Category Archives: Living

The Power of Change

If I have to pick a day, I am going to pick today.

Today marks an important step of everything we do.

Today gives us the meaning of why we are here. We are here for a reason. We are here to move the world forward. We are moving the people in this world forward. We are walking with everybody with a particular insight in mind, and we want (at least some part of) the population to believe in us, to follow us and eventually advocate for us.

If some day we can look back and check those milestones, today would be one of them. Let’s celebrate (just for the fact that we have a milestone).

God (if any) bless us.

Reactivating the Beads

I have revisited my old post “Knowledge as the Connected Beads” last night and realised why my brain performance is deteriorating recently.

Sure I have so many things happening at the same time in my mind in the past couple of weeks / months, but that’s not new to me. I was able to deal with 7 exams for different subjects within a week full of midnight oil. I was also able to teach a new subject and deal with a new born baby at the same time without any sleep. Not to mention the effort of arranging the ultimate wedding day and the ultimate honeymoon in parallel back then and yet still had the extra energy to put the attention to reduce my weight for 30 lbs in 2 months (I know some might say losing weight should be the result of the other tasks automatically anyway…).

I know I was younger then, but I feel that there is something fundamentally different here.

Then I finally realised that the core reason is related to how I use my strength (or not). I am a person who need INPUT quite a lot to energize myself. I got all these output demand, and not enough time to do the input. As a result, my net knowledge flow is negative, and I feel dry about it.

Now it is time for me to read more books, attend more classes, go to more conferences, or set up more “antenna” to absorb information. The most effective antenna I have set up lately is Twitter. 140 chars. #Short and #sweet. Cheers.

Morning Jam

Traffic Jam塞車中。身邊的人睡了。只好胡思亂想。

對著車龍,你通常都會發覺自己排隊那一行總比隔鄰那行慢。到你千辛萬苦過了隔離線,原本那條卻突然又通了。呻笨。早知唔好轉來轉去。

但你又會發覺有人永遠能在這條線減慢前跳到隔鄰,然後又在隔鄰減慢前跳回。像搵工跳槽,也像投資:高賣低買,鬼唔知阿媽係女人。大勢一樣,但賺蝕全看操控騎浪時機的技巧。

有時我又會想,為了賺那廿個車位距離而要花神不斷轉線,不如留在本線安份守己專心聽歌。

但長線來看,要賺得更多,倒不如揀個另一條路。就算不是穩賺,起碼沿途有新風景可欣賞,不用只靠聽歌自娛。

不過,終極造福人群的事是宏觀地改善塞車黑點,全體駕者一起加速,像偉大祖國常掛在口邊的「家家戶戶富起來」!(只是現實是總有人會比其他人先富和多富一點點……)

The Road Not Taken

Road_Not_Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

– Robert Frost

Thank You My Friend

This is not a hard story. In fact, this is not even a story.

This is actually a statement to declare that I (we) got a friend. A True Friend.

Don’t get me wrong when you read this (I mean you, yes, you). I am not saying that I have actually been ignoring this point until now. The reason why I only blog about it out loud now purely because my blog-pipeline has been way too long, and is not moving. In order to move this card to the front, I have to deliberately drag you from the “Next” column to the “Writing” column today.

On my draft, I was going to point out all the special things that you accidentally or mysteriously matching me or my wife’s respectively, or all the tricky theories that only you have the wisdom and patient to understand, or even all the secrets that only 3 of us in this world is holding.

But I guess I won’t.

I am simply gonna tell you this: Thank You. Thank you for being the first (and perhaps the only ever) true friend that we have here in this part of the world; someone we can deeply trust without hesitation and exception, someone we can show our relax faces to, and someone who let us to be ourselves honestly and still achieve something great together. Someone who completes our circle. Thank you.

New Year Resolution on a Train

Now it is time to talk about my New Year Resolution. Obviously I am not in a hurry to make one. After all, this is Jan 6 already and I am still thinking.

Not that I am not a planning person. Or perhaps I am, just that I have a planning partner that drives our train.

Snow Train

Hmm… I used the term “train” instead of “car” or “ship”. Strange. There must be some hidden agenda behind this object. Well, I really don’t know. Does it mean that I see “lives” as a fixed route that all you could change is the speed (to the end)?

Perhaps. But in a way that explains how I don’t need to have a New Year Resolution after all. Perhaps we are not even the train drivers. Me and my partner are just some little train passengers who only have one decision to make: to stay on or get off, if and only if the train stops at that moment. A very passive and boring decision.

Hmm… now I know what’s my New Year Resolution for this year should be: Get off the train and start driving my own car!

Easy.

(photo courtesy: Santa Fe)

Stars

The End of the World

I am now looking at the stars. I am pretty sure that the same set of stars was shining last year (as shown in the pic), the year before or 100 years ago. In their life spans, it won’t make a slight difference anyway. In fact, try to look back a million years later, most of these stars should be still shining at almost the same spots.

For some reason some people in our human life spans are worrying about the end of the world. The end of which world? Perhaps only in our little world. Oh, our “civilization” is collapsing? No problem, another one will emerge and replace ours. The earth is still turning normally. Just us, like the dusts on the surface, got “renewed” and “updated”. That’s not the end of the world. That’s just the end of us. Exactly like how Dinosaurs ended last time. And seriously the world doesn’t really care.

Or perhaps we could treat it like the way of how Matrix had its Multi-revolutions. In a way every “the end of the world” is just the reboot of another never ending loop. I would love to have the reboot eventually, but perhaps not tooooo soon, coz I still haven’t finished enjoying this round of the reincarnation cycle.