Inspirational stories, poems and annecdotes

The Carpenter

Came across this meaningful passage and thought I would share it here. This story of a carpenter who disregarded the instruction of his client but instead helped save a strained relationship.

Sometimes we build invisible walls around us so as to protect ourselves from being hurt, not knowing that it also prevents us from being loved.

Hope this beautiful story touches your heartstring and inspires us to build bridges, not walls.


Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.

Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference and finally, it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.


Breakfast with Outstanding Kids - Riding high

Cycling champion Maxz Ho makes a good start in his day
with a nutritious breakfast of Koko Krunch and iced Milo


Twelve-year-old Maxz Ho was exhilarated when he won his first individual championship race last year, in the Singapore Cyclone Race Criterium Kids C road racing series.

Maxz enjoys the teamwork in sports and has his own cycling team named Team Turtle, comprising his older brother and friends. His parents support his passion for cycling and participate in this activity by ensuring that the boys are safe and have sufficient water throughout their training. They even keep spare parts of the bicycles in case of breakdowns.

Maxz is also in his school's swim team and is a First Poom Junior Black Belt in taekwondo. His mother, Mrs Annie Ho, says: "Regardless of what sports he's training for, we support him wholeheartedly."


Know Thy Neighbour

Singapore would not be what it is now, if not for the many years of racial harmony & natural camaraderie we have all enjoyed. We have indeed come so far... this far. Why? Because we have all learnt to compromise, despite our cultural differences & social standings.

Foreigners from various parts of the map have since become quite attracted to this harmony we have... the rich culture each of us bring out from within us and of course the growing economy that was promising enough which got them coming... (more so of late) to seek a new life, in this so-termed dot of ours.


Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

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Happened to chance upon this video on Youtube -- visually stunning and the words are thought-provoking and inspiring.

Recently a distant relative fell and hit her head on the ground. She fell into a coma later and died soon after from massive head injury. Then I heard another sad incident of a boy who accidently fell from a highrise and was declared braindead, his life sustained only by a machine.  

Such tragic real-life incidents made me realise life is really unpredictable. No one knows what is going to happen in the next moment. The inspiring words in this video has prompted me to be even more appreciative of life. Like what it says in the video,

"The happiest people do not have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything."

"Live simply; speak kindly; care deeply; love generously." 


A Mother and Her Daughter

I was at the therapy centre yesterday for one of dd3's routine sessions, waiting for her. A mother with a down's daughter came to the waiting area. She was a friend of a mother whose son was also undergoing therapy at the centre, whom I also knew.

Brief introductions were made, and the three of us started chatting. The Mother started to tell me about her experience with her daughter, who is in P5 in a mainstream school. She shared that her daughter was now learning abacus and ballet. She showed us her daughter’s abacus workbooks and started to explain some of the advanced concepts that her daughter was working on. She also shared that her daughter failed in certain subjects and is currently working hard to catch up.


Lessons from My Young Child

As a mother,  I always thought I have inculcated some moral values and life lessons to my 3-year-old daughter (DD). But lately I realised that unknowingly, she has also imparted some life lessons to me through our daily interactions and conversations. It's a humbling experience to learn from a young child, and these are the things I've learnt from her:

1. Do not let the sun go down on your anger.
DD never goes to bed angry. She may be a little 'chilli padi' at times but she doesn't hold her unhappiness or frustration for long. She recovers quickly from any unhappy incidences and does not harbor grudges, even those who had upset her.

Many times, we adults can hold grudges from wrongs done to us decades ago.


I LOVE YOU!......

I recently came across a story and want to share with everyone here. A very touching story that brought tears to my eyes....  We have been so busy with our kids that we may tend to neglect our spouse... Do find time to be your spouse's friend and do those little things for each other that builds intimacy...  Do not live your life with regrets...
When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, "I've got something to tell you." She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.

Life Is a Gift

Just want to share this meaningful passage with everyone - whether you're breezing through life or facing obstacles now. Life is a gift. Embrace it.


Before you say an unkind word
... think of someone who can't speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food
... think of someone who has nothing to eat.