Thursday, November 10, 2011

it's been an amazing two years with this wonderful class , 204'11 (': looking back, I really appreciate everything. 
thanks for all that you guys have given me, I have really learnt so much from all of you and I love every single one of you, so much. 

I will write a dedication soon for all of you right here since I didn't make any cards/ letters/ notes for you guys! Those cookies, although sweet, were definitely not enough to express my love for all of you, I'll miss you guys so much when we split next year! 

Yesterday was the official last day of school for us, it was the last day to be as a class together.
We've been through so much and we've become so much more bonded when we first started and I think myself really fortunate to have met all of you. I will dedicate another post to this hehe now isn't really the time to get emotional :D

Anyway, I have recently started (today, to be exact) on something that I really hope I will sustain throughout my whole life. It's like 6 life principles which I hope to follow everyday and I think it's really beneficial to develop myself as a person as a whole. I chanced upon it in a "Chicken Soup" series, which was "Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul". Don't ask me why I was reading that book, yes, I am of course single but no, I'm not reading that book because I was depressed on being single or anything. 

Here are the 6 principles that I hope to follow daily:
  1. Do something for someone else
  2. Do something for myself
  3. Do something I don't want to do that needs doing
  4. Do a physical exercise
  5. Do a mental exercise
  6. Do an original prayer that always includes counting my blessings
They are not difficult actually, it just serves as a more deliberate reminder to do certain things.
So, I've started today and I really want to sustain it for the rest of my life if possible. I hope to update you guys on whether I have stuck to these principles daily. So, even if I don't have anything to blog about, I think I would still note down and post if I have achieved these 6 simple goals everyday.

Alright, starting from today;

1. Do something for someone else 

I was just thinking about how I was going to do this today at the bus stop near Ang Mo Kio MRT when I was coming back from a meeting in school (Yes, it's the holidays but I still have to go back ever so often). Then, a woman came up to me asking to borrow my phone to call her daughter because she didn't have a handphone and has been waiting for her daughter for half an hour. I did, and she was really grateful to me, repeatedly saying "God bless you". I had to catch my bus then and didn't return the blessing so wherever you are, bless you too (': I lent her my phone so I guess that counts as doing something for someone else I think :D

2. Do something for myself 

This is most definitely the easiest principle to follow! I'd be more than happy to appreciate myself. Got myself a cup of caramel flavoured bubble tea on the way home from Each A Cup. Not my favourite chain of bubble tea shops but it's good enough! Appreciate yourself, because you are special (':

3. Do something I don't want to do that needs doing 

This principle helps me deal with procrastination! For today, I practiced my piano. Oh, did I mention that I failed my Grade 8 Practical? x) I think I only mentioned it on Twitter but anyway, I failed and therefore will be retaking it in March. Don't worry, I'm not really affected by this failure but I'm practicing even harder than before and I am truly grateful for the extra time. So, I did something that I don't really want to do!

4. Do a physical exercise 

Skipped 100 times, lifted dumbbells (failed dramatically by the way) and did 40 sit-ups. Not a lot, but I think it'll be good if I continue this. At least I won't feel that unfit and guilty when I eat a lot.

5. Do a mental exercise ✓ 

Did the Sudoku puzzle in mypaper! :D It was a bit too easy so I went to read on the Singapore's Constitution to train myself mentally so I guess I fulfilled this principle as well!

6. Do an original prayer that always includes counting my blessings ✓ 

I don't have a particular religion, my parents are Buddhists and my brother's an Atheist. I believe that there is one higher being and this shouldn't be separated by the various different religions. I don't know, that's just my personal take which I shall not elaborate on as religion is a relatively touchy topic. For this principle - doing an original prayer? It don't think I'm going to direct it to any God in particular, I'm just going to count my blessings everyday :D Today, I appreciated my class, to have the fortune to have met them as can be seen at the start of this post!

Alright, today, I fulfilled my 6 principles. It's really good, it makes me feel so much less guilty and gives my life more meaning. It might seem forced to do good stuff just because I planned to and not because I intend to but I think it's great to start with this, to force myself to do such things, so much so that it'll become a habit in future :D

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