Archive for November, 2010

30
Nov
10

Getting Some Rest

For the past 2 weeks, I have been hard at work, getting assignments out, delivery training, writing proposals  or attending meetings. It was a time for business and … work, I did, including weekends. After all I am in this city for a short 2.5 weeks with the intention of getting some personals errand out-of-the-way. But lo and behold, ended up doing more work than I expected. I am quite happy with it and not complaining but it began to take toll my health.

By the 14th day, I was worn out. Work, errands, family commitments, running about … gosh my energy was all sapped. That put me out of action. I had to take a break from all this and just REST. Yes, rest. I first took medication and found the time to sleep. It was such a wonder I did not have any structured work for 2 days which means I can simply rest. I wonder how I have let myself take my health for granted.

So lesson learnt. Work hard, enjoy it but not get obsessed by it.  Take time to relax and play a bit … even if it is for a 2.5 week trip. I am on the road to recovery and will remember this for a long time to come. Now if you are out there facing the same situation, take a deep breath and learn how to let go and relax. It does pay dividends in the long run. So rest you must.

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04
Nov
10

Containing ourselves

There was a piece of news in the papers that drew my attention after my business partner mentioned it. There was an incident where a young man died due to a gang setting on him. What a tragedy! What sparked off was a staring incident and something so minor as that has set off the chase and fight as reported in the newspapers.

My heart goes out to his parents. For nineteen years they bring him up and he was smart enough to qualify into  tertiary education only to meet his death in the such a senseless manner. What were they (the assailants) thinking of? Could they not channel their energies into something more constructive? The dynamics of the team was so strong to go bash up someone for trivial matters? Egos at stake when there is not enough ego-strength to contain them?

When we reflect back, there may also be moments where we demonstrate our anger in less constructive and supportive ways. It could be a harsh word, a sarcastic remark, an insult, a mean look, or worse screaming and yelling, cutting people down to size. In physical forms we witness road rage, slammed doors, stomping, destructive behaviour … Mmmmm.

In the age where we want instant results, instant gratification, when thing start to slow down and not go at our pace, we feel frustrated. Patience is really a virtue today. If we could exercise a bit of that and control our anger, take hold our temper and see things in perspective, we contribute to a better world.

For now, I think of the boy who died in such horrendous circumstances and advocate we do away with violence, especially when young minds get imprints from the violence they see on TV shows/movies, the internet or worse partake in violent video games with sadistic outcomes. These scenes play on in young minds and what do they grow up to be? If we could curb these, we do them a favour. What a waste to a young life lost forever!