Saturday, December 04, 2021

Love's as warm as tears

Love’s as warm as tears, 
  Love is tears: 
Pressure within the brain, 
Tension at the throat, 
Deluge, weeks of rain, 
Haystacks afloat, 
Featureless seas between 
Hedges, where once was green. 

Love’s as fierce as fire, 
  Love is fire: 
All sorts—infernal heat 
Clinkered with greed and pride, 
Lyric desire, sharp-sweet, 
Laughing, even when denied, 
And that empyreal flame 
Whence all loves came. 

Love’s as fresh as spring, 
  Love is spring: 
Bird-song hung in the air, 
Cool smells in a wood, 
Whispering ‘Dare! Dare!’ 
To sap, to blood, 
Telling ‘Ease, safety, rest, 
Are good; not best.’ 

Love’s as hard as nails, 
  Love is nails: 
Blunt, thick, hammered through 
The medial nerves of One 
Who, having made us, knew 
The thing He had done, 
Seeing (with all that is) 
Our cross, and His. 

POEMS “Love’s as Warm as Tears"
by C.S. Lewis


Friday, December 03, 2021

Live life slowly

I have posted a few days ago about writing Slowly letters. And now, my favourite word is? Slowly.

We always say, "Oh no! I can't believe it's December already! Time travels so fast!."

It does indeed, doesn't it?

Time is subjective. When you look forward it feels long but when you look back in time, it feels like it has just happened.

In other words, when you look forward for something to happen, it seems like it never will, but when it is does, it seems that it whizzed past you so quickly. 

Which bring us back to December. It came too fast for comfort.

And this is why I wanted to embrace the word "slowly". 

Do you think that all you have been doing is rush, rush, rush and rush? 

Do your days slowly.

Do you think that you've got so much to do you don't have enough time? 

Don't forget to enjoy your life slowly.

Savour life slowly, and bring joy back into your daily life...slowly.

I know you still gotta rush, but it slowly.


Thursday, December 02, 2021

Regaining the joy of work

I attended the APAC Strengths Coaches Community End-of-Year Gathering today and it was a good time to learn from the strengths experts as they share their experience and the latest insights from their research data.

What caught my attention was that well-being is now the new challenge, and from this slide, we can see how burnout has been now exacerbated because of the pandemic.

And when I showed this to one of my friends, whom I believe is experiencing burnout herself, she asked me a very good question: why do they talk so much about manager support but I don't see it coming?

A company will never be able to prevent their employees from burning out if their definitions of fairness, manageable workload, clear communication, manager support and reasonable time pressure differ from that of the employees'.

Until and unless we can all agree on what is fairness, how much workload can one take, how communication can be better, what kind of support does the employee need and how much time is needed, the employees will be burned out.

The expectations from the managers has been rising especially in these days of remote working because they fear that their people will not be productive otherwise. 

Managers, don't just talk about support and fairness, don't assume you are communicating well. Find time to talk to your people and find out what it takes for them to put in good work and still be satisfied from it all.

Help us regain the joy of work. Don't let us burn out.


Wednesday, December 01, 2021

A most wonderful bowl of pokebowl

I practice intermittent fasting every day and I'm very comfortable with the arrangement of skipping breakfast--because I don't feel hungry anyway--then having a good lunch and taking dinner only when I feel like it.

And today is such a I-feel-like-it day. I did have a good catch-up lunch today with a colleague; good on both food and company. But when I got home after work, I felt like I needed dinner, and thought a bowl of pokebowl would be nice. 

I checked my Grabfood app on the nearest Fish Bowl outlet and found that they have a special deal on their Tofu bowl for only RM9.90.

I usually order the Salmon bowl but for RM9.90, tofu will do just fine. 

Even without the more flavourful raw salmon, the garlic sauce combination with walnuts, mango, Japanese cucumber and cherry tomatoes with the rest of condiments, made my Tofu bowl a very delicious dinner. 



Tuesday, November 30, 2021

My books are like my counselors

One of my favourite Gallup strength is Input. And it has served me very well.

If you have not heard of the Gallup Strengthsfinder, it is an assessment that helps you find out what your strengths are and how you can grow your strengths to be even better than what you are already good in.

My third strength in the list is Input and I really enjoy this strength. Input people are collectors and one of the obvious things I collect are books. 

And with that, when I need to think through and work through some issues in my life, I am always able to find the right books to help me. They are like my counselors; and they are like the right counselors at the right time. 

(And if you would like to know if you have the Input strength to build on it, let me know. I am a Gallup Strength coach too!)


Monday, November 29, 2021

I want to have a boring life

I don't like any adventures or worse, any problems in life, and so can I decide to have a boring life? Or is it too self-serving?

A peaceful mediocre life is a good life...can I call it contentment?

I have read this book 6 months ago but I do have a very bad memory and I cannot remember what's in it. So looks like I will have to read it again.

The Power of Christian Contentment: Finding Deeper, Richer Christ-Centered Joy
by Andrew M. Davis


Sunday, November 28, 2021

Belonging to Christ

We are very familiar with Philippians 2:6-11 but how about from verse 1 to 5?

Philippians 2:1-5 NLT
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? [2] Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. [3] Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. [4] Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. [5] You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Have we been sharing our lives with others showing love and compassion? Have we been working together with one mind and purpose in the Lord? Have we been taking an interest in others?


Saturday, November 27, 2021

Hope in a World Gone Mad

Faith Among the Faithless: Learning from Esther How to Live in a World Gone Mad
by Mike Cosper 

I was saying that I was in a book binge, but this would probably be the last book of the binge: 7 books in 7 days.

What attracted me to the book when I bought it would be the phrase "world gone mad". Although how each of us would say how the world has gone mad would be different, it has certainly gone mad. However, looking at it from a broader perspective, it went mad a long, long, long time ago.

So what do we learn from Esther in this world gone mad?

What I appreciate about the book is that it tries to read Esther from its original context and it does not give us a very good picture. You will see that Esther and Mordecai takes on a very different life in the exile compared to Daniel. Whilst Daniel separated himself and maintained his life of being a Jew, Esther and Mordecai assimilated quite fully into theirs. 

And it is a well-known fact that God is not mentioned in the book of Esther any yet according to Cosper, what "the book of Esther tells us, is how God sometimes shows up. In the silence. In absence. In the darkness of doubt, humiliation, and loss. In the most unlikely ways possible, the miracle of grace manifests. It is precisely God’s hiddenness that makes this story so hopeful. Whatever dark place you are in today, whether by hapless circumstance or by your own actions, God hasn’t forgotten you. Esther’s story invites us to cling to hope, however small, and to confidence that whatever evil might currently reign, the story of God isn’t finished."

We can still hang on with hope and faith in midst of the madness we encounter. A lot of things are way beyond our control anyway. 

But remember, God is not finished with us.


Friday, November 26, 2021

Slowly Letters

One of the reasons why I am back writing here in this blog is because I have revived my letter writing in the Slowly app, making me want to write more than just letters.

Slowly is an app that let you write letters to the other Slowly users and the interesting thing about the app is that the further the other person lives, the longer it takes for the letters to arrive, hence the name of the app, Slowly.

The farthest person that I am writing to lives in Puerto Rico and our letters take 49 hours to reach each other! I know...49 hours - that's more than 2 days! Why do that when a text message is just microseconds away?

That's the whole gist of it: going back to snail mail, albeit in a modern way. 

Think about it, when a letter takes 49 hours to reach the other person, you'd put more thought into the letter as you write it, wouldn't you?

I am also using it to practice my Korean and it is quite fun though very challenging, writing a letter entirely in Korean. But I did it and I'm glad to report that though I know it is not perfect, the recipient understood it without any problems. 

And with me being a collector of whatever stuff that interest me--I used to collected mugs and notebooks and cookbooks--I am now collecting Slowly stamps. They are digital but they are attractive.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Every country comes with its own stamp and here's the Malaysian one.

And of course I cannot not get this location-based stamp of the Nasi Lemak being Malaysia's National Dish.

This is my most favourite achievement stamp because I just like being a sloth sometimes LOL

And I got this to mark a special occasion: to move forward and to be happy again.

Other than the sloth, my other favourite animal is the owl and who can beat an owl on vocals?

I have collected a total of 82 stamps I can use to write Slowly letters with and 126 stamps if I include those that I have received.

Check out the app here if you'd like to try it out:


Love's as warm as tears

Love’s as warm as tears,    Love is tears:  Pressure within the brain,  Tension at the throat,  Deluge, weeks of rain,  Haystacks afloat,  F...