“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.” – Hafiz

Could it be, Life has SHAKEN you to AWAKEN you? 

Here’s another radical idea: What if that moment your world as you knew it was crumbling down and flipping over, was a divine moment of Grace? 

If this idea isn’t sitting well with you, WAIT, check this out before you go:

“While on an expedition to Antarctica last month, photographer Alex Cornell witnessed a massive iceberg flip, revealing a strangely translucent blue underside that’s completely free of snow and debris. According to Science World, almost 90% of any given iceberg is below the surface, making iceberg flips extremely rare.

Much larger iceberg flips are even capable of causing tsunamis that can overtake nearby ships.” – thisiscolossal.com

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Stunning Iceberg Flip captured by Alex Cornell: http://www.alexcornell.com/#/antarctica/

 

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Stunning Iceberg Flip captured by Alex Cornell: http://www.alexcornell.com/#/antarctica/

 

On YouTube, in a video entitled ‘Iceberg flipping over…’ the person who posted it described the phenomenon like this: “… the huge berg lost a part of itself (look at the right side sinking) and then flipped over with a huge roar.

In the process of melting this happens all the time, but it is seldom that it is captured on video WHEN it happens…”

As I read all these and marvelled at these stunning shots, I was graced with a moment of clarity, which led to an inner hush of silence and gratitude…

…For the ‘Divine Meltdown’ that led to the Flipping Over of my world.

It was a scary and painful episode of my life where every false external securities, addictions and attachments I had clung on to and mistaken as my Identity, Worth and Purpose, melted away in a blink of an eye.

It was terrifying while it was happening.

But all along, it was Grace at work, a blessing in disguise. It marked the moment of my Awakening. For that to happen, my old world-view was turned Upside Down, Inside Out.

More than that, it was an answer to my prayer. All year long, no kidding, I’d been praying, “Upgrade me! Mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically-TOTALLY!” Of course when I prayed that dangerous prayer, I had no idea I was inviting into my life, an extreme internal makeover.

What I had in mind, and what the DIVINE had in store for me, were worlds apart. I got more than what I could ever ask, hope or imagine for myself.

But again, it was NOT EASY when things went down the way it did. I had not anticipated that a total Upgrade would mean Growth, and lots of Growing Pains. And just like an iceberg in the process of melting, it looked as if I was losing a part of myself and sinking under. When the flipping over happened, I was flipping out, BIG TIME. There was a huge roar of fear. I protested and resisted the massive change that was about to happen.

And no matter what I did, there was no turning back. The flip was still happening, ready or not.

As I went under, I thought I was dying.

As it turns out, it was a rebirth.

ALL that had been hidden from the surface of my consciousness all these years, began to reveal itself, and is still revealing itself. What seemed like a ‘Rude Awakening’ is, and continues to be, a Grace-Filled Awakening.

“Almost 90% of any given iceberg is below the surface, making iceberg flips extremely rare.”

Are 90% of us still below the surface, still not Awakened? Are we choosing comfort, over the pain of growing? Security, over the risk of change? Are we resisting a massive ‘flip over’? And flipping out when it happens?

During a conversation with a friend the other day, he shared that he’ll rather have a smooth, monotonous existence where life may be boring but at least he’d never have to grow. He prefers it to the jarring pain of growth.

I know I can’t live like that. If you’re not growing, you’re ‘dying’. For me, that’s an even greater pain. I hope to keep growing till the day I die. And in this light, for every Flipping Over that has happened, is happening and will continue to happen, I say, bring it on. It’s always scary and painful and frustrating at first. But again and again and again, I am rediscovering that ‘what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.’ — Ralph Waldo Emerson.

It takes the flipping over to reveal what’s buried, and hidden within.

It’s not easy. And nobody likes painful experiences. But we can all give an empowering meaning to whatever we experience in life and be so much better off for it. Perhaps today is another opportunity to relook into a painful / challenging moment in your life, and be reminded of this truth:

“Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.” — Hafiz

 

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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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“And you don’t have to try so hard, ‘Cos you are loved just as you are.” – Bruno Merz

“Sleep and let your fear and worry fade away.
Sleep now for tomorrow brings a brand new day.

Where everything is new and good,
And troubles fade just like they should.

And as moonlit clouds have always brought their peaceful rain.
It always has and always will go on the same.

Hear the wind soft in the trees.
The rain from high upon the leaves.

And you don’t have to try so hard,
‘Cos you are loved just as you are.” – Bruno Merz

Except for the heartaching fact that something is eating up my guppies alive (and only the males!), and the beautiful one passed on later in the morning, everything about today has been a Gift…

But at all times, it took a conscious decision to go with the flow and to see the many intrusions as invitations to explore the day and all the wonders that it holds…

The dream, the missing fish, the crew, the interview, the dragon fly, the ashton kutcher, and the lost beetle.

With every unexpected intrusion, a Gift was in store.

A gift of timing and a hug well needed, a gift of caring and the 10 for 3, a gift of music and the gift of laugher, a gift of patience and the gift of freedom, a gift of friendship and the gift of listening, a gift of courage and the gift of teamwork.

And of course, in the midst of all these intrusions, a heartfelt gratitude for the still small voice, guiding me on, for my work of the day. 3 treasure boxes, filled to the brim. Gems of gold, for when I return.

Then at last, a Maleficent intruder. “Is that all?” she laughs, striking guilt, casting shame.

But as you know (and as I know), that’s not how, the story ends.

An awakening is in store, for there’s truth when there’s love, where there’s love, there is light.

And that light (it came to me today as a Lullaby), it kisses the heart.

“…you don’t have to try so hard… 
you are loved just as you are.” 
– Bruno Merz

Look for the Gift behind your fear, worry and troubles…

…with every unexpected intrusion, could there be a Gift in store?

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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Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

“When people see my images, a lot of times they’ll say, “Oh my God.” Have you ever wondered what that meant? The “oh” means it caught your attention, makes you present, makes you mindful.

The “my” means it connects with something deep inside your soul. It creates a gateway for your inner voice to rise up and be heard.

And “God”? God is that personal journey we all want to be on, to be inspired, to feel like we’re connected to a universe that celebrates life.

…aren’t we grateful for our brains that can, you know, take this electrical impulse that comes from light energy to create images in order for us to explore our world? And aren’t we grateful that we have hearts that can feel these vibrations in order for us to allow ourselves to feel the pleasure and the beauty of nature?

Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.

So I have a gift I want to share with you today, a project I’m working on called Happiness Revealed, and it’ll give us a glimpse into that perspective from the point of view of a child and an elderly man of that world.” – Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. 

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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We’re So Much Better When We’re Together

If you’re Malaysian, and like me, you’ve went through the highs and lows of the “mother of all elections”, we have an understanding…

“We’re so much better when we’re together.”

The past few days have been the brightest and also the darkest.

It has brought out the best in me, and also the worst.

How little I knew and yet, how much I’ve learned and am still learning.

How full of hope and then, how filled with fear.

Through it all, as the dust begins to settle, it’s clearer to see:

We’re so much better when we’re together.

I’m not just talking about the election or us Malaysians uniting together.

Back to basics.

Tonight I’m just grateful for my family, friends and colleagues at work.

They help me see the things I can’t see, about others and about myself–the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.

Today, I am once again reminded, I can be a better human being because of You in my life.

Tonight and the day after, and the day after, can you see how the person next to you is grateful to have known you?

Can you see the difference you have made in their life?

And then, can you see who you are grateful to have known?

Can you see what a difference he / she / they have made in your life?

That SMILE on your face when you see it… well, I can imagine it right now ‘cos it’s on mine too.

“We’re so much better when we’re together.”

Let’s sleep with that thought and bring it along in our waking days. I guarantee you, it’ll be worthsmiles.

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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This Little Light Of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine

The other night, before heading off to bed, a Question crossed my mind. “What does it mean to let your light shine?”

In the past, I would’ve equated this with my gifts, talents, capabilities and abilities. It would’ve been about me and how I could perform.

It would’ve been about having the courage to shine and be a star.

But all of that gets a little tiring after awhile. There’s a lot of striving attached to it, and that kind of light, wanes after some time.

So what does it mean to let my light shine?

I am discovering today that it can be something as simple and effortless as having Gratitude–cheering someone else on and letting them know how much you appreciate them for the Joy that they bring.

In return, you get to see the light of happiness reflected on their face and smile and laughter.

It is also as simple as being a part of someone else’s Dream–and volunteering to be a part of the Team.

A little back story…

Last night, I couldn’t sleep, as usual. I was too excited about Life. And maybe the iced coffee at Miss Ellie Tea House had something to do with it. Anyways. At 12-3 in the morning, I was craving for Spaghetti Bolognese.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that Y made Spaghetti Bolognese for lunch today! I told her an angel must have whispered in her ear to cook me what I wanted! She laughed and said she had no idea what to cook today, and that the idea just came to her out of the blue.

I whooped and wowed and made a really big deal out of this ‘wonderful coincidence’ and it really made her day!

Next, I’ve been trying to get Annie to come out to catch up. She mentioned she’ll be busy, and that her hubby and herself would be visiting an orphanage, in preparation for a charity drive, for the orphans.

Immediately I wondered how I could be a part of it. Tomorrow, they’ll be picking me up to join them on a visit! This is a big deal to me cos’ I’ve been wanting to visit an orphanage for a long time.

Now it’s really happening and I don’t have to go it on my own or organise anything–just hop on-board! 🙂

Letting IT shine, is really as simple as this…

Their light sparking off my light and my light adding fuel to their light.

Together, we get a bonfire! Let US shine!

ps: What does this have to do with Love? Everything. Gratitude and Support is an expression of Love. When you take a little time to express gratefulness and spare a little time to be a part of someone else’s Dream–don’t be surprised–your own dream will come true. 😉

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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Happiness is…

…20.11, 2011, a moment in time filled with pure, overflowing JOY.

…baby Evan in his crib, arms flying, legs kicking, fart laughing! 🙂

…being filled with unspeakable Joy and Peace as we sing of our Love to the Lover of Our Souls, Wonderful Counsellor, Comforter & Best Friend.

…reading a French bible for the first time: O Dieu! Tu es mon Dieu.

…ladies expressing extraordinary appreciation for ordinary me.

…playing the baby grand when the light’s turned off with Mariah.

…the lovely cashier in GODIVA, Pavi & head chef in ICHIBAN. 🙂 (super, amazing, customer service! the extra ribbon & butterfish sashimi! ;))

…awesome TIME with my best friends, laughing up all the TIME! 😉

…yes, the previous statement’s related to a great movie: In Time.

…coming home to the best compliment for today: “No.1, Michelle.”

…being so happy, that you want to bottle up this feeling in a blog.

😉

What makes you happy today? Count your BLESSINGS, one by one. 🙂

Love & Gratitude,

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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