It’s all about perspective   Leave a comment

Your friend is 20 minutes late for a dinner date and you begin to become rather agitated, sitting alone at a table reserved for two with what feels like a thousand pairs of eyes slicing their burning gaze in your direction. Upon his arrival you feel quite annoyed and outwardly show your frustration. However, he goes on to explain that there had been a car crash en route that had caused significant traffic delays. You immediately loosen up and become sympathetic and understanding. This is a pretty trivial example but it is indicative of a larger problem. We are often too quick to judge if somebody acts in a way that goes against personal expectations and norms. However, under a dissimilar culture and background, and given extenuating circumstances, these actions may be deemed entirely appropriate. One should try to understand somebody’s past to understand their present behaviour. On the surface lies only a shallow representation; look beyond this to truly comprehend someone.


Posted June 30, 2010 by titirangilifechurch/blog in Life's troubles

A change of direction   Leave a comment

With the sadness of letting go comes the anticipation of a new beginning. Who knows what may be around the corner in our great walk? Accept the passing of times and relieve residual sentiment by taking the step towards change, for this change is not only inevitable but necessary for self-fulfilment. Greet transition with an open heart in the knowledge that for progress to be sanctioned there must be a departure from a comfortable but static existence. With change comes new experiences; and with new experiences the development of character. While the progression of change is expected, it is your influence which will ultimately decide whether this change is to be negative or positive.

Smile and the world smiles back   Leave a comment

Waking up and feeling like the world is on a mission to make you feel down isn’t the nicest sentiment. Some may blame it on “waking up on the wrong side of bed” but I would more appropriately put it down to the way that your inner affects your outer – an inside-out approach. By this, I mean that your attitude will ultimately affect your environment and the extent to which you take the most out of your experiences. By simply smiling your day will be enhanced in ways you can’t imagine. It’s something about this effortless act that has the funny psychological effect of improving your entire wellbeing. Try it! I’m sure you’ve all got something to smile about, and even if you feel you don’t, a forced grin works wonders. You’d be amazed at how much an agent of change a smile really is! Not only does it influence your own wellbeing, but also that of the people around you. Smiling has something of a reciprocal nature as well: you smile, people smile back, and in the end the smile comes back to you! So go ahead and smile; change your world by simply lifting the corners of your lips.

Posted June 18, 2010 by titirangilifechurch/blog in Positively positive

Take up your cross   Leave a comment

Imagine your best friend had a secret that could change the world; a vision to transform the very existence of life. And then unexpectedly, your best friend tragically dies leaving his vision incomplete. Would you not do anything to fulfil his dream in honour of his existence and to continue the legacy that he had so passionately pursued? Now stop imagining and believe. Jesus left a legacy for us when he came to Earth, a legacy that called man to a life of discipleship. But in this calling we have been given hope and purpose far beyond that of which we could attain in a life pursued for self. Matthew 10:39 says “He that finds his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for my sake shall find it.” Our life is not lost when we take up our mission in God, it is only then that our life truly begins.

Exams ARGH!   1 comment

So, for all you Uni and School kids out there you’re probably right in the thick of the exam period. Having sat many myself over the years I know your pain and have experienced that peak of stress that might cause a man with thinner hair to become instantaneously bald. I’ll give you two tips that I’ve learnt over the years. Firstly, the exam is generally made so much easier by the hard work that is put in during classes/lectures and assignments leading up to the final exam. If you haven’t really done much work prior to the exam, I suggest you lead your eyes towards this second tip: do not cram for the exam! Start studying at least a week before the exam to allow ample time, variable on the level of difficulty and sheer coverage of the subject/paper at hand. You may think that cramming will allow you to remember more information as you are processing it closer to the exam, however this could not be further from the truth. APPLICATION is key to solidifying information in your brain, whether this be discussion in groups or going over past tests/exams; especially true if you are a kinesthetic learner such as myself. Anyway, remember that although the hard work may be a bit sucky in the short term, in the long term it is most definitely worth it! Oh, and Good Luck!

Posted June 10, 2010 by titirangilifechurch/blog in Life's troubles

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better”   Leave a comment

I was just thinking about this quote, and I’ve come up with a bit of a different spin on it. Try to think about it from the viewpoint of appreciation, rather than as a comparison of standards in a tangible sense. When we go through the hard times, struggling and fighting for every inch,  we are able to appreciate so much more what we have always taken for granted. Sometimes to change our perceptions our whole life has to be flipped upside down. When you feel like you’re going through some tough times, when your days just seem like a never ending sequence of poor luck, just stop and appreciate what you have. I’m sure all of you that are reading this are still alive – that’s better than the one million people worldwide that won’t make it through this week. It pays to put things into perspective.

YOU decide.   2 comments

So today I was walking through the University of Auckland after meeting with a friend, with my mind wandering as it often does. I had a thought enter my mind, that like a stubborn fly has not yet decided to stop buzzing around. It seems like a cheesy one liner but I promise I didn’t just pick this up from a website. The thought was this: the only difference between someone who CAN and someone who DOES is EFFORT. We’re all capable of so much, just so often a laziness consumes us and puts us back into a state of self-absorption and normality. Fight against this; fight towards the best that you can be.