On The Meaning Of Home

Home is a peculiar concept.

(Especially to those of us who cannot associate it with a specific physical location.)

However, here is what I have learnt in my nineteen years of longing for it.

(OK, probably not nineteen, since a newborn does not have the cognitive abilities to comprehend the concept of a “home”, but you get the idea.)  Continue reading “On The Meaning Of Home”

How Can I Be Praying For You?

If you come from non-religious background (like mine), you will probably be startled by this question the first time you hear it. It might make you feel uncomfortable or even downright angry, especially if you are an adamant atheist or a sceptical agnostic.

And there is a very good reason for your reaction.

Continue reading “How Can I Be Praying For You?”

1000 Gifts: The Most Important Journalling Exercise You Will Ever Do

As with all things great, this journalling exercise is surprising in its simplicity.

All you have to do is list 1000 things (as well as people and experiences, of course) that you are grateful for.

Of course it is natural to begin with the “big things” in our lives; our health, our relationships and our careers.

However, if you are anything like the average human being, chances are that these are in various states of dismay. The purpose of this exercise is Continue reading “1000 Gifts: The Most Important Journalling Exercise You Will Ever Do”

The Cure To Wanderlust

Growing up, I felt a constant desire to travel; to be elsewhere; to be there, where there is life happening. In other words, I was suffering from a severe case of mixed wanderlust and FOMO (fear of missing out).

Wanderlust is glorified by millennials and overseas travel is perceived as a compulsory rite of passage.

However, not all of us have the means or the desire to travel. And there is nothing wrong with that.

Now, I am absolutely certain that there are people out there, who genuinely enjoy the travel lifestyle and all the instability (read: traumatic adventures that teach you life lessons and become the funniest stories ever) that comes with it.

However, I am also certain, that Continue reading “The Cure To Wanderlust”

Why You Find Honour Killings So Repulsive

Many of us attempt to be tolerant and open-minded, perhaps even politically correct, but eventually we are bound to experience an encounter that will force us to reevaluate our values of acceptance and diversity.

Given the outraged tone in which honour killings are generally reported in Western media, it is safe to assume that honour killings are frequently the said encounter.

The reason that the murder of a woman in the name of honour is so incomprehensible to a Western name lies in  Continue reading “Why You Find Honour Killings So Repulsive”

How Christianity Subconsciously Affects Your Western Secular Thinking

I grew up in a country, where the overwhelming majority of people are atheist. Of course we celebrated Christmas and Easter and we all knew the relevant Biblical stories by heart, but it had never occurred to me that an adult of sound mind could find any spiritual meaning in those fairytales. That is, until I was nineteen years olden and had lived in Australia for eight years.

As I dabbled with different religions and interacted with people from diverse cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, I realised that not only could these fairytales of my childhood carry philosophical ideas that directly applied to my life, but the morals behind them had affected (and continue to affect) my worldview more than I had realised.  Continue reading “How Christianity Subconsciously Affects Your Western Secular Thinking”

On The Connection Between Money And Happiness

It is a truth universally acknowledged that money cannot buy happiness.

However, it is truth less universally acknowledged that money that can be spent in ways that makes us not necessarily happy but happier.

(Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project explains this perfectly.)

The first step towards spending in ways that contribute to your happiness is to  Continue reading “On The Connection Between Money And Happiness”