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.