Seeing Through The Eyes Of Faith, Hope & Love

Deep in our heart of hearts, there’s a secret wish, a dream and a desire that’s been buried away because ‘experience’ has taught us not to hope.

Maybe for you it’s the mail that never arrived, the phone that never rang, the job that never came, the raise that never materialized, the guy / girl that never responded, the auditions that never worked out, or the business that never took off.

Over time, it’s so easy to slide into a faithless, hopeless and loveless state of being–harassed by fear, anger, worries and disappointments,

IF

You continued to look at these outcomes as a “glass half empty”.

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What if, your ‘failures’,  ‘obstacles’, ‘rejections’ and ‘set-backs’ were only what it is, because of the way you had chosen to look at it?

This morning, my prayer was that I would continue to See through the Eyes of Faith, Hope and Love.  And during morning devotion, I found myself in 2 Chronicles. The commentaries on chapter 28:22 says,

“Difficulties and struggles can devastate people or they can stimulate growth and maturity.

For King Ahaz, deep trials led to spiritual collapse. This need not be so in our lives.

When facing problems or tragedy, we must remember that rough times give us a chance to grow.

When you are facing trials, don’t turn away from God, turn to him.”

And then the commentaries for chapter 32:7-8 says, “Hezekiah could see with “eyes of faith”. The numbers of opponents meant nothing to him… He knew Victory was not by might or strength but by His Spirit.

Wow.

How timely is this? Right after my prayer to See Through the Eyes of Faith, Hope and Love, I land in a heap of passages and verses that shows me real life case studies of people who are on the same page with me!

AMAZING. 🙂

So what does it mean to See Through the Eyes of Faith, Hope and Love?

…It means fixing your gaze UPwards, when you hit rock bottom.

…It means looking at your ‘disappointments’ as His appointment.

…It means seeing closed doors as a blessing in disguise–it’s been sealed because you’re meant to move on to something greater, bigger and BETTER. Have Faith and Trust that God, the Author and Finisher of the best story for your life, is in control and that He is allowing this to guide you to greener pastures–Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking!

…It means when everything appears to be a lost cause, you see a glimmer of Hope because you trust that something so good can come out of this.

…It means knowing that Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. So you keep looking for ways to guard your heart and your dreams, trusting and hoping and holding on until the Dream of dreams God has planned for you–they’re always More than what we could ever ask or hope or imagine–becomes a living reality for you.

Are you ready to give yourself a change in perspective? Try it today. 🙂

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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Everyone Who Wishes To Have Love, To Him It Is Given

“Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, and a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia.

When I read this inspiring quote last week, I went from being in awe of this beautiful thought to being in awe of the person who wrote it:

Leo Buscaglia. Who is he? I love the way he thinks!

A quick search revealed that he is known as ‘Dr.Love’.

He’s a famous motivational speaker, author and a professor, who created the non-credited course titled “Love 1A” after a student’s suicide moved him to contemplate human disconnectedness and the meaning of life.

Which then lead him to writing his first book, simply titled, LOVE. 🙂

I really enjoyed Leo’s “Speaking of Love” and “Born for Love” talks on YouTube and once again, I was sure that this is what I want to be doing!

Ever since experiencing the life-transforming power of Love, I can’t get enough of it. I live for it, I crave for it, I breathe for it and through it.

And this Love, is unlike any other Love I’ve experienced in my human life… It’s a Divine Love that’s steadfast and new every morning.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

It’s an Unfailing Love–a Love that’s better than life.

And having had a taste of it–all I want is more. 🙂

For this reason, I wish to be a life-long student of Love and to share my story of Love with the world. As I was thinking what  that would mean for me in terms of a ‘job title’, the funny revelation that came to mind is:

“Love Guru”. 😉

And this student is so fortunate to have the Lover of my Soul to be my personal Guru of gurus–through His Word, through His still small voice within, through the 1001 ways He loves me and most of all…

…through the Pure Love Christ has shown me.

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But there are days when I forget what makes my heart beat and come alive… So I woke up this morning with a prayer for Purpose. “What shall I do with my life? Should I continue writing? Why?”

And the answer was revealed to me so simply…

I’ve been reading Works Of Love by Soren Kierkegaard. I love thumbing through it randomly and surprising myself with what I find in the pages.

Today, the book opens at chapter X, ‘The Works of Love in Praising Love.’

“Everyone who wishes to have love, to him it is given, and if he wishes to undertake the work of praising it, he will be able to do this also.” – pg 331

I was like, wow. Amen, Amen, Amen.

I felt the surge of Purpose charging through my being at this reminder. 🙂

And then, in answer to my second question, 

“Write! For whom? For the dead, for those whom you have loved in time past!–and in loving them I shall also meet with the dearest among the living.” – pg 333.

Wow… It can’t get more specific than this. 🙂

“Ask–it shall be given. Seek–you shall find. Knock–it shall be opened.” What are you asking today? Who are you seeking? Where are you knocking? May God’s Amazing Love be your guide, always. Amen.

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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From Berlin, With Love

8 August: Speed AirMan

i got a book too, from Stig Dagerman. read it, it’s not too long, go trough it, untill the end. and tell me how you feel. 

Our Need for Consolation is Insatiable:

http://tokamaka.org/the-human-condition/13-our-need-for-consolation-is-insatiable

8 August: Mish

“My life is not something that we have to measure… Neither is a human life a performance, but something which grows and tries to reach perfection. And whatever is perfect does not accomplish out performances: what is perfect works its way quietly.” Love that.

14 September: Speed AirMan

love is everywhere everything

14 September: Mish

amen

Wednesday: Mish

what’s your secret to staying young FOREVER? 

Wednesday: Speed Airman

many reasons, and secrets reasons,

but i will share with you first reason,

my mental age (16) 

my friends

the love that my familly share with me

and the love that i share with them

freinds and familly

Wednesday: Speed Airman

and last one, no cosmetic

and no mac donald

and baby soap for my skin

voila all the secrets 

Wednesday: Mish

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Speed AirMan is a friend of a friend who became my friend. Our random chats are always a trip to the palace of his mind–sometimes in Paris, sometimes in Bretany, sometimes in Vladivostc, sometimes in Irkutsk near by Baikallake, and for now, sometimes in Berlin. He is a mystery. I can’t describe who he is, what he does. Since a picture paints a thousand words:
Love Is Everywhere,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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Do Nothing To Prove Your Worth. Just BE.

Believe it or not, it takes courage to do nothing.

When you take a moment to “do nothing”, there is nothing you can take claim to, to take pride in, to boost your ego with, to complain about or put blame on or distract yourself with.

Nothing.

You are just left with you.

Hours and hours and hours of you.

If our identity, worth and purpose is tied up with the doing, the moment we cease to do something, it’s so easy to think we are good for nothing.

When people ask me what I’m doing, and I answer “Nothing,” it boggles their mind. It is such an unnatural thing for them so when I say nothing more to that, they would have all the answers figured out and tell me why I’m doing nothing. Hahs! So I let them talk and continue doing… nothing. 🙂

Today, I thought I’d do something.

I made a fitting appointment with a ROX/STA customer. Did vocal recordings for a music project. And went hunting for LOVE by Leo Buscaglia at Times Bookstore but there was none. So I ended up at the Self-Help corner. I love personal growth and motivationals. But today, the shelves and shelves of books, telling me how to be better, more confident, more successful, more effective, more this and that was just too much…

…I felt tired and walked away.

The truth is, just our being alive, makes all the difference in the world.

A ‘Wiseman’ named Evan Mak taught me that. And he does it so well by doing nothing. 🙂 He wakes. He smiles. He cries. He farts. He poops. He frowns. He laughs. He sleeps. That is all. In the real world, if we were to measure his actions in terms of money, he is doing “nothing”…

…When in fact, he is doing everything.

Life has never been the same again since the day he was placed in the arms of his adoptive parents. No words could describe their Joy.

Even his adoptive grandmother, who is said to be sickly before his existence, now gets well in a day, praying to live to watch him grow. 🙂

The baby didn’t have to do anything to be of value.

He already is–just by BEING alive, BEING him, BEING in their lives.

If you could realise the meaning of this in the deepest sense, you’d stop chasing after a million things ‘to do’ to validate your existence, or to prove your identity, worth and purpose.

Baby Evan has shown the way at 3 months old:

Do nothing to prove your worth.

Just BE.

Sometimes this means doing nothing for a while… 

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Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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What’s Wrong With The World

Carly & Her Twin Sister--Pic from Carlysvoice.com

What is wrong with the world? Iʼm sure this question has been pondered for hundreds of thousands of years.

Is it greed, corruption and need for power that is wrong with the world? Is it the fact that many wars have been started by selfishness, racism, ignorance and lack of understanding of humankind?

This question could have many answers thatʼs why my answer is that what is wrong with the world is that there is too many things wrong with the world.

I have always been a optimistic thinker and I would like to think I still am but itʼs hard not to be perceive as a pessimist when you are talking about the world.

If you really stop to think about the world with everything that is wrong with it from wars to major diseases to economic government problems you wouldnʼt even scratch the surface…

…The optimist in me would like to think that what we need to do is take each problem prioritize it and systematically come up with the answers. We all know this answer sounds better on paper then in real life. So where does that leave us?

A wise man once told me that man kind needs problems because with out problems we would not have answers and with out answers we would not have purpose.

Does this mean we should just live in a world with problems? No this just means we should solve the problems we can and try to under stand the problems we can’t.

I think life is like a revolving door some times it spins out of control and sometime it spins just the right speed that we can walk through it. I guess what I’m saying is there’s always going to be something wrong with the world itʼs what we do about it is that counts.

This is a short excerpt of Carly’s thoughts on ‘What’s Wrong With The World’. Carly is diagnosed with Autism but her ability to communicate her thoughts and feelings through words by typing them out, is astounding to say the least. Read her full written work here http://carlysvoice.com/

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“My name is Carly Fleischmann and as long as I can remember I’ve been diagnosed with autism.

I am not able to talk out of my mouth, however I have found another way to communicate by spelling on my computer. (and yes that is me typing on the computer by myself)

I used to think I was the only kid with autism who communicates by spelling but last year I met a group of kids that communicate the same way. In fact some are even faster at typing then I am.

Last year a story about my life was shown on ABC news, CNN and CTV here in Canada.

After my story was played I kept on getting lots of emails from moms, dads, kids and people from different countries asking me all sorts of questions about autism. I think people get a lot of their information from so-called experts but I think what happens is that experts can’t give an explanation to certain questions. How can you explain something you have not lived or if you don’t know what it’s like to have it? If a horse is sick, you don’t ask a fish what’s wrong with the horse. You go right to the horse’s mouth.”  http://carlysvoice.com/

TLC ~ Love Of The Day

Think of this as your ‘Soup Of The Day’ special for your Heart, Mind and Spirit:

“Saved by the Poop.” 

Last night, a beetle flew into the ceiling fan and landed in my goldfish’s tub of poop!

It’s a water filled container which I clear a few times a day.

I wouldn’t have seen that beetle and rescued it in time, if not for my goldfish’s blessed poop LOL. Her green vege had made it through her system. So as soon as I spotted it, I went over to her tank to clear it and saw that upside down beetle, kicking frantically in the water.

Upon closer inspection (it was dark and late, with only a dim yellow wall light on), I saw another creature in the tub! It was a baby cricket! And that cricket was paddling away like mad too…

…and before my very eyes, I watched as it climbed on top of the beetle!

In the end, I emptied the water and set the two insects free.

Wow. I was smiling when I realised there was a lesson to be learnt here!

That tub of poop may have been a nightmare to the beetle, who was upside down, and wondering if he’ll drown. BUT. It saved him from a hard landing which could’ve crushed his shell, when he was flung off by the fan. AND. His being in the tub of poop, saved the cricket!

AND. My goldfish’s poop, saved them both! Haha! :p

Sometimes when you think that life can’t get any worst, and it does, with more poop than you could ever handle in a day–hang on there lovers. It may just be a blessing in disguise and FREEDOM is on it’s way… 😉

“You Never Know.” 

Yesterday morning, while having a glass of water at the balcony, I looked at my pot of Japanese Rose and complained to my help, “I bought the wrong type. The other ones always have a pot full of flowers… this one only has one!” It hardly ever flowers. All we usually see is a pot full of leaves. I wished I stuck to the other species I’m more familiar with.

This morning, to my big surprise, I counted 7 flowers in the same pot!

WOW. How could this be? Just overnight?

What can we learn from this?

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Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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Grief & Loss

“Loss is a place where self-knowledge & powerful transformation can happen–if we have the courage to participate fully in the process.

We all face many ‘deaths’ within our lives.The choice is whether these deaths will be terminal (crushing our spirit & life) or will open us up to new possibilities & depths of transformation.”– Peter Szazzero.

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It’s been some time–more than a year for Pumpkin and Ponyo, and nearly a year, for Patches and Peaches. And yet, I can’t get over the fact that they’re gone now. I think about them often and miss them badly.

They’re my pet Goldfish by the way, the best of their kind–besides Pebbles.

I feel like I failed the four of them. I wish I could turn back time and do better. As always, all I’m left with is a sense of remorse and deep regret…

…There is nothing I could do to bring them back now. No second chances.

I’ve often responded with tears and sadness–nothing more, nothing less.

But in the quiet of my morning devotion, while nursing the aching I felt…

…I heard this gentle question again, “Can YOU forgive YOU?”

As I pondered that question… I realised that my answer is No.

I could’ve saved their lives. There were so many things I could’ve done and should’ve known. They were so full of life, so full of love, and brought so much happiness into my life. Look what I did to them… It’s all my fault!

I am not ready to forgive me yet… I don’t want me to forget.

…Then, I heard a gentle answer within, “You know you Loved them.”

“Think about all the times you spent trying to make them happy.

Think about that trip to Singapore just to get Patches medicine.

Don’t you see a girl who tried her best? Love her… forgive her.”

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I really didn’t want to… but I know I owe it to myself to at least try.

By the end of that few minutes of trying, the tears stopped flowing.

…I’m not sure if  I’ve fully forgiven myself.

But the next time I miss them–before sending me packing on a guilt trip–I’ll remember a very important question, “Can YOU forgive YOU?”

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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A Blessing in Disguise is The Best Surprise

I’ve often prayed for better communication with my brother. And I’ve always imagined that the day my prayer is answered is the day when we’re magically on good terms with each other, all sugar and smiles.

That day never happened.

Instead, I woke up with“Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter” flashing on my computer screen. I was devastated with a capital D!

I get stressed up just trying to muster the courage to ask him for help. He doesn’t make it an automatic privilege just because I’m his sister.

I tried praying over my computer (yea you can stop laughing now can’t you tell a girls desperate?:/). I tried trouble-shooting. NOTHING worked.

Left with no choice, I prayed for favour and sent my brother a S.O.S SMS.

Unexpectedly, he promptly replied and offered to have a look at it when he got back from work. Surprisingly, he checked it out the moment he could and got it working again—on the same day! Instead of grunts and silence, he even explained what happened–all in very, pleasant, vibes!

WOW.

ALL of that is, unfortunately, not the norm for my brother and I. Then the light bulb went off within. The PC had to break down! It gave me and my brother the perfect opportunity to practice better communication skills! 😉

I’ve got so many stories just like this one.

I’ve prayed for the strength to forgive someone that’s increasingly hard to love–then a person gets sent in my path to remind me of me and how much effort it took, in the past, to love me too. Self-realization–seeing the plank in one’s eye instead of focusing on the speck in others–always brings you and I back to a place of humility, accountability and LOVE.

And when I prayed for Wisdom and Strength, I should’ve known that there’s a reason why the people I admire are wise beyond their years or stronger than your average girl. Just like what Kahlil Gibran says,

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

They’ve been through a lot to be what they are today and it’s often not a pretty story in the beginning. Life happens. But in the end, they live and they learn, growing stronger and wiser… or that’s what I learned. 😉

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A blessing in disguise is the best surprise…

…but it takes a shift in perspective to see it, to learn from it to be blessed.

It means being grateful for Opportunities and Teachers and Lessons as they come, as they are—without blaming God and judging others.

It takes a growth in Faith—that this is allowed for a reason. A measure of Hope—that it will get better and that something good will come out of it.

And LOVE. Lots and lots of Love.

“I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to these teachers.” – Kahlil Gibran

Love & Strength,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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Joy and Sorrow by Kahlil Gibran

Then a woman said, speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.

And he answered:  Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.  

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, Sorrow is the greater.” But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

 Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced. When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall. ” –  Excerpts on Joy and Sorrow, from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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TLC ~ Love Of The Day

Think of this as your ‘Soup Of The Day’ special for your Heart, Mind and Spirit:

“Be the LOVE Letter You Seek to Read.” 

I love the Butterfish Sashimi in Ichiban Boshi, Pavi. You get the best cuts (so smooth it melts like butter in your mouth) and 5, big generous slices you won’t get anywhere else for RM10.

When I saw their new pricing of RM11.90, I was surprised. “Oh, we now serve 6 slices instead of 5,” the waitress explained. Okay. Fair enough.

When my order arrived however, the serving size shrank by HALF.

On top of that, the usually pure white Butterfish had a streak of red vein over one of the slice–gross? Using my wooden chopsticks to remove the bloody remnant, I was disappointed, ready to go elsewhere next time.

“Why don’t we speak to the manager?” one of my girls, Alex, suggested.

Let’s just say, the way the Head Chef responded, us 3 girls were smiling ear to ear, heart melted, with only one word left on our lips at the end:

“WOW.” 🙂

The shrunken size and messy cut was purely a mistake, by a new chef in training–the complimentary sashimi served afterwards was PERFECT.

Alex, who had years of experience in F&B, suggested again, “One of the ways you can thank them is by giving a good feedback to Ichiban’s management–in writing–someone might get a raise or a promotion,”

Brilliant idea!

We called the supervisor again and asked for the name of the Head Chef. The attending staffs watched us closely, buzzing with curious whispers.

On the way to the cashier, we didn’t see the drop-in box at the counter so I passed it directly to the smiling waiter standing right next to me.

“Man. He looks like he’s reading a loveletter!” I observed, as we watched  him scanning through my feedback, his grin getting wider by the second.

The head cashier, a little worried by his staff’s antic, beamed when we told him we enjoyed the excellent service. “Hope to see you girls again. Next time, I will personally serve you,” he says to my smiling crew. Haha.

We left the restaurant feeling like walking on clouds… and sunshine. 😉

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When was the last time you experienced the Joy of reading a Love Letter?

Dear lovers, don’t wait for it! 🙂 Everyday is an opportunity to write one–for others and ourselves. From a heartfelt sorry to a thank you, a happy smile or a note of gratitude–the ways to Love and Be Loved is endless.

“Be the LOVE Letter You Seek to Read.” 

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Love In Writing,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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