Monday, September 28, 2009

“People can't do something themselves, they want to tell you that you can't do it. You want something? Go get it.”

Almost too often, i find people telling me just that. I guess i wasn't wrong to not believe in these negative remarks. As i am learning the art of providing positive and constructive criticisms, i am also learning to art of rejecting negative downers which comes with nothing but bashing critiques of a personal view. And these personal views are often associated to one's lack of believe, not just in others but also in themselves. The quote from the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" couldn't have been more spot on.

I learnt a whole lot today by just observing the high and positive team spirit in my students and colleagues. I like the scene a whole lot better than the four walls settings. The highlights for me was probably seeing what everyone's capable of without having to measure their assignments standards; no pressure and no comparisons made. It definitely changed my view about so many of them and they have a voice in my head now.

The Pursuit of Happyness is a film about the value of resilience. While playing basketball with his son, Chris Gardner (as played by Will Smith) tells his son to forget basketball and do something useful. Realizing the mistake of what he just said, Chris tells his son, “Don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something. Not even me.” He wants his son to know what he knows, that a persistent pursuit of your own dreams is the best way to bring a sense of happiness to your life.

Resilience is the ability to keep going when things get difficult. It is the ability to ‘bounce back’ when faced with life’s difficulties. Resilient people persist when others pack it in. It is the key skill to success – good old grunt work. You differentiate yourself when you’re tough and committed to whatever you have set out to accomplish. You’re the last person standing. The majority hope to achieve independence by purchasing lottery tickets. Resilient people create their own freedom.

Will Smith portrays resilience without glamorizing it. His character isn’t perfect; he struggles with his continuous failures. But he is mentally tough. He gets up every morning and starts again. The most powerful metaphor for his resilience is his dogged commitment to selling a bunch of high priced scanners that he has pre-purchased with his life savings. Faced with selling a Cadillac product into a VW market, Gardner persists in a sea of rejection until he finds a buyer for every one of the machines. This is the cold truth that grain-fed people don’t want to hear – in most cases, financial and emotional success is earned one hard day at a time.

Every one of us has been told by someone that our dreams were unattainable, inappropriate, or just plain silly. Some of us believed those people and went another way. Others were more committed to their personal goals. Gardner’s advice to his son is something we all ought to remember, “You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you that you can’t do it. You want something? Go get it.”

You cannot know if your dream life can be attained. You have to pursue it to find out. It is the resilient pursuit of a meaningful dream that sets the table for those moments of great “happy-ness” when they arrive. A resilient approach to life is something everyone can do. It just takes a deeper need to succeed. Is it in you?

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sole & Soul Searching

I woke up to a beautiful Sunday morning with a mission to alter the start of each new day; begin with a prayer for wisdom and stability with the plans that are laid before me. I felt a breeze of love. Like the light weight wind that touches your face after the heavy rain or storm; calm, gentle and soothing.
"Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble"
Matthew 6:34

God always has His way to get His message across. We only need to ask. I am feeling tonnes lighter emotionally and spiritually today. And i know it because my love for craft is coming back to me effortlessly. It's been awhile since i have been feeling passionate about something personal - making art with love and now it's all coming back, slowly but steadily...

Plain FAB shoes

Not so plain FAB shoes (in progress)

Completed version coming soon - i promise :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Plain Ecstasy

I've been feeling down in the dumps today until i came upon an ubber inspiring blog which instantaneously reminded me why life can still be damn excitingly fabulous without spending your savings away. Anyways, i won't yada on as i'm all hyped to do some DIYs again since the Anemone story, make sure you check out the links below! :D

Maegan's DIY version of Christian Louboutin with step by step instructions!

Also do check out the rest of her other amazing work!!!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Making an Eternal Pledge? (I will try)

Overheard the DJ saying something about asking all Malaysians to make a pledge to make this country and whatever good that it has left a better and safer place for ourselves and our future.

*Laughs cynically* but proceeds to listen on give this suggestion some thought.

My best friend from the hood is due to bring/brought a new life to the world today. I was equally excited and haven't been sleeping well the past few days just being anxious and excited for the mom and dad to be. In fact, quite a number of my pals are having their mini me's and one guy even said that from the day his son was born, he and his wife immediately vowed to be better people themselves. Talk about a life changing experience.

I can't say i can relate, but i think i understand the impact of responsibilities one willingly holds to protect the ones they love. Having said that, i think we should all think about love in the aspect of respect and appreaciation, not just the flesh and blood way.

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself"
Leviticus 19:18

This verse has always been behind my head but never quite gotten out until today. I think Ms Ang, my Year 4 class teacher planted it in there somewhere along with other verses knowing that it will come in handy for me sometime in life.

I won't deny. I've been so consumed with bitterness the past few months due to a pebble in my shoe which won't go away.

Unfortunately, not all big ass pebbles are this comfy and useful.

The result of the bitterness has led to me to the lack of thoughts, inspiration and motivation in every single thing i do. Of course, i am only wallowing in self pity. I know my dad will surely tell me that there are a million other people who would want to trade for my so called burden and i am allowing a pesky individual eat me up?

Ah, almost 30 and still not that wise.
"When we meet horrible people in our lives, it teaches us only two things; To be a better person or be twice or more horrible than them."

I often end up with the second one only to feel horribly bad and incompetent. I wish i could firmly make a pledge to change my ways, and what better day to pick than this auspiciously date that represents eternity. So for the sake of the future of my family, friends, loved ones, their loved ones i pledge to be a more patient and forgiving. I'm done with this angry battle and i think i'm finally winning.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Finally, a post on shoes!

Since my on and off disappearance due to this never ending life sucking routine called work; i think my shoe fetish spark is finally making a slow and steady come back. If you've read a really old post of mine about CROCS, you will kinda have an idea about how much i despise their fugly round clumsiness. But since then, they have been working hard to please CROCS bashers like me and have designed a broad range of more decent styles. Just like this one below:

The Malindi range selling @ a hefty RM129

Anyways, i thought they are pretty cute, and i can imagine the comfort because i own a pair of Sketchers pumps which i got for a pretty good price at Taiwan 2 years ago.

But then again, you know me. I am the probably the cheapest shoeaholic in town/universe. I can love something to death, but i love my money more. With commitments of bills and mortgage i guess i'll probably not come close to Jimmy Choo's and Louboutins any time soon. (I said -soon, not never)

So being me, i always go for more affordable alternatives and this time i did it again at the second best shopping haven besides Petaling Street. I present you...

The Pasar Malam
(Night Market)

Yeap, it's ALL 'Crocs' alright! Made for cheap asses like me, wrapped in pull string bags and even tagged with the brand label! I was kinda dazed from the broad range but only one caught my attention and that is the Malindi leopard pumps!

Oh yes, they feel deliciously comfortable for RM35~ Will definitely go back for the Rio range next round!