It’s been a while since I last linked any of my articles here. Granted, as I mentioned recently, I haven’t been writing as frequently as before, so there’s not much to share anyway.
But this is the latest, and I think it’s something worth highlighting here. It’s about choices, faithfulness, and the pursuit of being perfect. Here’s an excerpt:
In English novelist Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice, there is a particular discussion on the attributes of an “accomplished woman”. These are “a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing and the modern languages”, as well as polished manners and an appetite for reading. Elizabeth Bennet, the protagonist, dismisses the entire notion as impossible to achieve.
Even back then, Austen knew that the idea of an ideal woman was unrealistic. You would think that such an idea would have disappeared with the times. However, though the idea has evolved, it still exists today.
You can read the rest of the post here.
And yes, how can I write about being the perfect woman and not mention the accomplished woman in P&P, right?
Habit tracker: Week 3/4; Post 2/5
Now and again, I will post excerpts of my published works and link them back to the original post. As the title clues you in on it, this was about how I came to accept the important role of tech in my life.
Technology and I have a love-hate relationship. This was made clear the time my cousin announced a change in her phone number. Within seconds, my other relatives had whipped out their phones to key in the new digits. I, on the other hand, pulled out my thick planner, flipped to the address tab and clicked my pen. My cousins burst out laughing, and I was the brunt of jokes for a while.
The thing is, I did have a phone in my bag. But though I had that — and a laptop — that were functioning perfectly, I was always slow to adopt the latest gadget or digital trend. A case in point would be the many times in university when I had to field questions on why I didn’t have WhatsApp.
My relationship with tech was not clear-cut. I loved Google; I couldn’t live with a question unanswered. Yet, I still took notes on paper and had physical folders for almost everything. Friends had to nag me into joining social networks, using a new app, or playing the latest game.
Read the rest of the article here.
A year ago, I had the honor of meeting Marilee Pierce Dunker. She’s the daughter of Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision. Yes, World Vision, that international giant of an NGO well known for its child sponsorship program, 30-Hour Famine camps, and countless community development projects.
A public entity like World Vision is no stranger to criticism and controversy. Yes, there may be flaws. But one cannot deny their good work in transforming lives and livelihoods over the decades.
Marilee is such an inspiring woman! The encounter left an indelible mark on me and my colleague. You’ll see why in this reprint of the article published in mid 2015.