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.




“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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Love Is Kind

On the way to work, I got on a bus and found out that I needed change for RM5.

Asked the first guy I saw and he in turn, asked the girl next to him.

She took out her wallet and dug around, then looked up and asked, “How much do you need?” 

I said a dollar, so she hands me one and smiles, “For you.”

Soon as I paid my fare, I looked into my stash of coins and found enough for a dollar.

She kept extending her arms out to touch mine, saying with a big bright smile, “It’s okay. It’s for you.” 

The last time this happened, I was going around the bus looking for change for RM10. A kind gentleman held out a dollar note.

He was giving it to me!

Now that this is happening again, of course, a part of me is giving me a hard time about it, “Why didn’t you check for change earlier?

You should’ve known better!”

But the other part of me is loving me through this. “If we’re prepared for everything, everytime, there wouldn’t be instances for kindness!”
No guesses which voice got me smiling and agreeing wholeheartedly. 😉 

“Kindness don’t ask for much but an open mind. Kindness can cure a broken heart, honey, are you feeling kind? Do you believe in love? Do you believe in love?” – Ryan Adams




“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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Love Is Seeing Through The Eyes Of Appreciation: You Are On A Working Holiday, Right Here, Right Now

It was a hot Saturday afternoon last week.

We’d just finished lunch and debriefing after our volunteer work with GLOW GIRLS, an NGO programme designed to instil Strength, Self-Worth and Purpose into the lives of teenage girls from underprivileged communities. We hope these values will help them navigate better in life.

It’s been a long day. And as we walked from the restaurant to the open air car park, there were the usual complaints about the melting heat. But as a breeze blew our way, I felt this weather was perfect for the beach.

It’s also perfect for tourists who actually love soaking up the sun here.

So I said to Shirleen who was giving me a ride to the train station, “If you think about it, people from overseas come over here for a holiday…

…So actually, we’re all on a working holiday right here, right now. If we’re not so desensitized to our surroundings and take things for granted, we can actually feel like a tourist in our own country…”

“I’ve never thought of that before,” Shirleen says. “It’s a nice thought!”

“You don’t need a vacation if there’s nothing to run away from,” – Jason Mraz.

If we begin to realise that our desire to get away, may have nothing to do with the lack in our current environment, but more to do with our inner discontentment. And if we learn to see through the Eyes Of Appreciation…

…We’ll see differently.

We’ll see beauty, wonder and phenomenal reasons to be happy and grateful. For all we have, for where we call home–right here, right now:




Michelle Tan is the Founder of The Love Culture ‎~ Inspiring A Loving Way Of Living. https://www.facebook.com/theloveculture

Her mission is to make space for Faith, Hope & LOVE through her writings, clothing line ROX/STA http://www.roxstastudio.com & music.