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Happy Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year begins tomorrow, 16th February and 2018 will be the year of the dog. As you know, the dog is a symbol of loyalty, honesty and faithfulness.  Besides, if you spell ‘dog’ backwards, it becomes ‘god’.   
This new year, I’m reminded of the lessons learned from our slobbering pets.
Lesson #1:   The joy of living in the now
Dogs do not think about yesterday nor do they worry about what’s going to happen tomorrow. They live in the now.
Lesson #2:  There is always time for playtime
Dogs understood the importance of playtime for healthy mind, body and soul.
Lesson #3:   In life, we sometimes messed up
It’s okay to mess up.  Just shake it off, clean yourself up and move on.
Lesson #4:   Dig deeper
Dogs are persistent when it comes to digging for their buried bone/treasure.  Sometimes, we need to persevere and dig deeper to reach our goals.
Lesson #5:   Loyalty stills counts
Canines are loyal to their humans and animal friends due to their patience and selflessness.
Lesson #6:   Give unconditional love and expect nothing in return
Dogs love their humans and animal friends unconditionally because they are sincere,  non-judgmental and they do not hold grudges.

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Hello Dad…

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Hello Dad,
today is January 7th
the same date seventeen years ago
at the wee hour of the morning
when I held you in my arms as you
struggled and breathe your last.
The last time Mom and I visited you
at the cemetery was quite some time ago
Not that we have forgotten you but
we believe your spirit dwells
in our hearts and not at the place
where we laid you to rest.
I’m glad I visited you today, Dad
I believe you were at the cemetery too.
I found peace within as I reminisce on the
lessons learned after your passing…
Life is too short to be grumpy
There’s hope in the midst of adversity.
Our success or failures does not
define who we are.
Life is about being joyful.
And there’s joy…
in being yourself
in giving & sharing
in the midst of pain and suffering,
May we find the strength
to let go of our past…
the years of pain and difficulties that
we had somehow survived and have made
 us more compassionate and resilient.
May our hearts be filled with
love, joy and  peace
as we continue to live
joyfully in the moment.

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