so i lift my eyes to you lord
in your strength will i break through lord
touch me now
let your love fall down on me
i know your love dispels all my fears
through the storm i will hold on lord
and by faith i will walk on lord
then i’ll see beyond my calvary one day
and i will be complete you
She summed up her philosophy of work: “Life is not easy for any of us,” she said. “But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” That was Marie Curie.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
“your faith has made you well”
—> verse popping into head wrt prayer for God’s healing for my scars and reading much of Luke yesterday
My namesake/motto: wrestling for a blessing!! LOL lame
“When we said ‘I wish you enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them”. Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from memory,
“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.”
She then began to cry and walked away.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person. An hour to appreciate them. A day to love them. And an entire life to forget them.
Passion is the ability to get excited about something. Irrepressibility and tenacity is about the ability to stay with it. If you take a look at all of the companies that have been started in our business, most of them fail. If you take even a look at the companies that have succeeded,Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, you name it, all of these companies went through times of hardship. You get some success. You run into some walls. You try a formula for a new idea, a new innovation, it doesn’t work. And it’s how tenacious you are, how irrepressible, how ultimately optimistic and tenacious you are about it that will determine your success.
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Was in the hospital for a surgery recently and apart from thanking the doctors who did the surgery to save my life, I also thank the nurses who checked up on me every hour to check my vital stats to make sure I stayed alive and do my IVs and with such good cheer and joy and bantering with us patients. It really makes a difference to a patient who feels terrible and is lying on the bed 24 hours a day. They are such an underrated profession. God bless them all!
Good people do terrible things sometimes. Bad people can do good things sometimes. Are we to judge on a balance of the totality of their actions and label them accordingly? Whats the standard of measure - number of actions, or the impact of the consequences, or the goodness of the intention? When do they become ‘lost causes’, if at all?
Who cares about valentines day when your 15th of February has your grandfather showing up at your door like an angel bearing food and concern and general loveliness :)
Dates are only dates. Choose to make each day special :)
So I learnt today that only 9% of my country’s women have experienced some form of physical (at least a slap or push to the very serious) or sexual violence (at least a molestation, up to rape) at least once in their lifetime. 50% have experienced it only once, and 5% live with recurrent violence.
Well I’ve experienced physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and 2 incidents of molestation in public.
Guess I’ve just won the violence lottery here. Third world experiences living in a first world country. Feeling incredibly alone and unfortunate. Where is God’s plan in this?
Maybe Heb 5:7-10 :’)
#cue 5 minute pity party
AND… MOVING ON
We are more than the mistakes we make, the off-days, and the careless things we say. Because God judges us for the entirety of our lives. Not just what we did yesterday, but what we do today and in the future. So while you’re still young, it means you still have time to work towards doing something of value for God. Be glad you’re not on your deathbed thinking that you’ve wasted your whole life. It starts now, and because life is the probation for heaven. Not a day to waste.
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.
Wisest thing this week
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It is impossible to love and learn without making ourselves vulnerable. To rejection, hurt, disillusionment or exploitation. To surprise, affection, understanding and transformation. Dating won’t help you assess those risks and opportunities accurately, let alone prevent them, but it gives you a chance to entertain them and maybe take the plunge.
Any job, like any relationship, brings out some parts of yourself and demands that you put others aside. At best, they free you to express more of who you want to be. At worst, they make you feel unsafe. When flirting with a job, you may feel freed up or want to shut down. That is a sign of how the job may change you.
There are as many kinds of meaning as there are kinds of love. Claiming and liberating us at the same time, both elicit the full range of feelings that come with being alive. Our “meaning lives” are as complex and messy as our “love lives.” Both can be frustrating at times and gratifying at others. In fact, it is the possibility of experiencing a broad range of feelings, in relation to someone or something that matters, that makes them meaningful.
A meaningful job has boring moments, scary moments, angry moments. It is not a flat line of unvarying personal fulfillment. Nothing is great if it is monotone. There is no job of your life out there, waiting to be found. There are only jobs that may make you feel more or less alive. If you allow them to, that is.
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