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Live Well and Be Happy

We are now into the middle of 2021. How have we lived the past 18 months amid the pandemic? I’m sure we all have stories to tell. I believe we have, at varying degrees, experienced anxiety, fear, doubts and disbelief of the atrocities that happened in the world the past year and a half. Notwithstanding, I hope we also find new experiences; increased adaptability; resilience that we were unaware of; openness to change; and, joy in small simple things.

For me, taking time off to enjoy nature through walks and hikes (and a little cycling) not only reminds me of the beauty that surrounds us, it also begs my body to exercise. While I enjoy the mundane routines in staying home, I do miss the freedom to just get out and meet people - the catching up with friends over lunch; the cuppa in the afternoons with or without friends. The chunk of time I used to plan overseas trips became the slack I need to fill my mental space and my longing void. It’s a dilemma of being content with the aimless leisure and the incredible lightness of being. However, undeniably, I am blessed.

At the point of writing this, the pandemic numbers seem to be easing and we could look forward to less restrictive social activities soon. Smile.

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June 2021

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In this article, Gary Hayden explores the virtue of empathy. The feeling of empathy or compassion motivates us to act in good and unselfish ways to reduce the amount of suffering in the world around us. It is believed that compassion makes us happier. According to the Dalai Lama, “…It is a mental attitude based on the wish for others to be free of their suffering and is associated with a sense of commitment, responsibility and respect towards others.” The writer believes that compassion helps us to connect with people in a warmer and friendlier manner and, in return, we enjoy better relationships and live more fulfilling lives. Read more...
The writer, a columnist, who writes for the Financial Times for the last 31 years is calling it quits next summer. She is going to teach trigonometry in a school in inner London where the shortage of teachers is worst. Rationalising her decision to walk away from the job she loves and that pays well, did not seem like a big struggle as she puts it, “But the biggest thing, which readers may find hard to swallow given my entire career has been based on ridiculing others, is that, for my next act, I want to be useful.” Read more...
On 20 May 2015, seven of us left Singapore after much preparation and anticipation to make a 26- hour trip to Jaidoh in north-east India. Thanks to the generous donations in cash and kind from friends, we carried faith, hope and love to share with this little village of about 145 families. Jaidoh is in the state of Meghalaya, which shares a border with Bhutan to the north and Bangladesh to the south. Meghalaya, which means “abodes of clouds”, is a region of scenic beauty. Read more...

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