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Feb15

The Power Of Gratitude

by Lee Sok Lian|李淑莲

the-power-of-gratitudeThe universe put “The Magic” and the law of attraction back into my life two weeks ago. I used to think that I was a grateful person. As John F. Kennedy famously said: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Just saying “thank you” to all and sundry every day does not make me a grateful person; this week, I truly lived by the words uttered.

“The Magic” --- Rhonda Byrne’s third book, after “The Secret” and “The Power” ---– is a day-by-day practical application of 28 gratitude practices that collectively cover every area of our lives, targeting the power of the law of attraction through gratitude for our health and body to our relationships, job, money, daily life, and any problems or negative situations we might be facing.

Byrne cites the Gospel of Matthew in the Holy Scriptures: “Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”

The words from Scripture do not, at first glance, make sense. They seem to imply that the rich will get richer and the poor, poorer.

Jan11

How The Light Gets In

by Lee Sok Lian|李淑莲

how-the-light-gets-in[Photo: American talk show host Oprah Winfrey (right) gives Kristian and Rachel Anderson $250,000 during her Opera House show. (AAP: George Burns)]

A friend in Sydney sent me an early Christmas present which arrived in the post yesterday. I read the book “Days Like These” by Sydney cancer patient Kristian Anderson (co-written with wife Rachel) at one sitting; it’s one of those books that will stay with you long after you've read it. Kristian’s battle with terminal bowel cancer has touched the hearts of tens of thousands of people.

The 36-year-old from Curl Curl put up a stoic fight right to the end, and despite having passed into the light, his spirit lives on. He left behind a lasting legacy in “Days Like These” and will always be remembered for his brave and valuable work in raising awareness about bowel cancer, which kills about 4,000 Australians each year.

Aug31

Why Amazon.com Is The World’s Best Online Retailer

by Lee Sok Lian|李淑莲

My favourite online retailer is Amazon.com. It’s easy to see why Amazon.com is consistently ranked among the top ten companies in customer service surveys.

It takes me just five minutes to purchase a dozen books from Amazon.com. Its website is clear, clean and easy to navigate. Seth Godin the world-famous marketing guru and bestselling author of “The Big Red Fez” identifies and illustrates the crucial guiding principles behind creating websites that satisfy visitors and keep them coming back for more.

why-amazoncom-is-the-world-s-best-online-retailerIn Godin’s view, anyone building a website should think of every visitor as a monkey ---- in a big red fez. Monkeys want to know one thing: Where's the banana? If the banana isn't easy to see and easy to get, the monkey will make no attempt to reach for it. Godin uses real-life examples to explain why no website should try to be all things to all visitors, how and why the mantra 'customers first' applies to websites, why it's incredibly important to think proactively about serving online customers, and more.

Aug21

What Price Olympic Glory?

by Lee Sok Lian|李淑莲

what-price-olympic-glory“Men’s Weightlifting First Gold Medal Winner Hasn’t Seen Parents In 6.5 Years, Father No Longer Recognizes Son: Lin Qingfeng won the first London Olympic Games gold medal for the Chinese men’s weightlifting team, but few people know the hardship behind it all——23-year-old Lin Qingfeng and his father haven’t seen each other in six and a half years, and his father Lin Zhiren has already gotten to the point where he couldn’t even recognize his son while watching him compete…” – extracted from the Chinese media

In a heart-stopping moment, World Number One Lin Dan trounced Malaysian Lee Chong Wei in the final of the Olympic men’s badminton singles on 5 August 2012 to become the first man to defend the title and break Malaysian hearts yet again.

"My mind is blank right now. I am very, very happy," a joyous Lin told reporters. "This medal is confirmation of all my hard work since 2008. It is very tough being a Chinese player because we work so hard and sacrifice so much."

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