Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My Bubble: Where Have I Been?

Wow!!! It has been exactly 2 weeks since I last posted.  Sounds kinda like starting on a confession ... and what a timing since this is the Holy Week!

Holy Week, which commemorates the Passion of Christ, begins on Palm Sunday, which falls on March 24, 2013.  The Holy Week for this year will end on Holy Saturday which falls on March 30, 2013.

My blog has been taking a back seat of late due to my busy projects at hand and outdoor excursions.  I don't have anything in particular to post right now but just to wish all my Christian blog-frens "HAPPY EASTER!"

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Living Deliberately: What Do You See In The Mirror?

What do you see when you looked in the mirror every morning? Do you even stop for awhile to acknowledge the person looking back at you? If you do, do you like that person? Does he/she smile back at you or you see a grumpy person right in your face?

Everyone looks into the mirror quite automatically to see how they look in their clothes or if their hair is properly combed or if they have food stuck in their teeth or simply to adjust some malfunction in their appearance. However, you may not realize what you see in the mirror is not only your reflection looking back at you but it is also the reflection of your inner state of being. The mirror very often reflects the emotions that you have repressed. When you are not well-adjusted in the inside, it is difficult to be satisfied with what you see on the outside. You see, you can’t be negative and positive at the same time. Your emotions will somehow betray you.

To look good in your own eyes starts by feeling good on the inside and not the other way round as some would like to have you think. If you have an internal turmoil within you, whatever you see in the mirror upsets you despite others assuring you otherwise. No matter how well-groomed you are, you will always find a flaw somewhere. The rest of the day becomes a downward spiral robbing you of a fruitful day and subsequently a fruitful happy life in the long run.

Rather than wasting your time constantly feeling dissatisfied over what you see, try asking yourself how you can treat yourself better in order to heal the turmoil that is rocking your inner balance. Each person has their own reasons for their repressed emotions. Finding the answers and making the efforts towards healing yourself is an important step in living deliberately. Your immediate purpose is to be honest with yourself and respect yourself in order to find out how to treat yourself better.

While you undergo your healing process, enhance it by practising self-love – eating healthily and exercising regularly. Look after yourself the best you can and you will not have unnecessary reason to dislike what you see. You will regain your self-esteem and notice the person in the mirror smiling back at you with growing confidence. To boot, you will most definitely smile back at the person in the mirror.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Poetry: Take Time

Take Time

TAKE TIME to think;
it is the source of power.
TAKE TIME to read;
it is the foundation of wisdom.

TAKE TIME to play;
it is the secret of staying young.

TAKE TIME to be quiet;
it is the moment to seek God.

TAKE TIME to be aware;
it is the opportunity to help others.

TAKE TIME to love and be loved;
it is God's greatest gift.

TAKE TIME to laugh;
it is the music of the soul.

TAKE TIME to be friendly;
it is the road to happiness.

TAKE TIME to dream;
it is what the future is made of.

TAKE TIME to pray;
it is the greatest power on earth.

A wonderful poem reminding us to take time to do the things we sometimes omit in our lives. Let this poem provide you with positive tips that will help your attitude if you implement them!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Affirmation of the Week ...

I am taking an attitude to be relaxed in everything I do. I feel so calm and enjoying the things I am doing at the moment.

This is my affirmation of the week ...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

My Bubble: Cheat On Me!

My affirmation for this week is "I look forward with excitement!"  Yes, indeed I am looking forward to two very important events in my life i.e. to cast my change-determining-vote in the coming General Election and the other, to celebrate my 50th birthday with my school/classmates with a bang.

While the date of the general election has yet to be determined, the Big-5-O Birthday Bash is already in planning for May 11th. I am so excited to meet up with my school/classmates whom I have not met since we left Form 5 ... some even longer since they left for other schools before that.  It must be age-related because so many that were mentioned just did not rekindle any schoolgirl images in my mind.  It is going to be fun trying to identify them one by one at the birthday bash!

Miss Red
I would said these excitements are just a piece of cake.  Truthfully, I don't think they require me to contribute much effort unlike exercising or should I be more specific ... riding my road-racer, Miss Red.  I love riding my bike, that is after I am already all saddled on the highway.  However, I realize that I have been making a lot of excuses and sometimes hoping for excuses to happen in order to avoid riding Miss Red.  In fact, I was so happy early this morning when it rained heavily that put stop to my early morning ride.  I am certainly not looking forward with excitement in this area.  Why am I cheating myself?

I can sum them up as follows;

1.  I lacked the confidence in my riding skills.
2.  I am fearful of falling and damaging Miss Red.
3.  I worry about other road users ... I've heard of several life-threatening incidents.

I need to change this attitude and it'd better be fast because I need to train as much as possible since I am already registered to join a 160km ride in Kuantan.

What Am I Grateful For This Week ...

It's very easy for us to take things and people for granted.  We take our parents for granted ... we take our spouse for granted ... we take the roof over our head for granted or even the clothes we wear for granted.  Yes, you'd think it sounds silly to even think that we take the ants for granted.

Talk about ants ... I have been at war with them for the past months.  They were everywhere in my home ... crawling over things that weren't even food or food that weren't even sweet!  Well as far as I know mineral water is not sweet ... right? Or am I wrong?

Since spraying insecticides didn't get rid of them, I found out over the internet that baby talcum powder can work to get rid of these pesky ants without causing any toxic effects on humans.  Indeed it work ... "I see dead ants!"  But these ants are smart ... I mean the new scouts sent out to comb for new trails in my house.  I had to dust the talcum everywhere that my house smells like a baby!  Thankfully, I believe I have won this war!  There are still some crawling around but there's just no chances given to them to return to their nest or their Queen ... I see I squash!

Irritating they may be but ants are an important component of our ecosystem for many reasons, one of which most people might fail to realise.  Ants serve a role in preventing the spread of diseases especially botulism by eating carrion.  Let's also not forget that they form part of a food chain so that we may have food to put on our table ... think about it.

There are so many things we can be thankful for each day ... small little things that we may think to be too insignificant but we should be.  What are you thankful for?

1.  I am thankful I have somewhat deterred the ants in my home but of course, I wouldn't want their total annihilation.

2.  I am thankful that I will be reaching the half century mark of my life this year and I am thankful that I will have the chance to celebrate it with a bunch of sexy 50-year-old girlfriends from school ... our plans for our big bash is in progress as I made this entry.

3.  I am thankful for being where I am today ... I've never imagine myself settling comfortably into an early retirement eventhough I'd always wished for it!

4.  I am thankful that my diabetic is under control ... my blood sugar may spike frequently but knowing why it happens and how to manage it gives me relieve and makes me happy and satisfied.

5.  I am thankful that I am still able-bodied for a host of healthy activities ... some days I run, some days I cycle, some days I power-walk and some days I work the stairs.  If I'm not into any of these, some days I am thankful I can be a couch potato!

Let me share with you that there have been studies that showed being thankful, even if you are just pretending, can raise the levels of serotonin and dopamine.  These are usually referred to as 'feel good' chemical that are associated with pleasure and contentment.  So live as if you are thankful for everything and let the real thing come to you!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Poetry: Positive Life


Without dream and vision,
We have nothing

Without Love or being loved,
We feel Nothing

Without God and without friends,
We are nothing.

With dreams and Vision,
everything is POSSIBLE,
we achieve the more impossible things in life;

Never give up your dreams
I'm sure one day
You can achieve more than you ever dream.

With love and be loved,
we feel at the top of the world,
feel extremely good and ecstasy;

With God,
impossible becomes I'm possible,
And feel so wonderfully happy and so good.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Living Deliberately: Validate Yourself And Live A Deliberate Life

Empowering others to validate yourself is to live according to others’ expectation and approval. This is not life by your own design. So are you dependent on others’ approval and validation for your self-worth?

Everyone needs validation. It is absolutely normal as everyone has been constantly receiving validation since their birth. Loving parents consistently offer their validation to their children’s feelings, intelligence, interests, talents, compassion, intuitions and of course, achievements.

Unfortunately as your formative year progresses, you become accustomed to your parents’ validation that you take yourself for granted. Unknowing to you, you functioned more and more on auto-pilot while at the same time allowing the circle of people whom you seek to validate your values and actions to expand. You have forgotten about yourself – the only person who should be empowered to validate yourself after your parents.

To validate yourself is to accept, love and respect yourself. When this happens, you would have eliminated any internal conflict that is creating a disharmony in you – you are in harmony with what you believe to be right and just. Basically, you are at peace with yourself.

Not many people can realize internal harmony as most people struggle out of balance with their deepest values and passions. They are out of sync with their true self. If you want a deep sense of inner peace, you need to rediscover what is at your very core and build from there. You must discover your true self before you can move on to plan your life the way you want.

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice” – Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Law Of Attraction: Validate Yourself To Receive Abundance

What do you connect self-validation with the law of attraction? Majority of people have an inherent and insatiable need for approval or validation. You may not realize it but this need or desire is a strong motivation force that moves and shapes you into the person that you are. There is nothing wrong with this as long as you know whose approval you are seeking.

Just think about it. If you do not validate yourself positively, how then can you expect another person or the world to give you the approval you seek? Even if it had been given to you, you’d probably reject the truth of it anyway!

To validate yourself is about accepting yourself – who you were, who you are now and who you are going to be. Validating yourself activates the law of attraction into action to attract more abundance into your life. External validation is always reassuring because it reinforces your view about yourself. However, self-validation is far more reassuring as it builds on your self-worth based on your solid foundation of self-approval. You are less likely to reject yourself because you are comfortable with who you are inside and outside. Validating yourself will feed your need to feel secure and confident allowing your life to flow in the positive direction.

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein

Who you are and who you choose to become is your birthright. You should not allow yourself to be set upon by others to be someone you are not. When you are living a life constantly seeking approval from others, fear, anger, insecurity, anxiety and resentment emit from within you. Remember, the law of attraction does not filter these negative thoughts and emotions and charges into action to work with the Universe to attract more of the same to you.

When you accept yourself is to love yourself and this allows you to engage freely in positive thoughts and emotions from inside out. When you accept yourself, you will accept the people around you and the environment surrounding you. It is so much easier to be forgiving, non-judgemental and appreciative of what you have at the moment. You are living in a positive flow and again, the law of attraction will orchestrate with the Universe.

Your life will not get better on its own. Neither will it get better with a flick of your finger. To achieve your desires or to receive your abundance takes time and effort but most importantly, your life will only start to get better once you have started to treat yourself better. Your self-approval starts by forgiving yourself for past mistakes and you will need to be truthful with yourself on this. Do not compromise on your personal values and start appreciating yourself for all that you have accomplished so far. The law of attraction is never bias. It just follows your flows.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Affirmation of the Week ...

There are so several events or activities in the planning for the coming months. I am eagerly waiting with excitement for the days to come.

This is my affirmation of the week ...