“Happy New Year and may favour, wisdom, strength and peace guide and guard you.” – Liz

We are 7 days in to the New Year. How’s it going so far? Each new day is a golden chance to Begin Again. Given a new start, new beginning, and a new chapter, what would you like to fill the story of your life with? Think about that for a second. Make it good! You deserve nothing less. Let’s stop playing it safe and small. This is your year. Step into your greatness.

And I’d like to quote my baby sis and wish you all a “Happy New Year and may favour, wisdom, strength and peace guide and guard you.”

Love, Mish

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“The Growth of one blesses all. I am committed to grow in Love.” – Julia Cameron

“Recreate Yourself… In Order To Do Something You’ve Never Done, You’ve Got To Be Someone You’ve Never Been… Be Born Again.” – Les Brown

“Recreate yourself. 

Reborn to a new state of consciousness. 

Whatever your commitment is, you got to 
keep your commitment to your commitment. 

Live your calling.
Decide what it is you love.
Work on yourself.

…You get in life what you are.

You’ve got to make a commitment to be more fruitful, 
to be more productive, to make greater impact. 

You’ve got to spend time working on yourself.

In order to do something you’ve never done, 
you’ve got to be someone you’ve never been.

That’s why Scriptures say 
You must be Born Again.

You’ve got to die 
to as you are now.

You’ve got to be willing to 
give up who you are now 
for what you can become.

Certain things will no longer fit into your life.
There’s no place for it.” – Les Brown, Armed and Dangerous

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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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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Work Is Love Made Visible

I’ve got a friend who looks like Asia’s version of Ashton Kutcher. Tall, not so dark, but handsome, he’s away on a major Adventure. As of now, he’s holed up in Groningen, “a small town at the northern part of Holland, very close to German’s border” he says.

Next, he’ll be off to Berlin for all of three weeks! We’re talking massive travelling here. Enough to make us all go green with envy! So it came as a surprise that out of anything he could’ve talked about, he chose to open up his heart.

What he said next, is something I’ve been hearing A LOT lately. It doesn’t matter if they’re 18 or 20, 24, 26 or 28, 29, 30 or 32, one by one, everyone’s been more or less saying the same thing to me: “I’m still very lost… I don’t know what I wanna do.” I don’t know why they choose to tell me that. All I know is that I’m very much just as lost as they are.

I hated it at first, but now I’ve embraced being lost with the full curiosity and wonder of a three year old.

But honestly, I did a whole lot of freaking out–half a year of totally freaking out–before being okay with being lost and being okay with freaking out over being lost!

I’ve discovered that it’s all part of the package deal.

I’ve also found that the longer I allowed myself to stay lost, the more I began to see things I never would have otherwise seen had I been on the fast and usual, easy route.

I’ve always gone in and out of the forest of life so quickly. I’ve never been lost long enough to see the hidden secrets of the jungle and the many treasures and adventures just waiting for me in there.

This time, I went in like Alice in Wonderland, not knowing Who I Am, just wanting to find my way home.

But as I ran around frantically trying to find my way out, I’ve slowly begun to see that everything around me was and is my Teacher all along. And they’ve been leaving me clues to Who I Am, all the while.

As I drank from the bottle of Wisdom and ate from the bread of Life, my Fear of the Unknown began to grow smaller and smaller as my Love for New Possibilities began to grow bigger and bigger.

I’ve come to the present conclusion that the answer to the question “Who Am I?” lies in knowing “Whose I am”.

As I began a deeper relationship with my Creator, I began to see that I am Made in Love, Made of Love and Made to Love. But knowing WHY on earth I’m here is not enough. I’ve learnt that we each have a powerful role to play.

And that is to share our Love Story.

The Plucking Of A String, is a Guitarist’s Love Story, strummed out. The Ink on a Canvas, is the Artist’s Love Story, painted out.  The Idea In A Line, is a Poet’s Love Story, crafted out. The Playlist on a Disc, is a DJ’s Love Story, blasted out. The Quiet Listening Heart, is a Therapist’s Love Story, hearing us out. I could go on and on but you know what I mean.

We’re lost because we’ve forgotten Who We Are.

When we rediscover “Who I Am”, we discover Love.

The world is just waiting for You to share You. Are you ready to share your True Love Story?

I’ve read a quote somewhere that sometimes, people need a story more than they need bread! They need it like oxygen. Your Love Story poured out, might just be the ray of Hope they’ve been looking for at the end of a very dark tunnel.

Khalil Gibran, said it so powerfully in poem, “Work Is Love Made Visible.”

Right now, am I still Lost? Very much so.

But it’s been an enriching journey and I know it’s just a matter of time before I find my way out. So while I’m here, I’m going to ENJOY it and learn from it as much as I can, and have fun with it while I can!

ps: Dolphins are one of the best example of Love Made Visible! Look at them doing some really phenomenal things with bubble rings. Who knew they could do something like that?! I didn’t! It’s AMAZINGGGG. And all the Dolphin did was BE a Dolphin. Watch and be Inspired!

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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