Facing life challenges

Am giving a talk for a group of youth who are facing examinations this Sunday. The title for the talk is “Facing Life Challenges” . And i have included a great song by Jason Gray entitled ” Remind me who i am”


Talk on Facing Life challenges


The Stanford Marshmallow Test


“Life is complex.
Each one of us must make his own path through life. There are no self-help manuals, no formulas, no easy answers. The right road for one is the wrong road for another…The journey of life is not paved in blacktop; it is not brightly lit, and it has no road signs. It is a rocky path through the wilderness. ”

― M. Scott Peck


Despite the reality that life is complex, it is comforting to know that we do not need to walk this journey alone. we must seek to walk as a community. And we need a life compass or roadmap. It will help us to return to the original path when we are side tracked or lost. So what is your life compass ?





Love is patient

Patience : Key to Mental Health

I recently read a small booklet talking about “Patience”. And I realized that being patient is so important for our Physical, Mental , Social and Spiritual wellbeing.

Losing patience on the road may lead to grave consequences. It may cost us our lives or the lives of others.

The author argued that “At its heart, impatience is one of the traits of self- centeredness”. He illustrated it with clear examples of children who want what they want and when they want it.

We would expect that we as adults are able to wait and consider the needs of others. Unfortunately, we live in a society that has become “ I want it now” generation. We seek instant and immediate results and find it very hard to delay gratification. We have Fast food, Instant noodles, Instant photo and others.

In pursuing our self-centered interest, Dean Ohlman shared that we may have the following thoughts:

– “Don’t you know that your slowness is irritating me”

– “I don’t have time to deal with your problem”

– “This waiting is inconvenient for me”

– “ My time is more important than your time”

When we are being patient, in essence we are learning to be more understanding and practicing empathy towards others. The Golden rule teaches us to “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. When we learn to be patient, we learn to love ourselves ( caring for our own mental health ) and love others too.

When we exercise patience and self-discipline in pursuing our final goal, we learn the art of perseverance and endurance till we reach the finishing line. We learn to wait. We learn to have hope and faith.

So let us be patient with one another and the world will be a better place for all.

Patience is not a desperate waiting in doubt, but a hopeful waiting in confidence

        ~ Dean Ohlman

Reference : RBC Ministries Discovery Series on Patience by Dean Ohlman

Growing Gracefully

Dear Friends,

I was in the midst of preparing a sharing on ” Aging Gracefully ” and i came across the ABC of growing old gracefully. I wish to acknowledge the author but i was unable to identify the source.

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing”

                                                               ~ Benjamin Franklin’s

  • Avoid collagen
  • Bloom late
  • Celebrate
  • Dance at weddings
  • Eat more chocolate
  • Fall in love again
  • Go gray
  • Hold hands
  • Inspire
  • Jettison grudges
  • Kiss like you mean it
  • Laugh
  • Mend fences
  • Nurture friendships
  • Open doors
  • Perspire with aplomb
  • Quit whining
  • Rekindle romance
  • Spoil babies
  • Teach someone to read
  • Upset convention
  • Volunteer
  • Wear red
  • expect joy
  • Yield gracefully
  • Zing

WHO Mental Health report on Depression


According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Report, Depressive illness is going to rise from 4th to 2nd ranking in terms of disease severity and burden in 2020. This means that Depression will be the second most severe disease after heart disease.


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2nd NACC Conference

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