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Five Hundred & Thirty Five; the four obstacles to confront our dreams.

April 11, 2013 / ,

So I recently finished reading The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom.

It was an awesome read, as always, his books never disappoints. (hmm except for 
Have a little faith' maybe. have not read it yet.)

Just started reading "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho.
I'm only at the "Introduction"
& I already came across these whole section which I really want to share with y'all.
Here goes:

"However, we don't all have the courage to confront our own dream.
There are four obstacles. 

First: we are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible.
We grow up with this idea, & as the years accumulate,
so too do the layers of prejudice, fear, and guilt.
There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible.
But it's still there.

If we have the courage to disinter dream,
we are then faced by the second obstacle:  Love.

We know what we want to do, 
but are afraid of hurting those around us 
by abandoning everything in order to pursue our dream. 
We do not realize that love is just a further impetus, 
not something that will prevent us going forward. 
We do not realize that those who genuinely wish us well want us to be happy and are prepared to accompany us on that journey.

Once we have accepted that love is a stimulus,
we come up against the third obstacle: 
Fear of the defeats we will meet on the path. 
We who fight for our dream, suffer far more when it doesn't work out,
because we cannot fall back on the old excuse,
"Oh, well, I didn't really want it anyway."
We do want it and we know that we have staked everything on it
and that the path of the personal calling is not easier than any other path,
except that our whole heart is in this journey.
Then, we warriors of light must be prepared to have patience in difficult times
and to know that the Universe is conspiring in our favor,
even though we may not understand how. 

I ask myself: are defeats necessary?

Well, necessary or not, they happen. 
When we first begin fighting for our dream, 
we have no experience and make many mistakes. 
The secret of life, is to fall seven times & get up eight times.

So, why is it so important to live our personal calling
if we are only going to suffer more than other people?
Because, once we have overcome the defeats 
--and we always do-- 
we are filled with a greater sense of euphoria and confidence. 
In the silence of our hearts, 
we know that we are proving ourselves worthy of the miracle of life. 
Each day, each hour, is part of the good fight. 
We start to live with enthusiasm and pleasure. 
Intense, unexpected suffering passes more quickly
than suffering that is apparently bearable;
the latter goes on for years and without our noticing, eats away at our soul,
until, one day, we are no longer able to free ourselves
from the bitterness and it stays with us for the rest of our lives.

Having disinterred our dream,
having used the power of love to nurture it
and spent many years living with the scars,
we suddenly notice that what we always wanted is there,
waiting for us, perhaps the very next day. 

Then comes the fourth obstacle:
the fear of realizing our dream for which we fought all our lives.
Oscar Wilde said, "Each man kills the thing he loves."
And it's true.
The mere possibility of getting what we wants fills the soul of the ordinary person with guilt.
We look around at all those who have failed to get what they want
and feel that we do not deserve to get what we want either.
We forget about all the obstacles we overcame, 
all the suffering we endured, all the things we had to give up in order to get this far.
I have known a lot of people who, when their personal calling was withing their grasp,
went on to commit a series of stupid mistakes and never reached their goal
-- when it was only a step away. 

This is the most dangerous of the obstacles
because it has a kind of sanity aura about it: renouncing joy and conquest.
But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get,
then you become an instrument of God,
you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here."

-- Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

I'm pretty sure I will have more to share after I finish reading this book! :)

Have not been blogging much recently.
So I thought I shall do a lil' update here.

-Crossroad 十字路口

Crossroad, is a docu-drama.
In each episode, different real-life stories are being told,
and there will also be a talkshow to discuss the various topics.
I had an enjoyable two days filming with the team from The Moving Visuals.
& truth be told, I think this was one of my better performances for outside productions.
Reason why I felt I did relatively good,
is because I cried out at the right breaking point.
& the tears just kept flowing and flowing..
But whether it really is one of my best,
I will only know when I see the whole episode..
I shall not reveal too much about the role til later date. :)

 -My Dear Princess 德尔君主

This is a kids drama, & yes,
I'll be playing the role of their form teacher!
Only had one day of filming thus far,
but I'm sure I'll be having lots of fun with these kids.

 -The Recruit Diaries 阿兵新传
I'm playing the role of "碧凤",
& together with Hayley & Shelia,
we are....... "青春123".

The best thing to have when filming under the scorching hot sun......

 Filming for this sitcom has been filled with so much fun & laughters.
Escpecially with Jeremy around :)
Stay tuned to this sitcom,
premiering in July.
I can assure you that it will get even more funny after the first few episodes.
Will post more photos at a later date!

I will also be involved in 志在四方,
& is excited for my next role in 小小传奇 as Kate.

Alrighty. Ending my post here!


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