What you have lost can only be found inside you. What you perceived to have lost is often just beside you.

Just as I was doing a little housekeeping this morning, a flurry of dust and dirt caught me whenever strong winds started blowing through the windows.

It’s been tough tidying up with the windy conditions outside but my efforts were not in vain having found a few surprises while stumbling upon things I thought I’ve misplaced (e.g. the blue health booklet which kept all our medical records back in primary school) and items that dates back to about a decade ago (e.g. poster/checklist with all the first 160 Pokémon)

Its been a rather rewarding day filled with pleasant surprises for this old habit of mine not to dispose of useless items. Looking at some of those items after so many years, some actually appear pretty meaningful right now; feels just like reading an old book again.

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Its amazing how events can change one’s perception of things. Its like suddenly you’re thinking with a completely new frame of mind and when you start looking back at things you couldn’t quite figure out before, answers start to present themselves.

Its hard to learn from mistakes. Even harder to realize making one.
Every time I blame someone for my problems, I find myself silly much later.

Giving back applies to everyone; that includes yourself.
Sometimes we don’t realize how little time and space we give ourselves. We ain’t God.

People will do anything to excuse themselves.
Not that I didn’t realized it earlier but it seems like it happens in alot more situations right now. Is it really that tough to be honest with oneself?

The essence of communication is simply sending and receiving.
I’ve always been on the receiving end of things; be it favors or relationships. Its not getting me anywhere long term; time to send my regards.

It takes time to know someone. Even longer to judge someone.
I used to think I’m really good at judging people. Well, I still think so but I guess I have no right to judge someone unless time has already put things to the test.

It takes great courage and perseverance to let go.
Because holding on to emptiness is just painfully a waste of time.

Assume nothing.
Because life is really unpredictable.

Rat Race

credit - IStockPhoto.comThe Rat Race draws image from the typical lab mice struggling to escape a maze or wheel. Like them most of us are or would be victims of this cycle just like most of our parents who have slogged their guts out to support the needs of our family.

More often, the rat race is just a perception, one which would not bug those who are happy about their jobs and those who’s not working solely for money. But let’s get real, how long can all that bliss in your dream job last until it starts to take a toll on your relationships and your health?

What if you’re not so lucky to land on your dream job and work is just draining all that life from you slowly… piling workload… the boss from hell.. crazy customers. Little by little you’re less happy than you used to and you reminiscence the days of your carefree childhood. You wish you could turn back time, but you can’t. So what’s next?

If you’re one who’s dreaming about leading that carefree life you once had as a child, you’re definitely not alone and by no means is that a silly thought because the fact is you don’t have to work till your fifties if you achieve Financial Freedom.

I remember being introduced to the concept of Financial Freedom when I read my first business book Rich Dad, Poor Dad a couple of years back. It is simply a state, where one is not required to work as passive investment income generates enough returns to cover one’s expenses. Be it you’re generating income from financial instruments like bonds or unit trust or having a business that’s self-managing such as E-Commerce, real examples that have already made someone out there retire early.

credit - IStockPhoto.comHowever, its only human to think that retiring early is simply not enough and retiring rich is even better. So we bet on the lottery and buy stocks clueless-ly and more often we feel heaven is making sport of us and we end up very disappointed every time chasing our dream of riches.

So we work hard to impress our boss and outshine our peers. Collect degrees and bag honors just to prove our worth in this world. But as Lily Tomlin would put it, “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”

Thankfully, we do have a choice and we’re very much in control of our lives. What you are today is simply the by-product of thoughts and decisions you have made in the past. Similarly, what you are tomorrow would be the views you have about life right now and the decisions you’re about to make for your life.

So what is riskier? Slogging 20 years of your life for an MNC (Multi-National Corporation) hoping to enter their Board of Directors? or Taking control of your life by moving out of your comfort zones and start making smart money decisions while you’re still young?

Life’s no longer about working hard as cheap labor is abound with third-world economies catching up. Its all about working smart and the least you could do for your future is start arming yourself with the knowledge that will see you through life without too much sacrifices, because life’s just too short to get tangled.

credit - IStockPhoto.comAnd despite all that mad rush for fame and fortune, there’s still a place in this world for love and humanity. As Suzie Orman would reiterate, “People first, Then money, Then things”