28 May 2018

Wonderful








That bold line of text in my inbox 
makes my heart beat faster every time. 
There is absolutely nothing 
as wonderful as receiving new mail 
from a dear old friend :)







27 May 2018

Every Now and Then








Short messages on Facebook and Twitter 
let us feel that we are connected on a daily basis, 
but every now and then 
I still send or receive a proper letter via e-mail :)







26 May 2018

Messages and Missives








If the longer e-mail messages 
were the bricks that built our relationship, 
these shorter missives are the cement, 
the binding material 
that proves the structure we have built between us 
has tangible presence in our offline lives :)







25 May 2018

Treasure








I treasure these e-mail letters 
as I would paintings created specially for me :)







24 May 2018

Meaning







Every e-mail 
is a beautifully typed dissertation 
on the meaning of life and love :)







23 May 2018

Comic Word Painting








Re-reading my e-mail history with my friends, 
I see us graduating from tentative politeness and inquiries 
about each other's health 
to genuine concern, comic word paintings 
and uninhibited explosions of laughter, sadness or anger :)







22 May 2018

Excellent Memoir in Instalments








Whether newsy or funny 
or stream-of-consciousness recollections 
of an experience, 
long-form e-mail messages 
are a special form of narrative. 
Reading them is the literary equivalent 
of watching reality TV 
or like reading an excellent memoir in instalments :)








21 May 2018

Coherent Narrative







Chat applications are good 
to quickly share snapshots of the day 
or jokes or motivational quotes 
but lack the emotional intimacy of the long e-mail. 

When a long e-mail arrives in the inbox, 
it indicates that someone was not only thinking of you 
but thought you were worth the time and effort 
it took to craft their words into coherent narrative :)








20 May 2018

An Art








There is an art to long-form correspondence 
which is worth preserving 
even in this era of WhatsApp chat messages 
and Facebook Messenger :)







19 May 2018

Eventually







Eventually we did speak on the phone, 
paying international dialling rates, 
but we communicated mostly in long-form e-mails :)







18 May 2018

Overlap









We lived in different time zones 
but we stay up late enough 
that our waking hours overlap :)








17 May 2018

Building Blocks







The building blocks of all these friendships 
have been long-form e-mail messages :)






16 May 2018

Exactly Once








But we have met exactly once 
in the history of our friendship, 
which has been conducted mostly via e-mail 
and now Facebook, Twitter as well as WhatsApp :)







15 May 2018

Personal and Social







The choice is indeed intensely personal 
but the impact is extensively social :)









14 May 2018

Possible








It is possible 
to forge a deep, lasting connection 
with a complete stranger online :)









13 May 2018

Walk Away








"Walking is the best exercise...! 

'Walk Away' from arguments 
that lead us to nowhere but anger. 

'Walk Away' from people 
who deliberately put us down. 

'Walk Away' from any thought 
that reduces our worth. 

'Walk Away' from failures and fears 
that stiffle our dreams. 

The more you 'Walk Away' from things 
that poison our soul, 
the happier our life would be. 

Gift Yourself A Walk Towards Happiness...."



~ Author Unknown :)









12 May 2018

Brains








"Things seem to move on fast

The brain cannot store all

Sometimes it is good to write them down 

Do you ever bother?

Young brains very spongy

Older brains often too congested

Hahaha...good morning 
Ohaiyoooo

Life is kind 

I hope for kindness all around 

This is my thoughts on a Monday morning❤️ "
~ Mummy Tong :)



11 May 2018

Love Deeply








"Love deeply."


~ Lailah Gifty Akita :)











10 May 2018

Soul Connection








“A soul connection
is a resonance between two people 
who respond to the essential beauty 
of each other’s individual natures, 
behind their facades, 
and who connect on a deeper level. 

This kind of mutual recognition provides 
the catalyst for a potential alchemy. 
It is a sacred alliance 
whose purpose is to help both partners 
discover and realize their deepest potentials. 

While a heart connection lets us 
appreciate those we love just as they are, 
a soul connection opens up a further dimension
– seeing and loving them for who they could be, 
and for who we could become under their influence.” 


~ John Welwood :)









09 May 2018

Prayer







Prayer is a mystery I’ll never grasp, 
but it is a powerful thing indeed :)









08 May 2018

Offer








“When we offer peace instead of division, 
when we offer faith instead of fear, 
when we offer someone a place at your table 
instead of keeping them out 
because they are different 
or messy or wrong somehow, 
we represent the heart of Christ.”


~ Shauna Niequist :)









07 May 2018

Listening








“The reason listening to 
somebody’s story 
is so difficult is because 
it reminds us 
life is about more than just ours.” 


~ Donald Miller :)










06 May 2018

Secrets








“Nothing makes us 
as lonely as 
our secrets.” 


~ Paul Tournier :)









05 May 2018

Beauty and Depth







“The more I let people be who they are, 
instead of cramming them into 
what I need them from them, 
the more surprised I am 
by their beauty and depth.” 


~ Shauna Niequist :)









04 May 2018

Enough









"If I could prove one point with my life, 
it would be that God is love 
and that His love is enough. 

And it all has to do 
with the weight of that word ‘enough.’ 

It’s enough because the love of God 
is the conduit carrying me 
from who I am to who I’m becoming. 

It’s enough because it actively works 
until it reaches completion. 

It’s enough because it’s the only thing 
that can strip me of the things 
that stifle my growth and joy.” 



~ Lauren Britt :)










03 May 2018

Everyone








“It is not fair to treat people 
as if they are finished beings. 
Everyone is always becoming 
and unbecoming.”



~ Kathleen Winter :)










02 May 2018

Someone








"If we find someone who makes us smile,
who checks up on us often to see if we are okay,
who watches out for us,
do not let them go.
Keep them close
and don't take them for granted.
People like that are hard to find."


~ Author Unknown :)












01 May 2018

Thanks








“Without a spirit of gratitude, 
life flattens out 
and becomes dull and boring. 

But when we continue to be surprised 
by new manifestations of life 
and continue to praise and thank God, 
routine and boredom cannot take hold. 

Then all of life becomes a reason for saying thanks.” 


~ Henri J. M. Nouwen :)










30 April 2018

Sometimes








"Sometimes the best experiences 
and the biggest surprises come when we least expect it."

~ Timothy Tiah :)









29 April 2018

Life







"Life has a funny way of turning everything around. 
God is good, 
He is always good, 
and everything
— forgiveness, healing, friendship
— in His time." 


~ Han Sheng :)








28 April 2018

To







“To live a big life with wisdom, 

to find my unique place of grace 

and to live free.” 


~ Eileen Chin :)









27 April 2018

All







"All I have seen
teaches me to trust God
for all I have not seen."


~ Ralph Waldo Emerson :)









26 April 2018

Healthy Boundaries








"Never let anyone or anything 
steal our joy or lessen our awareness of our true worth. 

Those who put us down, belittle and hurt us do so 
because of their own pain and feelings of worthlessness.

Have compassion, 
but know that sometimes,
our only option is to step away from what is for us destructive. 

Doing so does not mean we are selfish or lacking in kindness; 
it means we are embracing our lesson of healthy boundaries and self-love." 


~ Cathy Greek :)







25 April 2018

Path








“I think joy and sweetness and affection 
are a spiritual path. 
We’re here to know God, 
to love and serve God, 
and to be blown away 
by the beauty and miracle of nature." 


~ Anne Lamott :)









24 April 2018

Trust







"Stop comparing where you’re at with where everyone else is. It doesn’t move you farther ahead, improve your situation, or help you find peace. It just feeds your shame, fuels your feelings of inadequacy, and ultimately, it keeps you stuck. The reality is that there is no one correct path in life. Everyone has their own unique journey. A path that’s right for someone else won’t necessarily be a path that’s right for you. And that’s okay. Your journey isn’t right or wrong, or good or bad. It’s just different. Your life isn’t meant to look like anyone else’s because you aren’t like anyone else. You’re a person all your own with a unique set of goals, obstacles, dreams, and needs. So stop comparing, and start living. You may not have ended up where you intended to go. But trust, for once, that you have ended up where you needed to be. Trust that you are in the right place at the right time. Trust that your life is enough. Trust that you are enough."
- Daniell Koepke (via creatingaquietmind)





23 April 2018

The Purpose of Life








“The purpose of life is not to be happy. 
It is to be useful, 
to be honorable, 
to be compassionate, 
to have it make some difference 
that we have lived and lived well.” 


~ Ralph Waldo Emerson :)









22 April 2018

Presence








“Stop measuring days 
by degree of productivity 
and start experiencing them 
by degree of presence.” 


~ Alan Watts :)









21 April 2018

Lovely Light







"We do not draw people to Christ 
by loudly discrediting what they believe,
by telling them how wrong they are
and how right we are,
but by showing them a light that is so lovely
that they want with all their hearts 
to know the source of it."


~ Madeleine L'Engle :)









20 April 2018

Our Mind







"Our mind is a garden
Our thoughts are the seeds
We can grow flowers
Or we can grow weeds"


~ Author Unknown :)








19 April 2018

Love Who We Are








“Love who we are in this very moment, 

and love who we are becoming.” 


~ Author Unknown :)









18 April 2018

Already Knows







“The most confused we ever get is 

when we are trying to 

convince our heads of something 

our heart already knows.”



~ Karen Marie Moning :)








17 April 2018

In Return








"She does not need much,
wants very little,
a kind word,
sincerity,
fresh air,
clean water,
some flowers,
kisses,
books to read,
sheltering arms,
a cozy bed,
to love 
and be loved in return."



~ Author Unknown :)










16 April 2018

If Our Hearts







"If our hearts are full of bitterness or hatred, 
we are prone to speak ill of others. 
This ultimately results in broken relationships and isolation.

If our hearts are full of love and compassion, 
we are prone to speak lovingly to others 
and encourage them rather than condemn them. 
This can result in healthy, edifying relationships." 


~ Author Unknown :)







15 April 2018

Strength







There is strength 
to be drawn 
from experience :)







14 April 2018

Responding







It is truly about responding 
with the right attitude, 
learning and growing 
one step at a time :)







13 April 2018

Words








"We can only fit so many words in a postcard. 
Only so many in a phone call. 
Only so many into space, 
before we forget that words 
are sometimes used for things 
other than filling emptiness." 


~ Sarah Kay :)