Most of Love is Lost

I have been practising the Four Agreements since the start of this year.

And I have not been very successful at all.

Not even with the First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word.

It is much harder than I imagined.

The first doodle of 2018 is inspired by Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements.

And of course, the greatest poet philosopher, Khalil Gibran.

And, my failures and mistakes.


Day 303 – April 3, 2013

It’s a super short week here in Hong Kong.
Two days after going back to work, we get another holiday tomorrow.

It really does feel like the weekend.

On this day, I am thankful for…

1. A nice daughter and mother time over lunch.

2. Discovering a possible milonga venue.

3. Getting my workshop next week sorted out.

4. A great coaching session for my TEDx speaker! (Yes! I get to train the TEDx speakers!)

5. An unexpectedly fun pre holiday evening with Nadia, Bradley, Olivier and his friend Geoff.

6. Coming home to a very happy puppy!

7. Reading something that made me smile.

8. Watching an amazing video that is beyond inspiring.

9. Knowing that tomorrow morning I can sleep in!

10. That it’s been a while now and I am doing OK.

This time last year I was so filled with expectations.
To see you again.
To enjoy the cherry blossoms with you.

One year later, this scene will never happen again.
But I am OK.

There will be more cherry blossoms.


Day 275 – March 6, 2013

Life is never dull.
Life is always filled with drama.

Well, at least my life feels this way!
Yet, the things that I am grateful for makes me smile and go on.

I am thankful for…

1. Courage – to stop what is not good for me.

2. Strength – to soldier on.

3. Wisdom – to know which battles are worth fighting for.

4. Humour – to find hilarity in the toughest situations.

5. Friendship – to know that your love for me is free from judgement.

6. Family – to be there for me, with no questions asked.

7. Calmness – to look at the storm and not be bothered.

8. Quietude – to find peace in the noise.

9. Discipline – to not let outer calamity spoil my inner tranquility.

10. Love – to know that love can conquer all.


Day 155 – November 2, 2012

1. I am grateful for a very pleasant flight to Tokyo – really nice staff on Cathay Pacific CX504!

2. I am thankful for the kindness of strangers – nice little old man helped me find my way when I got a bit lost.

3. I am thankful for my friends Jake and Nathalie for having me stay at their house.

4. I am grateful that I can get around Tokyo fairly well on my own. (Yes, I did get lost but at least I could ask for help…)

5. I am grateful for beautiful paper, notebooks, pens, folders, stickers… Japan is stationery paradise.

6. I am thankful for the alone time I had today in this city of memories for me.

7. I am grateful for the lovely dinner tonight – it was good to see you.

8. I am thankful for the peace of mind that I have – I credit it to practicing mindfulness.

9. I am thankful for your thoughtfulness.

10. I am grateful for the moon tonight, it showed me the way home.

Day 125 – October 3, 2012

1. I am thankful for the homemade hotcakes that Kirsty made for breakfast for us today.

2. I am grateful for the little surprise kite flying expression which was very brief but very funny.

3. I am grateful for the most hilarious zoo visit – a vicious ostrich, some evil emus, a trio of sleepy tigers, some hungry goats and a very flirtatious parrot.

4. I am thankful for the warm down jacket Kirsty lent me for the rugby game.

5. I am grateful for the rugby game that was sorely lost but fun to watch nonetheless.

6. I am thankful for the great company of Nadia and her lovely friends.

7. I am grateful for my iPhone taking great photos for wonderful memories of this trip.

8. I am thankful for friends offering for us to stay while we visit.

9. I am thankful for the cool weather but warm homes and hearts.

10. I am grateful that my daughter is having fun in her school holidays too.