Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerMy home cell has committed to doing a book project with the orphanage kids in New life Centre, Puchong once every 2 months. Besides the games and excitement with the kids, the main project is to work in small groups to encourage the kids to enjoy reading. The books that were chosen has good moral values in them.
We had to go through a preliminary read through one of the books to know the story so that we can narrate to the kids and the moral of the story.
One of the most interesting stories we read was the one called “The Gift”. This is a story of a craftsman called Eli who lives in a house on a hill top. He creates little Wemmicks which are creatures made out of various kinds of wood. No two Wemmits are alike. After creating them, Eli puts them in a small town not too far from his home on top of the hill to watch over them. These Wemmits have life and the freedom to choose whatever they want to do.
Over time the Wemmits forgot about Eli and his simple law of love and forgiveness with one another and a relationship with Eli and began to create their own laws. They began to carry with them stickers with dots or stars. Everytime someone likes another Wemmit for a good deed done, or even if they look good etc they will stick a star on the wemmit and a dot if they don’t like them.
There was a Wemmit by the name of Panchinello who no matter how hard he tried to please the other Wemmiicks he got more dots than stars. (Everyone can see how many stars or dots each Wemmit carries as it is displayed on their bodies.)
" He makes all things beautiful in his time"
One day a really pretty Wemmit girl named Lucia came to the town. She had no stars or dots on her. Everytime someone tried to put a dot on her because of jealousy or a star because she was beautiful, it would not stick on her body, it would just fall away.
Pancenello was so interested in what made her so special so he asked her about it and why the stars or dots don’t stick on her. Lucia said its because everyday she goes to the house of Eli and spends some time with him
Pancenello was interested and wanted to meet Eli. Lucia took him to the house on the hill. Pancenello was curious and asked Eli why Lucia was different. To this Eli replied, "so are you, I made everyone different and special in their own way. You are valuable and therefore don’t allow yourself to be judged by others because they are also create wemmits just like you….."
"I as the creator made you perfect and I don’t make mistakes."
( Please give me your feedback, as to what you think, is the moral of the story)
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerThey say patience is a virtue, which means of high moral standard. This is a quality most people don’t possess. It has to be worked on. I believe your patience is tested when you drive through the traffic, entertained by a rather lazy attendant over the counter and sometimes when you assign a task to someone.
Being a drum teacher requires a lot of patience. Sometimes having taught a student when he or she has reached a certain level, it’s a little frustrating when they cannot catch what you are teaching them at a higher level. I later began to realize that I couldn’t compare them to my ability to comprehend things faster because of my years of experience. I have to exercise patience.
Love is patient
I learned the lesson when I was playing for a band, the bandleader would sometimes come up with some not so necessary changes to a song. I would have rehearsed the song to detail on the album but its quite frustrating to see the band playing something totally different. To add to that, they expect you to catch what they are trying to do. With unnecessary details, attacks and syncopation that I believe the audience could care less, cause all they want is good music to enjoy.
I guess this is where I have to exercise patience
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerHave you come across such people? I have. Many a times. They conveniently call it delegation but actually they are passing it to you to do the job which in the end if you succeed, they take the credit and blame you if it fails. I am not talking about superiors to subordinates. Which really sometimes is delegation, but when a colleague does that to you.
It doesn’t have to be in a working environment, sometimes even in other social settings, organizing an event etc.
Don't pass the buck, finish what you have set out to do..let your yes be yes and no be no
Of late there was this particular person who volunteered to organize something for some underprivileged people. He later got involved into another project that was so called a little more glamorous. He could have easily passed that responsibility to others. Well since he loved the limelight he decided to pass the not so glamorous job to others in the team. He even went further to ask someone else in the team to volunteer to organize this project that he left off.
He was expecting about a handful of volunteers. Guess how many volunteered? You are right…none.
I think the message is loud and clear; if someone is passing the buck to you, just ignore him or her. Let them finish what they set out to do.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerIt was only a few months ago I met Yasmin, the famous national icon who passed away recently. My friend introduced me to her, this was when we were having lunch and she and her husband happened to be at the same restaurant. It was my first and last time I met her.
How many times do we meet people little realizing we will probably never meet them ever again. I begin to realize life is too short to make enemies or have resentment toward others. When someone we know passes away, we don’t remember their mistakes, but what good we shared with them while they were alive.
A mausoleum for the dead. They are only remembered when they are gone
The most unfortunate thing is abandoning parents in their old age. I am sure we have heard of the report in the papers of how many of them are being left alone. My heart really goes out for them.
I realized sometimes I get a bit busy and have gone for weeks having not seen my parents. They sometimes call me to ask me how I am getting on and that they miss me. My brother and I have resolved to take them out ( and also my widow aunty) every Sunday for dinner and fellowship besides other important occasions.
I could see the appreciation and joy in their faces. All they have in their old age is us. Let us not deprive them and abandon them just because we are too busy. They once took care of us and provided for us.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerWhen I set out to succeed in my personal goals, I was enthusiastic the very first week. The hours were there, the discipline in working at the goals were all laid out and planned. But then after a week or so, it started to wane away. It was like moving a heavy rock every time I needed to accomplish the task.
I wonder now why in the beginning of the year, most gyms get filled up. Probably due to the New Year resolution of weight loss or toning up and then by the middle of the year, most of them are not there.
They once did a study and said if you can discipline yourself to do anything consistently for 26 days straight, it will become a habit.
You have to work to get where you want to be
Besides discipline, you also need motivation. I recently saw a documentary on one of the famous billionaires in USA. He said you have to love what you are doing, if not, you have to be very lucky if you can ever get rich doing what you don’t like.
Research shows that only 20% of the population succeeds in every endeavor. Be it education, finance, games etc. That’s why they say 20% of the world population consumes 80% of the resources.
Well I do agree it’s a bit unfair that in many countries, people are in abject poverty. But if you compare apples to apples, the person who succeeds compared to his colleague given the very same environment, boils down to motivation and discipline.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerI don’t often get visions but they do happen once in a few years. I have seen some rather strange visions and some I have written them down. The recent one was yesterday about 4.30 am. I was in between sleep and being awake. I saw a clear vision like being in the air some 10 stories high and saw the most amazingly beautiful sight. The only thing is that, this was not on Earth.
I saw in the horizon, rivers breaking into several small streams and flowing into a really huge palace that goes for miles. At the end of the palace like mansion, there were several huge balconies (about 100 meters wide each) where the river was flowing out from the sides and cascading about 3 stories high into several similar designed lush green gardens that had shrubs around them filled with flowers in the color of bright purple, yellow, red and other lovely colors. Then the waters gathered to a larger stream and flowed out of that city like mansion.
It was the most beautiful housing architecture I have ever seen. If one was to design a housing estate like that, it will fetch the highest price in the world. Unfortunately the only problem is you need to find a natural large shallow river that flows through the architecture. Even if you did, I don’t think anyone had the technology to build such a huge residence on top of flowing streams and rivers.
something like this, but lower cascade and less rapid waters
This was like a mansion with many rooms. Each part of the rooms (these rooms are larger than any of the mansions in the world) is open to facing the flowing river passing through the entire architecture. Although it was not occupied yet it looks like it was going to house the largest family in the world.
There were no gates, walls for security or barriers. It is as if there are no robbers in this place.
I wonder, if this is heaven.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerI remember back in the early days, flying was a luxury. My Aunty made a trip to London and they had to taxi the plane from the hanger. It must have been sleeping there for a month. Probably flights to London was like once a month. The airport was Subang International and you can see your family off at the balcony. The passengers had to walk up a ramp to enter the plane, just like what you do now on low cost carriers.
My favourite destination, here I come
Thank God for all these low budget airlines, the world is smaller now than it used to be years ago. You not only can make a short trip to close by destinations, they also have some very incredible offers. Like for example I checked out my favorite low cost carrier and the trip to one of my favorite destination’s return trip is only RM 168. And that’s to another country.
I guess everyone loves to travel, so why not take the time off to a nearby destination for a short holiday. I am planning one in November. I am just going to chill out for four days, read a book, hibernate, eat and reevaluate my goals.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerThere is a saying that goes, “ If it’s not for the people you meet and the books you read, you will probably be exactly the same 5 years from now'. I would take it further to add that we all need to set goals in our life. A little push each year; 1 year, 3 years and 5 years being long term goals.
If not, we will be drifting along and before we think of it we would have missed out on life.
It’s not difficult to achieve your goals if you would only write them down and find ways to achieve it. The mind is so powerful, it is designed to be goal seeking. If you tell it where to go, that’s the direction it will go. If you give it no direction at all, it will just be status quo.
Sometimes it is easy to be caught in the rat race. Try to take some time off today and write down your goals. List down short term, mid term and long-term goals and you will begin to think logically how to achieve them as you plan them out. Look at them on a daily basis and set a time to see the goals regularly. Preferably before you sleep as it will run through your mind while you are asleep.
Have different goals, not just financial. You can have holiday goals, weight loss goals, talent goals, etc. The list can go on. If you don’t motivate yourself with something challenging then life will become mundane.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerWhen I first saw Michael Jackson’s moves in Motown doing “Billie Jean” and the video on “Beat It” in the 80's", I was awed and mesmerized. We were just coming out of the disco era and moving into break dance; here comes Michael Jackson creating moves that were way ahead of our time. I could not comprehend what he was doing. It was like introducing i phone in the 80’, even before notebooks or handphones were invented.
Even today, watching his videos of “Thriller, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, etc are still incredibly amazing. In his memorial, it was mentioned that there can be only one Michael Jackson, and he was the greatest entertainer of our times.
Back in 80’s, everyone wanted to be a part of him. No one came close to the craze frenzy that Beatles experienced. Michael topped it all. Looking at his moves in “ Don’t stop till you get enough”, he certainly reinvented himself and came back in a mega way.
Passing of a legend
I remember in the 90’s after his extra smooth moves in “Smooth criminal”, the whole world waited in anticipation for his next video. In Australia, when I was studying there, the whole world received a simultaneous viewing of his new video, “Bad” and then “Black and White”. Everyone loved MJ. Once a rap artist tried to down play MJ in his music video. The world did not like it and the rap artist literally got the rap. MJ was everyone’s darling.
Over the years, we saw some sad unveiling of his lonely life, his make do world of fantasy and then came the accusations. I even heard his relationship with his siblings and immediate family were strained.
Why is it that in the death of someone, we forget all the bad things and remember only the good. Can’t we all do this, while they are still with us? Michael will never know what we did for him and how much we have shown our appreciation and love to him over these few days. I wished we only did this, while he was still alive.
We would like to hear your feedback, what Michael meant to you.
Posted by: andrew william Post(s) by this bloggerAlmost all businesses you get into have some form of capital risk involved. A wise businessman will consult experts before venturing into business plus research to back up his venture. Although one may have all the know how’s, there is always that element of uncertainty. Economic crisis, demand for your product or services, staffing problems, long hours of work, overhead cost and many other factors to consider.
Not many can become rich by working for others. Gone are the days when you put more than 8 hours at work, your boss recognizes you and you move up the ladder fast. Today you have to be early at work to beat the jam and the boss expects everyone to work more than the stipulated 8 hours.
Quite a recognition!
You probably have to work 15 hours a day to be recognized. And where will that get you? You will have no life, you age fast and you end up with all kinds of sicknesses in your mid life when you had earned enough, only to pay them all to your doctor for the complications.Stress is one of the major killers today.
A sea of independent business people who never invested large risk capital
I was invited yesterday to an Amway recognition meeting. I was amazed how this particular accountant decided to get out of the rat race and start this business part time and is now financially independent. Not only him, but I bumped into professionals of all walks of like who are although working full time, is doing this on the side to supplement their income.
I believe we should all strive to become independent businessmen and businesswomen. You will have control over your life, your finances, your time and your family.