Posts Tagged ‘Uplifting


Happy New You!

So 2013 has begun. Each new year brings hope and new opportunities.

In this new year, what’s new for you? What do you intend to do that is different from the years before? The changes could be in the areas of work, finance, lifestyle, relationship, time management, wardrobe, spiritual matters, living quarters, sports, eating habits … the list goes on.

Will you be stepping out of your comfort zone? What do your envision the new you to look like, sound like or feel like? How do you know when the new you is taking shape?

Think about what you will do make that difference in your life. Let the positive changes take place in you. May 2013 be different.

Happy New Year! Happy New You!


Silver Lining

Behind every cloud is a silver lining. True? Just when things look bad or do not go the way we expected, what happens? Disappointment. A feeling of being let down, asking ourselves, “How can this happen? How could it be?” Sigh.

Just last month, in my final work trip, I was unprepared to face planned work that was not to materialize though they were originally agreed upon months ago. The news came two weeks before my flight and it was unpleasant, to say the least. There were other things I could have worked on if there was sufficient time to re-route when the plans went askew.

Well, one can sit back, rant and rave on the unfairness of things, unethical practices of businesses, unprofessionalism and so on, but what good would that do? People around me were highly sympathetic, shook their heads in disbelief. They kindly offered solutions and were very encouraging. Thus Plan B had to be quickly put in place. It was time to take stock and move on, making way for new developments.

The days were mapped out with other assignments, back-to-back appointments catching up with friends, family and business associates with social and business agendas. I attended a workshop, bonded with people, ate at two newly opened restaurants owned by friends and checked out places off the beaten tracks. It was more fulfilling than I expected with better results than anticipated. Things were looking up and disappointment quickly evapourated and was replaced with excitement, new avenues opening up. I stuck with people who were positive and after each appointment, I went away feeling gratified with the connectivity and the confidence to forge ahead.

Thus there was a silving lining behind the cloud and I was glad I managed to look beyond the dark clouds. The next time should I chance upon such a situation, I shall look for the silver lining, knowing that things will turn out even better.


When life throws you lemons

When life throws you lemons, what do you do? Make lemonade.  Some times things don’t go as expected. That brings about a lot of inconvenience and re-scheduling, not to mention the frustration. Has that happened to you?

It did recently to me. What was at first a beautiful plan became a frightful dream.  Disappointment quickly set in. It should not have happened. Was it poor planning, a lack of proper organization? It was beyond my control. What ever it was, it happened. Now to pick up the pieces and think of Plan B.

I stepped out of my comfort zone. Ventured out. Did new things. Seeked new experiences. Met new people. At the end of it, there was more non-monetary gain than I expected. There are spin-offs, too. I am now pleased with Plan B which would otherwise not take place if I had been previous engaged in the earlier activities.

It helps to move on and make the best of the situation, channeling all energy to positive causes instead of whining at the situation. So it does look like when life hands us lemons, we can make lemonade. Cheers to that.