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Doing the right thing when it feels wrong can be hard. Forgiving, when the other person has clearly hurt you. Giving, when our bank balance is low. Smiling, when dark clouds loom overhead. Love, when a loved one becomes unlovable. Or hope, when all hope seems lost. Yet, we know that doing the right thing always produces the right results. We reap what we sow. The seeds we plant from the onset determine the fruits we eventually get.

Feelings – Good or Bad?

The real problem for most people is that simple-yet-complex thing we all know too well – feelings. For many, it’s a love-hate relationship. We love the feeling of being loved, being treated kind, being showered with praises, and being successful at what we do. And yet, that same feeling of euphoria can suddenly – and unexpectedly – turn nasty. The reverse shows its ugly side – bitterness, unforgiveness, jealousy, insecurity, and fear. It’s like a mixed bag of emotions we wished we could empty and be devoid of at times. But it just doesn’t happen that way. We can’t choose how we feel; but we can choose how we act.

Do Right, And Let Your Feelings Catch Up

What I’ve found to be helpful when times get rough and our feelings don’t seem to match up is to do what we know to be right anyway – and let the feelings catch up later.
Decide to forgive. Decide to submit to your leadership. Decide to be generous even when it seems you don’t have enough. Decide to encourage others when you are yourself discouraged. Decide to involve yourself with meaningful work instead of having a pity party at home. Decide to honour your parents with your time and money. Decide to complete the task you’ve been given even if it doesn’t seem fair. The list goes on.
It’s the daily actions that count. In the face of the drudgery that life brings, doing what’s right may seem like a futile endeavour. After all, isn’t it nice at times to be able to indulge in our little grievances and complaints?

Turn On The Light

There’s a saying that goes, “Do not be overcome by evil; but overcome evil with good.”
This does make a lot of sense. Evil – in whatever shape or form it may take in one’s life – can be overcome with good. That means continuing to do what’s right in the face of all that is wrong or feels wrong. Instead of fighting darkness, switch on the light of good, and let the darkness flee.
It’s by no means easy to stay committed to doing the right thing all the time. After all, none of us are perfect or capable of being so. But do what you know to be right anyway – it will change your life for the better. The best results always come with an initial sacrifice; an initial discomfort. But the fruits (and good feelings) that follow will be well worth the effort.

Clement Lim

A guy who loves to write and express anything positive, encouraging or feel-good. Loves modernity and its buzz, but relishes good-old tradition. Values books, relationships and God. Hopes to inspire, lead and help others find their true selves.

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“I will be happy when ___________”?

When I get my hands on that new phone.

When I am promoted.

When I am married.

When I drive that car.

When I am rich.

When I have a new spouse…..

So how will you fill the blanks in?

But what if…..

What if we never achieve those things? Will you then be constantly in the high strung state of giving chase, with no rest? Happiness is always one purchase away, one award away, one person away, one toto ticket away. And in the midst of giving chase, are we actually giving happiness a miss? Giving living a miss?

 

How strange it is, our little procession of life! The child says, “When I am a big boy.” But what is that? The big boy says, “When I grow up.” And then, grown up, he says, “When I get married.” But to be married, what is that after all? The thought changes to “When I’m able to retire.” And then, when retirement comes, he looks back over the landscape traversed; a cold wind seems to sweep over it; somehow he has missed it all, and it is gone.

Stephen Leacock

Life is this second.

I think Mr Leacock is trying to tell us that LIFE is this second. This moment.
Probably, the key to happiness is to appreciate every moment of the time God bestowed on us. Once this second of yours flows down the hour glass, it’s not coming back up. And we do not know how many seconds we have left.

With thanks-giving. Savour.

Savour this moment.

Savour the things which we already have.

Savour the time with the person already beside us.

The simple joy of a nice book on the train to work. The simple joy of a meal with your loved ones. The simple joy of expressing your love by doing the dishes for them. The simple joy of walking with your spouse and lego-ing with your kids.

Be happy. Now. It’s your choice.

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Cracked pots

The problem of pain bugs us all. For some, it comes like an occasional visitor. For others, it is a lifelong burden. And yet for many, it is a familiar feeling we wished we never had to deal with.

Like “cracked pots”, we all experience pain to varying degrees – from the disappointment of a relationship with a loved one, to the perpetual sense of not measuring up, to the crushing weight of a medical condition.

A cracked pot is inherently broken and hard to fix, and if not handled with care, may shatter.

But at the heart of every crack (pain and suffering) is a redeeming quality – a light that shines brightest through cracked pots.

 

Shine bright

The light that pierces through every crack emerges as rays of hope and healing to others. The greater the pain, the greater the “rewards” that come with overcoming it. You will end up with more than if you had not gone through that pain.

Think of what could result from your pain: perseverance, faith, strength of character, hope and resilience.

Overcoming it may not be easy, but with a little bit of faith, belief and support from loved ones, not impossible.

 

A story to inspire

Take heart! Don’t let your pain go to waste. Turn it into gain, a story of hope and healing for others confronted with the same mountain.

Turn your test into a testimony, your mess into a message. The light that shines the brightest will also bring the most hope.

Best of all, you now have a story to tell and inspire others with.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels….” 2 Cor 4:7

 

Clement Lim

A guy who loves to write and express anything positive, encouraging or feel-good. Loves modernity and its buzz, but relishes good-old tradition. Values books, relationships and God. Hopes to inspire, lead and help others find their true selves.


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Stay amazed

I once chanced upon two words that still resonate with me today: Stay amazed. I thought to myself then, “What does it mean to stay amazed? When was the last time I actually felt in awe or amazement at something?”

“Amazed” is a word used to describe one’s deep admiration, appreciation or marvel at something or someone. It didn’t take long for me to realize that amid the daily grind of life and its challenges, I seemed to have lost that sense of awe for the things and people around me – that simple, child-like awe. That, perhaps, is also true for many of us today.

It’s what we focus on

We tend to focus on what we can’t do instead of what we can do. We also tend to focus (a lot) on what we don’t have instead of what we do have. Truth be told, all of us have weaknesses or challenges we wished we didn’t have to confront. No one is spared from them. But we learn to recognise our shortcomings, overcome them, and become a better person. The problem arises when, in trying to overcome our failings, we fault ourselves for everything that has gone wrong around us (or in us). It’s been said that we are often our harshest critic, demanding from ourselves standards that others wouldn’t even expect of us.  Or we become too consumed by the thorn in our flesh (or pebble in our shoe) that we forget the life we have, the loved ones around us, or the job we are employed in.

Enjoy the journey

Granted, some challenges are real, and serious. A debilitating health problem that affects one’s daily life and performance at work is no small matter. But there are things this person can still be grateful for – if one looks no further than what is before him: his family, friends, job, or simply, being alive.

The recovery journey can be a much more meaningful and worthwhile experience if one remains focused (and grateful) for what he can do and what he has, in the face of challenges. I love a quote I once read from a book by a Christian author:

“I’m not where I need to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be. I’m OK and I’m on my way. I’ll enjoy where I’m at, on my way to where I’m going.”

What perspective! Life in itself is already a miracle. It doesn’t wait for us – so go on and cherish each passing moment. We may stumble along the way, but we stumble forward if we choose to keep our eyes on what lies ahead.

Toward victory

Start by writing down a list of things you are grateful for, and remind yourself of them each day. Ponder on them, and change your perspective about yourself or your challenges. They might appear miniscule in the light of all that you have and are grateful for.

Thank your way to happiness, to freedom, to victory

It’s really the little things that count. Try it. Sometimes, the simplest things can also be the most powerful.

 

Clement Lim

A guy who loves to write and express anything positive, encouraging or feel-good. Loves modernity and its buzz, but relishes good-old tradition. Values books, relationships and God. Hopes to inspire, lead and help others find their true selves.

 


 

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The power of words

Words are a powerful collection of thoughts and ideas. They influence and stay with a person long after they are read or heard. They linger in the deep recesses of one’s soul. There is an old proverb that goes:

“Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit”.

Words – for better or for worse

One reads of encouraging stories of life amid adversity, a friend’s blissful travel experiences, or the insightful opinion of an expert.

Or one hears the speech of an influential leader, the rousing rhetoric of an inspiring politician or a motivational guru – all of whose words continue to linger and influence beyond even their generation.

These words, carefully crafted and thought-out, pervade positive emotions of peace, joy and hope.

The converse is also true when one reads of stories that incite negative reactions, or writing that dispels the truth and uses inappropriate language.

Encourage and inspire

We are privileged to be “authors” in our own right today. All we need is a pen, or the keyboard. Let’s not take this privilege for granted, and use it as an instrument for good.

Go ahead and write a story that inspires; cheer a friend up with an encouraging text message; write a note of appreciation to a family member; share new and creative ideas with a colleague, or sow a word of hope to a person in need.

Above all, enjoy the process. The word that encourages others might lift you up in return.

 

Clement Lim
Guest Writer

A guy who loves to write and express anything positive, encouraging or feel-good. Loves modernity and its buzz, but relishes good-old tradition. Values books, relationships and God. Hopes to inspire, lead and help others find their true selves.

 


 

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Slowing it down

The thrill of modern technology – with the lightning-fast speed at which information is accessible at our fingertips – has produced a generation of people who have forgotten how to slow it down in life. After all, our bodies – and brains – aren’t meant to function without rest.

Has the information overload that is the internet brought us further in terms of knowledge gained and quality of life? The answer to this question would depend on how one measures and deems this notion of “quality”.

Seeking fulfilment

Fulfilment in life tends to be less elusive when one begins to discover, all over again, how to think, imagine, dream and inspire – like a blank canvas waiting to be the next masterpiece. Could it be that this stems from a life – and mind – free from the excesses of technology?

Back to basics

I find time away from modern gadgetry a useful way to achieve this. In this day and age, the good-old tradition of pen, paper and old-fashioned journaling has become a rarity. Instead of penning ideas or thoughts in our notebooks, we see the ubiquitous use of electronic tablets in its place. Instead of a good novel to stimulate our imagination, we are tempted to “candy-crush” or “face-book” our way to school/work. Instead of jotting down inspirations that come in a flash, we allow these same inspirations to drift away and be forgotten.

A pen, a notebook and a good book

Truth be told, I love the sense of virtual connectedness one gets through the social media (this post is one such example!); but time spent with a pen, a journal, or a good book is irreplaceable. It makes one take stock of his/her thoughts, express them in the written word, record them down, and find time to reflect and ponder. This experience – once the norm when life was much simpler – is a bliss worth savouring again.

Make time today

Slow it down. Think it through. Get a good notebook (consider Moleskine). Start penning down your thoughts, inspirations and ideas. And who knows, you might find yourself happier – just like before.

 

Clement Lim
Guest Writer

A guy who loves to write and express anything positive, encouraging or feel-good. Loves modernity and its buzz, but relishes good-old tradition. Values books, relationships and God. Hopes to inspire, lead and help others find their true selves.

 


 

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