Monday, February 28, 2011

Every Erhu needs an audience

Soliciting views and feedback, what's the most effective way? Sharing thoughts and ideas, how to engage others? Building ties and rapport, what's it to you?


Communication is two way or rather multiple way, reiterated and repeating. Is someone helping you to improve your thought process and point out the key areas you ought to consider?

Like a lonesome Erhu in an echo-less valley, dearth of feedback, well it kills--progressively. No city's really an island. No person survives alone, not in this ultra-saturated world of social media and apps galore anyway. Even our eyes and countenance communicate more than we actually say.

Touch base all you want, friends. Don't lose that which is important and necessary for continued growth and advancement.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Springs of life

Heard this at cellgroup last night: "Your circumstances change only when your thinking changes."


We all desire to have good things in life, to do well, to establish well-being in every area. For me, that includes spiritual well-being, to be fruitful and effective in my life.

Last night, I was reminded of how we ought to focus on the eternal, on the things that matter. For one, relationships and friendships matter--encouraging and building up those around me.

Why do we do the things we do? Church, work, cellgroup, family, friends, play... There're so many things demanding our time. What should take priority?

And what's the right attitude to have towards others? Especially our leaders, overseers and elders.

How we think determines how we live. What we say and believe determines what we head towards.

"Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life." ~ Proverbs 4:23 (Amp)

"You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world." ~ Matthew 5:8 (Msg)

What is success against the backdrop of eternity? Get it right within and you'll get it right without.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Giant versus Giant

You oughta be careful asking God to speak to you through a book. Because when He does, it can get uncomfortable.

Reading Erwin McManus's Chasing Daylight on taking risk and advancing in the face of uncertainty... Well, it sounds bold and appealing until you actually start to take it seriously.

When do we start living? When did security become a comfort zone? How do I know what to pursue? Well, we don't. He, God, paints a path. Lit only just enough to allow walking, do I follow?

Sing......

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Norwegian Wood (2010)

What is materialism?

Having lots of money isn't materialism. Neither is making lots of it or spending it on expensive goods or enjoying the process of shopping.

Since love is a commitment to something at the expense of self, surely it's the same with the love of money and material goods.

How do we know what we pursue isn't vapour? That what occupies us day after day is not frivolous but a worthy pursuit that will bear fruits that remain?

So where the sense of guilt come from when we spend on an unusually expensive item or series of items? Perhaps it's the innate prudence that cries for self-control in the face of future needs and worries.

Well, we know we shouldn't be defined by things--not to let them have us. Yet sometimes we don't even realise we've been had. By our things, that is.

If you were to lose everything you have--absolutely everything--would you still be you?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

In with the new

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Will to Win

Beat up and bloodied, promises unfulfilled, how would you feel?


What do you gun for in life? How hard are you willing to try?

Winning and losing. Losing and winning. Fast is slow and slow is fast.

What's waiting to be conquered?

How hard will you train, hang on to your dreams and put up a good fight?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

What does it take to complete a race?

A will to succeed. A resolve to improve. A humility to ground you.

Fitness and strength can be trained--it must be!

Knowing your self--your body, your limits and your personality.

Preparation is key, certainly. Mental, physical and not least, spiritual.

Friends cheering you on, keeping your own pace, running with the Divine...

Racing on. Pick your challenge and complete it to the best of your ability.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Theater

Before the rain, a gusty wind.
Leaves, twigs, they dance and spin.
Sideways, upwards, rolling, floating.
The wind, the wind, our mighty fiend.
Commuters irked. Vendors dread.
Heaven's gift, fierce and free.
Mercy, mercy, let life live.
Wash the filth, but leave us be.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The Will To Live

Recently I heard it said that we are given 25550 days to live--that's 70 years. Is that too short for you?

In 127 Hours, Aron Ralston, a lone adventurous climber who, as skilled as he is, gets pinned by a boulder in a steep ravine. He eventually expects to die but then discovers how he can free his arm by breaking it and cutting it off. Simply put, the will to live is powerful.

If I had only 24 hours left to live, what would I do?

What would you do?

Not perhaps but certainly it's time to change my view on living. To separate the things that bring happiness and the things that lasting joy. To live for the things, the people that really matter.

All of us have habits and preferences that shape how we live on a daily basis. Well, how important are they, really?

Living, the will to live... Make this life count.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Good Grief



Completed Comfort by Ann Hood. She writes about how she coped or couldn't cope with the sudden loss of her 5yo daughter, Grace, Gracie, her Grace. Raw yet elegant, it affected me--the grieving, the pain, depression, trying to find hope again. Odd because I'm not mother or father who has lost a child. I believe many have found comfort in Comfort.

By Your Side

By Tenth Avenue North



Why are you striving these days
Why are you trying to earn grace
Why are you crying
Let me lift up your face
Just don't turn away

Why are you looking for love
Why are you still searching as if I'm not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run

And I'll be by your side
Wherever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
And please don't fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Look at these hands and my side
They swallowed the grave on that night
When I drank the world's sin
So I could carry you in
And give you life
I want to give you life

(Chorus 2x)

Cause I, I love you
I want you to know
That I, I love you
I'll never let you go

(Chorus 2x)

You Are More

By Tenth Avenue North

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Self-Acceptance



Accepting love is accepting an other who accepts you for who you are. If you can't or don't accept yourself, then can you open your life to receive the other?

Watched Love and Other Drugs and other than lots of skin and sex shown, it's really about acceptance. A suave and successful man who feels the need to prove himself so as to earn his parents' approval--he can't state his strengths and good points when asked. A woman struggling with the onset of Parkinson's and the pain of being rejected by the ex. They struggle to accept themselves & eventually each other.

You know, the view from above is usually clear and unobstructed. You get to look across to other structures and recognise the activities of others from that vantage point. Can we see our own lives from above? Well, you know what I mean.

Without love, we are nothing. Seen the world? Real knowledgeable & well-spoken? Yet not doing what you feel should be done... So with love, what are we? Can we really build a life with no regrets? Read this quote recently: You find strength when you are loved, courage when you love someone.

Accept it. Accept self, accept love, accept the other.