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Friends Matter

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. – Euripides


Friends matter.

As the kid failed to jump, over and over again, with frustration arising, all he needs is just a little bit more of support.

A support saying that he is still loved. That he still has the strength within him. That his friends are behind him. That there is still hope left.

In life, we will face our darkest moments.

Some lucky people will only experience it once or twice.

For the others, these dark moments come rather frequently.

As human, we are adaptable. We are flexible. Every single problems faced would make us stronger.

When you are facing a tough problem, remember this. You are NOT alone. You never be. You have friends with you.

Talk to them.
Spend the day quietly at each other’s side.
Hold their hands.

Things are easier to go through when you are not alone.

Problems shared are problems halved.

Remember your friends and be there for them, especially when they needed it the most.

Problem in life is a given. It happens in most unexpected time. Be resilient. Have supportive friends around you. Surround yourself with kind people.





I’ve always been interested in how we survive and how resourceful we are as Americans. – Steven Spielberg

Success doesn’t come to those with the most resources. Time, money, strength.

Success comes to those who are resourceful. Those who make do with what they have.

If you don’t have the money, find another job. Get another part time job. Find way to reduce your expenses. Is there another way to do things without the required money?

If you don’t have the time, can you say no to chores that don’t serve you? Can you find ways to do things faster? Can you do things more efficiently?

If you don’t have the strength, can you find someone to help you? How can their energy help you? Can you leverage on other people’s expertise?

Resourcefulness is about making do with what you have. It’s about maximizing your chances of success while reducing the risk or the downside. It’s about thinking out of the box to solve your problems.

What is your current pain points that you are facing right now? How can you see it differently, from a different light? How can you solve it with what you have, or even better, with less than what you have?



Swimming and Michael Phelps

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. – Napoleon Hill

Just back from a swimming lesson. It was tiring, doing drills on breast-stroke style.

My friends have started learning freestyles while I am still stuck at breast-stroke.

Although I still couldn’t swim properly, I was making progress as compared to a few weeks ago, when I first started. I just needed more practice.

And guidance.

Which is why I have deep respect to those who can swim well.

And amazing athlete in the swimming arena. Like Michael Phelps.

Which is why, the news of him being caught driving under influence came as a shock.

I condemn drink driving.

But I still have full respect to Michael.

He did what a celebrated athlete, what a gentleman should be doing – admit his weakness, admit his mistakes and resolves to overcome it.

Admitting mistakes is not a sign of weakness.

It is a show of strength. And courage.

Only then, would one has the power to change his circumstances.

As dedicated a person is, he may still be swayed by influences and bad judgments. Therefore, one should always be vigilant. Stay true to one’s values.

Despite all the societal pressure and the limelight on him on this recent episode, he remains focused on improving himself. That’s what separates successful persons from the average people.

With this, I would sincerely wish him all the best.

And hope to see him in competitive swimming arena soon.

What would you do if you were in his shoes?