On Living Not in Binary

Suleika Jaouad on TED

On the video, a former cancer patient challenges us to think beyond the divide “sick” and “well”.

The question she’s asking is this: How do you begin again and find meaning after life is interrupted?

On Minimalism

King Solomon Five Truths

King Solomon’s five truths above are really a good set of baseline – foundation, so to speak – for minimalism lifestyle.

Minimalism is not only a matter of removing clutters from your life, be them physical or mental, but deep down there is an old wisdom on which minimalism lies.

Minimalism is about focusing on what really matters. All the essentials.

It focuses on the least needed to make the most of life. In this perspective, abundance of things is not an evil. Our way of consumption is. Compulsive consumption is the real evil, of never enough.

What matters to you in the physical level, and how would you decide to use it to add values to your life as a whole?

That, I think, is the real question.

On Claire Wineland and Her Legacy

Remember the Five Feet Apart movie I’ve introduced on a previous post?

The story is inspired by Claire Wineland, an active and inspiring young woman with Cystic Fibrosis, who died at 21. Stella Grant, one of the main two characters in the movie represents Claire, an active CF patient who falls in love with Will Newman, another CF patient.

Claire Wineland

On the video above, you could see just how positive she is about her life. She is clearly suffering, but she is channeling her energy and time to all the beauty in her life, trying to help and even inspire lot more people, while she can.

She is also beautiful, very knowledgeable, so mature and wise beyond her age. It is kind of hard to believe that she is that young but so wise.

Personally I was really impressed to see her actively involved in political campaign, posting videos on her YouTube page, playing music, studying things, even inspire people through her speech, given CF in the picture. It’s definitely not easy to be her.

I am particularly inspired by a line of her expressed on the video:

“Death is inevitable, but living a life that we can be proud of, that is something we can actually control.”

Claire Wineland

Her real life story gets me to the question worth-considering in every single day of our life in this world:

What is it you are going to write in the minutes of your life?

Are you still going to waste your time sweating the little things? Or, are you going to put more focus on things that matter, like the quality of your relationships with loved ones?

Life is short. Too short to be spent chasing things that do not clearly contribute to your happiness. If this is another new day given to us, it is another day that should be meaningful, not just hours pass us by.

What is it that matter to you?

Feel it, enjoy it as much as you can and as long as you can, because we all know, there will be time for us all to die, a time when we couldn’t have it all anymore.

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Update: The following are some of her inspiring talks published on YouTube.

Claire on a TEDx when she was just 14!
Claire on another TEDx conference.
This is her talking to doctors! ๐Ÿ™‚

Her YouTube Clairity Project (what a cool title!) is on this page.

Her YouTube channel is here.

She’s totally amazing, isn’t she?

For me she is an angel, such a beautiful gift from God, a mature and wise girl far beyond her age.

God sent her for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

On Choices

Appreciate life and everything in it while you can have it.

It is easier to appreciate something when we couldn’t have it anymore. Be it a touch from a loved one, a moment of laughter with friends, a smile, a hug, and all those little things that warm your heart and soul, make you feel happy.

Appreciate things as gifts from God while you’re experiencing it. God is putting experiences in our lives to make us stronger, wiser, and closer to Him.

That is what I believe.

The real test is our daily lives. How in life you do put priorities is the real question. Is family time over work, or vice versa? Is time with kids over time with gadgets at home, or vice versa? Is hours at office over hours at home, or vice versa?

It is all about choices made every single day.

What kind of experience you want and decisively choose to have more of today?

I hope we are the ones who are making the wise choices.

Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

Good or Bad, Who Knows?

As cited from a book titled 31 Days to Happiness by David Jeremiah, page 173 – 174:

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During World War II, a man in Sussex, England, sent some money to the Scripture Gift Mission. He enclosed a letter saying that he longed to give more, but the harvest on his farm had been very disappointing because of a lack of water. He was also fearful because German bombs were being dropped in the area, and his family and farm were at risk. He asked the workers of Scripture Gift Mission to pray that no bombs would fall on his land.

Mr. Ashley Baker wrote back from the mission and said that while he did not feel led to pray that exact prayer, he had prayed that Godโ€™s will for their lives would prevail.

Shortly after, a huge German missile crashed down on the farm. None of the manโ€™s family or live-stock was harmed, but the bombshell went so far into the ground that it liberated a submerged stream. The stream yielded enough water to irrigate the manโ€™s farm as well as neighboring farms. The next year, due to a bountiful harvest, the man was able to send a large offering to the mission.

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The falling bomb might seem as a bad thing initially, but what happens next is definitely not.

The labels our mind puts on things happening in our lives are not what the things themselves often reveal in the end.

The labels are not the things themselves. What matters is what something reveals to us in the end. The end is better than the beginning.

So, good things or bad things, who really knows?

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