Oct 282011
 
Nanjing Road in the Rain by 23 Hours

As I prepared to head out of the door for lunch, my spider-sense tingled. Actually, it was my hand phone vibrating in my pocket. It turned out that my best friend needed a listening ear. And so, I called my best friend to do what I do best, listen. As I extended my broad and comforting presence to my friend in need, the sky darkened. Lightning flashed and thunder rumbled as the heavens opened. I sighed…Singapore was having yet another flash flood.

Half an hour later, the conversation ended, but the rain showed no sign of stopping. In fact, it seemed to take a perverse pleasure in getting heavier. It was late and I was hungry. I could not sit around waiting for the rain to stop. And so, cursing under my breath, I stepped out of the house with an umbrella. It was of little use. Although my brolly shielded my head from the rain, the winds just blew the rain right into my face instead, making my front wet. At least my back was dry. I did not dare to tempt the fates by saying “What else can go wrong?” The last thing I wanted was to wrestle with an umbrella turned inside out in the pouring rain. At this point, I could not appreciate how Bollywood movies made the rain seem like so much fun.
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Oct 182011
 
Keeping Abreast of Relevant Changes by BBC World Service

Complacency can happen even to the best of us. During times of adversity, the dangers of complacency are obvious and so we are alert and on our toes to survive. But it is the times of success and the period of ease that follows, which can become our undoing. In theory, we are aware of the dangers of complacency. We know that we must not let our guard down. Heck, we even know that security is an illusion. But still, we fall prey to complacency at the worst possible times. How then do we manage complacency during a time of success and ease?
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Oct 152011
 
Changing Winds by Kevin Dooley

To live an inspired life in harmony with change is not an easy process. In truth, it is an ongoing effort because change can easily upset life as you know it. What may have worked for you before may suddenly no longer hold true and you will find yourself scrambling to adjust to new circumstances. There is no escaping it. As long as you live, you have to learn, change and grow. To do otherwise would only leave you and the people who depend on you vulnerable.
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Oct 112011
 
Success by Richard Styles

Adversity has its uses. It keeps you sharp and on your toes, ready to manage all that life has to throw at you. This is the only way to survive and triumph. Conversely, success blunts your edge. It makes you lax when you should be firm. It makes you complacent when you should be vigilant and there lies the danger.
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