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Time to Think

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a chat with a friend, a professor, at a conference. I haven’t met him in a while, so I asked how he was doing. He made an interesting remark. He said: “I’ve been busy, so busy with work that I don’t have time just to sit down and think. All I need is …

Postcards

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“The postcard is one of the best medium of communication.” This was one of the many wise words that came from a friend when we were out hunting for nice looking postcards. According to him, he sends postcards to several friends on a regular basis, even though he speaks to some of them on a regular basis. I was quite …

Choices

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In life, we are prone to making countless mistakes – and many of them are probably very stupid and embarassing too. Yet, it is unavoidable. Either we have been too rash or we were simply mistaken. Yet, making bad choices – even the most stupid of mistakes – is part and parcel of life; it is part of our wounded …

默觀 (Contemplation)

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I just realised that the Chinese word for “contemplation” is 默觀. Though there are several phrases for the word, “contemplation”, in Chinese, this term stands out as the most meaningful one. 默 refers to being silent and still. 觀 refers to studying, observing, and at the same time, refers to looking with one’s eyes. These two words come together to …