140. Grit

By Angela Duckworth.

Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success

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My self-confidence was crumbling this week. Things were not going well at work. Things did not feel fair. What I put in did not equal what I got, compared to others.

Very discouraged, I remembered that I had not finished this book since our September adventure. It could give me an objective view about hard work. And it did.

I may not be the smartest. But I will work my damned hardest. It does not mean that all will be rosy from now on. It means that I will fall down seven times, get up eight. I will keep going.


139. Happiness is a State of Mind

By Gyalwang Drukpa

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Happiness is what I have anytime I want it. It is not dependent on any material things.

I have to let go and let live. Too many things I feel that I should/have to control, and hence it discourages me when things do not go as planned/intended. What others think of me is NONE OF MY BUSINESS.

I shall live free. Let go of expectations, and be free in God.

138. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

By Robin S. Sharma

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Everyone sees what they want to see.

“It doesn’t matter what other people say about you. What is important is what you say to yourself. Do not be concerned with the judgment of others as long as you know what you are doing is right.”

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you matters little when compared to what lies within you.”

“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as to think.” Emerson

Do the things you fear.

The Ten Rituals of Radiant Living

  1. Ritual of Solitude
  2. Ritual of Physicality
  3. Ritual of Live Nourishment
  4. Ritual of Abundant Knowledge
  5. Ritual of Personal Reflection
  6. Ritual of Early Awakening
  7. Ritual of Music
  8. Ritual of the Spoken Word
  9. Ritual of a Congruent Character
  10. Ritual of Simplicity

137. For One More Day

By Mitch Albom

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“Here is what you are going to find out about marriage: you have to work at it together. And you have to love three things. You have to love 1) Each other. 2) Your children (When you have some! Hint! Hint!). 3) Your marriage.

What I mean by that last one is, there may be times that you fight, and sometimes you and Catherine won’t even like each other. But those are the times  you have to love your marriage. It’s like a third party. Look at your wedding photos. Look at any memories you’ve made. And if you believe in those memories, they will pull you back together.”

Learning more about each other, ourselves, and our relationship day by day.

Wanting to do things that matter when I breathe by last. Meeting Gitty is one of them. We talk about life, death, meaning, peace, simplicity, happiness, the present. We are going to live in the present and savour the experience. She lent me The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari,  and Happiness is a State of Mind.

136. Tuesdays with Morrie

An old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson

By Mitch Albom

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“Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

“When you learn how to die, you learn how to live.”

“Building your own little subculture… The little things I can obey. But the big things- how we think, what we value- those you must choose yourself. You can’t let anyone- or any society- determine those for you.”

I can’t remember when exactly I first read Tuesdays with Morrie. I so easily get distracted by the hustle of activities. I become oblivious to the plights of my patients in the midst of getting the job done. And of course, trying not to do stupid things and end up delaying things. Empathy disappears when I’m stressed, and I don’t like that. I don’t want to be lost in the moment and only reflect on and rue the moment I have lost.

Can I live by my own rules? How do I stay on top of the my game so that I can enjoy the moments, the interactions with my patients while I work? So many questions, to which the answers come later on with hindsight.


Making our meals

14 Feb 2016, Valentine’s breakfast at the beach by him.

1 May 2017, Spur of the moment after cycling

4 May 2017, Chicken stew by us


15, 16 July 2017, our favourite breakfast at home, Day 1 by him, Day 2 by us

135. Changing Lives

Hard truths about helping the poor

By Robert Kee

135 Robert Kee Changing Lives Hard truths about helping the poor

These are rough times. Marawi, London.

How should I go about doing my part for charity? Seems that the best way is to give through your profession.

How much can I give? It feels wrong to be enjoying such comfort when there people with no food, no clothes, and no hope.