Misery Feeds Into Creativity

Misery Feeds Into Creativity


Mythical Phoenix Rising Majestically From The Ashes

Talented people are in more ways than one peculiar in their behaviour and outlook. We may even consider them strange and difficult to understand, doing things out of the norm. Like all other human beings, they have their fair share of sorrow. In fact, they do appear to have it more abundantly than others do. Personal tragedies or otherwise, they suffer great disappointment, frustration and falling into depression, succumbed to drinks and drugs.

For all the fame and riches they may have, there is absolutely nothing, qualitatively or quantitatively, to be envied by others. Their lifestyle is like flashes of lightning with tremendous brightness shadowed by extreme darkness. One moment they are high up in the pedestal, next they are down in the dump, disappearing from public eyes or are confined to rehabilitation clinics and hospitalised for drugs and alcohol. Such is the nature and general trend of their lives whatever glamour and fame they may have. Broken marriages and family problems are their theme songs.

However, there are exceptions. Some are able to rise above their miseries, like the phoenix from the ashes, to sing and dance greater tunes. Some have the stamina and tenacity to stay on and intermittently making a comeback. Celebrities have a tremendous influence on the lives of their fans, changing lives through their music while undergoing changes themselves. One such singing celebrity is George Michael whose sensational life no doubt filled journalistic pages to capacity.

He, when intervied on Today Show, said something that reflect the creativity of all talented people: “Misery feeds into creativity.” We say when there’s a will there’s a way. I would emphatically say that if there’s a will there’s a way, provided it’s God’s way. Often self-realisation comes into play and something good always come out of the misery when touched by the angel and the hand of God . . . provided there’s a willingness to reach up and out. Many a great song and music were born out of misery . . . often superseding all previous numbers.

Each one of us is different, unique. We are all created in the image of God. We are God’s precious children. He loves us wherever we may have been, or whatever we may have done. When we ask how much He loves us, our Lord Jesus Christ stretched forth his hands and died for us on the cross. Our God is a creative God. Let His creativeness shines through in you.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

Reminiscing the Past

Reminiscing the Past

The old scenery is still there . . . never fading

But looking ahead should be more exciting.

In the words of  Soren Kierkegaad:

“Life can only be understood backwards;

but it must be lived forwards.”

prindawnPrincess Dawn Cruise

It is said, in life we do three things: we’re born, we consume and we die. As you get on in years, history accumulates future fades . . . that’s why old folks tend to reminisce the good old days, since the days ahead are dimming, fading and getting less and less, and worst of all teeming with lots of uncertainties!

In so doing, the joy of redeeming and recapturing the days gone by, seem all so exciting, rejuvenating . . . making life more comforting and worthwhile. We were young once with all the life, dreams, hope & aspiration ahead of us. We are not old and silly fools. We have wisdom gained through life’s experiences unmatched by any other form of education. We have had our adventures, travels to exotic places, had rendezvous of the kind that the young ones never know about. We have had our studies with good academic qualifications and credentials. We have had our successes and failures. All materialistic accomplishments go towards not just history accumulation but also the fortification of the future.

sunsets-on-huangshan01.jpgSunset in Huangshan, China

The reality is, life is so full of vanity and futility. Life is like a hurricane. It hits you hard momentarily and just as quickly it’s gone! Prosperity is good, but neglect not life’s posterity.

I guess it’s easier for most to look back than to look forward. But then the glory of the morning sunrise is no more glorious than the magnificence of the golden sunset. It all depends on you as an individual. Your ATTITUDE is your FORTITUDE. Attitude scales the ALTITUDE. Needless to say, attitude is more important than aptitude! Believe you me, we’ve been there . . . done it . . . lived it!

My grandfather & father shared little or none of their past with me. It is like having a good musician interred with his best music . . . lost to the world. It’s so sad! My song shall be heard through the generations. It’s the least of the legacies to be left behind.

Though the years ahead may diminish in proportion to the accumulated years behind us, it is for posterity that we recount the past. Perspectively, history provides guidance and teaching, faith, hope, love and respect for the good things that were done before the coming of the young. Thus, be willing to listen when the old folks talk. We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen twice as much as we should talk.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent