Taking action. Small boy, big impact.

I was really impressed by what I read in the news today… The idea itself is not new for I have heard quite a few people say they want to start collecting recyclable items in their blocks… but how many have actually started to do so? Most times, I would hear a lot of arguments for & against such an idea, and then all goes quiet…
This little boy wakes up at 5am (wow), goes to different apartments to collect recycling bags (wow wow), puts them in a recycling bin which his dad wheels are him (wow x3), sorts out the items (wow x4), have breakfast and head off to pre-school (he is only 6!).

He may be small, but he is making a big impact! Check out this link – he has inspired 9 other children in his estate to pick up recycling items; a flea market where neighbours sold items to one another; and got many people talking about the project.

link to Straits Times news article

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Fishball Story

Of the people I heard speak on a stage tonight, one person stood out. His name is Douglas, and he is 23. He makes fishball noodles at a hawker market, and is a very dedicated and passionate one at that. He shared that he learnt to make fishballs from his grandmother so that he could enjoy them every day, and then thought why not step up & sell them at a hawker centre because fishball and hawker food are very much our national heritage? Even as he spoke of the many challenges he faced in the last 7 months as a hawker (e.g. young hawkers have no subsidy and are less likely to get good stall locations), his words and energy were brimming with passion. He needed no slides or photos to capture his audience’s attention. The photos in this blog look really yum – must go support his food one of these days.

Significance in life

“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

Awesome day – A day of flow, courage, appreciation, inspiration!

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 :)

Unconditional self esteem

“Researchers have shown that high esteem… is beneficial, but that even more desirable is unconditional self esteem: a solid core of belief in yourself, an abiding sense that you are competent & worthwhile – even when you fail or fall short.” – Alfie Kohn

the 4 mins speech

There was this ball. It was blue, red and a little soft. You know, the bean bag kind. The ball was thrown across the table to another student. He stood up, walked to the front of the room, said his 3 to 5 mins speech without any audio or visual aids. The speech was video-ed and he got immediate feedback from the class.

I sat uncomfortably in my seat, not wishing to speak. The ball looped over. It was my turn!

I walked to the front, plagued with self doubt. Not too sure if I knew what to say. The topic which I chose was something I feel keenly for, but do I know enough to captivate the audience for 5 mins? Without any aids?

As I took my position & felt the presence of a “stage”, the fear slipped away. A certain courage & strength took over. A voice rang clear and powerful – was it mine? For 4 mins, I shared stories that until now I felt no one understood. The room listened with apt attention, at times responding with laughter and nods.

As I returned to my seat after the speech, my heart danced. :)  There was this joy as I realised… I did my act of courage! I stood for something I believed in, and I stood up for myself. I am truly very thankful for the opportunity.

The marathon runner

A young runner was very excited.

After months of intense training, he was running in his very first marathon.

After the starter’s gun went off, he started with great enthusiasm, taking great strides and building a strong rhythm.

However, after a few miles, he began to tire and he felt like stopping.

“Don’t stop!  If you can’t run, at least you can jog,” said a small voice in his head.

So, he slowed to a jog and was able to continue along the road, if a little slower than before.

After a few more miles, the lactic acid had really started to build and his legs were feeling weak.

Again, he felt like stopping.

“Don’t stop!  If you can’t run, at least you can walk,” said the same voice.

So, he walked.

Whilst the progress was slower and other runners were passing him by, he was still gradually moving towards the finish line.

After a while, his left leg began to cramp badly and he was in a lot of pain.

Now, he was seriously considering giving up.

“Don’t stop!  If you can’t walk, at least you can hobble.”

And so he hobbled, dragging his left leg as he painfully ambled along the road.

He was getting close to the end now, but was in incredible pain.

The temptation to stop was strong, he didn’t feel like he could go on any more.

“Don’t stop!  If you can’t hobble, at least you can crawl,” said the voice.

“That’s ridiculous,” the runner responded to himself. “I can’t crawl in front of all of these people, I’ll look like an idiot!”

“If you can’t run, and you can’t jog, and you can’t walk, and you can’t hobble, but you still want to finish the race, you’ll do whatever you can to get across the line.”

So, slightly embarrassed, the young man got down on his hands and knees and crawled until he managed to make it across the finish line.

Utterly exhausted, he lay down on the ground for a moment, until someone asked if he was OK.

“OK?  I’ve just finished a marathon, I feel awesome!”

He responded and jumped to his feet with enthusiasm, forgetting momentarily the pain that he was in as he raised his arms in celebration.

This story was written by Darren of the Better Life Coaching Blog as he considered how many times people give up on their dreams as they believe that they can’t keep going, when perhaps they just need to find another way to keep making progress.We won’t always have the energy, enthusiasm or motivation to run headlong towards our goals, but you’ll be surprised at how much progress you’ll be able to make if, instead of stopping, you slow down a little.

No matter what your goals are, what the obstacles in front of you are or how you feel about life at the moment.

Every day…Every single day…

You can make progress!

 

Text “pressed” (and edited slightly) via The Marathon Runner – A Story About Progressing Towards Your Goals.