Thought Diary

Nov 20th, 2014
On being 1 year older: only if there were a 100-per cent guarantee that the increase in age comes with the increase in patience.

Nov 21th, 2014
On being loved: To be loved is to be influenced. It is almost freeing to not be loved because one can be oneself.

Nov 22nd, 2014
I came across this quote today. It is intuitive, reflective, and elaborately put:
“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments and life itself is grace.”
– Frederick Buechner

Feb 5, 2015
Living in the United States, it’s easy to take modern physical comfort and leisure for granted. For most of history, common people have lived and worked in unhygienic conditions, without sufficient lighting and with high mortality rate.

During the Middle Ages and even in modern history elsewhere in the world, warfare and famine were constant factors.

Feb 16, 2015
Although the mind goes to dark places from time to time, the realities of life remain the same and independent of perceptions. I agree with the view that good health and love are two most important ingredients of a good life.

For this wisdom, I have 2 two people to thank: my mother and my husband. My mother is a champion in overcoming the odds to fight for good health. My husband is a champion in overcoming the odds to fight for love.

Feb 17, 2015
I have been dwelling on the idea of carpe diem, or seize-the-day. There have been moments I feel so down and aimless in my daily life that the carpe diem school of thought provides the only mental rescue. So, I set out to find prominent thinkers on carpe diem.

My hero of the day is Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to his death in 180. He said:

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love….”
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Feb 19, 2015
Classical music has to be one of the instant mood boosters.

Mar 4, 2015
This time in our life, raising small children, is comparable to eating a bar of very dark chocolate. Having children is good for one’s heart but can be so bitter while one is going through the day-to-day motion.

Mar 10, 2015
I understand my parents much much better now that I am a serious mom of 2 young kids. Kids of most ages are so unintentionally annoying and demanding, yet parents can’t help but feel so much love for them. We want to give them so much while it costs us so much–our time and energy.

Mar 10, 2015
Being a human being, I am filled with many angsts–love, hate, desire, jealousy, restlessness, curiosity, etc. However, as a Christian, I need to remember that there are many people out there all over the world who are hungry, thirsty, uneducated, hurt–basically suffering physically as well as emotionally.

That’s how religion can be so powerful in a positive way. We become compassionate towards others and enlarge our hearts to deepen our spirituality.

So many communities worldwide have distorted and abused religious doctrines due to love, hate, desire, restlessness, jealousies, etc. It is saddening!!!

Apr 9, 2015
There are so many ways to live–the low road, the high road, and the many roads in between, figuratively speaking. Usually the right things to do are the very difficult things to do.

How to know and to choose the right things to do? I can try to reason out the most righteous things to do. I can try to pray that the Holy Spirit will guide me to the right things to do.

Perhaps the best way to navigate the challenging terrains of life is to reason and pray at the same time. I can try.

Dec 9, 2015

Reading about philosophy and philosophers is a wonderfully fruitful way to spend idle time, if one has any. Learning about philosophy paves the way to better understanding of human nature, the laws of Nature and deep contemplation of the soul.

I believe philosophy provides one of the necessary means to profound understanding and contentment.

March 15, 2016

Every morning, I try to have some time when I try to become still, look within and find a God moment.

This morning, when I was thinking about God while looking outside my retreat room’s window, I saw a glittering red object in the grass. Intrigued, I put on my clogs to go out in the backyard to find that object. What could it possibly be?

When I reached the spot where I saw the red glitter, there was nothing there. When I looked out the window again at the same spot, the red glitter was gone. It was the oddest thing!

From that experience, I was inspired to think about illusion. When one sees shiny attractive objects or people from far away, one might be drawn to them. However, attractive people and objects up close might turn out to be illusions.

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