“The ultimate significance in life comes not from something external, but from something internal. It comes from a sense of esteem for ourselves, which is not something we can ever get from someone else. People can tell you you’re beautiful, smart, intelligent, the best, or they can tell you that you are the most horrible human being on earth—but what matters is what you think about yourself. Whether or not you believe that deep inside you are continuing to grow and push yourself, to do and give more than was comfortable or you even thought possible. The wealthiest person on earth is one who appreciates.” – Anthony Robbins
While on the way home…
Noticed 2 individuals along the walkway. One a blind singer, the other a tissue seller with really thin legs. Gave some coins to the singer, and went over to pass a dollar to the tissue seller.
The tissue seller looked happy but indicated that the tissue packet was worth 2 dollars.
And I thought 1 dollar was quite a pricey sum already.
So I asked, “Can I give you the dollar? I don’t want the tissue.”
The tissue seller shook his head. He indicated for me to take the tissue, and took the dollar. He then opened his arms as if asking for a hug, and said, “bao bao”.
I wasn’t sure what to do next, but I trusted my instincts that he meant well. So I went just that bit closer, and he leaned over to give me a hug. It was really a strong one near the neck, and I couldn’t help panicking for a bit.
Within a few moments, the hug was done. I was free to leave with the tissue packet. As I type this down, I wonder what it meant, and hope all the best for him.
You know how people tend to look forward to the weekends, especially the long ones? A common answer is opportunity to sleep in, rest & recover for the week ahead. & somehow if you don’t, the weekends seem wasted?
What if weekends are seen in another light? That they provide a glimpse of a life where you don’t need to worry about earning money, and you can make a conscious choice in how you want to spend your time. All 48 hours of it. It is a gift of personal freedom. How have you decided to spend this gift?
There were at least 3 people who truly made my day today. You know those precious little moments that you would like to linger on for just that bit longer
a colleague-turned-friend who came by unexpectedly to share a little inside joke. Her one-liner was enough to elicit a bout of hearty laughter, as it triggered memories of how we waited 1hr for the public bus the day before, and how we went on our unexpected adventure (aka. detour) to make our way home.
this lovely lady from Port Dickson, who helped tend to my unruly tresses today. I truly enjoyed my conversation with her, which ranged from living alone overseas, to family, to potential safety hazards in Australia. Again a conversation that elicited a lot of laughter
and OK, this one, really takes the cake. As I was getting up from my seat to alight at the next bus stop, there was this really loud sound of something dropping right where I’m seated. Except I was pretty sure I didn’t drop anything, and was really puzzled. The ladies behind me pointed out that I must have dropped something for they heard the really loud sound too. And so did the uncle behind.
What happened next was truly unexpected. The bus driver asked what we were looking for, and immediately re-assured that he would stop at the next bus bay, and make sure that we search for what was dropped before moving on.
After a quick look around, I was pretty sure I didn’t drop anything. Said my thank yous & goodbyes, and alighted.
What happened next was also unexpected too. The bus driver left his seat, motioned for me to wait, and did a thorough search himself! All he found was a seed, which he picked up anyways and asked if it was mine. He also asked the other passengers if they dropped anything to cause the sound. It was only when he was satisfied that there was nothing really on the floor that he said goodbye, and went off to start the bus.
Thankful for nature’s gift of a “bird park” right outside my office building. The birds were busy calling away at the tree tops all day! With the gentle breeze, and the green forest surroundings, it’s a really lovely place to be in.
I’m thankful for…
- the wonderful lunch conversation I had today with one of my colleagues;
- the sense of satisfaction that comes with being deeply involved with what I do;
- the wonderful conversation I had with one of my neighbours;
- the refreshing time spent alone reflecting;
- the renewed sense of inner direction which makes each moment so exciting & joyful;
- the simple joy of seeing my family return home from work safely
Awesome, awesome day. So much to give THANKS for!! :)
Appreciate myself for making a self-empowering decision to do a presentation today, to a good size crowd of clients, colleagues & random conference walk-ins. It is not a topic that I’m an expert in, but I was scheduled to speak on it yesterday, and for a myriad of reasons, yesterday’s talk didn’t happen.
After the last scheduled talk for the day, a lady who strolled in asked, “So, what’s the next talk?” With immense clarity and courage, I announced to all that I would be the last speaker, even though it wasn’t in the schedule. Was so totally delighted when the random walk-ins shared their personal interests & backgrounds – they are so totally in line with my chosen topic, which is a really niche one (and different from the previous presenter). I got really good feedback after – am really glad!!
Things just seemed to flow today… Caught up with former colleagues (feels like family!), old connections… Met the “random walk-ins” randomly much later – we had such good conversations, we felt it was fate! Oh, and how my colleagues & I ended up at the same cafe after the event, even though it was not in our original plans.
I came home feeling inspired after attending a pre-geohackathon workshop. Totally recharged by listening to the challenges that volunteer organisations need to overcome, and how aspiring programmers and general people in the street want to form teams and create apps that make a difference! In like 48 hours too.
Formed an impromptu team with poly students – our goal to create an app that will really help Food for the Heart. We don’t have the skills to create a really professional one. But what we have – loads of it – is the readiness to do something, learn from one another, and a desire to make a real difference :)