Archive for March, 2011


Personal Stock Take

In the past few weeks, things have taken a twist. On international news, the disaster in Japan shook the world. It was horrific with one piece of bad news after another. It was a dismal feeling of a bottomless pit. There was much grief. On my own personal front, losing an aunt was also difficult. Writing the eulogy was hard.  Then the mounting work pressure and deadlines seemed looming above my head.

In all that is happening, we get sucked into the hum dum of life. Sometimes it is good to take a step back. Re-look at the situation from a different perspective, like if you stood on a high chair to look at the room you are in now, wouldn’t it look different? Some problems may even look miniscule from the top!

This morning as I stepped back and took up a different position, I begin to see how these seemingly problem areas are new opportunities. This personal stock take allowed me to purge what is not important and focus on what will add value to the future for my family, my friends, my business associates and myself. And using  wide-angle lens, see a bigger picture and see the forest instead of just the trees.

Problems are not road blocks. They are diversions to better alternatives and new challenges. They become the stepping-stones to progress. I now have renewed strength and soar on wings like eagles.  This personal stock take has done wonders. Have you done yours today? Take a step back and go on your high stool.


laughter the best medicine

When was the last time you had such a good laugh? As the saying goes, Laughter is the Best Medicine. When did you have a hearty laugh? I hope it was as recent as today.

This week amidst a busy schedule, I had three sessions of training, all of which were termed as a jolly good time. We laughed from start to end. When we allow some humour in our lives, the load lightens. We enjoy ourselves more and time seems to fly. It no longer is work but fun.

This evening, I laughed till I was bending and my cheeks ached. When we laughed as group, the rapport deepens and there is a common bond. It was good to let go and be ourselves, laughing to our hearts’ content. The whole room exploded with “Ha,ha,ha … Ho, ho, ho …” and the outside world ceased to exist.

The next time you get the chance to laugh out loud, seize the opportunity to do so. You feel lighter, consumed in happiness. Be forewarned though, your cheeks might ache, too! : )