Friday, June 13, 2008

Lessons learnt from the 'wilderness'

10 lessons learnt from my sojourn in the ‘wilderness’ (a.k.a. Diamond Cove) before I embark on another chapter of my life....


1. There is so much joy to be derived from simple pleasures in life

A simple walk around the green grassy compound in the hospital can be interesting and calming. Even kite-flying can be fun when we see how little children and adults alike try to lift their kites in the sky and work so hard to keep them up.




2. Solitude is not a scary word


There are so many things to be done when we are by ourselves: blogging, playing music, reading, cooking, gardening
. We are never alone when God is with us anyway :-)


3. Long-distance traveling alone is a very reflective and deep time


Each trip brings different memories and experiences that form this kaleidoscope of life.
Although single-person trips will be cut drastically due to the rise in petrol price, I guess it was good while it lasted...


4. Life in a small-town can be difficult initially but we learn to be self-dependent and God-dependent


When we grow up, we have to assume responsibilities for our own lives and with limited resources in a small town, we learn to improvise and provide for ourselves
. Not only that, there is just so much of time in communion with our Lord due to the quietness.



5. Racial lines can be blurred when we are willing to bridge our differences


This is what being Malaysian all about…we appreciate each other’s culture and enjoy our differences and yet respect and continue to practise what our forefather’s taught us



6. Everyone can keep in touch via the Internet, especially with facebook, blogging and chats

This current generation has the most impactful, explosive, life-changing media that knows no boundaries and censorship..it’s a double-edged sword



7. Walking to work in the morning in the mist before the ray of sunlight burst through the clouds can be the most evocative, dramatic and surprising experience

Being eco-friendly is part of life..if we don’t love the nature, how do we sustain life on earth for long?



8. An easy-going group of working colleagues means life is less complicated and work more efficient and pleasant

This is only applicable if we have understanding and responsible bosses who nurture our growth and trust us when we are capable and trustworthy, which I am glad that it’s found here in the surgical department


9. People come and go very fast


Another reality in life that I begin to accept as farewells became more frequent. We have to say goodbyes in life but that doesn’t mean that the friendship ends.



10. Changes are inevitable


Change is a constant in life. As I surrendered my transfer form and place it in God’s hands, I pray that I am making a worthwhile decision for my future.







9 comments:

cute little angel said...

Hi, I've been reading your blog for the past 2weeks or so and as you already know, I've linked it to mine. Hope u don't mind >.<
I must say that I enjoy reading your blog. It gives me an insight of life as a doctor. Your persistence and the way you live your life embracing every moment is commendable! I really admire you :) I believe that this is what drives you forward and helps keep you in place. Keep up the good work! Cheers!

the cili padi doctor said...

hi hi...

yeah, sure no probs..u can link to my blog anytime. i haf seen ur blog. good job and nice narration of your life in a foreign land.

i m sure that u r enjoying your studies and loving God every minute. the moment that you start working, a lot of things gonna change but the love of our Lord endures forever. We haf this assurance that He is always with us no matter what and that gives us this drive and enthusiasm to excel in all that we do.

See u ard in cyberspace!! ;-)

cute little angel said...

Hey, thanks for the compliment and the encouraging words :)
Cya around too!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cilipadi Doc,

I've bn reading yr blog for some mths now. I really like yr honesty & transparency. Don't stop being who u r as there r just too many people who speak fr behind their masks nowadays.

Yr stint in TI has really matured u in many ways. God knows what He's doing so continue to be tender in yr heart to His ways. Thru good & hard times He's always there for u :)

New posting? Pray that God's sovereign ways will put u in His assigned lot for u. That's the best eh!

God's best be yours!

erinchong said...

Hi Lynette! The 1st shot of u with the string (of a kite) is soooooo beautiful!!
Keep writing :)

LxndreaSB said...

hi there CPD (lynette is it?),
i found ur blog through the nuffnang JHancock contest. your wonder woman story was hillarious and this post is well written also. hope to see and read more of you soon, as i enjoy a doctor with great writing skills. i dont see many around.
God bless!

Elaine Gan said...

Hi!
You looked so happy during the kite flying activity :)
Thanks for dropping by my blog, i'll be regularly reading yours too!
Good to know you're doing superbly well in your profession!

Blessings!

shinyin_jocelyn said...

A friend of mine recommanded your blog.... i enjoyed reading your blog very much... and the 10 lessons learnt is so true.. i admire your strenght and positivity..

i've been to teluk intan hospital last month for 3 weeks, and i was complaining all the time... i wondered how you could survived that.. i bet you'll nod your head if u were to read my post on teluk intan.. i guess, i have so much more to learn in life..

shinyin_jocelyn said...

A friend of mine recommanded your blog.... i enjoyed reading your blog very much... and the 10 lessons learnt is so true.. i admire your strenght and positivity..

i've been to teluk intan hospital last month for 3 weeks, and i was complaining all the time... i wondered how you could survived that.. i bet you'll nod your head if u were to read my post on teluk intan.. i guess, i have so much more to learn in life..