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Standard Chartered Marathon 2016

I loved the feeling of freedom in running, the fresh air, the feeling that the only person I’m competing with is me. – Wilma Rudolph

It’s Standard Marathon Singapore 2016 tomorrow. I’ve registered for Full Marathon but decided not to run.

Had fever last weekend and still recuperating. Still coughing and feeling lethargic.

My friends said, “Go run! Don’t quit! Don’t give up!”

My family said, “Don’t run! Health and safety first!”

Conflicting suggestions. Externally and internally.

My ego wanted to run. But my health said otherwise.

Living a good life is about choosing your battles wisely. You don’t have to step into every single battle. If the odds are against you, just step back. Admit defeat and come back another day.

If you are considering extreme sports, always take precaution. Your health and safety comes first, no matter what. Even if your competitive nature pushes you to the limit.

Smart people consider their limits and act wisely. Ignorant people ignore their limits recklessly.

For now, I would rest well. And sign up for another run another day.





Happy Chinese New Year!

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. – Marcus Aurelius

Happy Chinese New Year!

May the year bring you abundance.
May the year treat you well.
May you be in the pink of health.
May you be surrounded in love.

Let bygones be bygones.

Learn from the past, both good and bad.

Chart a new journey.

Have a new aim in life.

Stay cheerful and stay motivated.




What If There Is Something Better Out There For Me?

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. – William J. Clinton

Have you ever asked yourself that question: What if there is something better out there for me?

In another word, it is a question of: Should I hang on or should I go and chase another thing?

It is a question of context.

If you are currently unsatisfied with your life, whether it is about your job, your health, your relationship, the answer is always to seek the greener posture outside.

That would mean if your job is at rock bottom, or your health has hit an all time low. If you are obese and in high risk of getting heart attack, by all means, change!

If it is currently an OK situation for you with your job, you may want to consider it carefully. To change job would mean to leave your current job.

It is a question of opportunity cost. Would the perceived benefits of a new job outweigh the loss from quitting this job?

A few questions to ponder:
What are your passions?
Would the new job lead you to your life’s grander objective?
Would it align you to your life values?
Why are you leaving your current job?
Would you experience the same thing in your new job?
Instead of seeking new job, is there something you should learn to improve on yourself first? 

The questions have been posted before you. The question now is, what would you choose?

Choose wisely.



Prevention and Cure

Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives. – Louise L. Hay

As the sayings go, prevention is better than cure.

Prevention is the pain of maintaining a good habit.
Cure is the pain of rectifying a bad habit.

Do you wish to eat an apple a day to keep fit?
Or do you wish to eat medicine to cure your cold?

Do you wish to study harder before exam?
Or do you wish to study harder for re-test?

Do you wish to treat others with respect?
Or to treat others after you lost their respect?

It’s either the pain of hard work or the pain of regret.

Look through your life today. Whether it is about your health, your career, your relationship, your personal development, what is the lack you see? How can you prevent the dire situation that you may be heading towards to?



Pain and Pleasure

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. – Leonardo da Vinci

Tony Robbins once said that our actions are governed by pain and pleasure. Actually, he says it over and over again.

Just like the basic organism moving away from heat and towards food, we human do quite similarly as well.

We do things to avoid pain. We also do things to gain pleasure. What do we really avoid and what do we really want?

For wealth, we may be avoiding the pain of begging on the street. We want the pleasure of having the money to buy the things our heart desires.

For health, we may be avoiding heart attack due to being obese. We want the pleasure of being able to wear sexy clothes.

For relationship, we may be avoiding fear of loneliness. We want the pleasure of companionship, sharing all the goodness in life.

Think of your life goals in terms of pain and pleasure. Think of the pain you are avoiding and the pleasure you want. Incorporate them into your annual goals.

How do you re-write your goals – this time round with the pain and pleasure?



Lessons from uncle mover

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. – Confucius

This morning, I helped out my friends in house-moving. Finally, they have a place to call their own. Still waiting for mine though.

Can you believe that two people can have the total items of 6 people? Unbelievable.

Anyway, it was a half an hour trip to their new place. As I shared the back of the lorry with one of the movers, he began to share some lessons with me.

Uncle Steve said:

Take care of your health. You are young, you don’t realize it. But when you get older, you will see all the pain.

Learn basic skills. Driving. Handicraft. Computing. Etc. You will never know when you need it most.

Or when you find yourself unemployed one day.

Don’t buy branded clothes. You won’t be wearing the same clothes every single day. Save  up the money for better use.

Be frugal and yet still enjoy  life. You can eat buffet once in a while, but not everyday.

Stay healthy. Cut down on meat consumption.

Choose your life partner wisely. You are still young. Plenty of time. Let it come naturally.

In life, there are many so-called strangers who cross their paths with us. If you would just be open enough, and lend your ears – you will learn much more.

Whom are you going to listen to today? And learn some life lessons from them?



Stomachache on a Friday

Health is not valued till sickness comes. – Thomas Fuller

As the day winded down to Friday night, when the excitement for weekend approached, I was down with stomachache. That’s one bad case of diarrhea. From Friday night till Sunday.

I was like – curse the food that I ate, if I could identify which one it was.

It was a weekend all planned out for me. There’s a cosplay event at Marina Barrage. There’s BMW World at MBS. And there’s InvestFair at Suntec.

As with other things in life, there are lessons in everything that happens.

When you are ill, you couldn’t participate fully in the things you do. Even if those things are the things you like to do and look forward to doing.

When you are ill, you could psycho yourself to keep on moving.  You could self motivate yourself.  But there is only so much you could do.

When you are ill, you are easily irritated. Emotions are heavily influenced  by the state of health you are in.

Health is wealth. Stay healthy. Eat right, have sufficient rest, exercise regularly and keep check on your stress level. Only then can you focus fully on creating the success you want.

In case you are asking – I’m fine now. Thanks for the thoughts.