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November 19th, 2007

Happiness and Meaning, Part 2

On Happiness …  

  • Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” – Albert Schweitzer

  • We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” – Anne Frank

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein

  • If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein

My personal favorite …

Happiness comes from the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.” – Storm Jameson

On Meaning …

  • The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.” – Carl Gustav

All that is worth remembering of life is the poetry in it.” – William Hazzlitt

  • Everywhere one seeks to produce meaning, to make the world signify, to render it visible. We are not, however, in danger of lacking meaning; quite the contrary, we are gorged with meaning and it is killing us.” – Jean Baudrillard

My favorite…

Next to God, we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth having.” – Christian Nevell Bovee

November 13th, 2007


This is a page in my organizer that I have been keeping since college.

I copied a poem from a newspaper and wrote it on my organizer to remind me that sometimes you work hard for something that you want but it’s just not meant to be.

I wish I wrote the author too.

October 24th, 2007

Lesson Learned From A One Year Old

On a nice weather – sunny and dry, I take Matthew to the playground. He loves the playground. He goes off strolling around, climbing and picking up stuffs that catches his attention. While strolling, he falls sometimes when he loses his footing or when he runs so fast for his own good and loses his balance. When he stumbles, he cries a little bit but most of the time, he doesn’t cry at all and gets up right away. I tell him to shake off dirt from his hands, which he learned to do by sort-of clapping his hands, then off he goes again like nothing happened.

While watching him, it amazes me that these little actions teach me a life lesson. It’s a lesson I already know and have learned over and over but I have a hard time remembering when it is needed. It’s to get up after falling and not linger on falling, shake off all the dirt – all the disappointments and frustrations, and move on.

* Photo: My Matthew at the playground, taken on October 15, 2007. He just loves it when I chase him. He plays hard to get in this photo.

October 18th, 2007

I Love Autumn

I love Autumn! I love the coolness, the colors and the gloomy feel in the air. It’s almost poetic. Last autumn was extra special to me! It was my baby Matthew’s First Autumn! I have so many pictures taken but this is my favorite – my husband Michael carrying Matthew, who is almost 4 months old that time.

Baby and Daddy, Autumn 2006
Photo taken on December 2, 2006, Tokyo Japan

October 16th, 2007

My Secret World

My Secret World
In my secret world
Stars are jewels
Fairies abode
Nights are bright
The Moon hangs full and low.
In my secret world
Dreams are real
Beer is wine
Laughter is medicine
Hearts intertwine.
In my secret world
I am happy.
I am a person.
I can dream dreams
beyond the coast lines,
with my heart intact,
my soul singing,
my spirit soaring.

Chilly is a high school classmate and friend, whose poems I find so enchanting. Get to know her more.

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