Category: Life

Of stars and lost souls

Nothing Without You
Vienna Teng
It’s the quiet night that breaks me
I cannot stand the sight of this familiar place
It’s the quiet night that breaks me
like a dozen papercuts that only I can trace
All my books are lying useless now
All my maps will only show me how to lose my way

Oh call my name
You know my name
And in that sound, everything will change
Tell me it won’t always be this hard
I am nothing without you
but I don’t know who you are

It’s the crowded room that breaks me
everybody looks so luminous
and strangely young
It’s the crowded room that’s never heard
no one here can say a word of my native tongue
I can’t be among them anymore
I fold myself away before it burned me numb

Oh call my name
You know my name
And in your love, everything will change
Tell me it won’t always be this hard
I am nothing without you
but I don’t know who you are

I am nothing without you
but I don’t know who you are
I am nothing without you…

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How to be happy

“What is happiness? The most useful definition—and it’s one agreed upon by neuroscientists, psychiatrists, behavioral economists, positive psychologists, and Buddhist monks—is more like satisfied or content than “happy” in its strict bursting-with-glee sense. It has depth and deliberation to it. It encompasses living a meaningful life, utilizing your gifts and your time, living with thought and purpose.

“It’s maximized when you also feel part of a community. And when you confront annoyances and crises with grace. It involves a willingness to learn and stretch and grow, which sometimes involves discomfort. It requires acting on life, not merely taking it in. It’s not joy, a temporary exhilaration, or even pleasure, that sensual rush—though a steady supply of those feelings course through those who seize each day.”

According to Psychology Today, happiness is a result of being born happy (happy genes?), going through pain, being in the moment, having a goal, having money (or some money), and a strong sense of belonging. Keeping up with the Joneses and having a lot of options don’t necessarily make a person happy, but sticking to your guns does.

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Silent sighs

Roger Federer Shanghai Masters 2008It’s okay, Rogi, it’s okay.

Like most observers, fans, readers, writers, reporters, analysts, pundits, thinkers and anyone and everyone who posted on forums, blogged, whined, spoke, screamed, and b*tched said, this season sucked. I will celebrate when 2009 arrives. Winner’s gonna take all at the start of next year.