Prompt of the day: Do you do more for yourself or for others?
Prompt of yesterday: Benjamin Franklin said: “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” Do you think you know yourself well?
On being a doer
Just a few days ago, I took a questionnaire at my church to see where I will best fit for public service vocationally. The results are surprising. I score highest on being a teacher and a doer (others are perceiver, encourager, giver, leader, and the merciful). Also, it is estimated that 60% of the churchgoers in the world are doers.
Ironically, I still look at myself as an undisciplined student of life, but I won’t ramble on.
For the sake of this blog post, let’s just focus more on the doer part. This is what the teacher said:
Longtime collaborators photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin joined forces in a fascinating illustration of different parts of the country … using the respective region’s signature foods.
Sharing their passion for all things food and travel, they’ve been using food as a medium to convey that love across their projects, including entire series of artworks based on eggs, gingerbread, as well as Oreo cookies.
Prompt of the day: Would you say that you are your own best friend?
Yesterday’s prompt: How would you rate your self-confidence? When is it at its lowest? When is it at its highest?
Prompt of the day before yesterday:
Who do you trust more: yourself or others?
As I grew older, I learn that friendship is not a given, but a flower bud that requires effort for it to sprout and to bloom.
Problem is, it’s easy to gain a certain level of expectations when you’ve invested so much of your time and energy to set aside your differences with a potential buddy, especially when that someone is difficult, or just isn’t reciprocating to your favor.
The reality is that often, things we do or say will go unnoticed, or simply taken for granted. This is because everyone values different things, and takes priority of different things. Thankfully with time, I accepted that I have no such rights to expect the friend, the relative, or anyone else on earth, to remember the golden rule 24/7.
Why not? Because I myself haven’t truly lived by the rule.
It’s been a very, very, very long while since I last feasted on a good pho.
Following an afternoon of shopping spree, 10 and I were strolling down the mainstreet dining of Gandaria City, where we first tasted the fooking good food from Fook Yew. We spotted a couple of enticing eateries to fend for our starving bellies, namely Basilico, Munchies, and Marugame Udon, but we neither have the energy nor the patience to wait in line, so we decided to give Pho24 a chance.
Apparently, the Nam Am Group-owned franchise has been around locally since 2005, with ten established outlets in Jakarta as well as the remaining 70+ outlets in Cambodia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Though it’s dominated the Asian populations in its entirety, I think the staple Vietnamese dish has a particular allure that appeals to a worldwide audience and across all ages – it’s simple, it’s familiar, it’s inviting, plus it’s healthy.
But for the past few months, I’ve been struggling with a vicious cycle of sleep disruptions, insomnia, daytime stress and a reduced ability to focus. I come alive at night, but pretty much useless during the day.
From my past experiences, it takes a lot of discipline and your own effort to convince yourself that tomorrow is going to be a good day as long as you plan ahead. I’m falling off the wagon (and glad that I’m not the only one), but eager to get back up again. Why? Simply because I’m healthier and more productive during the days I wake up at 5.30am.