Creative Writing, Personal

Key Lessons: February 2018

Last month’s lessons are pretty much like timely reminders.

  1. I reaffirm this: “All is well that ends well.”
  2. Convictions cannot be taught, but may be caught.
  3. God is always preparing us–for tomorrow, for next month, or for 20 years from now.
  4. Before doing anything–always ask yourself, why?
  5. It’s okay to be vulnerable, but be so to the right people.
  6. God lets you go through it so you can grow through it.
  7. Bad experiences are life lessons wrapped in unexpected packaging.
  8. Whether it’s at work, an interview, or in friendships–be yourself.
  9. There’s always a reason that it’s an open door.
  10. Be there for people.
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Creative Writing, Photography & Digital Art, Travel

Motion and Stillness

I remember the first time I realised why people take so long staring at photos displayed in museums. I can’t remember what I was looking at, but I can still recall the sensation of  emotions and thoughts mingling. There is something unique and fascinating about looking at the brush strokes and the colors blending together. The particular beauty of focusing on individual sections of the painting, then stepping away from the artwork to appreciate the majesty of the whole. Also, when I look at paintings, my right brain seems to enter a trance of manufacturing words and words and poetry.

There’s also that similar sensation that I get when I look at photos. Maybe it’s why I really got into tumblr in high school. Photos can really capture a thousand words. Just the other day as I was skimming through photos from the past months, I saw this one. I took it while I was in the car and we were passing by these fields, on the way to a resort.

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Character & Leadership, Creative Writing, Relationships

Influence vs Authority

Influence

This is definitely one principle that we really have to assess and understand both as followers and as leaders ourselves.

Do we understand the difference of influential and authoritative?

As followers, let’s look at people who have authority over us. Do we allow them to influence us or do they just exist as autocratic authority figures? Are there strong influencers in our lives who are not necessarily in a position of authority? What is it about them that has an impact in our lives?

As leaders, do we exercise our authority in order to influence others? Or do we influence others (hopefully positively) even without necessarily being in a position over them? Do we focus on authority? Do we live as a positive influence over others? Do we understand how much influence we can make on other people?

Having a clear picture of our influence and authority over other people can really improve our leadership towards a more effective and more authentic one.

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Creative Writing

Rest

Prompt #14: What’s your schedule like?

If my friends read this, they’ll see how chill I really am in this season of being a working girl. In many ways, I’m thankful that I was given an 8-5 job, though it can be tiring at times. This lifestyle keeps everything in a peaceful routine. I don’t have to worry about sudden or unexpected changes.

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Creative Writing, Personal

How I Changed Over the Past Few Years

Prompt #8: How have you changed over the past few years?

How have I changed? How am I different from my 2013 self? There’s a lot, I would say. But I don’t know which one to talk about. In fact, in the past days it’s getting awkwardly funny talking about myself in detail for these blog prompts.

To make it a little easier for me, I asked a friend what she thought has changed about me in the past few years. She answered:

“I’m not sure if I didn’t know you much back then, but for me you express your principles more. You’ve become more vocal.”

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Creative Writing, Personal

Highs and Lows

Prompt #7: List your highs and lows in the past year.

If I have to list down all the things that worked out and all the things that went wrong in the past year, it could be a blog on its own.

The past year has been constantly swinging from darkness to light like a pendulum. One moment, I am sunshine then suddenly I’m a shadow. It’s in those sunny days I remember what people say about how it’s terrifying being happy because you never know when it’s going to end. It’s a subtle fear you try to ignore, but it lingers anyway. It’s daily gripping the light because the drop leads to an abyss of anxiety and sadness.

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Creative Writing, Personal

Countries I Want to Live In

Prompt #4: Where would you like to live one day?

Lately, I’ve been wanting to travel to more countries, so I’ve become more intent on doing research. I’ve already seen so many photos, travel itineraries, bucketlists, historical sites, and lots of interesting stories about popular countries to visit. I have only been to 2 countries (including my own), so I really have so much more to cover.

When I read this prompt, the first thought that came to me was: what countries I wanted to live in. You can actually answer this prompt by describing a dream home, or maybe just characteristics of the surroundings, like maybe the seaside or at the edge of a mountain. But since countries are always at the back of my mind, I’m listing down 3 countries I want to live in someday, maybe not permanently, but even for a few months or years at a time.

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