2023 Week 16

To all those celebrating, here’s wishing you Eid Mubarak! May the day be filled with love, peace, and harmony and you and your family be blessed always. Selamat Hari Raya!

Life moves on as usual. BB & GG will have their poly graduation ceremonies soon and then it’s off to university for GG and to NS for BB. GG has gotten two offers as of today and is considering them, but she is still waiting for news from her first-choice university. It’s the waiting that is bad. At least if you have a decision either way, you can go on with your life. And if she gets a clear rejection from her first choice university, she can decide on the other two offers she has. It’s the same with BB. Now that Poly is over, we are waiting for the letter from the ministry letting him know when he will have to enlist for national service. Until then, his life is also paused. He can’t look for jobs because companies are not going to hire someone who will stop working soon and he can’t enrol into any course because of the same reason. Ah well, though he is enjoying this break, I can’t say the same about the rest of us.

Today’s quote is credited to Charles R. Swindoll, an evangelical Christian pastor, author, educator, and radio preacher. He says that Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. What this means is that what happens is less important than our reaction to it. Reactions drive action and action defines the outcome, so ultimately our reaction is everything. No matter whether we succeed or fail, our reaction to both is what defines us. At the end of the day, we’re driven by our minds. How we perceive things determines our reactions to them. Ultimately, no one or nothing can make you happy or unhappy; it all depends on how we react. We are ultimately responsible for our reactions and actions. The way we feel and perceive things determines everything. Remember that nothing external can make you happy or sad unless you decide to do so yourself.

That’s all from me this week. Take care and stay safe, we are not out of the woods yet.

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