Mar 052011
 
Cherry Blossoms by Charley Lhasa

Impermanence is a favourite topic of Sandra’s. It is also something that is constantly at the back of my mind. Whether it is looking at cherry blossoms, reading or watching historical epics, I am always aware of the presence of impermanence. Yet it is not something that is necessarily bad. It is merely a part of this life. When there is a heavy storm, getting upset serves little purpose. All we can do is to adjust our actions to manage the situation. It is the same with impermanence. When we appreciate its value and place in this world, we can learn to manage it more effectively.
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Feb 222011
 
Egyptian V by Yamaha Gangsta

The 2011 unrest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are unprecedented in scale and scope. It has even managed to do the unthinkable by toppling two heads of states so far. Right now, thanks to the media, both traditional and social, the world is watching as history unfolds before our very eyes. In fact, the use of social media is changing the world as you read this. Yet in the midst of all this change and chaos, there are lessons for us all. In fact, it would do us good to heed the signs and master the lessons early. To do otherwise would be unwise.
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Feb 012011
 
Learning to Let Go by Indigo

Question: What do a dictator and an annoying house guest have in common?
Answer: They do not know when to leave.

The recent unrest in Egypt has set me thinking. It is not easy to let go and call it quits. In fact, it is far easier to overstay our welcome only to find ourselves thrown out. In social settings, we may have the awareness needed to know when to go. But when the situation involves money and power, it is harder to know where to draw the line. This problem is not only common in our age. Countless people before us have clung onto power and money longer than they should. In fact, thousands of years ago, Lao Zi addressed this issue in the Tao Te Ching.
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