Annoying Little Things

In life, there are many things we cannot avoid. One of the things is annoyances. When we feel that everything that we had planned is working well, or we feel that things are just falling into place where it should be, we begin to enjoy those moments. Then suddenly something has to happen. Sometimes, we have no choice but to cancel the plan, or make new plans, or maybe we have to make sacrifices that we are not willing to make.

I have many of those experiences. I bet all of us have it too. This is one of them. I like to eat Cocoa Pebbles for breakfast. It is chocolate, delicious, it is simple and it doesn’t require cooking. Because I don’t cook.

I used to have it every morning. And there was this one particular morning, few years ago, I took out my cocoa pebbles in the fridge; and it was the last serving. But, everything was perfect because it was my perfect serving size and I was not going to share for this one. Not for this one, because I didn’t have extra. I got everything ready, I put it on the dining table. I sat down and I took a spoonful, only to realise that I forgot my tea at the kitchen. So, I went to the kitchen, took my tea came back to the table and there, my dog had his two feet up on the table eating my cocoa pebbles. I SAID NO SHARING!

I went to him and he still eating the Cocoa Pebbles, he looked at me with his side eyes ‘NO SHARING INDEED!.. I’M NOT SHARING EITHER!’ That was my last serving and I had to give the whole bowl to him. That same dog ate my homework that very night.

My family used to tell me, your dog is just like you. Hey… I never eat my homework!

Dear Mr Jane

Dear Mr James,

I am Mr Pen from the council. Could you help with the publicity of this article. We purchased new books for our libraries recently and we would like the members of the public to know it. Some members of the council went for book shopping during the books mega sales at the fifth avenue recently.

We were very lucky enough to be given a budget for our libraries this year. We bought 1,553 books from the sales and we have still have the budget to purchase more books for our libraries this year. Great effort from our council to fill up our rural libraries and encourage our children to read.

Ok. Thanks Mr Pen. I will do it. By the way, I am Jane.

Oh, great! Thanks Mr Jane!

[This is a true story happened to me few days ago. However the name had already been changed]

Life Changed

A few years ago, I attended a two weeks Journalism class. Typical in every first session, we needed to do ice-breaker.

Everybody introduced themselves and it was normal; we revealed our names and where we were from. Then it came to my turn, I stood up, and did what everybody was doing. I was ready to sit down and when the instructor suddenly said “Wait… wait… wait… could you tell us something about your hair?”

I had a crazy curly hair at that time. Nevertheless, the question took me by surprise but this was my answer:

“This is not original. My hair is straight and boring. I’d never curl my hair in my life. I just wanted to see how I look like with curly hair.”

“Does it boost your confidence?” He asked further.

“Oh, yes! Definitely!” I replied.

“So you see, new hairstyle, life changed.” He said.

It was true, because after the hair, few years later, people came up to me and asked “What’s with the shirt?”

Heart Stopping Dream

Last night, I had one of those dreams that I literally thought I was going to die.  I honestly didn’t know where I was.  There were some people with me, but I could not remember who they were.  Anyways, so, I was in a middle of maybe jungle, maybe… I do not know.  A place where i need to run fast enough to climb that very steep ‘wooden’ hill.  Ah… I remember, it was like an obstacle course in which i need to pass the obstacles to the next level.  Now, I didn’t know which course was it, but it was definitely a difficult one.  Okay, so, I watched everybody go and I was the last one to go.  I ran as fast as I could.  It was so scary.. oh my gosh!! scary.. it wasn’t just steep… it was 90 degree.  who could ever climb this thing?  It was okay at first, but as I was going higher.. was scary.. my legs were shaking, my heart was racing – i was sure whether it was because of the run or I was scared.  I ran, I almost reached the top.  One foot left… and I didn’t make it.  I think I lost my momentum.  I could not reach the top and I was falling, like 20 or 30 feet high?  All I know is, it was really high and there was nothing to hold.  I was terrified, I went ‘oh no.. oh no… no…’.  Then… I was in a dark place.  I was in my bed, staring at the ceiling.  ‘It was only a dream!’ Thank God! What a crazy dream!

Friday Morning

I woke up from the barks of my dogs. They were always very annoying little creatures, but I still love them very much. It was already morning, and they loved the morning, running around, playing, what a nice time to start the day. The time was not 7am yet. Gosh, I wished to sleep a little longer but I was awoke by their barks. Annoying little creatures.

I slept late last night, and this morning, I didn’t intend to wake up late to. I couldn’t do it because I needed to go to work this morning. I wished I could I go back to bed. I guess Jimmy Carr was right, the first thing we all need to do do every time we wake up in the morning is to take a nap. Maybe a short nap for me, yeah, I mean I slept the past 1am the night before. I didn’t usually sleep that late, but last night was exceptional. My friend was competing in the Semi Final at the Toastmasters Convention in Chicago. Here, thousands of miles away at home, the founder of our club subscribe to it, so members could watch it at home. And some of us did. Really proud of my friend. He had been a very good mentor to me.

So, yes, I woke up this Friday morning feeling inspired by him. Watching him at the international stage, confident and just being there inspired me. I am not sure how would I react. A morning of great inspiration. Dogs bark, they always do. It is their best self, nothing to complain though.

The Thing About Life

The thing about life is this… it is so mysterious and so beautiful that you need to be alive to experience it and see it.  It is not like living in a dream, but more than that.  It is with the sense of transcendence.  Funny, because my life right now is all about frustration.  Sometimes I do feel stupid, like this morning for example.  I realised, I am so stupid that I feel so stupid (Does that make sense?).  Sometimes, I wonder, why wasn’t I born with such intelligence and wisdom.  Okay, I know that not everybody has wisdom; some have knowledge but no widsom.  I hope that is not me.  Well, mine is worse, I don’t have a lot of knowledge and lacking in wisdom.

Like right now, I am should go to sleep now.  It’s late and tomorrow I need to go to work but I am still writing this blog, because inspiration just came through.  Or rather, I just need to express myself, after a long of absence.  Where have I been, no where, I am just here, trying to make a difference for myself and hopefully for others as well.  But, I am just a nobody, so, some people doesn’t take me seriously.

Yet, with all these troubles and frustrations, I strive to feel alive in my everyday living.  Living a life that is fully alive is indeed a glory to God.  It is indeed allowing God to bless our lives.  I don’t have to always know or understand what life is about.  I won’t understand all of it.  But, that does not stop me from striving to understand more about life.  I mean without it, will life has meaning.  Of course it will!  But, it can make a huge difference because I am finding who I am.  Then, I would dare to step into the unknown and who knows, discover something about myself that I didn’t know it existed.  How wonderful it would be.

Oh life… the reality is bitter, but the fruits are sweet.  How magnificent.


(PS: Just speaking on top of my head…)

Our Common Home

Three years ago, we moved to our new house. It is a simple home but much bigger and with better environment. It has four bedrooms compared to the old wooden house with only two bedrooms.

My mother has a beautiful garden, I have my own bedroom, my father has a space for his vegetables and all other stuff and plenty of space for my four annoying dogs to run around.

Most important, it is a lovely home, filled with love and food.

While I enjoy our new home so much, I cannot help but to think that outside our concrete home, we have a bigger home with a more diverse family.

We call it earth. This earth is our common home; a home that is rich and can provide for everyone; a home that enables us to grow up and to enjoy our lives.

However, today, our home is in crisis. Our ecosystem is collapsing and nearly half of the population in the world is crying for help for a new home because they have nothing to eat, according to UNICEF.

This is the phenomena in which we call the effect of climate change.

It changed this world from a place of abundance to a place for the survival of the fittest, because climate change isn’t just an environmental issue, is a political issue, a social issue and an economic issue.

United Nation describes climate change as a threat to human security with the poor are the hardest hit. The World Food Programme said ‘Hunger is number one cause of death in the world’ and with climate change affecting greatly on agriculture, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) had reported that starvation among young children will be increased by 20 per cent in 2050.

The World Bank predicted at least 20 million people in the world will be pushed to poverty by 2030. That is 12 nears from now.

We are living in a world of great global inequality, and climate change will accelerate it.

That demands the world leaders to change their policy in governing their country or risk greater inequality.

Let me ask you something

As a family, when our brothers and our sisters in need of help, will you try to offer them help, or will you walk away?

The time is now to take action. So, what can we do? Napoleon Hill said, ‘If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way’.

When my father decided to build a house for the family, he was met with financial difficulties, I’ve never seen my dad been that stress. It was a trying times for the family, but that was the time, all of us came together as a family; despite many loans, some of us applied for personal loans and they were approved, we forked out our savings, including my mother who is not working helped financial.

Because of our efforts, the house was completed in a year. I learned that if we are united as a family, even if we give the little that we have, we can achieve our goal.

It is the same thing in answering the cry of our brothers and sisters in this common home. A little effort goes a long way. And we all know that the only way to address climate change is to save energy.

We all know how to save energy; we can do it at home. Things like use recycled papers or stop wasting our food because as Pope Francis said ‘It is like stealing from the poor’. We can also switch off the lights or electricity when not in use, turn of tap water when brushing our teeth or use our own lunch box when ordering take away. Once you do that, it will create a ripple effect. You teach your children and your friends and they teach their children and their friends.

But if you want a step further, be the ambassador to speak about this issue.

We must recognize that climate change is serious, it is urgent and it is growing. Yet things can change, but we need to work together in building our common home. Our future generation deserves much better world than we are in right now. What kind of Home do you want to leave for them?