch the films in the order they came out, recreating your experience with the films for someone new to them. Episode Order - Watch the films in the order George Lucas intends, starting with Ep

2015, December, 16 Øyvind Henriksen

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger!

That quote is attributed to the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche.Actually, he said it much more eloquently: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”  While some pain and suffering in life are unavoidable and part of the human experience, much is self-induced by our thoughts and can be radically reduced by mindfulness practices and mental health tools.

2015, November, 18 Øyvind Henriksen

The Black Belt Myth

I have a little confession to make, as a Teakwon-Do instructor, about a belt – so black, it defies both time and space. The image of that dark, mysterious and exotic belt – flawlessly tied around the six-pack abs of a fearless fighter – was projected at you day and night, by everyone around you. That fighter? – It could be YOU.That fearlessness? – It could be YOURS.Those abs too... Just get the black belt, and everything would be perfect. Well… At least that’s what they wanted

2015, November, 3 Øyvind Henriksen

The Goal is Consistency

“Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.”-Bo Jackson Everyone has a goal. It’s a Universal fact. Whether you call your goal, an ambition, a target or a milestone. It all means the same. You have an intention to make something happen.  But do we all achieve our goals? If you are one of those few who do, then kudos to you. But for the remaining lot, let’s empathize. Let’s backtrack from that feeling of remorse and sadness of not having achieved our goal yet. And dig

2015, October, 19 Øyvind Henriksen

The importance of intercultural skills in the workplace

As the modern workplace becomes more global, companies are putting a bigger emphasis on an employee’s intercultural skills in the office. Now more than ever, companies are no longer just looking for technical skills, they are also putting a greater focus on an employee’s ability to speak another language, demonstrate respect for others, and cope with cultural differences.

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