I try to live as simply, sensibly & eco-friendly as possible.
Cutting down on disposables; no more plastic disposable bottles, only my Nalgene; no more disposable coffee cups, only my Keepcup/tumbler; refuse plastic bags, use reusables; no air-conditioning, only fans (at home); buying minimal consumables/goods; abstaining from seafood (read this and this); trying to go vegetarian, not eating meat more than once or twice a week...
I want to make the most of life, living meaningfully and joyfully, doing what matters to me and caring about myself, but also more than myself. Treading the thin line between self-love and narcissism, highlighting issues that everyone should care about but not making it about myself. My values that I uphold are influenced largely by Catholicism and Chinese/Confucius values, and I do think my parents have been wonderful role models.
Have integrity, a sense of righteousness, and treat others with love, sincerity, and respect.
Don't judge nor take offence too quickly.
And as I learnt from watching Cinderella, Have Courage, and Be Kind.
Quotes that guide the way I live.
Success - Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better, a garden path or redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
That is to have succeeded.
(Abbreviated) Serenity Prayer - Reinhold Niebuhr
God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can and
Wisdom to know the difference.
Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Hold on tightly to what is truly important in life - Kelly D. Caron
Hold on to faith, it is the source of believing that all things are possible. It is the fibre and strength of a confident soul.
Hold on to hope. It banished doubt and enables attitudes to be positive and cheerful.
Hold on to trust. It is at the core of fruitful relationships that are secure and content.
Hold on to love; it is life's greatest gift of all, for it shares, cares and gives meaning to life.
Hold on to family and friends; they are the most important people in your life, and they make the world a better place. They are your roots and the beginnings that you grew from; they are the vine that has grown through time to nourish you, help you on your way, and always remain close by.
Hold on to all that you are and all that you have learned, for these things are what make you unique. Don't ignore what you feel and what you believe is right and important; your heart has a way of speaking louder than your mind.
Hold on to your dreams. Achieve them diligently and honestly. Never take the easy way or surrender to deceit.
Remember others on your way and take time to care for their needs.
Enjoy the beauty around you.
Have the courage to see things differently and clearly.
Make the world a better place one day at a time.
And don't let go of the important things that give meaning to your life.
The paradoxes of being a "Servant-Leader" poem - Brewer