Selamat Pagi Malaysia : REFLECTIONS.
Selamat Pagi Malaysia.
Quiet mornings are for reflections. This morning I allowed my mind to meander here and there. Let it delves into the past and flirts with what is to come in the future but I do not let it linger too long in the present, for the present, when I think of Malaysia, is unpleasant. I have become adept at filtering out the painful past because it serves no useful purpose for me to remember too much of it, but the passing of loved ones, my parents, and my dear wife is not part of my painful past. How could it be painful when there was so much love lived with them, so many wonderful memories that filled our life then and so much joy enjoyed together. So if truth be told, I dwell far too long at times in these memories of my time with them. That, for me, is one of life’s pleasures.
What is to come in the future too can be exciting. It is still a blank canvas for me to paint and fill with colors and images of what I want my life to be. And in all that, one thing dominates. Happiness. To be happy with what I have. To be happy with the people I allow into my life. To be happy with the things I do. Everything else is irrelevant.
It’s already Sunday and the week is almost done. I cannot think of a single thing that I did in the past week that I should not have done, that I regretted doing or that I should have done differently. Life is good.
It is now 11.10 am in Melbourne. I will go to the Victorian Market this morning and maybe have lunch there, but maybe I will not. How good is it to be a master of what you want to do with your life? I have chosen this life and being in Melbourne has made that life possible. I am good. May all that you wish for yourself be possible too. And now before I take my leave, can I share these few quotes that I have enjoyed pondering. Once again, Selamat Pagi and May The Force Be With You.
“Long before morning I knew that what I was seeking to discover was a thing I’d always known. That all courage was a form of constancy. That it is always himself that the coward abandoned first. After this all other betrayals come easily.”
Cormac McCarthy, [All the Pretty Horses]
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ’Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more I will respect myself. I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man. I will hold the principles received by me when I was sane, not mad — as I am now. Laws and principles are not for times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth? They have a worth — so I have always believed; and if I cannot believe it now, it is because I am insane — quite insane, with my veins running fire, and my heart beating faster than I can count its throbs. Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations are all I have at this hour to stand; there I plant my foot.”
Charlotte Brontë, [Jane Eyre]