Sunday, September 16, 2007

Contentment is life without limbs?

Contentment is being satisfied with life as it is. Discontentment is being dissatisfied with the status quo. What if you had no arms or legs? What kind of life would someone like that have?

Are we content with what we have? More or less? Check this video out... and consider again!

Saturday, March 31, 2007

'Reading Newspaper Advertisements, I come face to face with what I don't need"

It’s nice to be able to sit down quietly for a change. My sons are watching a Winnie the Pooh movie. My daughter is napping in the other room. Wifey is away with sister buying a much needed pair of shoes.

Finally, I’m able to sit down and read the Singapore English Newspaper, something I want to do but am not able to, geographically speaking.

I come face to face with ‘oodles’ of things promising convenience, prestige and acceptance. I really never thought I’d feel or think this way. Living in a foreign culture and helping others [1st group] with much less than I have AND THEN in turn helping others [2nd group] who have far less than [1st group] they have, I come face to face with how much do I really need.

Being back in Singapore, I can’t help but notice the number of shoes people have. They are no means comparable to the infamous Imelda Marcos, but the question is “how many pairs of feet does a person have?”

I remember the time when mould used to grow on my shoes because they never saw the ‘light of day.’

....We actually need far less than we have.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Racing to win or just to beat the other guy.

"I'm 24," Abrahams says. "And I've never known contentment"

In the movie "Chariots of Fire", Harold Abrahams was beaten by Eric Liddle, the Scottish Flyer in the 100 meter dash. Upset at being beaten, Abrahams obsessed himself with another shot at beating Liddle. When Eric pulled out of the 100 meter Olympic heats due to his religious beliefs, Abrahams won the race but still didn't find satisfaction at winning because Liddle hadn't competed.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

False Contentment

I wasn't sure what to expect, after all it had been a long day and we'd been traveling in a van for the last 4 hours.

A very professional and well-done history and exhibition on the history of opium. The effects, the carnage, the lives that were destroyed, exploited, subjugated and ultimately thrown away because of chasing an illusive contentment that would never be satisfied in a puff or however many puffs.

Check it out.

Monday, December 18, 2006

The "Me Church" Video

Dissatisfied with your current church.

Looking for "Greener pastures"

Friday, December 8, 2006

Mega Christmas Party vs contentment

Today is Christmas at Payap University. We spent the day going from department to department carolling. It was extremely tiring going between 2 campuses as I had to play the keyboard. At 4pm, we had an all-university worship service followed by loads of free food.

Normally, the whole family would be here to celebrate but John's sick.

It was an entirely different feeling. I couldn't wait to get home to be home with my family. So much for the party and all the food. :-(

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Pure Joy, Pure Elation, John & Geoff

It's great to be a kid! Pure joy frozen in time. I'm glad I captured this moment.

Great contentment can be found in the laughter of children.

Great memories.