Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Days Were Numbered Since I Arrived

My days; past, present and future ...

I matured ahead of my youthful years but slowed down aging as I get nearer to the other end
I pursued my interests and find like-minded friends
If my resources are insufficient and my knowledge and ability are lacking, I will make good over time
Nonetheless, I never over-stay my welcome

The past ...
passes too fast
reminded me of my foolishness, carelessness and weakness
similarly blessed me with victories and winnings

The future ...
is a dream and a plot
gives me chances to explore the unexplored and borderless frontiers
allows me to regain glories and better my achievements and perfect my imperfections

The current ...
is time to move forward fearlessly and redress past weaknesses
is prime - every moment well used, shall be will rewarded
is NOW - useful and lively

The past shall returns only as shadows
The future is a dream where reality challenges ideals
The current is my life and worth living every moments constructively, concretely and with zest

If I leave this World today, I leave willingly and with few, if any, regrets
I count lots of blessings, achievements and victories ... but I cannot bring any along

I came naked and shall return naked; the body and images I left behind shall fade by the day

Someday, somehow, I shall be forgotten

I knew this when I first arrived as a baby; when I cry, everyone laughs
When I leave, I laugh (in silence) while the rest cry

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Enlightened Materially

What is success? Or is there another definition that everyone misses by a mile?

If you have a family, car, house, money, friends, career, business; are these successes or just plain symbols? I don't know and I can't comment.

Sometimes, I am as blank as an A-4 sheet
As directionless as a rudderless boat with a broken compass
Like a spent force or a banana whose skins are split
A lost soul ...

Material success is an illusion with little, or without, peace of mind

What are we looking for in life when we can't bring along when 'the time is up'? I am no angel nor God and I have no answers.

Power, money and fame
Winner takes all
This is the 'norm'

The journey to enlightenment is the porous wall between an enlightened being and a lost soul; lost in the material world

Either we live normally or walk into the sunrise of an enlightened soul.

Poorer materially but manifested spiritually

Whenever we cross paths, its destiny; for the better or worse

Saturday, November 12, 2011

My Life, Your Destiny

How am I going to live the rest of my life?

Life was tough when I was young
I worked in the morning if I need to go to school in the noon
I worked from noon through night if I studied in the morning
Time was tough, no doubt, but I have no time for worries
I lived happily, hastily I grew up.

Work was tough and pay was poor in recessionary time
Bosses took advantage to milk their staff and I was no exception
I was a top producer but salary was meagre and welfare none
I multi-tasked, learnt all that I could, read widely and never complain
I imbued new skill sets, learned psychology and humbly accept criticisms
From ashes, I evolved into a phoenix.

Sincerely, honestly and diligently, I progressed
Time flies and, before I knew it, I was promoted
Salary, status, rank and fame ...
You name it and I have it
But, my world crashed at my peak!

I lost everything except my family; their selfless support saw me through; thick and thin
I paid a very high price and 'bite the bullet', took the punches, laid low and marked my time for someone's else folly
I came back, done well and prospered again
I have more time for my family, enough to go round and can live reasonably comfortably .. But, without much work, I have time for WORRIES

Setbacks are few, successes aplenty! Nobody set out to fail but there are days when flood water rises, the Earth gives way, fire rages through - there are simply things that's beyond us and our control

I'd rather be busy upgrading, learning new things, conquering new frontiers than to indulge in worries!

What will tomorrow bring for/to me? I will never know!

Life never gives me certainty as answer nor choice
But, I rather be busy than spend time worrying

You can take over all my worries. I am good at being busy!

Need my help or care to share? Call me!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The New Economic Order III

Make or break ...

Europe is co-mingled in a debt crisis, US is locked in a political quagmire, China is slowing down, Japan is still in a deflationary doldrums while the rest of the World looks on helplessly.

Is the World so helpless or have we worked into a No-Through road? And, Why?

Capitalism : an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market

It is not Capitalism that fails, its Greed, Indifference and Complacency

Leaders rewarded themselves handsomely beyond reasonableness and leeched on the very system that cares for all and sundry. Regulators were too busy sharing the spoils unaware and unfamiliar with the complexity of issues at hand. In boom times, even fools make money and few complain.

In the Asian Financial Crisis (97/98), Asia was forced to open their industries for grabs following the meltdown. But, will the West similarly allow the more successful, powerful and cashrich entities to acquire their failed institutions for a song - restructure, recapitalize and revive - and recharge the ailing World economy? Probably not!

EU, especially their failing comrades. are looking for loans, grants and write-offs not equity participation. Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, even Iceland are overdue for a remake and change in mentality. EU's noble policies and ambitions were undermined by lackadaisical partners.

US is a limping giant living on borrowed money and an (American) dream. Perhaps, only a 'dictatorial' democracy, dosed with austerity, can cure US of her spending binge, not necessarily bad though; an unlikely, but necessary, move!

The backyard workshops in China are slowly evolving into characters of her own but current domestic demands are not able to power China into the forefront, albeit being a number two economic power. China should pan towards an Euro-Asia (Russia-CIS + China-ASEAN) including Australia-NZ. Already, China is benefiting from her transnational rail-links and roads and her friendlier, less abrasive diplomacy.

With divisive threats within EU, political gamesmanship in US and a power-to-be economic powerhouse, China, globalization does not equal to One World, One Voice; its simply a marriage of convenience.

In the meanwhile, sub-sets like the Russian-CIS, MidleEast, ASEAN and smaller, less organised groupings are swaying in the sea of threats and opportunities; their decisions being 'bought' and influence by sheer economics.

Russo-AustraAsia is the best bet; still growing without the excesses of established capitalism.

Large scale wars are unlikely but pockets of conflicts or surrogate wars are inevitable. Protectionism and nationalism will also rise in lieu of self-preservation and self-serving policies.

With contained demand and deflation and/or recession, commodity(ies) prices will ease. Land squeeze and deforestation will lessen. Stockmarkets will  come off and the pace of life will slow. The World is getting smaller with compact space and time and the wired environment will cause more confusion through misinformation.

The X-factors are natural (or man-made) calamities and diseases.

The current equation and socio-political dominance will change dramatically when X-factor strikes, not unlike the terrorists attacks of 9/11.

All is not lost; after the destruction, comes reconstruction; Dreadfully painful but necessary.

Doom and gloom, like growth and boom, are just part of the journey. If you are running through Hell, run faster and you will get out earlier!

In a wired World, where everyone can work from home, sparing time for home-base, soil-less food production, a whole new configuration and demand pattern will emerge. Home and delivery service will be the norm and logistics and supply-chain management rules.

When US, EU, Russo-AustraAsia globalized congruently again, this will be a better place for all.

You and I will live long enough to see this happening. Maybe, sooner rather than later.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Age & Aging

If life is an onion, every steps forward is as tearful as each and every peal
Its the result that counts, not the journey
Goals achieved in an honest day's work and a sincere longings; bathe with good intentions taste sweetest and benefit all

Time flies
The young rushes, middle age manages and the elder, slows towards the end
Physically able, mentally capable and wisdom dictates the pace

The young looks forward to birthdays while the elderly counts their birthday as all fade into time
The young acts recklessly as youthful energy is their capital
The elderly reacts to situation with a tinge of aged anxiety, hopefulness and wisdom

Generation Y abhor restraints
The elderly is wiser from experiences
There is NO absolute 'right' or 'wrong'

It is the youthful and wilful spirit that pierce new frontiers
The elderly-wise and smart make them relevant, convenient and applicable to the mass
The wise mind is a youthful mind; age irregardless

Youths used to asked "why wouldn't they listen to, or understand, me" or "Don't need to talk, they (the elders) cannot understand"
The smart and wise will try to convince and influence whereas the 'reckless young' will dismissed it as above.

More importantly, there has NEVER been any generation gap (as perceived by youths) but an economic gap
The youths can say all they wanted but its their parents who put meals on the table

Age is not about the physical
You are as old as you think you are
When you think you are old, illnesses creep in, the heart 'weakens' and your mobility stagnates and regress

 It is NOT age that separates the man from the boys; its WISDOM

You are as old as your mind but never any wiser

Saturday, November 5, 2011

11 Minutes Of My Life

That's all it takes for me to ...

Exercise in 'blocks of 11 minutes' so as to maintain my health
Write my blog
Do 100 push ups in two blocks of 50 each

Spend time playing with my Maltese and Silky Terrier
Feed my guppies
But 6 x 11 minutes is needed to prune the trees and tend to my plants

I finish a business plan within that time
Or to device a business proposition and to pen the structure

Drive to the airport or flee into town within that given time
Finish a meal if I am alone
If I cannot stand someone for whatever reasons, I will disappear in less than 11 minutes

11 minutes is a lot of time if used properly

We don't need much time to achieve success
Like the lethal shot, you need the depth and potency
The focus and undivided zeal

Some day, somehow, somewhere ...you look back on why and how you succeed
You cannot deny that it was that 11 minutes of focus delivery, acute confidence and indepth preparation that separates successes and failures
Be it an interview, a public speech or an appeal to the world at large

The last breathe will definitely be much lesser ...

I only need up to 11 minutes to change my life
To focus and to re-focus
To decide Fate

You can change your life in less than 11 minutes