Human Nature, Quotes, Simplify

Their Opinions

It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. If a god appeared to us—or a wise human being, even—and prohibited us from concealing our thoughts or imagining anything without immediately shouting it out, we wouldn’t make it through a single day. That’s how much we value other people’s opinions—instead of our own.

~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 12.4

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Health, Human Nature, Malaysia

Set Them Free

This morning, my parents flew back to Lahad Datu with the tickets I bought online. They have been unusually enthusiastic and talkative since then. D and I had to laugh when the two walked off without even a glance back to us at the airport.

With the parents heading back home, the two of us went to the well known Gaya Street Sunday Market. After that, we went to our favourite mall to cool down. A slow walk back to the apartment made up the rest of today’s walking quota.  :-)

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Human Nature

Negative To Positive

The New York Times has always been a source of great articles. Thoughtful, enlightening, yet not too complicated – these wonderful reads will either fortify ones principles or cleverly augment ones perspectives about certain life matters. The following points are taken from an article entitled Turning Negative Thinkers Into Positive Ones:

  1. Do good things for other people.
  2. Appreciate the world around you.
  3. Develop and bolster relationships.
  4. Establish goals that can be accomplished.
  5. Learn something new.
  6. Choose to accept yourself, flaws and all.
  7. Practice resilience.
  8. Practice mindfulness.
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Opinions

The following paragraph is part of an insightful article in The New York Times:

Americans today are deeply susceptible to a renunciation of reason and celebration of ignorance. They know what they know without reading, discussing or engaging those who might disagree with them. People from both sides of the aisle reject calm logic, eager to embrace the alternative news that supports their prejudices.

Drawing from my personal experiences and observations, I can say in certainty that the above phenomenon is not exclusively American. It is a worldwide sickness. This digital age of affordable smart phones and widespread social media has turned us into opinionated amateur reporters; too busy sounding our own thoughts without making an effort to first listen, absorb, learn or analyse. Our world is in a very sad and sorry state.

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Human Nature, Simplify

Life Is Long

Seneca once wrote, “It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. When it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. Life is long if you know how to use it.”

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Discipline

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. ~Jim Rohn

My mom, my si-fu, made discipline and structure an important aspect in our home life. Growing up, I am instilled with the life structures of fixed meal times, nap times in the afternoons, time for school work and revision, outside play time at 4pm, time to read, tv time and bed time at 8pm. In such, I have been building bridges to accomplish my goals and objectives all the years of my life.

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Human Nature, Jibber Jabber

Course Corrections

I came upon an excellent article entitled If You’re Too Busy For These 5 Things: Your Life Is More Off-Course Than You Think. Now, how can I not read and learn from that?

So according to the article, the 5 aspects that we need to pay attention to are as follows:

  1. Organizing your life.
  2. Plan and invest in your future.
  3. Tracking important metrics.
  4. Prayer and meditation to reduce noise.
  5. Move toward your goals every single day.
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Stretched Too Thin

Someone in the family has been stretched too thin for months now. I am truly sorry for her. Having been in those situations many times in life, I know how stressful it is to be relied on by too many people. You begin innocently by putting out other people’s fires. Then suddenly you are starting to forget things. By the time you realise that you are being drag into a never-ending tunnel, you are already so deeply buried it is difficult to escape on your own.

I have been there, I have done those. My current lifestyle has allowed me to develop the wonderful kung-fu of saying no. Being kind to oneself is not a wrong-doing.

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