Straight-Out-Of-the-Camera with stamp.
Hello world!! I sincerely apologize for my very long absence from this space. In case you are wondering, all has been well for me:) I have heaps to update you about but I will summarize them into 3 main points. Hopefully it will turn out to be short and sweet.
Since week 1 of Semester 1, I have been crazily busy with catching up, reading up, organizing my things and trying to be on top of things. This is my final year and I want to put my best effort in every assessment. After 7 weeks, I am still trying to catch up. With all the goals come stress. True enough, all my course mates have the same goal in mind, hence we were all stressing one another out and keeping each other on track. It has been a hectic 6 weeks before I could actually pause and have a short break. Week 8 just ended and we have 5 more weeks to go before the end of semester 1.
Throughout this semester, I have been very aware of my surroundings. During the day when I am outdoors, I would look at the clear blue sky and enjoy the beautiful view; when I come home late at night I would look up and gaze at the twinkling stars; Not forgetting the sunsets that take my breath away in the midst of completing assessments… In the midst of the hustle and bustle in life, take a moment to pause, breathe and enjoy His creation (Even if it means just looking up at the sky for 5 seconds). Isn’t it wonderful to know that the Creator who made all things beautiful loves you so very much? I don’t know about you but just being reminded about this fact makes my days all the more brighter
2 weeks ago we were asked to complete the VIA Character Strengths Profile as part of a subject. It is basically a questionnaire (that took approximately 30 minutes to complete) that helps you to identify values that you prioritize in life in a hierarchical order based on the questionnaire. It was interesting how my results turned out to be slightly different from what I expected them to be. Have a go at it and feel free to share your results Click here for the link to the website.
My top 6 results are as follows:
Your Top Character Strength
-You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.
Your Second Character Strength
You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.
Your Third Character Strength
-You excel as a member of a group. You are a loyal and dedicated teammate, you always do your share, and you work hard for the success of your group.
Your Fourth Character Strength
-You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.
Your Fifth Character Strength
-You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.
Character Strength #6
-You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.
As a matter of fact, the last value on my list is
Love of learning
- You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.
After pondering upon my results, I realized 2 things.
1. My top 6 values are somehow linked and related to each other, and I believe that God’s presence in my life has greatly influenced these values.
2. I do not hate learning (which is obvious considering that I am currently still studying), but I guess my other values must have had much higher ratings that this one. However, if given the choice, I would most definitely choose heading out with my Nikon than to learning a new subject for 5 hours.
As most of you may (or may not) know, I have been “hiving” for the past 5 months. Hive or Urticaria is a form of rash that is usually caused by allergic reactions. However, after numerous consultations to the skin specialist and GP, we have yet found the cause of it. Blood test results have shown that I am not allergic to any food (thank God) or the environment and I have been taking anti-histamines daily since December 2011. Things are under control when I am on the anti-histamines. Although doctors told me that anti-histamines do not have any long term effects, I am still not at peace with the idea of taking medications every single day just to alleviate the symptoms. I will be seeing the allergy specialist in a month’s time and hopefully we will get some answers then. At the mean time, it would be great if you could pray with me in this matter, holding hope that I will be well again someday soon. p/s If you have any prayer requests, drop them in the comments box and we can all pray with you as well. Know that whatever you are going through, you are not alone.
“Through His stripes, we are healed” Isaiah 53:5
HAPPY BLESSED BIRTHDAY to my dearest aunty!! Don’t you reckon we have the SU family resemblance?