Last week, my mood was down, as I was affected by the world economics - the debt crisis in both America and Europe. My little investment portfolio was affected, and the crisis would affect my projects as well. While I was reading the papers about the crisis, I saw this picture:
Young Children queuing up for soup on the Holy month of Ramadan.
There are Millions of people worrying about survival, food, safety...
Sometimes... it is about having another perspective...
we are too self-centered and that is a source of suffering...
we should Think Less about "ME"
And Care more about "US" and the less fortunate ones...
I am not a big fan of cocktail, but being a Singaporean, I felt that I should try the "original" Singapore Sling. It wasn't fantastic, the price is too expensive (S$30.60 - US$25.50), and the environment is quite nostalgia though. Well, the price is for the history and heritage.
I was wondering what is the worth of this history and heritage. Based on the statistics provided by the bartender, the average monthly glasses of Singapore Sling served is 14,571, hence, the total monthly revenue is S$445,885 and the annual turnover is S$5,350,628.
That's a very profitable business... as I have not considered other drinks and food, the cost is negligible, the cost of labor is low (less than 10 pax & made up of some Filipino). Well, this will be the first and last time I am contributing to the figures.
Recently, I saw a National Geographic documentary on Taiwanese blend of Folk religion, Taoism and Buddhism. The focal point of the documentary is on people's attitude towards death, funeral & ghost.
There was a gentlemen (37 years old) who was terminally-ill due to cancer. He has 2 young kids, 4 years old and 1 year old. He shared his perspective on life on the hospital bed. He said that only now then he realized that all his pursue for wealth, career and other physical things in life were meaningless. The only things that really matter are his health and the love of his family.
He regretted not taking good care of his health, and not spending enough time building good relationships with everybody. That's what truly matters. Unfortunately, his realization is too late.
This documentary was quite visually impactful. It showed his 4 years old daughter, kneeling down infront of the altar in the temple and praying for the speedy recovery of her dad. It also showed his funeral process, and his lifeless face in the coffin. His elderly mother crying and collapsing.
This is a reminder of the impermanence of life.
This is a reminder not to take life for granted.
This is a reminder not to take family and friends for granted.
This is a reminder to slow down and spend time some quality time with others and oneself.
This is a reminder not to have any regrets during this short journey called Life.
This is a reminder to keep the right perspective of life, and let go of trivial problems & issues.