Monthly Archives: June 2010
“Sometimes we like to talk more and failed to listen. Do you realize that God has created us with two ears and one mouth? To invite God into our life, observing silence is the key.” said Sister Soon. Thanks God this year I was able to attend 3 days 2 nights retreat at Daughters of Carmelite sisters retreat centre in Tambunan. The main speaker for this retreat was Sister Soon, a charismatic soft-spoken sister. Human is living in two world; physical and spiritual. Who are we to look for when we are spiritually sick? Jesus is the best spiritual doctor. Penance is vital when our spirits get sick. Sister Soon also mentioned about salvation. The word, ‘salvation’ derived from Latin, ‘salutis’. The deeper meaning of salvation is healthy. Some of the steps of healing are humble ourselves, believe in God, surrender to Him, submissive to Him, and frequently pray. She also mentioned that we must avoid cursing and watch our mouths. Below are two songs that touched me during the retreat sung by Sister Soon with her angelic voice.
A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired. During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work and lives.
Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups — porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite. He then told them all to help themselves to the hot chocolate.
When they each had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said:
“Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.”
“The cup that you’re drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate.
In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.”
“What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the cup
… but you consciously went for the BEST cups.”
“And then you began eyeing each other’s cups.”
“Now consider this: Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life.”
“The cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of life you have.
Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate.”
The happiest people don’t need the best of everything.
They just make the best of everything that they have.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
And enjoy your hot chocolate!
From 31st of May to 5th of June 2010, I was travelling to Taiwan. The excitement of aviation and travel to Taiwan is so far the sweetest memory that I ever had. The views are magnificent. The roads are smooth, not bumpy. Toilets are clean. No horning on the night market streets. They respect you, so you shall make a way for them. Variety of food, but home cooked foods are still the best. Girls in Taiwan speak so sweetly with a long drag on the ‘yeh’, and the shop assistants will all say, “Come and look-oh, buy fast if you feel want it-oh!” You cannot see Proton cars there, because the driver seat is on the left side. Subway melody is hectic. Suicide cases are rising. Uncountable advanced CCTV is following you all the time. Lots of TV channels freely discussing various issues. Most of them are Buddhist and free thinkers. Too much freedom is not good, because people will make their own standard. That’s all about external side of Taiwan.
Tour guide Lee is awesome. Not only he is knowledgeable, but also he gives tips on life matters: money, health, education. Some of his tips are ‘Health is wealth’, ‘Don’t compare’, ‘You cannot bring money to heaven!’, and etc. He also emphasized that education starts from young. It confirmed how noble my job as an educator in the future. Married and blessed with 3 daughters, he was once shy to talk with the girl that he liked, ugliest one keep talking with him. Sweat. Most importantly, he told us that there are two most remorseful things in our life. First thing is the person has spent all his money, yet he is still alive. The second is the person has enough savings in bank, yet he dies early. I agree with him. Life is not about how long we can live. It depends on how we can make each day count. Live fabulously! Overall, this trip was worth spent. Take nothing but pictures and leaves nothing but footprints. Enjoy the following photos!