24 May 2017

Perhaps




“Perhaps somewhere, 
someplace deep inside our being, 
we have undergone important changes 
while we were sad.” 

~ Rainer Maria Rilke :)





23 May 2017

If




“If we have love but not wisdom, 
we will harm people with the best of intentions. 

If we have courage but not wisdom, 
we will blunder boldly. 

If we have truth but not wisdom, 
we will make the gospel ugly to other people. 

If we have technology but not wisdom, 
we will use the best communications 
ever invented to broadcast stupidity.” 

~ Raymond Ortland :)





22 May 2017

Not Convenient




It is not convenient to love our enemies 
or to forgive someone who has intentionally hurt us :)





21 May 2017

Emotional Life




My goal for my emotional life 
is to remain both secure and impressionable 
so that I can walk in fullness and humility 
that invites personal growth and maturity 
so that I’m better equipped 
to love and serve others :)






20 May 2017

Wi_Fi




Has the rapid march of technology 
blunted the onset of loneliness, 
or has it merely heightened it 
in the case of those who, 
despite Wi-Fi access, 
suddenly find themselves 
without anyone to relate to?





19 May 2017

Reflects




Invisibility reflects a sense of vigilance, 
a sensitivity to 
and respect for external conditions :)





18 May 2017

Immediate Landscape





Invisibility is about finding a sense of fit 
with the immediate landscape, 
be it social, cultural or environmental :)




17 May 2017

Becoming Invisible




Becoming invisible 
is a condition of insight and endurance, 
a position of strength and power, 
a matter of knowing how 
and where we can be best accommodated 
by the exterior world :)




16 May 2017

Older




"As we get older, 
we have become more set in our ways.

We bear grudges more heavily 
and we are less and less inclined 
to forgive and forget." 

~ Author Unknown :)




* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




15 May 2017

Elegance




The elegance of the walking stick insect 
is a matter not just of its delicate frame 
and subdued colour, 
but of its discretion 
and grace as well :)




14 May 2017

No Excuse





Seniority in any hierarchy 
is no excuse for bad behaviour.
They should be role model for everyone else :)



* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)





13 May 2017

Natural World




While we make an eloquent argument 
for reticence and reserve, 
the natural world 
can be even more persuasive :)




12 May 2017

Silent Attentiveness




Silent attentiveness, 
rather than active participation, 
can allow us to absorb on a deep level 
the laws of social dynamics 
that go on around us :)




11 May 2017

Is




Love is.
Grace is.
Mercy is.

God is.

:)




10 May 2017

Unseen




The 
beauty, 
elegance 
and 
imagination 
that 
can 
come 
with 
being 
unseen 
:)






09 May 2017

Invisibility




Invisibility 
is 

kind 
of 
liberation 
:)




08 May 2017

Staying True




"I feel that I have to stay true to myself... There's only so much I can tolerate without snapping. I do hold my tongue, as I will say something truthful and hurtful. I do turn away, as my expressions will tell how I feel... It would be great to be a nice and loving person all the time, but why do I have to suffer for being a nice person? If other are not going to bother about how I feel, making me feel suffocated, bottling up won't help me be a more loving person. So I'm just staying true to myself." 

~ April Gao :)




07 May 2017

Involve




The 
greatest 
relationships 
involve 
conversations 
:)





06 May 2017

Never




"Never try to mess up someone's life with a lie
when yours can be destroyed with the truth."

~ Author Unknown :)




05 May 2017

Every Couple




"Every couple 
have their little idiosyncrasies. 

They have things 
other people do not know about." 


~ Gavin Aung Than :)




04 May 2017

Each Verse




Each 
verse 
can 
communicate 
something 
different, 

depending 
on 
the 
context 
:)




03 May 2017

Teach




“Teach our children
not only 
how to love
but
how to be loved.” 


~ Michelle K. :)





02 May 2017

Creates




"God removes our ability 
to judge others harshly. 

Instead, 
it creates empathy. 
It creates compassion.” 


~ Matt Chandler :)





01 May 2017

Do Not




“Do not ever mistake 
my silence for ignorance, 
my calmness for acceptance, 
or my kindness for weakness.” 

~ Author Unknown :)




* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




30 April 2017

Lucky One




“If the person you run to 
when you’re happy 
is the person you run to 
when you need someone to lean on 
then you’re a lucky one.” 

~ Lauren B. :)





29 April 2017

What Matters Most




“Not many people actually ‘find themselves’ 
when they set out on particular adventures. 
Often, it takes small acts 
- like how we repeatedly treat people 
after having a bad day 
or what lessons we learn from our past mistakes 
- to really know what matters most for us.” 

~ Lauren B. :)





28 April 2017

But




"True to his word, 
the photographer took nothing but pictures, 
and left nothing but his footprints." 

~ Freaktography :) 




27 April 2017

Never




"Never forget where we have been.
Never lose sight of where we are going.
Never take for granted the people
who travel the journey with us."

~ Loren Ridinger :)




26 April 2017

Very Simple




"Just finished an interview with BFM Radio.
I was part of a program where they pair two entrepreneurs up and get one to interview the other. I was paired with Jobstreet CEO Mark Chang who last year sold his business for $600 million. Was an interesting interview. 
He was a very simple man. Didn't wear any designer stuff and even had a simple watch.

After the interview he was rushing to the airport so I expected his driver to be waiting outside for him.
Instead he left in a taxi.
Someone so rich yet so down to earth."
~ Timothy Tiah :)


25 April 2017

Authenticity




Let 
me 
tell 
you 
what 
I
need. 

Authenticity

:)





24 April 2017

Truth




"The only people who are mad at us 
for speaking the truth 
are those people who are living a lie. 
Keep speaking the truth." 

~ Author Unknown :)




23 April 2017

Running Note




"Keep a running note of what works and what doesn’t work for you, what you like and what you don’t like, what you’re good at what you aren’t, the work styles that suit you and what doesn’t, where your passions lie and what leaves you cold. The chance of the stars aligning on these fronts in your first job, or even your first couple of jobs, is very low, so you’ll have to keep searching… so, rather than wedding yourself to an industry, instead shift your focus to gaining experiences and learning as much as you can, so that you can build transferable skills."

~ Sallie Krawcheck, former head of Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney :)





22 April 2017

Idea File




If we find ourselves often distracted by new ideas, start an idea file. When an exciting new thought occurs to us, put it in the file instead of acting on it right away.

Look at the file from time to time for inspiration. Whenever we complete a project we have been working on, we can choose something new from the file :)



* This post, and 99% of the noon posts, was written more than a year ago. Cheers! :)




21 April 2017

Speaks




“If it speaks to our heart, 
allow space for that.” 

~ Mooji :)




20 April 2017

Kindness




“I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else.

Brian Sibley: Or brains even?


Oh gosh, yes, brains is one of the least. You can be a lovely person without brains, absolutely lovely. Kindness - that simple word. To be kind - it covers everything, to my mind.


If you’re kind that’s it.”



~ Roald Dahl :)




19 April 2017

Powerful People




“Powerful people can be who they say they are on a consistent basis. And because they know how to be themselves, they invite those around them to be themselves. Only powerful people can create a safe place to know and be known intimately. They say, 'I can be me around you and you can be you around me.' We don’t need to control each other, and we don’t want to control each other. We can have a mutual agreement of respect and honor in which we both work to protect our connection. We stay tied together by the strength of the love we have built, not by the illusion that I can control you or that you need a rescuer.”

~ Danny Silk :)




18 April 2017

Speaking




“I do not know how to be silent 
when my heart is speaking.” 

~ Fyodor Dostoevsky :)





17 April 2017

Clearer




"Been a most interesting start to the new year. Made plenty of decisions and plans for what is to come and crossing my fingers that everything will fall into place. I think I have come to a place where I am quite certain about what I want in the things that will matter to me in time to come. Studies. Future job. Religion. Relationships. Places I want to go. People I want to cherish. Many of these insights are a culmination of things that have happened in these past 4 years of my university life. I have seen a lot. Learnt a lot. Felt a lot. Slowly along the way, things became so much clearer." 

~ T.H.S. :)




16 April 2017

Follow




“Some days I feel liberal. 
Other days - conservative. 
Most days I simply try to follow God
who upsets both ideologies.” 

~ Kurt Willems :)




15 April 2017

When




“When we are happy, 
we enjoy the music. 
When we are sad, 
we understand the lyrics.” 

~ Frank Ocean :)




14 April 2017

Magic




"Been the longest time since I felt this way. 
I almost forgot what it feels like. 
Heart beating. 
Palms sweating. 
Even though this will probably last fleetingly, 
it has made me believe that 
there is someone out there, 
a kindred spirit 
who can make every 
single cell of your existence 
tingle like magic." 

~ Han Sheng :)




13 April 2017

Friendship




“There is a lot I am dreaming about for 2017, 
but one thing I know: 
whatever I do, 
I want to do it with the people, 
near and far, 
who have shaped my path to this point. 

Friendship is 
God’s greatest evidence of himself 
here on earth.” 

~ Shauna Niequist :)




12 April 2017

Poetic




"The brain is one of the organs we truly do not understand. 
It is one of the organs where science and philosophy overlap. 

That, to me, is poetic."


~ J. Ker :)





11 April 2017

Love




“Believe in a love 
that is being stored up for us 
like an inheritance, 
and have faith 
that in this love 
there is a strength 
and a blessing so large 
that we can travel as far as we wish 
without having to step outside it.” 

~ Rainer Maria Rilke :)





10 April 2017

Recall




"When the brain recalls memories, it involves a set of cells, but the pattern they follow differs from the pattern that created the memories in the first place.

For every act of recall, the trace of the memory is never exactly the same.

For every act of recall, the memory trace gets a bit more divergent.

It is ironic."


~ Justin K. :)





09 April 2017

Narratives




Human beings are shaped 
by the narratives 
our minds construct 
around our lives :)





08 April 2017

Memory




The 
impermanence 
of 
memory 
:)




07 April 2017

Psychological Equipment




We carry with us the psychological equipment, 
rich in instinct and emotion, 
required to navigate the world :)




06 April 2017

Technologies




Technologies,
such as e-mails and smartphones 
that promised to save time and free us from drudgery, 
fill our heads with a clatter so persistent, 
it stifles the ability to think :)




05 April 2017

Anybody




Anybody
can
talk
to
anybody
:)





04 April 2017

Who




"When nobody is around us,
sees us, 
who is the person that we are? 
These are the moments 
where God shapes and moulds us. 
Through the boring and everyday routine." 

~ J. Ng :)



03 April 2017

Some People




"Some people have a misplaced sense of entitlement, 
but not necessarily retained a sense of responsibility." 

~ Victor Mills :)




02 April 2017

Materialism




"The level of materialism 
- what we wear, 
where we live, 
what we drive, 
what we wear on our wrist 
- has become a key determinant 
of the value of human life. 
This is absolute nonsense." 

~ Victor Mills :)






01 April 2017

Simplicity




"So much memories, good days and wonderful stuff. I have always been an emotional but mostly positive, simple, happy and grateful young person growing up. I was also a lot less guarded. More vulnerable and open. Simple conversations and gestures would touch me. I think I have changed… and I can’t help it. Simplicity. Easy to forget all that when we get older. " 

~ Jenny N. :)




31 March 2017

Chance




"Take a chance. 
Because you'll never know 
how absolutely perfect 
something could turn out to be." 

~ Author Unknown :)




30 March 2017

Memorable Moments




"We love those kind of nights 
that turn out unexpectedly good, great, 
and sometimes just all out amazing 
just because we did not really 
expect anything to happen at all. 
If only we could live just like that 
— with no expectations in mind. 
It is possible we would be much happier, 
with more memorable moments
that would last us a lifetime.” 

~ Author Unknown :)



29 March 2017

Disposition




“A person must have one or the other: 
either a disposition 
which is easygoing by nature, 
or else a disposition 
eased by art and knowledge.” 

~ Friedrich Nietzsche :)





28 March 2017

Human Chemistry




“It is a mystery of human chemistry 
and I do not understand it. 
Some people, 
as far as their senses are concerned, 
just feel like home.” 

~ Nick Hornby :)




27 March 2017

Life Is Beautiful




"You are proof that life is beautiful 
because the evidence is constantly 
blooming from your soul, 
pouring from your mouth, 
gripping in your fingers, 
blinking in your eyes. 
You make our little moments 
rumble with color
— making little moments 
not little at all.” 

~ Lauren B. :)





26 March 2017

Define




"We can and should be able 
to define ourselves as many things 
for as long as possible." 

~ Lupita Nyong'o :)






25 March 2017

Meaningful Life




"A meaningful life is not
being rich,
being popular,
being highly educated or
being perfect.

It is about
being real,
being humble,
being able to share ourselves
and touch the lives of others.


It is only then
we can have a
full, happy
and contented life."

~ Author Unknown :)





24 March 2017

Improvised




"Have we ever thought about that? 
How everything in life is basically improvised. 
There’s no script, 
we are just making this up as we go." 

~ Author Unknown :)




23 March 2017

Project




“The fact that 
someone else loves us 
does not rescue us 
from the project 
of loving ourselves.” 

~ Sahaj Kohli :)





22 March 2017

Overwhelming Gratitude




"We just need to remember that 
our sadness will be replaced 
with an overwhelming gratitude 
that we are loved; 
and that will be better 
than all the missed opportunities, 
and made up dreams that we had.” 

~ Lauren B. :)




21 March 2017

Within




“As we get older
we start doing things in reverse. 
We start cutting people out from our lives. 
Our Christmas list becomes practically nonexistent. 
We don’t need to be the first in line for everything. 
We take less pictures 
because some memories are best kept in our heart 
and not our hard drive. 
And instead of looking for love, 
we dig for it from within.” 

~ Author Unknown :)




20 March 2017

Good Art




"Good art comes from 
commitment and perseverance 
not so much talent.” 

~ Solomon Ligthelm :)




19 March 2017

Worthy




“I wish we could
see ourselves
with God’s eyes.
Flawed,
but still worthy 

of loving
and being loved.” 

~ Anne N. :)