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It doesn’t matter

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” was his response. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”

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The meaning of marketing

Sent by Lynn Liu Oct 2010

1. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: “I am very rich. Marry me!” – That’s Direct Marketing”
2. You’re at a party with a bunch of friends and see a gorgeous girl. One of your friends goes up to her and pointing at you says: “He’s very rich. “Marry him.” -That’s Advertising”
3. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and get her telephone number. The next day, you call and say: “Hi, I’m very rich. “Marry me – That’s Telemarketing”
4. You’re at a party and see gorgeous girl. You get up and straighten your tie, you walk up to her and pour her a drink, you open the door (ofthe car)for her, pick up her bag after she drops it, offer her ride andthen say:”By the way, I’m rich. Will you “Marry Me?” – That’s Public Relations”
5. You’re at a party and see gorgeous girl. She walks up to you and says:”You are very rich! “Can you marry ! me?” – That’s Brand Recognition”
6. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: “I am very rich. Marry me!” She gives you a nice hard slap on your face. – “That’s Customer Feedback”
7. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: “I am very rich. Marry me!” And she introduces you to her husband. – “That’s demand and supply gap”
8. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and before you say anything, another person come and tell her: “I’m rich. Will you marry me?” and she goes with him – “That’s competition eating into your market share”
9. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and before you say: “I’m rich, Marry me!” your wife arrives. – “That’s restriction for entering new markets”

The Last Paradise

Surely if there was one patch of paradise left on earth, it has this one place. Bali. Known as the island of Gods, Bali has captures not only the heart but one’s soul. Since the early 1930s, when the first foreign visitors set foot on this fertile beautiful land, Bali has held her travellers captive, up to now. From its sandy beaches with bluest seas, to its lush green hilly abodes and to its colourful festival, graceful temple dance and tinkling gamelan music, she has you once you touch one foot on her soil.

You raise me up

Whatever achievements we have clinched, or status in life or at work, let us always be grateful and remember all those “bear”s whose shoulders we have stood on to get to where we are today. Our mother, our father, elder brothers and/or sisters, husband or wife, teacher, boss…each had a role to play. May we spend a moment to silent thank these special people who has raised us up to a higher level, a level which we could not have gotten there on our own efforts or intelligence alone.

Be grateful.

Listen

 

My mentee shared with me “These days I am very busy with projects, while I don’t know what I am work for…. Feel lost sometimes”
And my response was
“We all feel lost at some point in our lives. Treasure that lost feeling becos it makes us stop for a moment. It makes us reflect and think about what we are doing, whats life is about and why we are doing what we are doing.
If we dont have these moments, we may suddenly wake up one day to find we are 70 or 80, and then we can do nothing much to change at that time.
I have many of such moments. Each time, inspite of the terrible feeling I have, I will spend the quiet time to find out why I want what I want, how I want it, what can I do. Each time, I come out of these moments, feeling a little scared (because I will be making changes) but re-energised.
And now that I look back, each time these moments have moved me on to higher levels.
Treasure these moments.
Life is talking to you.
Listen!

 

 

Take me back to me

One of my favourite books is called Simple Abundance. A book of about 2 inches thick, my bear always laughs when he sees me reading it, because “how can a thick book like that be simple?”, the bear challenges. But wait. The simplicity lies not in the physical lightness of the book, but lies in the lightness of the inspiration and the illumination received from the ideas. It highlights some simple pleasures in life that we have thrown aside as our calendars get really crowded, our lives get more sophisticated and when demands pile mercilessly upon us.

On most Saturday mornings, with the heavy book tucked in the crook of my arm, a box of pencil colours and my diary, I would sit out at the meditation pond opposite my home and let the book gently take over my time; and take me back to me.
Simple Abundance – A Daybook of Comfort & Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I dont know how many pages is this book because it does not have any page numbers!

 

 

The phantom is here

The bear and I watched the Phantom of the Opera more times than we can count.  Each time as enthralled as the last, with sounds of the chandeliers crashing to the ground still ringing in our ears!

Not all phantoms give me the same delight. In fact I can think of a few lurking around (mainly inside my mind) that scares me silly. Sickness, not realising one’s dreams, pettiness; amongst the few.

It was until I read Heraclitus‘ wise words “It is disease that makes health pleasant, hunger than makes fullness good, weariness that makes rest sweet”, I started to view some of my phantoms a little differently.  Instead of being destroyers of a beautiful life, one day I hope to be able to appreciate them the way Heraclitus’ sees his phantoms, to make a beautiful life even sweeter and better. One day.