Saturday, June 14, 2008

For a Better Life!

As life is getting cloudy, words of inspirations and advices or tips on how to get our butt moving is more welcoming than ever!

Lately I have been compiling a lot of motivational articles as well as books to use for my own training purposes and I find the following very useful. I have shared this with one friend and he seems very inspired. But one thing he shared with me after reading it through, “If we can do all these, we will turn into an honorable saint.”

How true can that be? Why not we do ALL the following and find out ourselves.


1. Take a 10 to 30 minutes walk each day with a happy smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day to spend time with yourself

3. Sleep early. I know it’s football season, but there’s always replay in AstroJ

4. Look into the mirror with a smile each morning and complete this statement “My purpose today is to…………”

5. Each night before you close your eyes to sleep, complete this statement “I am thankful for……. Today I have accomplished…….”

6. Live with the 3 E’s – Energy-Enthusiasm-Empathy -

7. Play more – read more.

8. Practice Yoga, meditation & Tai Chi to re-fuel our inner energy.

9. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

10. Dream more while you are awake.

11. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants.

12. Drink plenty of water and green tea.

13. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge-card.

14. Try to make at least 3 person smile each day.

15. Smile and laugh more each day!

16. Clear clutters away from your work desk and home to allow positive energy flowing into your life.

17. Don’t waste any precious time and energy on gossips, back-stabbing, issues & negative thoughts of the past. You can never change the past but you can certainly have some control of your future.

18. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are like the maths quiz that you are unable to solve, but once you learn how to do it, the knowledge will last a lifetime.

19. Accept that life isn’t always fair. But life can be good if you allow it to be.

20. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

21. Don’t take yourself too seriously. No one else does!

22. You don’t need to win every argument. Agree to disagree and life will be better.

23. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

24. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea how their journey in life has been.

25. No one else is in-charge of your own happiness except yourself.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words – “In 5 years, will this matter?”

27. Forgive and forget.

28. What other people think of you is none of your business!

29. Change is the most common phenomenal in the world. So no matter how bad a situation is, it will change in time.

30. Your job won’t take care of you when you’re sick, your family and friends will. So make the effort to keep in touch.

31. Get rid of EVERYTHING that is not beautiful, joyful and useful.

32. Envy & jealousy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

33. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

34. Enjoy the ride through your journey in life. Remember you are not on a roller-coaster ride and you don’t need a fast past. You only get to life once, appreciate and enjoy a beautiful journey.

35. Do the right thing!

It's going to take awhile for me to be able to incorporate the above list into my life and may take a bit more time to complete all the above, but if it takes only 35 tasks for me to turn into an "angel" then it's going to worth all the effort I will most probably start with doing things I enjoy and be happy. After all, Life is too short to be wasted on doing things I don't enjoy. See?? I'm already starting task #25......... and #10! Haha!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Hoping for better days

I’m back at my own space again pondering what is going on in my mind lately. The recent price hike is really disturbing. Firstly, food prices have gone incredibly high and now petrol prices have increased a whopping 41 percent! Terrible! Madness really.

Now, everyone is just waiting for another hike in prices and this time not only on food but our daily lifestyle will be disturbed as well.

Expenses will be higher and people will have to find a way to increase their monthly income to survive through this bad economy crisis. But how? Salaries are not increased. Sales person will have to sell more, but if people are saving money for essential stuffs and our country is getting fewer tourists because of the political situation, who are they going to sell to? How can we double our sales figure if there are no potential buyers/customers?

Life is truly getting more and more difficult as we have to work harder and harder to satisfy our daily material needs. People are getting more and more stressful. Life is getting meaningless.

At times like this, I wish I could be somewhere else. Somewhere people don’t have to work so hard to achieve targets. Somewhere people don’t need to live up to today’s ridiculous materialistic standards. Somewhere people are simpler, happier with just life itself and surrounded by families and love. Somewhere….

Even being in China would have been a better place to be than here. At least there I know I’m doing something right by helping the earthquake victims resume their lives. Helping the children overcome the fears and nightmares of losing their families and homes.

I truly feel there’s no more meaning in my life. Everyday I wake up at 6am in the morning to go for my morning exercise, so I can work longer hours and not get tired easily. Yes, I worked till 8-9pm at stressful and days where I have to do lots of planning and preparations. By the time I reached home, it will be time for me to go to bed as I would be too exhausted to even have a friendly chat with my family. Then the next morning it’s the same thing all over again. My friends are complaining I’m neglecting them and I truly feel bad for being too busy for them. I find that an even worst excuse than the petrol increasing because of…. You know what I mean…

Some would tell me that it’s my choice to work so hard and I shouldn’t be so ‘drama’ about it. Let me remind you again that no one will choose to work like a cow, if I were given a choice, I would prefer to be married by now and have my own children to care and love. To wake up each morning to the sound of my husband’s irritating snore is much better than waking up before sunrise to yoga. To be able to look forward to spending the weekend taking my children to the zoo sounds much more tempting than spending my weekends working on my laptop.

Well, if it’s not meant to be then it will never be and that I know I should accept the fact that I’m not married and will never be. I don’t know why I keep having this feeling that I will never find someone to love again. Is it because of my previous failure? Just one miserable failure and I can never bring myself to open up to guys anymore. My friends have to find ways to get me out of office to introduce guys to me! That is so embarrassing! Am I getting too old to find someone myself? Well, maybe… Anyway, I don’t want to think of relationship at the moment, I believe if it happens it will happen naturally. I just hope that I will find my directions in life once again. Being a workaholic with no directions and goals is just so dreadful and meaningless.

The Miracle of today is being able to wake up to the sunrise and hoping for a better tomorrow**