You might wanna watch the video here first, to get some context.
Biggest takeaway from listening to this TED talk.
Adrian was telling me how he liked Kuik Shiao-Yin’s speeches, because she is just such a natural. So I decided to listen to the above TED talk by her 2 nights ago, since I am planning to write on a more frequent basis and I frankly do not know if food reviews is the way to go.
Towards the end, she went,
Yes, follow your passions, because they matter more than you think. But don’t just stop there – master them, mature them, expand them so that they don’t just become passions, but compassions. And then and only then, can you forge them into opportunities.
That makes a lot of sense, and I believe we all agree with her. The million-dollar question is – what is my passion? What makes me come alive, what holds a big big part of me?
It’s stupid, but I really can’t be very sure what my passion is. I asked my tween what makes her come alive – she says “playing iPad and watching YouTube videos”. Sure everyone likes chill time and the best thing in the whole wide world is probably just lazing around all the time without having to worry about money!
Too bad, one can’t play iPad and watch YouTube videos their whole life and get paid for it..
Well, unless you marry a billionaire……
So, back to the same question – what makes me come alive? Ok, maybe I can list a few things which I think makes me feel alive, enthusiastic, excited etc.
- Knowing that friends feel blessed with me around them – recently I started a few daily devotion whatsapp group chats with my church friends and I would send them my daily devotion bible passage, devotion passage and also my personal learning point. It gives me great joy to know that sometimes the devotions would encourage them too. Other than that, I also feel great contentment when my co-workers and friends enjoy being with me.
- Singing – be it in worship or karaoke. Being able to convey the message in a song, being able to feel the song and sing it out nicely means a lot to me.
- My Christian faith – because God is the only truth in this temporary world we live in. Since high school when I joined church, my ambition was to become a full-time church staff. In the past, I envied the full time staff so much – they could just serve God all day long, officially, unofficially, every single moment! Of course over the years, I learnt that some of us have to be in the marketplace to connect with people who need Jesus – and honestly if you ask me, it’s harder to be in the marketplace because it’s easy to get tempted with other schools of thought and one may end up just become more like the world (which I am still struggling to grapple with!).
If I was asked what I can do in church – I will say I can do anything and everything, because I feel that everything I do will benefit God’s work. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to do administrative work for God, and not for some private company where purpose is to make money for the bosses? Isn’t it wonderful to be able to pray for colleagues in a church office, to strengthen one another with the bible in our hands?
Ok, it’s getting late and I really would like to give it some more thought BUT I NEED TO WORK TOMORROW. I’ll be back soon!!
But at least I know, FOOD is not on the list..