"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create—so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating… "
"I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. "
— Maya Angelou
Gonna pick up her book one of these days. Love this quote and live by this quote.
So excited to be finally singing my favourite hymn tomorrow at care group.
I remember when I was in Florida for thanksgiving break on exchange in 2012, and I totally didn’t plan with the people I was on the trip with to go to the city (Ft. Lauderdale) to visit a church there, but we happened to be there on a Sunday anyway. When I reached Coral Ridge Presbyterian, they happened to sing In Christ Alone, my favourite song and hymn EVER, and I remember feeling I was exactly where I was supposed to be at that time. Just couldn’t explain that feeling and it was one of the best feelings of my life.
I really love every single lyric of this song and couldn’t find a nice enough graphic for it so I did a quick and simple one.
This is the first verse, where I got the lyrics from:
In Christ alone, my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all
here in the love of Christ I stand
While I was singing the song throughout the day I also thought about how Singapore is experiencing this super dry spell where all the grass is slowly dying and becoming brown and really dry. It’s kinda sad. It’s also worrying thinking about how the water we always take for granted could be in short supply because of this drought.
Then I’m reminded that Christ is the solid ground even through the fiercest drought that we’re experiencing. Though everywhere around us may be experiencing dryness and lack, may we always have supply and not feel the heat!
In Christ alone, my hope is indeed found.
"We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free. "
"But if you look at the people who are consistently achieving their goals, you start to realize that it’s not the events or the results that make them different. It’s their commitment to the process. They fall in love with the daily practice, not the individual event. What’s funny, of course, is that this focus on the process is what will allow you to enjoy the results anyway. "
The reason why I read lots of books on any and every topic and the reason why I always love to see things from other people’s perspectives
"Not everyone thinks the way you think, knows the things you know, believes the things you believe, nor acts the way you would act. Remember this and you will go a long way in getting along with people. "