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“When practicing mindfulness, you must be patient and treat yourself with compassion.” — I think that is the major reason mindfulness works. How we treat our selves reflects in how we treat others. Patience is my lesson this year, as well as compassion. It must be true that charity should start at home. When I treat my self better, I will treat others better.

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Cheers to the Crazy Ones

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Apple Inc.

I hope I’m crazy enough. 🙂

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Hiatus

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

Whenever I read this, it feels like being pinched in my belly. Sometimes it feels like being tugged by the hair, or grabbed by the arm.

I am in a sort of hiatus for almost 6 months now.

I hope I can act on this soon enough, before it starts kicking my stomach or punching me in the face.

Baby steps…

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Ragpicker*

Some people will just pass by, to give us priceless precious moments, teach a lesson, make us feel needed, inspire us, nudge us in the right direction, or just simply become a positive distraction and make us happy.

Whatever the reason, I’d like to believe that person is an answer to a quiet prayer.

Maybe each of us is meant to be ragpickers for another, coming suddenly and leaving as swiftly like a cool gentle wind at noon, when the sun is high and the air is hot.

When somebody goes “in absentia” I’d like to think it’s mission accomplished for both people.

Ultimately we are just a speck of dust in this earth.

And we are given a lifetime to have a chance to be significant and be a mountain instead.

*Coined from Og Mandino, who is one of my favorites simply because his works came at the right time, and his life is an inspiration.

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Chain Reaction

I was browsing my journal and found an advice I wrote for myself.

(May 7, 2011)

People get stuck where they are because they only do what they are good at.

On the other hand, a lot of people go places and become successful simply doing what they are good at.

I guess the key here is excellence. Specialization without excellence is mediocre.

Talent is never enough. Talent that is not developed is merely a potential.

To be successful, your talent should be of service and appreciated by people.

The number of people “touched” by your talent determines how successful you are going to be.

For maximum impact, talent should be duplicated/ multiplied. And that can be achieved through collaboration.

This results to synergy.

Upgrade this synergy to a level of significance and the talent that started as a potential will become a talent that can change the world…

This was written during the time when I thought I can change the world. I still hope to.

Right now, I’m still at the point of changing my world. After that, we’ll see.

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Teachers Teach

Teachers can be very confusing sometimes:

Some say that you can’t give what you don’t have; others say that in order to get what you want to have, you need to give it first.

Some say that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks; others say it’s never too late for anything.

Some say that good things come to those who wait; others say that the early bird catches the worm.

Some say that if you love someone set him/ her free; others say fight for love.

Some say that you can’t send ducks to eagle school; others say there’s a jewel in everyone.

Some say that to succeed is to persevere; others say that success is elusive when chased.

Some say that it is good to dream big dreams; others say that dreaming big means falling hard.

Some say diversify; others say specialize.

Some say that the winner takes it all; others say having fun is more important than winning.

Some say use your mind; others say follow your heart.

Some say an eye for an eye; others say turn the other cheek.

Some say fake it til you make it; others say don’t let your ego write checks that your body can’t cash.

Some say the pen is mightier than the sword; others say action speak louder than words.

Some say do it right the first time; others say it is OK to make mistakes.

Some are just good in saying; others are not good in acting.

Those who know, speak not; and those who speak, knows not.

—— Any thoughts? Thanks for sitting in!

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Happyness 100

A few days back, I was sulking, bitter, and lonely. The phone conversations were not at all assuring. The long distance thing is already taking its toll. We had to do something about it and quitting is not an option.

So we made a decision along with a prayer to make each other happy from far away.

How many times were we given opportunities to be happy and how many times have we robbed ourselves of it?

Oftentimes I have allowed myself to be bitter because I am anxious about the future or hung-up on the past.

When I get myself to ask that question, the past and the future become a haze and the present becomes perfect.

It’s like looking through my camera’s lens. I adjust the focus, I see the beauty. Everything else is blurred to insignificance.

In case you ask, the conversations are happy once again.

Thanks for sitting in!

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Student of Life

I am a student of life. I consciously signed up when I turned 25, here are the few things I learned about being a student, so far:

– one has to be “conscious” to learn

– lessons take years, sometimes decades

– there is unlimited “re-take”

– the teacher appears when the student is ready

– no one is our friend or enemy, everybody is our teacher

– questions are always answered

– humility is a pre-requisite

Is there something else you would like to bring to light?

I look forward to learn from you!

Thanks for sitting in! 🙂

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