"I find no importance in showing others that I am happy; it is not important to me that they know or think that I am happy but what is important to me is that I am happy. I am interested in being happy, not in making others think or know that I am." ~ C. JoyBell C. :)
"The older we get, the more people we meet, we will realise that we are all still trying to figure it out - even those who appear to have a plan all tied in a neat bow. It sounds pointless, as if we are constantly chasing something out of nothing; but I guess that in itself, gives meaning to living, something to figure out, to look forward to each day." ~ Jenn Chia Yen-Yi :)
"It is a two-way traffic. The terrain may not always be smooth. It takes one to give way a little and it rights itself completely because ... it naturally has to flow. Love you and am very proud of you." ~ Dr Tam S.S. with her child :)
1. They are very eager to attend. Remind you to invite them. They came very happily and early for the wedding banquet.
2. They said they will attend. On that day itself, they said cannot. Seats were reserved for them.
3. They ding dong, dong ding. Can come. Cannot come. Can come. Cannot come. Can come. They did not come for the wedding banquet at all. Seats were reserved for them.
4. They are the chu pattern kings and queens. They never replied to your messages. They did not bother to read your messages. They needed personal attention from you before they rsvp. On the day itself some members of their family did not come. Seats were reserved for them.
5. They invited themselves by informing you that they would be visiting your country on the wedding day. They enquired about free accommodation and transport.
6. They attended the wedding banquet without bringing any gifts.
7. They tried to steal the limelight from the bridal couple through their behaviour.
8. They arrived later than the bridal couple after the banquet had started.
9. They had been very helpful throughout the wedding preparation months and on the actual day itself. They gave expensive gifts. A big thank you :)
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to us, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to our advancement, we should include all things in our gratitude.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson :)
"Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing." ~ Rachel Remen :)
It has been a long while since I visited this blog. Too long. Far too long. I have much to say. I have much to thank. I have much to reflect. I need to ponder. I need to wonder. I need to wander. Until the next time, please stay in awe and sparkle. Concentrate. Cherish. Cheers.
“We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.” ~ Kavita Ramdas :)
“An authentic and genuine life grows like a sturdy tree. And like a tree, it grows slowly. Every time you make a different and better decision, it grows a little. Every time you choose to do the right thing, even when nobody would find out otherwise, it grows a little. Every time you act with compassion, relinquish your right to strike back, take a courageous stand, admit fault or accept responsibility, it grows a little.” ~ Steve Goodier :)
“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” ~ Catherine Ponder :)
“If you’re reading this, if there’s air in your lungs on this November day, then there is still hope for you. Your story is still going. And maybe some things are true for all of us. Perhaps we all relate to pain. Perhaps we all relate to fear and loss and questions. And perhaps we all deserve to be honest, all deserve whatever help we need. Our stories are all so many things: Heavy and light. Beautiful and difficult. Hopeful and uncertain. But our stories aren’t finished yet. There is still time, for things to heal and change and grow. There is still time to be surprised. We are still going, you and I. We are stories still going.” ~ Jamie Tworkowski :)
“It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things.” ~ Donald Miller :)
"We live in a society that is fast-paced and often times we do not take the time to really connect with others during the holidays as there are so many things to do. Those that are hurting do not always ask for help. I can maybe make someone feel better today (or whenever they read this post) because they are not the only one struggling to be happy at a time when we are supposed to be filled with joy, thanksgiving, etc. Often we are hurting, we feel alone or that no one will understand. There are so many people that have some sort of similar story. We are never as alone as we often feel. It is also a reminder for myself that I can and will get through what I am going through because I have amazing friends (thank you all) and because I am going to slow down and find joy every day and not allow the past or present dramas fill my mind or day." ~ Ms J. :)
“Decisions about change, if any, seem to be regarded as collective decisions, political decisions. But that is not how any cultures have arrived where they are today. Individuals have decided for themselves how much of the old they wish to retain, how much of the new they found useful in their own lives. In this way, cultures have enriched each other in all the great civilizations of the world. In this way, great port cities and other crossroads of culture have become centers of progress all across the planet. No culture has grown great in isolation. But a number of cultures have made historic, and even astonishing advances when their isolation was ended, usually by events beyond their control.” ~ Thomas Sowell :)
“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.” ~ John Steinbeck :)