Welcome to the first edition of the Vizier’s Reflections. All of us lead busy lives. With this in mind, I will use this post to share with you, any interesting and useful ideas that I come across each week. If I can help to highlight some ideas that might be of use to you, I would have achieved my aim. Although I am not sure how this post will develop over time, I do intend to make the Vizier’s Reflections a weekly staple. It will also make a good platform for me to make any announcements if the need should arise.

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The inspiration for this post was Steve Scott’s Sunday Selections. I know he reads my blog so it is best to give him due credit him for this idea before he says anything. Joking aside, I enjoy reading Steve’s lifestyle design and personal development website. I have gained quite a few useful ideas from the many articles he has written. The one topic that stands out for me is his blog traffic blueprint. Traffic is a major concern for any successful blog. It would be great if you too could benefit from Steve’s ideas as well.

Managing Changes in Life

As we go through life, we are bound to face changes and challenges along the way. There are times when we have to take risks and there are times when we have to be cautious. In his carefully thought out manner, Scott McIntyre of Vivid Ways shows us how to thread this fine balance between risk and caution.

But knowing how to balance risk and caution alone is not always enough. We need something extra to manage changes in life. Luckily, this is something that all of us have. What I am talking about is intuition. And when it comes to intuition, who else would know better than Angela Artemis of Powered by Intuition? I thoroughly enjoyed her fascinating post on intuition and you too can read about it if you wish to learn more.

Living Life with Passion

I have a confession to make. I watched Tangled on Friday night. Yes I know I am a grown man with a reputation as a Vizier to uphold, but I am sure my secret is save with you all since I am not that well known yet. :D Besides, I am excited about the lovely, but crowded new mall that has just opened in my sleepy neighbourhood. Things will never be the same again! I love the many eateries in the mall. This will be the perfect opportunity for me to change my routine and to try something new when it comes to food. And there are two large supermarkets, a cinema, a library, a bookshop and loads of retail outlets. Ah, so this is what it feels like to be content.

Anyway, back to Tangled. It was a lovely but typical Disney story about following your heart and dreams. The important message to take back with you is to live life with passion. I think everyone should bring their kids to watch the movie to instill this message in them. After all, children are the next generation and they should get life right from the start. Of course, there are perils in letting the kids watch Tangled. They might just pick up the idea that mothers may not always know best instead. I cannot say that the movie was great or inspired. I do enjoy my Disney movies by the way; my favourites are Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Tangled did have its moments and I did enjoy it, but I doubt I would watch it a second time. The characters and story were not as developed as I would have liked them to be. But I doubt kids would notice or bother.

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A Moving Story About Kindness

Finally, I would like to talk a little about kindness and the small things in life. As we go about the hustle and bustle of our lives, it is easy to focus on the big picture and to forget the little things. In my opinion, the little things in life matter. For if we cannot get the little things right, how can we hope to manage the big things?

With this in mind, I would like to share with you a moving story that I came across at Think Simple Now. Its message is simple. It is better to be kind where possible, than to regret not doing so. For us, an act of kindness may be nothing more than a lift of a finger or a wave of a hand. But to those who receive it, its impact may be far greater than we could imagine. So remember to be kind. You never know how a simple act of kindness can make a great difference in someone’s life.

That is all I have for you this week. I hope you all have a great week ahead! :D

Irving aka the Vizier

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16 Responses to “The Vizier’s Reflections: 29/11/10 to 05/12/10”

  1. Hi Irving,

    Thank you for including my article in your weekly reflection. I look forward to reading this weekly post – as I’m sure you will be very discerning and helpful.

    What a great motto you leave us with: “You never know how a simple act of kindness can make a great difference in someone’s life.” If only we could all grasp this statement and make it a reality… imagine the possibilities!
    Scott McIntyre recently posted..The Cautious Person’s Guide to Risk TakingMy Profile

    • The Vizier says:

      Hi Scott,

      Your welcome. I look forward to reading more interesting posts on your blog. Keep them coming!

      It doesn’t really take much to be kind. You’re absolutely right, if we could all grasp this statement and make it a reality, the world would be a better place. All it takes is for each of us to do our part.

      Thank you for your support and comments! :)

  2. Dandy says:

    Hi There! Thanks so much for the wonderful links. I can’t wait to dig in & find some inspiration!
    Take care,
    Dandy
    Dandy recently posted..Deep breathing techniqes for well beingMy Profile

  3. Love it , love it , love it. When it comes to the magic of success, one must be passionate about what they do. And as long as your in it to win it, you will get it all.
    jonathanfigaro recently posted..Oh come on- 75 ways to live greatlyMy Profile

  4. Irving,

    Thanks for the link. First one in your first link post too! That rocks!!

    It is nice to see you take a stab at a roundup post. I do think they are fun a cool way to find some other good sites/articles.

    Anyway there looks to be some nice links so I am off to check them out!
    Steve@Lifestyle Design recently posted..How to Research an Internet Marketing Niche- THE Ultimate BlueprintMy Profile

    • The Vizier says:

      Hi Steve,

      I agree. Roundup posts are a great way to share and to highlight useful things which others might benefit from.

      Thank you for your comments and the inspiration! :)

  5. Evelyn Lim says:

    Hey, I have watched the movie Tangled too! I absolutely love it! I cannot say the same for all the animated shows I have seen but Tangled won me over. Thanks for sharing an interesting roundup of links! I will be interested to find out more about your weekly reflections. All the best!
    Evelyn Lim recently posted..5 Steps To Being Authentic To Your True DreamsMy Profile

    • The Vizier says:

      Hi Evelyn,

      I am glad that you loved Tangled. Although now that you have mentioned it, it makes me wonder what kind of animated shows you have seen for Tangled to leave such a good impression on you haha!

      Thank you for your comments! :)

  6. Farnoosh says:

    My dear Vizier/Irving, I love the “reflections” idea – so nice of you to dedicate this to others and highlight your top reads. I love Angela’s blog and she is very insightful and a dear friend. I know about Steve’s blog and just back from Seattle, where I watched the latest Woody Allen movie, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger – I had missed it back at TIFF in Canada but I did see the huge poster for Tangled. So good of you to watch and to admit it. Keep it up, all of it!!!
    Farnoosh recently posted..Top 65 Quotes on Making the Choice about ChildrenMy Profile

    • The Vizier says:

      Hi Farnoosh,

      It is always nice of you to stop by. Yeah the reflection posts are fun. I guess I try to be more relaxed in my style here as I leave the spotlight to others. Well Tangled was deserving of mention so it was not a big deal haha!

      Thank you for your comments! :)

  7. Cool that you enjoy movies, anime, Korean drama, etc.

    You come across as a person with many hobbies and passions which makes for an interesting person and someone well suited to be a blogger!

    • The Vizier says:

      Hi Bamboo Forest,

      Thank you for your compliments.

      I doubt I would be interesting to everyone I meet. But you are right. It does help my blogging to have quite a few interests. It would be great if everyone made it a point to learn as many new things as possible and to spread their interests as widely as they could. With each new discovery, their horizons would expand and they would appreciate so much more of the world.

      Thank you for your comments! :)

  8. Daniel says:

    Hi Irving,

    Glad to see you’re doing well since we last met. I’m doing well too, and business is picking up. Hope we can meet again to catch up.

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