Starting the book of your life with A, B, C

Yesterday I woke up, very cognisant of the date and upcoming events for many of my friends and their children, who are peers of my eldest child. It was the day, most twelve year olds in Singapore would receive the results of their Primary School Leaving Examinations. To each and every student, this is my letter to you. … Continue reading Starting the book of your life with A, B, C

Magical Journeys: from Mayhem to Mindfulness

At 8 o’clock in the evening, I can be seen herding my three children up the stairs to their bedroom with enough enthusiasm to match a team of bouncy cheerleaders on the sidelines of a premiership game: “C’mon girls! Let’s Go! Go! Go!” We race up the stairs together—“Last one to the room has to turn off the lights!” Squealing … Continue reading Magical Journeys: from Mayhem to Mindfulness

Room for settling conflict

Enforcing a ceasefire and self-regulated dispute resolution “Staff members are strongly encouraged to first try and solve a dispute through informal channels…Resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation and other alternative means is usually quicker, and often proves to be less stressful and less cumbersome…” A guide to resolving disputes, Administration of Justice in the United Nations … Continue reading Room for settling conflict

The Tale of Two Arrows

Neither an archer nor a target be… The Tale of Two Arrows from the Sallatha Sutta is an interesting representation of how humans experience physical and emotional pain.  When experiencing physical pain, the human body suffers a bodily sensation, discomfort or injury. In this depiction, this pain is referred to as the first arrow. The … Continue reading The Tale of Two Arrows

There is Power in Absence

A little distance in love can provide a refreshing perspective and personal growth. It was 6:35am. We were having as relaxing breakfast on a weekday morning before the children departed for school. Seated around the dining table, there was lively chatter in anticipation of the day ahead. Then one of the children realised that I … Continue reading There is Power in Absence