The Five Lessons from the Five People you meet in Heaven

1. Life and people
All lives intersect. Death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed. People died instead of other people. But there is a balance to it all. One withers, another grows. Birth and death are part of a whole. It is why we are drawn to babies,…and to funerals.
Strangers are just family you have yet come to know.
No life is a waste. The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.

2. Sacrifice
Sacrifice is part of life. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to. Little sacrifices. Big sacrifices. Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious (like your life), you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else. You lost something, but you gained something as well.

3. Anger and forgiveness
Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves. Forgive. No one is born with anger. When we die, the soul is freed of it. But now, in heaven, in order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did, and why you no longer need to feel it. You need to forgive.

4. Love
Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that’s all. But when senses weaken, another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.
Life has to end. Love doesn’t.

5. Your Life’s Purpose
You are where you are for a purpose. You are supposed to be where you are, your existence is to do what you do. You make things good for other people, is where you are supposed to be.

This book has been very inspiring, as inspiring as Tuesdays with Morrie. Most of the lessons can only be appreciated by reading the book, for some of the above are paraphrased and you won’t know what it really means until you read the story, especially #5.

Nevertheless, most of the lessons are very true. I think #2 is very appropriate. If you read the story, it really illustrates this: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). Jesus passed life on to everyone else.

The Return of the Mug

Okay, it’s back to school since a week back, and it’s a silent “torture” to

patiently wait for all the papers to be received back. Glad that I got an A for

Maths, and finally passed my Physics with a C. Economics was pretty bad at

D/E depending on the rounding up/down. Computing was quite bad, partly

because I didn’t study, also because a lot of people did badly too (everyone

has to come back for remedial?), got a D without coursework, C with

coursework included. And mr gi played an interesting US Navy Seal training

video from Discovery Channel , supposedly to inspire us to work hard for the

prelims, and focus on details.

Well, it seems like the tables have turned. I used to worry about Maths and

Physics as they were my weaker subjects. Now I worry about Computing and

Economics. Hopefully all will balance and be good in A Levels. As mr ho has

pointed out, it can go both ways – up or down. I trust God.

Lessons in school now seem kinda waste of time. Cos after school is quite late

and tired, can’t do much in school. After that go home even worse, a few

hours then sleeping time already. sigh. more than half my class skipped school

today. pro.

mr. chua asked me if I’m doing any video to make farewell assembly more

exciting. well not much time left, if I wanted to do, should have done last

week. But alas, I went to do a mass dance video instead. He say maybe I can

tweak it. Well not much inspiration to do it. I was asked to design SDD ticket

recently. And was also asked to provide a design for a sponsored notebook

for open house. hmmm…

There are 2 kinds of people who complain about their results:
1. People who seriously have bad results and need to buck up.
2. People who have relatively good or average results which can be better,

yet they complain a lot, and worry unnecessarily, and talk as if it’s the end of

the world and they are going to be retained.
I suppose I’m neither of the above.
People from #1 should really work on their complains. That’s alright.
But what I cannot understand is people from #2. They can continue ranting

about how “bad” their results are, but when compared to myself, they are

very good already. Why worry so much? Who of you by worrying can

add a single hour to his life?

I know I need to work hard, perhaps the hardest I’ve ever worked in my life in

terms of studies. Need time too. Need lots of practice again. After about 2

weeks break, almost forgetting a lot of things.

But God is good.

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out

everything on your own. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make

your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get

worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you

deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” – Matthew

6:34

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On a another note, happy birthday to yt!