Friday, July 30, 2010

30-07-10 (Friday) “What would the ‘up’s be?”

.“Life is a rollercoaster so don’t fight it, just gotta ride it” sang Ronan Keating.IMG_6790I absolutely agree with that. There’re always times where things just go great in life. And then there’re those times where things just roll down the hill like the cheese in Gloucestershire, South West England. It is in those downward spiral times when we sigh and say,”C’est la vie…”IMG_6864A beach at the Bays of Fire, Tasmania.

But I say, “C’EST LA VIE!!!” IMG_6706 Bays of Fire, Tasmania

What’s the point if life were all just mountaintop experiences?! I say thank God for such a blessing in the form of those sad times and the trying times! If there were no falling down, we would have no idea how high up we were, right? And as they say, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall”. If the fall hurt a lot, it probably means there’s a lot in you to have had such a tumble! It just means you had HEAPS of potential energy that got converted into kinetic energy, which was converted into hurt energy. Praise God for having brought you high up there.

IMG_6710Bays of Fire, Tasmania

What WOULD those “up”s be if there were not “down”s, right? :)

IMG_6351 The Quadrangle at the University of Sydney

p.s Its also interesting that the downhill analogy suits this statement as well. Its so easy to just keep going downhill instead of trying to stop the momentum in order to go upwards again, eh?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete,

not lacking anything.

~ James 1:2-4

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

21-07-10 (Wednesday) “How Much Removed or How Much Left?”

While sweeping up at Subway a few days back, I thought to myself, ‘Wow, that’s quite a lot of dirt I managed to sweep away’, staring at the pile of dirt while beaming to myself.IMG_6127 And then I looked back at where I had already swept. I noticed that there were still specks of dirt here and there.IMG_5942 chemist = pharmacy

Don’t we do the same with our own selves sometimes? We think: Hmmm… I’ve managed to change this habit here, and that one there… *pats self on the back* Good job! *slacks off*IMG_6025 Isn’t the state of the floor more important than how much dirt was removed? If I went to a dirty place and managed to only clean it a bit, isn’t it still worse than the cleaner place that I only touched a bit?IMG_5953 If there has been progress in life, good on you! Keep it up!! Its never safe to stop somewhere in life, thinking we’ve gotten there already. Look back on the state of your character and determine to clean up all the tiny specks of dirt.IMG_6555 And trust me… If you’ve done sweeping before… There will ALWAYS be something that you missed.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

17-07-10 (Saturday) “Departure”

Its that time of the year when people are leaving Canberra as they graduate or have finished their time on exchange here. IMG_6011Its always sad seeing people leave but now its been happening so often, one just gets used to moving on with life. That doesn’t mean one gets desensitized to ppl leaving. It just means one has come to realize how this is just a normal phase of life that happens over and over again.IMG_5600And in the same way, one starts learning to appreciate the ppl  one has around. Instead of counting down to the days that are left together, one enjoys every moment that can be spent with the ppl around. One stops to think how those little squabbles really weren’t that big a deal, that if one took a step back and admits one’s wrong, its definitely worth the “shame” rather than having regret not spent more time with others. IMG_6049 I think I’ve learnt the same lesson.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

03-07-10 (Sunday) "All Over" *updated*

Just been away on a vacation for the whole 2 last weeks with Steve, Jasper, Kar Wei, Michele Chai and Andrea.
IMG_5823 Now I'm at Sydney Airport waiting for my flight that's not in another 2 hours to Coffs Harbour.
IMG_6033All I've got to say is this. taking a break can be quite tiring as well. We men really ARE creatures of routine. Lose that routine for a long period and it starts feeling quite lousy.IMG_6026So... For those who're busy in the routine of the studying life and working life, do count your blessings as well. Its not necessarily a bad thing to do the same thing constantly. :)