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He’s 57 so what’s my excuse? Here’s to trying new things!

Life, as they say. A little testimony thus far…

Here’s the thing: I like my box. I don’t see why I have to leave my box to embrace new things and change/adapt, if possible. But recently, I’ve been thinking about the box.

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Having a comfort zone is natural. Over the years, I’ve come to love and depend on that zone until I began to realize that there were MANY wonderful things to explore outside that zone. I took the plunge and did things I never thought I’ll enjoy, including participating in a work event. I honestly dislike participating in work-related events, but I enjoyed it. Yet, I felt as if something more was missing.

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A few months ago (give or take, October I believe), I visited an online paper that I haven’t read in a long time – the Daily Mail – and I came across a 57-year-old Tom Cruise paragliding in the French Alps. Back then when I used to follow TC, I knew he took classes all the time (guitar lessons, hip hop dance classes, etc.), even if it was not for a movie for he loves being a part of life, and he loves discovering new adventures. He doesn’t stoop low to humiliate himself for hallow praise on social media, and he has massive respect for his career and this great passion for life that extends outside the screen. While his movie stunts are impressive, his zeal for life is even more so.

Am I going somewhere with this? Yes, I am, for right then and there, it was when the realization hit me: I needed to be a part of life more. Why should I stay in the nice comfy box when God has so MANY exciting things waiting out there for me? I had to abandon my comfort zone.

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After praying about it, results started showing up in various forms. Things I would’ve said no to before, I said yes, and guess what? I am enjoying them all thanks to God. We always ask God to change our situations, but we need to allow Him to DO SO and it may start with little windows of opportunities that He presents to us. You have the option to say no of course, but we never know where a “yes” may lead to future-wise.

You just gotta trust God. He has a habit of stripping away the old and replacing it with the new in the very same spot you never thought would’ve worked.

So there ya go! I love learning and discovering new things, and with the new opportunities my Father has presented to me, I am now embracing life as He wants me to.

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Book #142: Who Moved My Cheese?

Well, this feels awkward given that I haven’t talked about books in a long time, but it also feels right, for I enjoy talking about books… even when I’m bashing ’em. However, I haven’t been reading much lately, for my interest in books are shifting. Too much garbage out here lately. I haven’t purchased any new books in months so my current TBR (after weeding) would take me into 2019 God’s willing. Anyways, enough chit-chat. Let’s talk about the book I just literally finished reading.

I dislike motivational books and I’ve been avoiding this one for years. However, recently, I was cleaning out the empty back office of the library, and this book ended up in a stack of books intended to be shelved. My friend saw it, borrowed it, read it in one day, talked wonderfully about it and suggest that I read it, too. I hesitated. I kept insisting that I wouldn’t like the book for it’s not my cup of coffee, but I decided to stop “judging” and see for myself.

And I honestly don’t know what to make of this book because it assaulted my intelligence! 😔

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Okay, let me start off by listing the few things I sort of liked about this book:

* Haw’s so-call inspiring cheesy notes for his best friend, Hem who didn’t like change. Life moves on and so should we. Embrace change. Learn to adapt. I can contradict this also by saying that life can sometimes be complicated to be resolved by embracing change and adapting for it’s a process for some.

* Page 70: He pulled off his shoes, tied the laces together, and hung them around his neck in case he needed them again. We shouldn’t get too comfortable. Be always ready to move if necessary.

* And of course, the various cheeses mentioned! There could never be enough cheese! Oddly enough, I am not eating any cheese while writing this. I should rectify this. *Heads for the fridge in search of cheese* Okay, we’re out of cheese. Who ate my cheese?!

‘Cheese’ is whatever you desire. It’s a metaphor for what you desire to have in life be it a relationship, recognition, a mansion, etc. ‘The Maze’ represents where you spend time looking for what you want. There are 4 main characters: two mice (Sniff & Scurry) and two little people (Hem and Haw). They spend their time scurrying around the maze when the cheese from their comfort zone is gone. 

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Yep! Hardworking employees are reduced to lab rats in this book!

Then for the remainder of the book (which I didn’t finish), we get to listen to a group of friends discuss how the awesome philosophy behind the missing cheese relate to their boring lives. Talk about a marketing ploy to encourage managers to buy this oversimplified rubbish! I rather listen to Seto Kaiba talk about duel disks! Now, there’s a CEO who’ll call this book for what it is! 😉

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I don’t like the book. I also don’t like that the author comes off as a bragging pompous bore: “This book has helped lives and marriages and even saved careers.” Maybe it did, but so what? There’s no need to act as if this is the only self-help book on planet earth. If your friend gives you this to read, dump him/her. If your boss gifts this to you, hand in your two-weeks notice.

I wish I could un-read this book. If I need self-help, I can always count on the Holy Bible. And I just realized that the question ‘who moved my cheese?’ was never answered. Hmm… maybe it was The Man testing the system after all. Whether we like it or not, we’re slaves to the system and when things get taken away from us, we all react differently to change. 

At least there’ll always be cheese! 😋

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COVER

For a book that talked about the world of cheeses, there was a lack of cheese on the cover. Although I understand that the cover has to sync with the genre, I found the cover boring. 1/3

VERDICT:

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This is beautiful. It is very important to be you and not someone else. Take off that mask if you’re wearing one today and embrace yourself. Thank you for this wonderful write, Sarah.

Heartstring Eulogies

Mutual respect and friendship isn’t always genuine. It’s a hard lesson I’ve learned time and time again.

Sometimes all it takes is one look. A split second, and it’s all over. You see it. That flash of disgust flickering across their face. That’s when you know, it was all a lie. You wait, hoping it was wrong. That it was a trick of light.

But it didn’t take long to realize the truth, did it? “I was nothing to you,” you think. It took some processing to accept it, but if you’re being honest with yourself, that instant of distaste was enough to lose all respect for them.

I’m here to tell you that they weren’t worth it. Don’t mourn them, because they don’t deserve it. You know who you are. You are the sum of all that has happened to you, and you have come out the other side…

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Live your passion to the fullest

“Anybody who is not living out their passion to the fullest is only living out half of their existence.”

Lancelot

Last evening, I met a very interesting man. We talked about many things, but one thing that stayed with me was the above quote because it rings very true.

Lancelot is a man of creative talents – artist, writer. At 67, he still thirsts after knowledge and he’ll like to travel once again to Finland because he had fallen in love with the country (years ago) while living there. He is also keen on looking after his health and proving doubters (and haters) wrong. People look at his age as a major setback and intend to be negative about his mindset. They’ve been trying to put him down, instead of trying to motivate and help lift his spirits.

I’ve seen strong people and Lancelot is strong willed.

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After talking with Lancelot, I felt invigorated. I simply wanted to clear my mind and think and God sent this wonderful man to give reason to my heavy heart.  I work in a library (surrounded not by novels, but textbooks on the hospitality industry), but my true passion is writing and I’ve been seriously thinking about taking some time off my job to pursue my one true passion seeing that it’s one life I have to live and I intend to do it without having regrets when (if) I reach Lancelot’s age. My job makes me feel unfulfilled and although I don’t want to leave it just yet given the economy we’re having, I have to make small sacrifices beginning with no paid days or even weeks of work. I’ve reached that stage where I’m ready to do anything to further along my dreams.

I’ve learned so much from this wise man in such a short space of time. I wish him all the best with his future endeavors and I look forward to seeing him achieve those new goals especially his art exhibition.

Determination never gets old even if we do. Don’t let people kick us down. If we feel threaten, we should get on our knees, keep the faith and most importantly, keep our heads up.