” A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. ” – Henry David Thoreau
This is such a deep saying…..
Many times we always think that one is rich when we have things and money.
But the issue is not about having possessions.
It is about whether possessions have us…..
Thus, richness on a higher level is truly about contentment.
Being contented with what we have and letting go of what we don’t have.
Such riches requires not a million dollars but a change of mindset!
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ~ Elie Wiesel
Recently, I have been hearing some stories of people being indifferent to the needs of others and I thought being indifferent can be very scary.
Apart from the known news about the little girl in China whom no one lent a helping hand while she laid on the ground bleeding profusely… there are a few other stories I heard that are closer to home.
They are not tragic news but still, I am saddened when I hear of them.
What have we become? Why have we become like that?
Is it in the pursuit of success that we become so self-centred?
I don’t know….
I can only hope that we will slowly regain our awareness that we do not live on this planet alone. There are many other fellow human beings living on the same planet as us, experiencing similar or even worst struggles as us.
Before we turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to someone, think….what if one day, we are in the same predicament?
When we look ourselves in the mirror, who do we see?
Are we too preoccupied with ourselves that we forget the existence of others?
Are we putting on so many masks that we cannot even tell who our real selves are?
Have we been dwelling on the negative too much that all we see is a wrinkled face, a person who looks beyond her age?
When was the last time we seriously look ourselves in the mirror and think about the person we see?
You will be surprised, you might not recognise the person you see….
And I hope it is for the better : )
” It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. ” ~Albert Einstein
We all encounter difficult situations and problems in our life. Problems at work, in school, at home, in relationships and even with your dog.
Some are tough, some are manageable and some easy to solve.
Our value increases when we are able to solve and troubleshoot tough problems, knotty issues in life and at work. We do not increase in value solving issues that can be solved with our eyes closed – because they are simply not problems anymore.
And our value will increase even more when we are willing to stay with problems, resolving to solve them for ourselves or for others.
This is because at the end of the day, it is not the problems that matter…. but it is our character….
A problem is merely a tool in moulding our character.
Let us stay and be a problem solver!
Whenever I am in Japan, I am always impressed by the people.
There is something about the Japanese. They do things with pride!
In whatever they do, be it making desserts (like the one in above pic!), waiting on tables, doing sales, making sushi, designing objects…. it is always with a spirit of excellence.
I personally think it is because they take pride in what they do. It means they find meaning in their work and they believe their work makes a difference to others.
What a beautiful spirit – If my work matters to others, it matters to me!
If you are sick and tired of your work, maybe it is time to find new meaning in it; or find new work! : )
Have an awesome weekend!
It has always been hard to tell a person and the most convenient way is to look at the outward appearance, behavior and accomplishments.
I feel that it is even harder now especially when we have progressed and interpersonal relationships are often maintained via SMS, Facebook, msn and email. We may have in the process of development,”dulled” our senses.
What happens when outwardly a person looks all good and nice? Do we choose to trust him or her by such measure? What then happens when someone casts doubts over a person you respect for all of your life? Do we choose to kiv our trust until the person is proven pure?
I have learnt from my past mistakes that the best thing to trust is my intuition.
A person may look and behave nice and all sincere but sometimes I just do not have a good vibe about him. Similarly, if I choose to believe the hearsay about a loved one instead of following my intuition, I may end up wronging and hurting him.
Just like how on Sep 11, the United Airline staff allowed the terrorists onboard the plane. If he had trusted his intuition instead of saving his face for fear he had made a mistake, he would not have to live in regrets now.
Therefore, when I have to make a judgement call, I often choose to trust my heart.
I was reading the special report in The Straits Times on Sep 11 and many feelings just stirred within me. Different people had different tramautising encounters and many left behind their last words for their loved ones via telecommunication.
What was on the person’s mind knowing that he had only a few seconds to live and say his last words? One man chose to comfort his dad and said, if it was going to happen, it will happen very fast…
He chose to console his dad with his last words.
It was an awakening for me reading the article.
Life is too short to waste any moment away.
Whatever we do, we should do it heartily! With our best efforts and heart.
If we are half-hearted in the things we undertake, be it work, studies, family and relationships… We are merely, wasting our time and life away.
I do not know what and how I will feel at my last moments. But I definitely do not want my heart to be filled with regrets at my last.