Today is the last day of 2022. To me, this is an unprecedented year of bad fortunes. Record financial losses, career regression, business blunders, feeling "meh" in life, just to name a few. I thought 2021 was my worst year, but somehow managed to find a new rock bottom. It is not all bad as I also managed a couple wins, most notably receiving my first paycheck for blogging. It is definitely a shot in the arm to continue what I love but often lack the time doing.
Can't wait to wave 2022 goodbye and not look back. What is in store for 2023? My resolution has never been simpler. REDEMPTION.
A magnitude-6.3 earthquake today hit Christchurch, New Zealand. Although less powerful than the one that struck in September last year, it is much more devastating. Many buildings in the city were demolished, including its iconic cathedral. The casualty toll currently stands at 63, but is expected to climb above 100 in the next few days. Today's earthquake struck 45km west of the city and is only 5km below the surface. This aftershock is much closer than the quake that registered five months earlier. My condolences to those affected and I hope the city can rebuild from this unfortunate episode! -PTS
Happy New Year! With the arrival of 2022, it is time to put my resolutions to work: Improve my golf game with a sub-30 handicap (yes, I am that bad) Remaster my butterfly stroke in the pool Become an advanced chess player by scoring 1500+ on Chess.com Write more blog posts by finding a focus topic(s). No world peace this time, but each goal carries with it a deeper meaning for me -- hence the excitement. Let's get started! - PTS
I recently finished a self-help book called The Magic of Thinking Big , by David Schwartz. The title caught my attention as I have had first-hand experience on the topic. My expectation from the book was to see if there are consistent means to induce big thinking and in turn, derive its benefits. It turned out there is no magic pill on how to think big. Instead Dr Schwartz provided a few lifehacks that resonated with me: Believe you can and so you can. Self belief is key to success. If you believe you are good enough, then you are on the right track to attaining results. This message reminded me of Morpheus telling Neo in the Matrix , "Don't think you are. Know you are." This has been my mantra for some time so the chapter served as a good reinforcement on self belief. On the flip side, if you believe you cannot, that is equally self-fulfilling There is no excuse for mediocrity. Whether it is health, intelligence or the age-old "age" (pun intended),