Human Nature, Jibber Jabber

Radio Silence

D and I both grew up in homes where radios and music filled our days. Every morning, it is a ritual and habit that I turn on the radio in our home. To have the radio playing on for almost an entire day, is simply normal.

This Saturday morning, I decided to run an experiment. Today, at least for the first part of the day, we shall have radio silence. I want to know if D and I can benefit from this period of silence. To use it to get in touch with our inner selves maybe? How comfortable are we without the constant feed of our daily background noise? Can we deal with just the sound of our own thoughts, and each other’s occasional voices?

Different people operate on different frequencies. Identifying our own unique wavelength will probably help improve our communication with other people.

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Human Nature, Quotes

Insincerity

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.
~ George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

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Human Nature, Malaysia, Quotes

Heroes & Heroines

Unconsciously we all have a standard by which we measure other men, and if we examine closely we find that this standard is a very simple one, and is this: we admire them, we envy them, for great qualities we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that. Our heroes are men who do things which we recognize, with regret, and sometimes with a secret shame, that we cannot do. We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.
~Mark Twain

How true…

Growing up, one of my very favourite English language books is “Heroes & Heroines”. The heroic characters depicted in this book were all Caucasians, mostly Americans. Fortunately enough for me, I grew up knowing and admiring the paths of many non-Caucasian heroes. One of the advantages of being a Chinese Malaysian.

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Health, Human Nature, Simplify

Slow Thought

Read an essay entitled Slow Thought: a manifesto. The following excerpt did a good job in summing up the essence of this movement:

The only thing for certain is that everything changes. The rate of change increases. If you want to hang on, you better speed up. That is the message of today. It could however be useful to remind everyone that our basic needs never change. The need to be seen and appreciated! It is the need to belong. The need for nearness and care, and for a little love! This is given only through slowness in human relations. In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.

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Health, Human Nature, Simplify

Structure

I just read that one out of ten Belgians take anti-depressants. Holy crap, that is some rather disturbing statistics?!

But then again, I have crossed path with many unhappy and toxic people. What I noticed is that these negativities usually spawn from boredom, lack of structure and unhealthy lifestyles.

Having some sort of structure is important to me. Every night when I go to bed, I know that I will eagerly get up the next day because I have things to do. It is simple, you either plan and decide what to do with your time (your life), or end up being jostle around by unwarranted factors.

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Human Nature, Jibber Jabber

In Between Days

The days in between Christmas and New Year are usually the most awkward time of the year for me. First, I will be occupied preparing Christmas Eve dinner. After that, I will be submerged in a sort of weird stillness on Christmas (which I no longer celebrate) and Boxing Day. As it gets closer to the last days of the year, the stress of having to buy correct New Year’s gifts creeps up on D and I. Before you know it, one must prepare for New Year’s Eve and the day after. Then there are those pesky trio-continental accounts which I need to inspect, analyse, balance for the old year and prepare for the new year. Last but not least, I get this end-of-year guilt of having to connect with people that I have managed to neglect for yet another 365 days! Argh… the in between days!

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Human Nature, Jibber Jabber

All In

I did not get the chance to turn on my computer until now, which is an hour before dinner time.

The reason is because I have been busy making little spring rolls, rebuilding my inventory of home-made appetizers.

And I love it this way. There is no half way for me most of the time. If I am into something, I am all in!

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Events, Human Nature

Thoughtful Tuesday Walk

This morning, I walked to the local Delhaize to do some light grocery shopping. I also wanted to take advantage and pick up a few items which are on promotion. Buy-one-get-one-free is really hard to resist!

Today is also my dear niece’s 10th birthday. Happy birthday Ally!

It might seem strange to certain people that I can still remember things that happened around me when I was ten. Thus, how can one forget an eventful year like 2007?! Aside from the excitement of becoming an aunt, it was the year when the last Harry Potter book came out. It was the year my youngest brother married and we all had a wonderful family reunion. Last but not least, it was the year that I left the US for Belgium.

Ten years now… no regrets.

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