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 :)

I’ve learnt that…

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I‘ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life”. I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
~ Maya Angelou

Preferences

You know how we normally have preference to who we want to work with or hang out with? Well, yesterday, I learnt a little lesson from a senior coach – this preference limits us, in that we only really learn how to work with people we like to work with. When we have to work with people we are less inclined to be with, things fall apart – not so much because of the person himself, but in how we project our past experiences on the person, and how we approach the person differently because of them. When we can bring ourselves to work with people who we think are the hardest to work with, our ability to work with different people opens up.

Happiness is…

Happiness is… Mum walking up to me with 2 different types of chillis that are meant for cooking, and saying, “Let’s plant these chillis!” Out came the seedling tray, lit bit of compost, and a lil bit of salt… Not sure what the salt is for, but apparently it helps the seeds to germinate faster :)

Mini harvest at community’s edible garden

 

Spent the late morning at my community’s edible garden. We had our second mini harvest, this time of sweet potato & lettuce leaves!  One of the neighbours kindly taught us how to cut the plants so that they can continue growing, and also how to cook the harvested leaves. :)

Learning how to harvest sweet potato & lettuce leaves

Learning how to harvest sweet potato & lettuce leaves. Photo credit: Lydia

Re-discovering the Green Corridor :)

It has been a long time since I went on a walk along the Green Corridor. Glad to have the opportunity to walk a short segment of it with some colleagues & their children. A rare chance in a long time to re-connect with nature’s beauty, and the many plants and animals in its midst. Came across a supposedly rare insect. The Green Corridor, or least the segment where we walked, looks well utilised, with runners, cyclists, people walking their dogs and families.

Interestingly, the planted grassy ground on which we walked was all dried up & yellow, but the green areas that grow wild are still looking good despite the dry spell. Perhaps the wild plants are indeed far more resilient, doing relatively well compared to the planted ones.

Along the Green Corridor. Not far north of Bouna Vista MRT

Along the Green Corridor. Not far north of Bouna Vista MRT

A little happy moment :)

A little happy moment :)

Dancers being filmed under a bridge.

Dancers being filmed under a bridge.

Beautiful art murals under the bridge

Art murals under the bridge

Beautiful flowers :)

Flowers are blooming!

Bananas in the wild :)

Bananas in the wild :)

Spider and its shadow

Spider and its shadow

Butterfly. It didn't move even though my camera hovered for several seconds near it!

Butterfly. It didn’t move even though my camera hovered for several seconds near it!

Gifts

“I now see how gifts like courage, compassion, and connection only work when they are exercised. Every day.” ~ Brene Brown