Thursday, April 28, 2011

Flying

40min to take-off.

How am I feeling? Sleepy.

Slept all of 25min this morning--felt like a wink. Why does this always happen before trips? Serious note to self: Must prepare ahead and not sweat the small stuff.

My remaining days at work were spent mostly uploading documents, catching up with key people and finishing up final bits of work.

After the last farewell lunch, hours of paper shredding, obligatory form-signing, I took in one last look, last breath of the place and decided it's really time to let go and move on.

Trudged across the same bridge a different man. Different from what I started--then again, it was probably fomenting the day I stepped in.

Be not afraid.

See you from the next continent.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Come and remind me...



"You are for me" by Kari Jobe

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Words

If you had positive influence, things would go your way. People stop to listen when you speak. Lives would be touched. Souls would be uplifted.

How influential are you, asks this article.

Your degree of influence boils down to how open others are towards you. How much can you change this? Is it how well you know them and their interests? Your sincerity and motive in relating to them?

At the end of the day, when you leave an environment, what's the response you get?

I suppose it takes a deep but simple shift in values and even self-image for this ability to kick in.

Thoughts of the day: Don't underestimate your ability to influence. Put the interests of others first.

Yes it's easy to pen and mouth these, but I think it takes a true servant to live this.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Being Childlike

When I was an infant at my mother's breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:11 (Msg)

Being childlike is not the same as being childlike.

As a child, new to the world, exploring, playing, running, jumping from high places, putting your fingers where they don't belong, dancing uninhibitedly to music... These are all things that we used to do.

A child, a toddler, he bends down, fingers and holds something, looks at you and waves the thing in glee, laughing. Growing up, his curiosity isn't easily sated--what's this, why, how long, really?? His imagination is wild, colorful and incredible.

Learning from mistakes and imitating others--usually a hero or friend--he's actually discovering himself.

What happened to the propensity to pretend, to try, to do things without fear, to do the things you enjoy, to dream, to learn from teachers, to make your parents happy, to wake up to a new play day everyday!

As we say, growing up, innocence is shed and we're supposed to become wiser and in tune with our mission in life. Yes, lose the childish immaturity. But if we totally shed the childlike-ness, do we become old, wizened and uninteresting? Not even dreaming and imagining?

A child picks himself up after falling. Sure he bawls and cries for daddy. But within the hour, he's up and running again. Even the arm cast is a thing of boasting!

Grow up but don't grow up. You know what I mean?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Copy Brief

'I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.'
(from 'Elephant's Child', Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling, 1092)

Coded or coding?

Given a chance to make a difference, would you go all out and give it your utmost?

Discovering your constraints, the pain of failing, the depression griefs that bubble up...would you keep fighting?

And it doesn't have to be perfect. But rather that you have tried.

And keep trying and trying. Because success never comes without repeated tries. Incrementally it comes.

Seriously, give it a shot. Your best shot. And even then, new surprises await you.

Don't end life in regret. The first fruit is love. Accept who you are. Don't be so hard on yourself. The end isn't coded and final yet.

Remind yourself: What's possible?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Thinking of Success

You need brains to be rich and powerful. Is it just brains alone though?

Watched Limitless with my bro and wondered aloud en route home, do smarts determine a person's place in life and in society?

Intellectual capacity, efficiency and ability to connect-the-dots...we already have it, don't we? Latent and untapped, what's the trigger that transforms potential into potency? And what's holding us back? For sure, distractions (like Facebook) and emotional prisons don't help.



Below are pointers picked up from the show on being effective in one's life--easy to state, takes effort to follow through consistently:
  • Be organised - Be neat and remove clutter from your life.
  • Be intent - Be determined and focused on success
  • Have an action plan - Identify the resources and skills you need to succeed
  • Be networked - Get connected and know that no matter how smart you might be, you need others to pull you up.
  • Be fruitful - Don't waste your time and energy on distractions that don't add any value to you or others around
  • Be open to trying new solutions - Who knows exactly what panacea awaits you?
  • Be prepared to work hard - Period.

Final thought to ponder: How do you define success in life? Money, fame, power, influence, having changed the world?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Time of Your Life

By Green Day

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it's worth it was worth all the while

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

Monday, April 11, 2011

When Interest meets Skills meets Opportunity

By Scott Belsky on finding your sweet spot at work or for that matter, whatever you do:

As you contemplate your next career move or a new project, you should take the intersection of your genuine interests, skills, and opportunities into consideration.

Contemplate the three circles of the Venn diagram above  –  one circle encompasses your genuine interests; one, your skills; and one, the stream of opportunities available to you. An intersection between just two of the circles doesn't cut it. A love for basketball and a connection to an NBA scout won't help you if you lack the skills to play ball. You need to find YOUR trifecta.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Assess, Plan & Take Action

Read in "The Artist's Guide":

You may feel burdened with counterproductive beliefs that keep you from succeeding. In spite of the things that have gone well in my life, I still struggle with mine. My demons and my inner critic make me feel unworthy and incapable of reaching ambitious goals. Sometimes I feel as if I have one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake at the same time. I have learned to listen to my unpleasant critical inner voice to help me understand how it influences my behavior. Through planning and taking action I have learned to override and silence it. For a delirious moment, my foot is completely off the brake, and I'm gleefully shooting ahead.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Do for one...

Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.

~ Andy Stanley

Dear

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Love

Can a man be trained to detach his emotions and isolate himself from others? What touches a man and returns his humanity to him?

Have you experienced something ripped out of you, something you chose to give up and wretchedly torn from you?

Can you allow yourself to love?

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Saved to save others

Watched Charlie St. Cloud and this thought struck me:


Just as how Charlie the protagonist was given a second chance to live after a horrific crash, aren't we also saved from death and called to live a meaningful life?

Weighed by remorse, Charlie made a pact with his young brother's lingering spirit to meet everyday to learn to play baseball--that was his brother's dream when still alive. Eventually compelled to breach this promised appointment, Charlie rose to head out to sea and save the sailor girl whose shipwrecked person was projecting a plea to be found.

It seems such an apt metaphor for this life: Saved to save others. Don't get hung up on past failures. Do what you gotta do and sail out to the life of adventure awaiting you and those you save.

Thou art released

Catharsis. Mixed thoughts. Uncertainty.

What cause do you live for in life? Given our brief existence, one shot at life, the person you are and could become, our calling, at first elusive, should become clearer, usually at pivotal moments.

Mid-life crisis, you ask? But hey, everybody, at one point or another, would ask this and should: What is my purpose in life?

When realisation comes, do you embrace it and take the first steps into your definite calling, fraught with uncertainty? Do past defeats and memories of former deeds grip you clawtight? Catch this: They let go when you let go. They let go when you let God.

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
~ Isaiah 43:18-19