Hello and happy October 1st everyone!
Like January firsts, every beginning of the month seems to call for a mini-celebration and a new list of short-term goals. A mini-celebration to give yourself a pat on the back for all the work, blood, sweat and tears that got you through the previous month; and a new list of short-term goals to plan out what you would want to achieve in the future.
I was writing a letter last night, by the prompting of God. As I got deeper into the explanation why I keep up my work on SnapperDoodles, it dawned upon me that there isn’t much time left. (If you haven’t read my first blog post: My Story, God’s Faithfulness, it explains why I’ve set a goal to try this out for just ONE YEAR.)
Today marks SnapperDoodles fourth month. It may seem crazy that I count each passing month, as people would with monthsaries. But that’s because I’ve got six more months to go before I make the decision whether or not to go back to the corporate world. I dread each passing month because it gets me closer and closer to the “Expiry Date”.
Unlike my one-year goal, in life, we never truly know how much time we have left. I’ve learned a few things along the way during my limited time in SnapperDoodles:
- Learn to depend on Him, no matter how big or how small the choices you make. I assure you, it WILL make a difference.
- Start NOW. What do you want to achieve in life? It’s never to early to get started. Keep stalling and sooner or later it will be too late.
- Never stop learning. Life is a never-ending learning process. You learn much from the people you meet, you learn things about yourself, you see everything that goes on in life and make it a part of you.
- Let trials, disappointments and failures make you, not break you. Don’t whine when things go wrong, and most of all don’t be mopey and think that it was your own incapability that caused it. Sometimes closed doors open better ones, at the right time.
- Be thankful for the simple things in life. When you get home tired but safe, when you are surrounded by friends, when you finally get a bite of that dessert you were craving for, or simple moments shared with the family. There are so many blessings each day that we fail to appreciate. Imagine how the Giver feels?
- Smile while you can. Give generously. Love wholeheartedly. Listen intently. Help freely.
- Realize that our dreams are big, but God is bigger. When things don’t go our way, pray. There is always, ALWAYS a reason behind it. It might take a while to see, but soon it will be clear.
- Stop spending too much and appreciate what you already have. You don’t need to splurge, money doesn’t equal happiness.
- Learn to slow down. In this fast-paced world, we always want it NOW: Fast food, fast service, fast internet… We, humans aren’t robots, some days we just need to calm down and take a stroll, meditate, enjoy a cup of coffee, read a book, go on nature trips and see the beauty of life that we’ve failed to appreciate.
- Embrace the beauty of “diversity”. Everyone you meet has a different story and each with a different struggle, don’t judge.
- Life is not a competition. In our deathbeds, life just isn’t and never will be about who did better than who.
- Live each day as if it is your last. Pretty cliché, but you’ll never know, right?
Life is short. Pray hard.