Apr 242012
 
Cornsweet Illusion by Fibonacci

Many of the changes that we face in life involve people. After all, their choices and our choices create the reality around us. It is therefore important to ensure, as far as possible, that we have good relationships with the people who appear in our lives. This makes it easier for us to achieve our goals and to flow with change.

But before we proceed further, please look at the picture above. What do you see? Is the colour the same shade throughout?
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Apr 092012
 
Doubt by Shahram Sharif

In our world today, people want to feel positive and happy. No one wants to feel negative emotions like pain, anger, depression, doubt or fear. This is rightly so for negative emotions taken to extremes can be harmful for us.

Yet, there is a time, place and reason for everything. If something happens that causes you to feel negative emotions, it is ok to feel the way you do. Trying to struggle against or suppress what you feel will only cause more problems for you. If you resist what you feel, you are going against the flow instead of with it. This requires continuous effort on your part that may be hard to sustain.
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Mar 202012
 
Sunrise by Winchild

Most people prefer to have good fortune to misfortune. When things go well, they hope it will remain this way forever. But things rarely stay good for long. Once you have achieved a cherished goal and reached the top of the hill, there is nowhere else to go but down. But is misfortune inevitable? The answer is no. There are ways to prolong good fortune, but you have to make an effort to do so.
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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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Jul 222011
 
Joy by Simmbarb

The Prophet on Joy and Sorrow

Then a woman said, “Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.”

And he answered:

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

-Taken from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

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Mar 232011
 
Two on One by Kalypso Media Group

At first glance, it seems contradictory. How can we live in the moment if we think about the future? After all, by thinking about the future, we fill our minds with endless worries about things that we cannot control. In the process of planning, are we not likely to miss the moments? But does living in the moment mean giving up total control of our lives to external events? Does it mean we go through life in a reactive manner?
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Feb 042011
 
Mini Spicy Shrimp Rolls by Su-Lin

Chinese New Year (CNY) is a big thing in Singapore. Apart from the red packets, there is always the food, which seems to come in endless supply. It would be easy to avoid overeating by if I could avoid temptation. Unfortunately, this is the time where we visit people or people come to visit to catch up. Now all good hosts know it is their sacred duty to provide CNY goodies. It is unthinkable to have no CNY goodies to serve the hungry guests. Thankfully, I am not that big on CNY goodies. Even so, I still have a few weaknesses that I cannot resist. The names of these criminals are pineapple tarts and dried shrimp rolls. Since I cannot avoid temptation, I have compiled a list of measures to deal with it.
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Jan 302011
 
Eating by The Hidaway

How do you feel after watching a sad movie or reading a depressing book? Most likely, you would feel awful. But when you watch a comedy or read a light-hearted novel, you are likely to feel good. As you can see, the way we choose to nourish ourselves can produce different results. In fact, it can make or break us. Yet when it comes to our nourishment, most of us follow our moods and passions without considering the long-term effects. While it may not be immediately apparent, every action and choice we make in life has a price. We can choose to pay it now or later. If you wish to take control of your life, then it is important that you pay close attention to the way you nourish yourself.
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Nov 282010
 
Fireplace by Kgreggain

Viktor Frankl once said that, “What is to give light must endure the burning.” I believe that the mistakes we make in life contain important lessons. Unless we learn these lessons well, we will keep on making the same mistakes until we get them right. But once we have learned our lessons, it is important to share our insights with those who need it. In this way, we help to light the way for others with our experiences.

Today, I am going to share the life lessons that I have learned with you. It is my wish that my life lessons will light your life’s journey in some small way. This article is also my contribution to the Life Lessons Series hosted by Abubakar Jamil in collaboration with Farnoosh Brock. Without further ado, here are the lessons that I learned.
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