Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Getting back on track
Getting used to routine, going through the things over and over again, using the same formula of life, tackling every difficulty that we face, with reasoning and deciding after much analysis. We are sometimes unfamiliar to changes. And often reluctant to leave our comfort zone.
The path is straight, with some bumpy roads; some turnings and sometimes we might face dead ends and might have to make a U-turn. When things go wrong and we are hit again and again, continuously, will we be like the tree that will stumble or are our roots planted deep enough that no matter what wind blow, we are able to come back to position?
There might be times that we are lost and can’t seem to decide, can’t seem to see any light in the darkness, can’t find the path in the jungle. There’s no wrong in staying in the jungle for a while before we find our path out of it, we might resort to waiting for help, and we might continue and wait and hope that a map will appear. But in the end, the important thing is that we have to find our way out.
There might be lots of people, giving various advices, pointing to different path, in the end, we have to decide on who to follow, how to follow and why are we following. We can also build our own path.
With everything around, the crowd, the noise, the wind, the cars… as long as we are able to stay focus, know what we want, and start to really ask and pray, we will find that there are no barriers among us and God, and are able to continue the journey. Being tied down with all the work and activities, we have less time; this is when we learn how to treasure time. Facing failures, this is when we learn how to climb back up.
When our tires are flat, put in more air, when it is wear off, change a new one. When the paints fade, repaint it. When we are bored with it, modify it. When we are less compatible, change the engine. No matter what happen, we have to use the best fuel to keep us going.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Some might say, "Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time; and sometimes you weep." Some might also say that "Life is like an onion; you peel off layer after layer and then you find there is nothing in it."
Things come and go. When good things come, we do not want it to go. But when bad things we just hope that it disappear immediately. But sometimes, it may seem that unfortunate events come and stay, and will not leave till we learn our lesson, or when we learn to out grow the difficulties that we are facing. When good things happen, we sometimes forget to be thankful and often overlook it. When it come to pass or when we down, only then will we start appreciating them.
But being an onion, we can either make others happy, putting flavor into their life or we can choose to make them cry. It’s a choice we can make. But when we are upset, we can also choose to make those around us frustrated or we can choose not to. Are onions good or bad for us? When things happen, we sometimes just need to sit and think all over about what went wrong.
Crying when we cut onions is nothing wrong. Only then we can see who really cares for us. But what can we do about the disappointment that some people just don’t care? Onions might sometimes seem fresh and juicy from the outside but are rotten and dried up in the inside. How many can tell the difference?
Onions come in varieties. Sometimes, more effort is needed to analyze it and sometimes we can just tell if it is good from the outside. Only when we start to appreciate it, we will know the properties of it. Evidence suggests that onions may be effective against the common cold, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other diseases. (wikipedia)
** some of the things doesn’t make sense and can be ignored =D
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Knowing and Actually Doing
Mankind often can discern of what is good and what is not. Sometimes, it is just that the spirit is strong but the flesh is weak. We know that exercising is good for us, but sometimes we just prefer lazing around at home doing nothing. We know that eating healthy food is important but we still feed ourselves with junk food. We know that drinking enough water is important but we still don’t drink enough. We know that having proper and enough sleep is important but we still sleep irregularly. We are not made stupid, we know many things, but the question is “do we practice what we preach?”
We know that failure is not the end of the world; it is just a part of learning process. When we face failure, we can either blame others, blame other things, but if we look closer, might the problem be within ourselves? Instead of trimming the leaves, isn’t it better if we can treat the root? Get to the source of the problem and resolve it once and for all. What is the use of a lesson if we gain nothing out of it? Then later we might face the same problem and the same regrets all over again.
“The fact that we are ashamed, crying, feeling defeated means that we still have conviction in our heart.” In a way, it is true. If we do something wrong and not feeling guilty, then more reason for us to spend more time to think about what went wrong. Having to live with our failures might be hard, sometimes it might seem like all eyes are on us. But even if we need to crawl, should we crawl till we finish the race?
Having many people around us, comforting us, caring for us when we face difficulties, that is good. But how many are willing to run the race with us? How many are actually willing to tell you straight that you are just not focus enough, that’s why you fail. How many will tell us what actually went wrong?
Faith without action is dead. Motivational courses may be able to push us to do something, to do better in life. But when we don’t persevere, don’t want to help ourselves, don’t want to work harder, don’t want to concentrate, then we better hope for a miracle.
Knowing what is right and wrong is important. But if we just know where the root of our problem is and not working towards to solve it, then the failure merely make us a failure. But if we are willing to make a difference, then the failure might be a lesson, a valuable lesson that will push us to higher ground, prepare us for tougher challenges.