Life’s Kaleidoscope


Paul Chong/Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Life is one great rich & exciting experience, an adventure, a journey or play. It’s wonderfully exhilarating with its ever changing scene.

We must extend ourselves in life, be engaging, for life gives us

back far more than what we put in. Like operating a computer,

results will depend upon the data you put it. No input . . . no output.

Our individual success would mean the ultimate of the whole.

So what is life, if full of care . . . we have no time to stand & stare”. You probably remember this little poetic line from your school days. Life’s kaleidoscope has a constantly changing pattern or sequence of objects or elements . . . a kaleidoscope of colours. I remember making one of those toys for our school annual art exhibition.

Time is even stronger than kings who are constantly fighting each other. The passage of time uncovers lies and lets people see the truth.

Everybody study Geography in school (Malaysia) where we learn about the earthly physical & climatic aspects mainly. But when you step into the university, the field of geography is vastly expanded to encompass not only geomorphology, but also geology, anthropology, historical & political geography, human & economic geography, meteorology . . . its terminology lengthening & becoming more numerous.

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” so said William Shakespeare. It’s a passing dream you might say that affords not of your standing there & stare. As an actor, you play your role & play it well to attain life’s accolades or oscars. The idiotic sound & fury will all vanish into nothingness.

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts…** As You Like It Act II, sc. Vii (William Shakespeare).

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (April, 1564 – April 23, 1616) was an English playwright and poet.

 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic trailer500 people dancing in the sky (YouTube) 

The field of human endeavour never fail to amaze as shown by this video where the performance of each individual contributes successfully to the building of the “dynamic aerial human pyramid” in the spirit of teamwork. Likewise, “Chinese Dream” calls for the success of the sum total of each & every individual’s performance.

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This is then the magnificent aspect of life’s kaleidoscope.

Gross individualism or self-centredness must not supercede collectivity.

Ultimately, everyone of us make our exit in life.

Strike it with fire & zeal while we still have it.

The Minefields of Self-Pride

The Minefields of Self-Pride

“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’” ~ Deuteronomy 8:17


Walter Hancock – Fallen Boxer 1934

The danger of forever crediting yourself with your success is ever present. The popular phrase of being “a self-made man” leads only to conceit, pride and eventually to one’s downfall. We have heard stories of tall poppy syndrome, rich and powerful men crashing to nothingness. It’s alright to work hard and smart through sweat and tears to achieve success, provided we avoid the pitfall of claiming it all to our own self-reliance, disregarding the grace and mercy of God which made all things possible. The American philosophy of emphasising that winning is everything runs against the grain of giving due credit to God. They say that you are either a winner or a loser. There’s no second place in life, or as in the Olympics; sportsmen resort to steroids and all forms of drugs to achieve success. Our own sportsmen and women are not exempted in their similar quest for success.

Do we really deserve our individual rights and privileges and all the entitlements that accompany success? “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me”- such thought and attribute only lead to the grave danger of eventual failure. We are but custodians or stewards of the wealth that God deems fit to bestow upon us. He gives and He can also easily take it all back.

To continue in His grace and mercy is to accord God that honour and due praise.

Avoid the danger of developing secular legalism as believers. All that is required of us is to remain faithful, to love God as He loves you and to get to know Him. The notion of being grateful seems to have been thrown out of this world. We are so used to taking without wanting to give that a “grabbing syndrome” is prevalent, particularly in the capitalist world.

Our pride will prevent us from experiencing God’s grace and mercy. Our cold cold hearts must warm vertically towards Him above, and horizontally reaching out to others with feelings of graciousness, generosity, kindness and care. Humbleness is more welcome than haughtiness. Let God continue to shower you with blessings to accomplish whatever you pursue. It’s through His grace and not our work that accomplishment is realised.

    Paul Chong