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Love's as warm as tears

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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 Pearlie

Live life slowly

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I have posted a few days ago about writing Slowly letters . And now, my favourite word is? S lowly . 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 still...do it slowly. Pearlie

Regaining the joy of work

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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 ti

A most wonderful bowl of pokebowl

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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.  Yummy... Pearlie

My books are like my counselors

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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!) Pearlie

I want to have a boring life

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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 Pearlie

Belonging to Christ

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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? Pearlie

Hope in a World Gone Mad

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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 E

Slowly Letters

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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

A Thousand Words #234

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When I'm not a process person... Pearlie

Why the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?

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I know we binge on TV shows but have you experienced a book binge before. It's like when you finish one, you need another.  And that was when I finished a book last night, I went searching for another and found this. It's now one of the best books I read. Discovering the Good Life: The Surprising Riches Available in Christ by Tim Savage It was so good that I finished it in one night.  Tim Savage began the book by asking the question, "What is so good about life?", and he got me hooked from there on. He looked at our lives from the perspective of three trees: 1. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil 2. A Shoot from the Stump of Jesse 3. The Tree of Life  I always have a question about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, on why is it there to begin with. Why put a tree there to tempt Adam and Eve? And knowing that they will succumb to it anyhow?  I think Savage has finally answered the question for me.  He said that God, in the creation of the universe and

Friends: the greatest of worldly goods and the chief happiness of life

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I did say that I'm addicted to the TV but I'm in a reading phase right now, finishing 4 books in just 2 weeks. And since I'm in the groove, after finishing a book yesterday night, I went hunting for another and this book caught my eye. I bought it and started on it immediately.  Made for Friendship: The Relationship that Halves our Sorrows and Doubles Our Joy by Drew Hunter I'm already three-quarters way through and found it very good. I'm also glad that it coincides with my desire now to reconnect with my friends whom I have not spoken to for the longest time, what with the pandemic and all. So it is good that I get to be more thoughtful as I do so. The book touches on the necessity of friendship, the gift of friendship and the redemption of friendship.  And one thing that does strike me is one of the deterrents to making and forming friendship - busyness. We are usually too busy for our friends. Hunter says that rather than saying that we have no time, isn't

How do we love our enemies for real?

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I was looking for a good devotional reading to use when I saw that I have C.S Lewis's Preparing for Easter in my library.  Preparing for Easter: Fifty Devotional Readings from C.S. Lewis by C.S. Lewis But it is still November, about 150 days to Easter. But since I am in such a need of a good devotional guide that I decided to use it anyway. So I'm doing a day's reading in three days: two days for the two Bible passages and another day on the reading. And that makes 150 days. Perfect. And it is working well so far, which brings me to today's passage: Matthew 5:43-48 NLT You have heard the law that says, 'Love your neighbor' and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even co

I've set up my recording studio

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I posted in April 2020 about my dream to set up a recording studio and it took me one year to accomplish it.  I said it would cost me RM2000 according to the video I posted, it was spot on except I had to add on more funds for a new laptop computer. I didn't expect I'd actually set it up but I did! And I didn't mind that it is just a simple and basic studio: with just a condenser mic, audio interface, headphones and computer. Compared to what I experienced during my trip to Seoul, it is a bare minimum but I am happy nonetheless.  Here's the huge difference between the professional recording studio (with the recording room on the left) in Seoul and my mini home studio: However, comparing what I have recorded in Seoul and at home, there is a huge difference too. The stint in Seoul was just a 2-hour visit and experience, and with my awful pronunciation of Korean, the song I recorded I wouldn't want to listen to it ever again.  But with the time and constant recording

Since I watch TV so much

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The Stories We Tell: How TV and Movies Long For and Echo the Truth by Mike Cosper I have a confession to make. I am a TV addict! Or at least I think I am with the number of hours I spent watching TV.  So when I saw this book in Amazon, I immediately bought a copy and started reading with the purpose of seeing if I can "theologize" this thing of me watching so much TV. And it is also in very good timing because I have started thinking and reflecting on what I watch to find lessons and learnings through the vicarious experiences in what I watch.  In this book, Cosper has reflected on quite a wide range from sitcoms to movies, and classics to even reality shows. And what he see is the creation story and redemption story being played over and over again.  It is comforting to know that the stories we tell are stories of us seeking for love, for justice, for meaning, for hope and for life. Sure there are many un-Christian ways in the stories told but they still point to the ultimat

It has been awhile

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It was in April 2020 when I last blogged and a long year and a half have passed since then. A whole lot of things have happened and a whole lot of things I have learnt. I must say that just like my blog here, my life has been in a series of starts and stops, and again just like my blog here, it is going to continue to start and stop.  Of course, until it all stop and Life starts.  So here am I again...starting again.  The reason I am back is because I would like to think and write again. Life has been tough for the last one and a half years making it tough to think and to write. But now I'm back and it's good to be back and I hope this session of a start will last a longer time. While I restart this, I also thought about the purpose and the direction of my writing. When I started this blog in 2006--oh my, that is like aeons ago--I wanted a space to reflect and express myself, and I think I will fall back to the same purpose.  And hopefully through my thinking and