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Life’s Ponderings

Serba salah.

You must’ve been in this situation: it doesn’t seem/feel right whether you do it or you don’t. And it’s not about choosing the better of the two; rather which is less bad. And it’s not viewed from your perspective; rather it’s from the other party’s.

I’m talking about visiting someone who is unwell. What’s wrong with that? It’s appropriate and expected of you, especially when you’re close to that someone. It’s also good for that someone to see many people care and support him/her no matter what. Thing is, what are you gonna talk about upon seeing him/her in such state without probing much into “how you’re doing?” “Fine,” comes off as a fib, and you don’t wanna him/her to think more into their illness either.

What you’re gonna do when you feel a pang everytime you see that someone? Then, what to do when you clearly notice pensiveness in that person’s eyes, probably because your presence reminds him/her of the condition s/he used to have and is now stripped off? Or when that person starts to get teary-eyed and then sobs as s/he tells you how saddening it is to be able to do nothing? (Imagine how it’d feel like to have your body not responding to what the brain wants it to do/move…) It shatters my heart, but then I begin to question whether I should’ve been there in the first place. Dilemma…


Question of life: health or wealth?

Money isn’t everything; without it, it’s nothing.” What a pinch~
We may be getting tired of the saying “money can’t buy happiness.” While that may be true, money can buy many things and does pay for pretty much everything in life. “Money can buy medicine, but not health,” is amongst what-money-can-buy list. Well, at least when you have money and you happen to fall sick, it will take care of medication, treatment, or any medical procedure’s bills, if any, which can save your life. Conversely, what can an ailing person do if s/he has no enough money for all that?

Why health? You can do pretty much anything you want to when you’re in good shape. In this case, you can work, earn money, and earmark some of that for whatever it is. Simply put: “A healthy person has many wishes, but the sick person has only one.” (Indian Proverb) That says it all, doesn’t it?

So, the conclusion is…?


Last thing I wanna address here is the moral of the story I got from what’s written in the previous post: about dismissing some news/information just because it didn’t pertain to us at that point then turning virtual world upside down, overworking the search engine in the process, searching for that very thing because we don’t have effective keywords now.

The lesson learned is pretty straightforward: if you find something interesting or more importantly informative, regardless how tangential or farfetched it is, don’t ignore it! Jot it down somewhere! Name and a bit of description will do. Particularly if it’s something that will benefit humankind like research and development in science, technology, or medical appliances. You can post it in that blog you rarely update, or write it down on that notebook you rarely touch; make sure it’s somewhere you can easily track and retrieve, then ‘forget’ about it.

My experience tells me skills and knowledge act like a boomerang: it’ll come back and hit you in the face someday. You don’t think you’ll ever need it, but it’ll come in handy on the day you least expect it. And you’ll thank yourself you took that note down when it happens, and not the other alternative.

Something happens for a reason. Another trite saying… Yet, like there’s a reason why we cross path with so-and-so, there must be a reason why you come across that article, happen to watch that segment as you flip across tv channels, or hear that announcement as you walk by. It may not be coincidence but fated encounter after all…

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