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.

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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.

Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead

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“Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15).

Trained initially as a teacher, I learned and picked up a lot of new ideas on salesmanship when I switched and took the plunge to selling life insurance on a commission basis as a career. Without the safety of the “security cheque”, I was inevitably faced with the challenge of having to plan and work my plan for my daily, weekly and monthly survival. That slogan: “Nobody plan to fail but most fail to plan” became deeply ingrained in me even till this day.

In retrospect, looking at it in perspective, the words will only ring true if you and I have the power and ability to control our life and destiny. Circumstances will change, job security vanishes, new career looms and new and alien environment requires us to adjust, adapt and adopt life unplanned for. As a new Christian then, I couldn’t really understand the significance of the wisdom in Proverbs 20:24, which says: “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?”

Life is fragile. It is one of vanity and futility. Yesterday is dead and gone. Tomorrow may never come. It’s ridiculous to dwell on past glories. Today is the time for each of us to consider where and how we are investing our time and energies. Oftentimes, at deathbed you’ll hear of regretful wishes like ”I wish I had spent more time with my family and kids.” All the worldly plan of making those million bucks is furthest from the mind of the would-be deceased. Ask the Lord to give you His priorities for your life and he will set you straight.

Everything ultimately comes to an end. Life has its beginning. Life has its end and over these two facts we have absolutely no control. I used to preach these words: “From the womb to the tomb, there is but one room. It’s either heaven or hell where we for all eternity will ‘yell.’”Yes, be prepared and plan ahead for that mansion above. “If there’s will, there’s a way” so they say. But it needs to be added “ . . . provided it’s God’s will.”

    Paul Chong