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Sunday, April 25, 2010

I just read an article by Wilfred Ling titled "Silent pain from an insurance agent".  You can read the article here. It is a rare peek into the life of a rookie insurance agent and his angst.

Rare indeed is it for a person to find a job he is actually interested in, grows to love and makes a comfortable living out of it. I believe that many muddle through their careers and endure hardships and even disillusionment, just like this insurance agent.

Personally, I have a simple philosophy in life: "Be happy.  As long as you are not hurting anyone while being happy, you're doing fine."  Of course, sometimes, life throws us into a hole and prevents us from being happy.  What do we do? Climb out of the hole and start afresh.

There may be some truly compassionate and altruistic beings in this world but, generally, no one will take care of us. We have to take care of ourselves. Nobody owes us a living.

If others are cruel to us, we have to love ourselves more. Do not hurt ourselves further by staying on and allowing that cruelty to continue unless there is a REALLY good reason to do so.


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la papillion said...

Hi AK,

I think people go through life without knowing what they really want to do in their careers, which is a little sad, considering they you have to go to work everyday for maybe 30-40 yrs.

I like what I'm doing, just that I don't like the pace :)

BTW - I watched How to tame the dragon, 3D version. Very good! The experience of watching something pop out is just out of the world :) It was giddy at all (I thought it would) and the 3D glasses are quite high tech one (I thought it's those red/blue glasses, haha). Fantastic story too - but I'm biased - I love animations/cartoons.

AK71 said...

Hi LP,

Yes, I know you enjoy what you are doing. It is definitely a blessing. Slow down and take some time to smell the roses since you find the pace to your dislike. :)

How to train your dragon lah. What tame? hahaha... I didn't watch the 3D version because I had discount coupons and they were not valid for 3D. :_(

I watched Avatar in 3D though. Same 3D glasses. Hehehe.. Nice, reusable ones. When I got mine, I promptly took out my Dettol hand sanitiser and cleaned the glasses with a piece of napkin, especially the areas which would contact my face. Urgh!

I don't think you are bias. The story was very good. :-)

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