Category: Reflections on 2016

Solstice Sunset

What is a solstice? Living where I do, the onset of winter is barely marked. The most I might notice is a slight dip in temperature in the morning or late night. It was a clear blue sky throughout the day, the sun almost scorching in its heat. I had woken up earlier to see

Snuggle

Ouch. This is tough. I am renowned for being quite prickly when it comes to touch. I tend to flinch from human contact and expressions of physical warmth. So, this word made me smile. I am not the snuggling sort unless it’s someone I am close to. That closeness might take years to develop or

Something I Love

There is just one word that comes to my mind when I think of something I love. Ever since my friend, Dorothee Lang, introduced me to the world of flowers, I have been in love, truly, madly, deeply. It’s not just flowers. I love weeds as well. Together, they mean something precious. They remind me

Reflection

In February this year, I quit my job. At that time, the CEO to whom I reported to asked me if I could leave a little later. As hard as it is for me to stay no, I said no. “I want to see being without the steadiness of a corporate job affects me,” I

Five Years Ago

Today is the 17th of December. Five years ago, I muse. That would be the year 2011. Where was I in 2011? I turn the aching creaks of my memory’s already vanishing wheel. That was the year I left another very comfortable job to take a semester learning Mandarin in Chengdu, China. It was to

A Secret

I have real trouble over this prompt. There are some corners in our lives we like to sweep aside. How to write about a secret? The clock continues its relentless rhythm as I ponder this. I could have shared secrets from my past, but I wanted to share a secret from this year. It is

Best Decision Of 2016

Decisions. Our life is filled them, isn’t it? Often, the decisions we take in life define us. The choices we make either imprison us or liberate us. When I thought about this prompt, I wondered. What was my best decision of 2016? To those who read this blog regularly, it might seem that the answer

Texture

What a strange prompt, I think. Texture. I look up the meaning on the Internet to help me understand. Cambridge Dictionary says this: the quality of something that can be decided by touch; the degree to which something is rough or smooth, or soft or hard: a smooth/rough/coarse texture This artificial fabric has the texture

Soundtrack Of 2016

I haven’t listened to much music this year. There is a reason why. I lost my Ipod Touch late last year. I hunted around thinking I will buy another one. But I abandoned that hunt after realizing that my bank sent me a stern message on my expenses. Since then, I have hardly listened to

Precious

This is a precious prompt from the DecemberReflections 2016 challenge. We consider so many things and people precious in our lives and justifiably so. This year my family and my closest friends were precious beyond words. But just one thing stood out for me. When I left my corporate job earlier this year, I did