I never try hard enough

Trip Start Mar 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 06, 2010

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, June 14, 2010

There are many things in life I do not understand, too many things that seem peculiar to me. I do not understand myself, and I do not understand men. Words are created to express, but yet so deeply they are misinterpreted for the right meaning somtimes. There are too many disappointments in life. I lose faith. I felt pain the first time when I was 9 and I lost faith since I was 12. Things should be rosy when it yields certain results. But right at the moment when the result appears, it doesn't seem as rosy.

There are reasons of rejections I hear from others over and over again, til they become excuses to drive me away. How nice a girl would be when she is repeatedly unwanted?

Grief is a natural process, I was taught.

But a prolonged grief becomes saddening and worrying. I never seem to stop grieving. Once in a while, the pain creeps inside me and lingers around. Life moves on, only because I never stop it completely....

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STORY - The Old Man and His Shoe

One day an old man boarded a bus. As he was going up the steps, one of his shoes slipped off. The door closed and the bus moved off so he was unable to retrieve it. The old
man calmly took off his other shoe and threw it out of the window.

A young man on the bus saw what happened, and could not help going up to the old man and asking, "I noticed what you did, sir. Why did you throw out your other
shoe?" The old man promptly replied, "So that whoever finds them will be able to use

The old man in the story understood a fundamental philosophy for life - do not hold on to
something simply for the sake of possessing it or because you do not wish
others to have it. We lose things all the time. The loss may seem to us grievous
and unjust initially, but loss only happens so that positive changes can occur
in our lives. We should not always assume that losing something is bad, because
if things do not shift, we'll never become better people or experience better
things. That's not to say of course that we only lose "bad" things;
it simply means that in order for us to mature emotionally and spiritually, and
for us to contribute to the world, the interchange between loss and gain is

Like the old man in the story, we have to learn to let go. The world had decided that it was
time for the old man to lose his shoe. Maybe this happened to add momentum to a
series of events leading to a better pair of shoes for the old man. Maybe the
search for another pair of shoes would lead the old man to a great benefactor.
Maybe the world decided that someone else needed the shoes more.

Whatever the reason, we can't avoid losing things. The old man understood this. One of his
shoes had gone out of his reach. The remaining shoe would not have been much
help to him, but it would be a cherished gift to a homeless person desperately
in need of protection from the ground. Hoarding possessions does nothing to
make us or the world better. We all have to decide constantly if some things or
people have run their course in our lives or would be better off with others.
We then have to muster the courage to give them away.

A Slice of Life is written, produced and presented by Eugene Loh unless otherwise stated.
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