Saturday, February 13, 2010


If I could wake up tomorrow morning & things could be different for me, how would they be different?


"Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a

~ The Roman Poet, Ovid;


A few days ago, I had actually watched an entertaining war action movie - not once, but three times - on StarHub cable television.

The movie was 'Sahara', released during the early nineties or so. It was supposedly a remake of the 1940's movie bearing the same name & starring Humphrey Bogart.

The gist of the movie:

Following the fall of Tobruk during WWII, a ragtag group of allied soldiers, nine of them, led by an US Army sergeant, Joe Gunn (played by James Belushi), had to stretch their bravery, ingenuity & craftiness to defend an ancient water hole in the Sahara desert.

Beside an unforgiving hostile environment, they had to contend with the unexpected onslaught of some 500 German soldiers, desperately in search of water.

The allied soldiers did it for what real soldiers were intended to do, for strategic reasons: to slow down the advancing forces of General Rommel.

Worst still, to their chagrin, the water hole was running dry, but the Germans didn't know it.

What had caught my personal curiosity after watching the first round is that, soldiers under the most dicey circumstances, & also coming from different nationalities, could stand together for doing what was absolutely necessary for the greater good of their army buddies.

I really loved the stunning action sequences, especially against the backdrop of a vast desert terrain, the witty dialogue, even between the defenders & attackers during the two vital segments of temporary truce, & the beautiful individual characterisations, in spite of a tight setting.

To me, James Belushi [readers can catch him in the ongoing television series, 'According to Jim' on StarHub cable television] was great & serious in his role as a leader of men fighting for a noble cause. At the end of it all, seven of his comrades perished, not counting the numerous German soldiers, who were killed in the first attack.

The ending was poignant, showing the two surviving heroes leaving their perished comrades, buried honourably in desert grounds. It included a truly heart-warming verse from a poem, as a voice over & in measureably sober tones from Sgt. Joe Gunn:

"They shall not grow old
as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
& in the morning,
we will remember them;
Lest we forget them."

~ Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), Ode of Remembrance from 'For the Fallen';

Friday, February 12, 2010


"When it comes to improving the results in our personal and professional lives, I've often found it invaluable to listen to the journey of growth experienced by another person, because it helps to stretch our perceptions beyond their current limitations...

... I recently gave an intimate interview where I shared my personal growth story and some of the key lessons from it, including the most profound understandings I have experienced in the midst of the many failures that are an inevitable part of leading oneself and others to greater performance in life.

We do not learn and change from knowledge, we learn and change from wisdom. We do not learn from experience, we learn from evaluated experience. Wisdom is birthed by the process of knowledge being applied through an evaluated experience. The next best thing to that is having the opportunity to learn through evaluating the experience of another, and..."

~ Christian Simpson, leadership & peak performance expert;

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savoured."

— master motivator Earl Nightingale;