Feed Your Faith, Starve Your Fear!

By P Chong Thursday, 10 June 2010

Skydiving Over The Ocean

Feeding your faith will be the positive move, and yet it seems so easy just to do exactly the opposite by feeding your fear. Cowards always take the road of least resistance, because it’s the easiest thing to do. Tough decisions demand courage, perseverance, strength & tenacity . . . never to say die until you’re dead.

Often the line of demarkation between success & failure is so indistinguishable.

It could be just one degree more to boil over to harness all that steam & energy.

We all love to hear success stories, of heroes & great men with great achievements. How often we fail to realise the pitfalls & failures accompanying such ultimate successes. Could you imagine that the famous Walt Disney was actually fired by s newspaper editor who told him, “You’re not creative enough”! Had he accepted that verdict, we would have missed all his wonderful creations.

Years ago, Richard Bach wrote a story about a seagull. He was turned down by eighteen publishers. He was undeterred & persevered knocking on doors until finally in 1970 Macmillan published his story. Within five years his book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” had sold more than seven million copies and became an international best seller.

Abraham Lincoln’s life was one of failures until he succeeded to be elected as the President Of the United States of America. I could go on with a whole list of great men, but let’s move on from the secular to the spiritual aspect.

Let’s touch on the life of the apostle Paul, whose life took a dramatic turn when he was struck down from his horse on his way to Damascus and stricken blind. Paul’s enemies called him “a pestilent fellow” (Acts 24:5). Literally they said, “He’s a plague!” But that did not stop him! Yes, he was the prosecutor who became a great preacher of Christianity. The plague just kept breaking out everywhere he went. By the year AD110, one out of twelve people in Asia had become a Christian. Nothing could stand in his way.

This is what we mean by “Feed Your Faith, Starve Your Fear!” When confronted with both, which is often the case, act upon positively & starve all fear. They say there’s nothing to fear except fear itself. If you persistently face fear in the face, a hundred times, a thousand times, there comes a time when there’s no more fear to be faced. You become bolder as time progresses and you cease to fear not. Therein lies the difference between the brave & the coward.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerers through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37. We are more conquerers, we are overcomers who refuse to let fear dominate them.

God says: “Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” ~ Isa 41:10

With God on your side, what more do you need?

Cruise For Life It Shall Be . . . No Nursing Home For You Or Me?

By Paul Chong                               Saturday, 12 December 2009

Plan your work

And work your plan

You’ll be a success

In the end.

In like token, so it is with life’s retirement!

Queen Mary

Most of us dream of seeing the world . . . travel the Seven Seas . . . cruise on the world’s greatest ocean liner (not the Titanic though) . . . or perhaps venturing something which even angels fear to tread. For some, such hope dream & aspiration do come true, but for most a dream remains so forever! Life is often said to be unfair & discriminating. Having worked hard all your life, you deserve better.

These days modern top executives, so called top-notch wheeler-dealers, are no more than the traditional travelling salesmen. The only difference is that the former get to jet or jaunt the world, a few days here or a few days there, constantly on the move – like it or detest it. Perspective of such a life style without leisure for home life nor the real travel pleasure would differ from person to person. Ultimately, whatever we do for a living, the destiny is towards a well-earned retirement – to do the things we never ever had time for before!

Liberty of the Seas

How does this sound? “Liberty of the Seas”, a Caribbean cruise ship, presently the world’s largest (status doesn’t last long these days as with the tallest building in the world) as your retirement home for both pleasure & leisure! It certainly sound like music to my ears! Having had the experience & a fair share of cruising on the Virgo (a Star cruise ship) & Dawn Princess (Princess Cruises), I can with humbleness relate to you how to realise such a dream.

I have also asked my back neighbour Tosh who works with his wife on the Cunard Line to verify the highlights of living on the high seas for the rest of your natural life.

It may surprise you that it works out to be even cheaper & lots better than going to a retirement home. We met a couple or two on the Dawn Princess Cruise last December 2008 who chose such a lifestyle. Others have been on board the same ship for the last four cruises – well-seasoned cruisers. When asked to comment, they shouted with joy “Yes, that’s true. It’s beautiful!”

Dawn Princess
Cruising Beneath Sydney Bridge & Passing Sydney Opera House

Now, are you ready for the high life? No wonder Hollywood filmed such series as the “Love Boat”! Apart from love & romance or high seas adventure, the following highlights of a luxurious old age may just astonish you:

Romantic As Ever! Friends from Perth
      1. Gratuities will only be $10 per day.

      2. You can have as many as 10 meals a day if you can waddle to the several restaurants. Or if you prefer room service, which means you can have breakfast in bed every day of the week.
      3. You can have not one but three swimming pools, gym, free washers & dryers & top shows every night.
      4. They provide you with free toothpaste & razors, and free soap & shampoo.
      5. The cruise staff will even treat you like a customer, not a patient. An extra $5 worth of tips will have the entire staff scrambling to help you.
      6. You will have the opportunity of meeting the nicest people on board every other day or week.
      7. No fear of TV broken or light globe needs changing or the need to have the mattress replaced . . . the staff will fix everything & even apologise for your inconvenience and no charge!
      8. Activities galore . . . whatever you like if you have the energy for them! Line dancing, ballroom, singing . . . “Sail Ahoy!”

        With some friends from Perth

All aboard now!

The writer . . . A Chinese by Descent, An Australian by Consent

Success & Failure

Success & Failure

“Success is by choice

Mediocrity is also by choice”


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Facts you may not know but may surprise & even astound you! These are great men we speak of:

  • Abraham Lincoln entered the Black Hawk War as a captain & came out as a private.

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  • F. W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he 21, but his employer wouldn’t let him wait on the customers because he didn’t have enough sense.


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Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was too stupid to learn

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Walt Disney was fired by his newspaper editor

because he had “no good ideas”.

The road to success is narrow & crude

That to failure is broad & smooth

It’s easy just to cry

When you fail to even try.

Trying & striving under pressure

Will ultimately yield you pleasure

But should you lack tenacity

You’ll not reach your destiny.

Where you’re heading always seem far & distant

The journey will not end in an instant

It calls for faith & persistence

When frustration crowd your existence.

Success is by choice

Mediocrity is also by choice

What you set out to achieve

Depends upon your own firm belief.


Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

Inspiration Vs Perspiration

Inspiration Vs Perspiration

(By Paul Chong)

ATT00059A scene of beauty could be an inspiration for an artist or writer

On our Sydney/New Zealand cruise in December 2008, I saw a TV documentary on Alexandra Nechitaone of the most famous artists alive today. That’s quite an honour for one who was then just 12 years old. The story of Alexandra’s journey to where she is today takes on a storybook aura, starting at age four when her parents noticed Alexandra’s abstract and Picasso-like styles with four-eyed, two-faced figures. She saw Pablo Picasso’s work for the first time at the Los Angeles County Museum, where Alexandra’s first art exhibit came on April 1, 1994, when she was only eight years old, in a community library. Whoopi Goldberg may have explained Alexandra the best in just one sentence: ‘The thumbprint of the Great One is on her.”

There are many other child art prodigies like Nechita, but the profound thing about her when asked how she did it, she said,“I saw visions . . .” Now, would you call that divine inspiration? The age-old famous story of Thomas Edition, the greatest American inventor ever, had this to say: ”1% inspiration & 99% perspiration” on his success.

What constitutes inspiration? It’s defined as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something. It can come from anywhere – a person, an event, an environment, but essentially, if you believe, from God. Your mindset must be such as trained or equipped to be receptive, able to discern, seize & act upon the opportunistic insight without any tint of doubt & delay. It’s found to be most evident & powerful when the recipient has a deep rooted desire or is frustrated by tragic attempts of failure or similar.

In all these, there’s inherently a mix of the element of perspiration, which at the end of the day contribute proportionally more to the question of success. Inspiration is that little iota trigger shot that sets on the motivation. Ultimately, what ensue will need the interactive play of persistence, perseverance, tenacity, courage to bring on the final positive result.

Perspiration hence is the process of sweating it out. As life does not come by in a bed of roses, there will be thorns that prick causing pain & ache. In the field of human endeavour, the mind has to remain focussed & at peace & harmony with your thoughts and emotion. Any thought of seeking publicity or longing for the trappings of success will mean distraction more than motivation.

In the final analysis, nothing worth achieving come by in an easy way. Former Senator George Mitchell, the newly appointed US Envoy for the Middle East peace negotiation, is acclaimed for his negotiation skills in the peace settlement of Northern Ireland where the historic bombing & killing nearly broke his vast patience. He attributed his success to having the ability to outlast the 700 failures in the negotiation.

Yes, success will demand that special “Second Effort” as put forth by Vince Lombardi, the famous coach of Green Bay Packers.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

Wednesday, 4 February 2009