Rough patches in life

My experience with rough patches

I read this section of The Zahir by Paulo Coelho and its something I would like to share because its something that you can draw strength upon if your in a current rough patch now and blame the world for how it could still move on and be so beautiful when your in so much pain.

“God knows we are all artists of life. One day, He gives us a hammer with which to make sculptures, another He gives brushes and paints with which to make a picture or a paper and pencil to write with. But you cannot make a painting with a hammer, or a sculpture with a paintbrush. Therefore, however difficult it may be, I must accept today’s small blessings even if they seem like curses because I’m suffering and its a beautiful day, the sun is shining and the children are singing on the street. This is the only way I will manage to leave my pain behind and rebuild my life.” -The Zahir by Paulo Coelho


I read in Paulo Coelho’s books that a certain tribe of people always describe the sky as being the colour blue. Because even when the clouds are grey and it is raining, behind the clouds is still the sky in that devastatingly beautiful shade of blue.

This is very much like life. Even though, you may be in a certain kind of rough patch, and all you can see is that of darkness and you simply see no light. But you must remember to see past it all.

For what lies behind the darkness and what lies behind your pain and your problems, is the beautiful life that you have created thus far. What lies behind is the happiness and moments of joy that you have experienced. And your life, through all the rough patches and the pain, will always be described as being devastatingly beautiful, just like that of the blue blue sky.

Boring week in school

My experience with first boring week of school

Well, the ever dreaded re-opening of school has arrived arrived on 13th Oct. School was just like school I guess. My friends, my classmates didn’t really have much change. One of my guy classmates permed his hair though which made him look out of this world alien-like. But of course I didn’t tell him that.

The toilets near South Canteen is still as smelly as ever and the food inside South Canteen still tastes as bad. The modules have gotten harder but the lecturers haven’t gotten any better. Its just a passing phase of “i-hate-school-and-all-that-comes-with-it”. I hope it doesn’t last long. I don’t have the inspiration to write a looooooong entry or any inspiration to write at all. So i’ll just share a story that I read about from somewhere.

Imagine you were driving down a long dark road at night with the girl/guy of your dreams. You’ve always wanted this opportunity, to be this close to him/her and your chance has arrived. The rain is pouring down extremely hard and your entire concentration isn’t exactly placed on the road in front of you. As you were driving down the road, you saw someone frantically waving their hands, trying to catch a ride. This is your first decision, do you stop your car?

Assuming that you did stop your car, you slow to a stop at the side of the road and you roll down the window. You see your school lecturer out in the rain, drenched to the bone, shivering frantically. A chill runs down your spine as you have a feeling that this wasn’t going to be good news. Your lecturer screams in the rain, “YOU HAVE TO HELP ME! WE WERE CAUGHT IN THE RAIN AND NOW HE SEEMS TO HAVE HAD A HEART ATTACK! YOU HAVE TO GET HIM TO THE NEAREST HOSPITAL.” You look to the body lying lifeless on the ground and now you have to make your second decision. Your car only has two seats but you have 4 people with you. Should you save the guy and drive him to the hospital, leaving your lecturer and the girl/guy of your dreams out in the rain? Or should you just drive away?

How many of you would have chosen to leave your lecturer and the girl/guy of your dreams out in the rain? How many of you would just drive away? How many of you would have thought of a different approach and try to make the best out of a horrible situation? If you chose to do the third, then what you would have done would be to give up the car to the lecturer and let the lecturer drive the sick man to the hospital. You would have chosen to walk in the rain with the person of your dreams through the long cold path. And in the end the road wouldn’t seem as cold, nor would it seem as long, now that you have a companion and the best predicament you could ever wish for.

So what I’m really trying to say is, it is often in our life that we face very difficult decisions, sometimes the decisions could affect your entire life. A split second decision. It’s just like the guy who had to sacrifice his kid in order to save a train full of people. Yet, those people would never know what the guy did to save them. Sometimes the decision you make can be painful and maybe extremely difficult. Still you have to believe that no matter what decision you make, something good still comes out of it. What you have to do, is to make the best out of a situation. Make sure you don’t regret your decision.

Just like when deciding if you should slow down your car to help the person by the road, or deciding what is the best solution to get the sick man to the hospital. Make a decision that you wouldn’t regret. And even if it is the most heart-wrenching decision you’ve ever made, it’s probably the best decision that you could make.

Like what General George S. Patton once said, “If a man does his best, what else is there?” As long as you’ve done your best to make the best decision, no one can blame you for anything at all. And no matter what, something good always comes out of it. ((: