If You’re Thinking of Changing Careers

“It is this life-long search for, and journey toward, meaning, that lies beneath all the surface changes we make in our jobs, occupations, job-titles, and careers during our lifetime. We want our work—increasingly—to reflect who we most truly are.” ~ Richard Nelson Bolles, The 1993 What Color Is Your Parachute? … For those of you not […]

Noisy Silence

Why don’t we just say what we want to say and ask the questions we want to ask? … We rather the silence, even if it’s the noisy kind. … See, there are 9 kinds of silence, as Paul Goodman outlined in his book Speaking and Language: “Not speaking and speaking are both human ways of […]

The Greatest Mutant (X-Men)

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been watching all the X-Men movies, from X-Men (2000) to X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Although vaguely familiar with its characters since when I was a child, I haven’t really known them all, along with their backstories. Watching the movies allowed me to rediscover the characters, their stories, and their […]

A Delete Button on Mental Illness

If there were a delete button on mental illness, would you press it? I’m asking this because I am still bothered by a question I was asked several months ago. I was giving a mental health awareness talk in one of the colleges here, and during the open forum, one student asked me: “If there […]

Starting Line

I am doing neck stretches, giving my hands a quick shake, stretching my legs, doing a light jog-in-place. I am about to run. … I had always refused to call myself ambitious. Where I’m from, the term ambitious has negative connotations, like it’s synonymous to selfishness and a callous disregard for anyone else for the […]

Why I Suck at Writing Fiction

When people learn I like writing, many of them assume I write fiction. But I don’t. I like telling stories, but for some reason I can’t seem to produce fiction. I know, because I’ve tried (and failed miserably, haha). The only stories I seem to be capable of writing are the ones that have actually […]

Wisdom of Lao-Tzu: 12 Quotes from the Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching (roughly translated as “The Book of the Way of Virtue”) is an ancient Chinese text consisting of 81 verses mainly about the Tao (“the Way”). It offers wisdom on how to live and lead with virtue. Although its true author is not (or cannot be) absolutely verified, the text is attributed to […]