Feet on the Ground

Many paths lie ahead
You ask, which one to take
At your heart’s leading
One step, you make

Feels right
Feels wrong
Feels good, or bad
The road, for sure —
Almost never certain

Obstacles along the way
Hurdles that make you stumble
Mountains so insurmountable
Landmines of life —
Pain, discouragement, despair

Stand firm
Two feet on the ground
Look upwards…then inwards
There is hope, strength — and
The ground
Still beneath your feet

Steady your spirit
And step again, forward
Because you can
When your feet
Are firmly on the ground.

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One-Liner Wednesday — A Quote from a Great Statesman

Recently my blog has been getting views from neighboring country, Singapore, so for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday I decided to reproduce a quote by Minister Mentor of Singapore, the amazing Mr. Lee Kuan Yew:

“It struck me as manifestly fair that everybody in this world should be given an equal chance in life, that in a just and well-ordered society there should not be a great disparity of wealth between persons because of their position or status, or that of their parents.” – as written in his memoirs The Singapore Story

This post is part of LindaGHill’s One-Liner Wednesday:
http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/one-liner-wednesday-april-13-2004/

Five Things that Made Me Smile Today

I have barely recovered from the chronic cough and cold I caught while in New Zealand, so resuming work today and having these things make me smile definitely made my day much more bearable:

1. Seeing my colleagues again and catching up with them amidst the cough puncturing my sentences
2. Hearing some good news about a program I initiated not long ago with another colleague
3. Listening to Malaysian jazz queen, Sheila Majid on the way to work
4. Getting random messages from a guy I recently met wishing me speedy recovery and lovely weekend and all that jazz. Men can be very sweet – when they want to 🙂 ha!
5. The long weekend ahead thanks to the Eid Mubarak celebration

What about you – what made you smile today?

This post is part of SoCS:
http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-2514/

The Paradox of Travel

When we travel, we venture out and yet we find ourselves peering inside our hearts, minds and souls. We see new things, and at the same time these new things cause us to see old things in new ways. Surrounded by the unfamiliar, the familiar crystallizes in contrast and miles and miles away from our comfort zones, some things begin to hit home.

Before the journey we yearn for the getaway and think that if it doesn’t happen soon enough we will go crazy because familiarity has become so suffocating…but soon into the trip we find ourselves missing the comforts of home, our roots.

When we travel, we look forward to experiencing things that we have not experienced before. We search for novelty, but at the end of it the journey reinforces how alike all humans are. Different forms maybe, but similar substance. We may have different ways of doing things and different histories – but on deeper examination the motivation that drove us to do what we do and did are the same.

Travel costs money, quite a lot of it! But when taken as a journey into ourselves, the result is often a wiser, worldlier, more self-assured individual with more to sow and therefore, reap.

So here’s the paradox of travel: that I venture a thousand miles…only to find myself closer to what is already the closest to me. For I travel not to run away, but to get closer to my heart and home.