You are not that interesting.

One of the best advice that I ever got was…
“Don’t talk about yourself all the time, you are not that interesting.”

In my quest to discover interesting, intelligent and WISE people, I met a lot of people who only talk about themselves.
And they confirmed that piece of advice I mentioned just now.
These people are usually not that interesting, and they usually don’t realize that all they talk about is themselves.

So I learnt to shut up and listen.
Not just because I’d like to be more interesting, but also because I am listening for real wisdom in others. People who have something that I can learn from.

These people usually don’t talk as much.
You have to listen really intently to hear what they have to say.

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Friendship is … asking questions that matter

The last six months have been challenging.
Lots of changes and many decisions to be made.

It’s been a habit of mine to keep thoughts to myself and work things out on my own.
This often causes a lot of stress and eventually physical illness for me.
And I know I need to consult my close friends and share my burdens.

It is not advice that I seek.
What I love about my close friends is when they ask me questions that make me think.

The question of the month is,
“What does ‘home’ mean to you?”

Something as simple as that helped me tremendously.

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Today, I am thankful for…

1. Our early morning meeting!

2. Waking up just in time!

3. A lovely breakfast of croissant and tea!

4. Spending time with my sweet friend and colleague Beatrice.

5. The adorable old plumber who declogged my kitchen sink.

6. A superb afternoon of phone meetings which went very very well.

7. All the good things that are happening right here right now.

8. Feeling better physically.

9. Hearing that my sweet friend Keiko will be visiting HK next week.

10. Speaking to my mother and my niece on the phone.

Day 124, October 2, 2012

1. I am thankful for an unbelievably good night’s sleep – 12 hours + !!!

2. I am thankful for the lovely calm day here in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

3. I am grateful for a delicious brunch with Nadia and Bradley.

4. I am thankful for the sweet little touches that people put into their service.

5. I am grateful for having two wonderfully laid back tour guides who are easy to be with!

6. I am thankful that I am here on a vacation.

7. I am grateful that I know what I want in life. Or at least I know what I do not want.

8. I am thankful that Nadia could have the time off to spend with me in the next 10 days.

9. I am grateful for hot showers before jumping into bed on a cold night.

10. I am thankful for wise statements that you hear randomly that wakes you up.

Today’s “wake up” statement – It’s not what you eat, it’s what’s eating you.