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. :)




18 March 2017

Action




Action is the great bridge 
between intentions and results. 
All great endeavours 
and marvellous feat 
have one thing in common 

- consistent, relentless, focused action :)




17 March 2017

Knows




"The soul always knows 
what to do to heal itself.
The challenge is to 
silence the mind."

~ Caroline Myss :)




16 March 2017

Better




"It is much better to be 
a smaller part of something big, 
than a bigger part in something small." 

~ Tjin Lee :)




15 March 2017

Stay The Path




"A great way for me to start the week and every day, I do this every day: pray for blessings for my family and friends, for guidance and direction and for removal of resentments, fears and doubts, to have them replaced with love, forgiveness, understanding and tolerance, faith and trust. To ask for blessings on those who do not wish me well and mean it, that God touches their heart and soul and grant them your peace just as you do for those I love. Thank you for helping me to stay the path and keep showing me the way. This is my connection with God every morning, it gets me through the day, it works and has gotten me through some tough times. Stay the path, connect with God." ~ Mike Hamic :)





14 March 2017

Two Different Young Ladies




"Aunty! Aunty! Aunty! :)"

A young lady ran out of her way to call me with a cheerful voice upon seeing me from afar in the shopping mall. I didn't recognise her at first. Then she told me she is my child's former schoolmate. She is such a sweet, young lady with impeccable manners :)

A few weeks later, I bumped into a former classmate of my child along a narrow path in the neighbourhood. She knows who I am. She saw me. She looked at me from head to toe. Then she looked away without even a faint smile on her lips as we walked along the narrow path. This reflects on her own upbringing by her father who is a pastor as well as her mother who freelances as a florist and whom I had helped a few times before.




13 March 2017

Snippets








225 days since the message was sent
on 01 August 2016
why bother to read it only today












Who Is She?




She had asked me to help her with the floral arrangement for a few church weddings and some weekend services. Each time she would inform me one day earlier. Each time she would call again on the day itself to remind me about the appointed time, but every time, she was late by half-an-hour, without any apology nor explanation, even though she stays nearby.

Since I prefer to volunteer on a regular basis instead of last-minute ad hoc arrangement, as it disrupts my daily routine, I asked her about the floral team in church. She said that she had enough members in it. Okay.

One day, the Senior Pastor announced that the floral team required new regular helpers for the year. I approached her immediately again. However, she said that they have enough volunteers. Fine.

A few weeks later, she called me. I told her off assertively "You remember me only when you need my free help. I won't assist you anymore. Good bye!"



Some tips for her freelance floral business: Always, always make the bridal bouquet according to the wish of the bride. Always, always stick to the chosen colour theme selected by the bridal couple.

Why did she change the pattern of the bridal bouquet for some brides without their permission? Why did she change the colour theme of the floral decoration in church for some of the bridal couples without their consent? It was their big day and not hers. They had paid for the flowers and her service.



No wonder, the Senior Pastor had mentioned during a dedication service that the particular floral team is a place for different personalities to learn to work together :)



12 March 2017

Communication Style




We develop different types of communication 
based on our life experiences. 
Our particular style 
has probably become so ingrained 
that we are not even clearly aware of it :)




11 March 2017

Deserving



“We are deserving of the 
most pure, 
whole, 
and authentic love. 
I hope you know that.” 

~ Lauren B. :)




10 March 2017

Appreciate




"I appreciate people 
that are patient with me 
while I’m distant 
and trying to figure myself out." 

~ Lauren B. :)




09 March 2017

Learning




"I’m learning to not hold myself 
to a standard that only magnifies 
insecurity and sharpens vanity. 
I’m learning how to stop living 
in captivity to the opinions of other.” 

~ L. Britt :)




08 March 2017

Character




“It is much more common 
for a person to appear 
to have character 
because he always acts 
in accord with his temperament, 
rather than because 
he always acts 
in accord with his principles.” 

~ Friedrich Nietzsche :)




07 March 2017

Friendships




“Refusing to gossip 
is a beautiful decision to make. 
It creates richer friendships." 

~ Lysa TerKeurst :)





06 March 2017

Understand




“I think all we really want is for 
somebody to understand us completely 
without having to explain ourselves” 

~ Lauren B. :)




05 March 2017

Success



Set ourselves up 
for success.
One area, 
one step, 
one goal 
at a time :)




04 March 2017

Fool



“The cleverest of all, 
in my opinion, 
is the man 
who calls himself 
a fool at least 
once a month.” 

~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky :)




03 March 2017

Accept



“Accept what life offers us 
and try to drink from every cup. 
All wines should be tasted; 
some should only be sipped, 
but with others, 
drink the whole bottle.” 

~ Paulo Coelho :)





02 March 2017

Beautiful



A beautiful lesson in 
listening to other people's stories. 
In opening their hearts, 
they received gifts 
that can't be bought :)





01 March 2017

Stories



“After nourishment, 
shelter and companionship, 
stories are the thing 
we need most in the world.” 

~ Phillip Pullman :)





28 February 2017

Encountering



"I believe that 
encountering God 
is the beginning of 
freedom, healing, 
and fulfillment, 
and I desire this 
for everyone." 

~ L. Britt :)




27 February 2017

Gratitude



“I want to cultivate 
a deep sense of gratitude, 
of groundedness, 
of enough, 
even while I’m longing 
for something more. 
The longing 
and the gratitude, 
both. 
I’m practising believing that 
God knows more than I know, 
that he sees what I can’t, 
that he’s weaving a future 
I can’t even imagine 
from where I’m sitting 
this morning.” 

~ Shauna Niequist :)




26 February 2017

Words



“Words can be like X-rays 
if we use them properly 
— they will go through anything. 

We read and 
we are changed.” 


~ Aldous Huxley :)





25 February 2017

Ourselves



“We have to learn to say no 
without feeling guilty. 
Setting boundaries is healthy. 
We need to learn 
to respect and take care 
of ourselves.” 

~ Author Unknown :)





24 February 2017

Live and Love



"Live and let live.
Love and love some more."

~ Vincent H. :)




23 February 2017

Strong Women



“Here is to strong women. 
May we know them. 
May we be them. 
May we raise them.” 

~ Lauren B. :)





22 February 2017

Value



Value 
the 
voice 
and 
the 
mind 
behind 
it 
:)








21 February 2017

Happy



"Then it occurred to me how to win this. 
There is only one way.
I just have to be happy. 

Happy, and successful."

~ Wendy Cheng :)