Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Sky is the Limit

The Sky is the Limit

Seconds, hours, so many days
You know what you want, but long can you wait?
Every moment last forever
When you've lost your way.

What if my chances were already gone?
I started believing that I could be wrong
But you gave me one good reason
To fight and never walk away

So here I am, still holding on

With every step, you climb another mountain
Every breathe, it's harder to believe
You'll make it through the pain, weather the hurricanes
To get to that one thing

Just when you think the road is going nowhere
Just when you almost gave up on your dreams
They take you by the hand and show you that you can
There are no boundaries 2x

(No Boundaries, Kris Allen-from the American Idol Season 8)

No boundaries from Kris Allen has been accompanying me for the past few days. While I’m writing, I’m listening this song through the youtube website. Over and over again. My type of song-listening, until I get bored :)

Going through every word of it, I found a new strength. Really, this life is actually no boundaries. Only sky is the limit. Too often we’re the one who sets the limit. Yes, we’ve got limitations, but if only we believe that it’s also possible to see the beauty of our dreams, then we’ll get the strength to move on. To carry on. To walk with whatever strength that we’ve got. Maybe sometimes we walk in a normal pace, while at the other time we run like a sprinter. And at another time, we just couldn’t even walk. We just crawl so slowly, like a baby who has just learned how to crawl. But, one thing is for sure: we need to walk and never stop. I’ve learned not to let anything or anyone to set a boundary for me. While at the other time, I’ve also realized that too often I make my own boundaries. Here, inside my mind, within my thoughts, I’m too scared to let it happen. So, I kept saying that, “ It’s impossible.”

Really? Is that so? The other side of my heart asking a completely different question compared to the first thought that popped up in my mind. While I’m still busy with the two poles of my thoughts, suddenly Kris Allen sang again, “ Just when you think the road is going nowhere. Just when you almost gave up on your dreams…. There are no boundaries!!! Yeaaaahhh”

Thanks, Kris, for your gentle reminder with such a strong message…No boundaries, yeah!

Edison Chen in Asia Uncut-Star World, 17 Jan 2010

Well, I’ve just pressed my remote unintentionally to this channel and listened to what he said. After his big scandals-sex scandals- in Hongkong around 2 years ago, he made a come back in the international music and film. But still refused to go back to Hongkong. For those who don’t know what exactly was happening at that time, I found some information from Wikipedia for you:

In January 2008, Chen was involved in a widely publicized sex scandal when sexually explicit nude photographs of himself taken four years earlier became widely circulated on the Internet. Celebrities implicated in the scandal included Gillian Chung, Bobo Chan, Mandy Chen,Candice Chan, Rachel Ngan , Cecilia Cheung, and Maggie Q. Nude photos of Edison's current girlfriend, Vincy Yeung, were also made public and the future of the relationship is in doubt.

Hong Kong police have stated that they confiscated a collection of sex-related photos that involve 6 other identifiable females and other unidentifiable males.

Initially the authenticity of the photos was denied, and digital manipulation was used as the primary explanation for the pictures. However, Hong Kong police and Photoshop experts argued that the photos were in fact real and not digitally altered. This brought about a serious reaction towards all parties involved in the scandal. As a result, Chen indirectly admitted his role and expressed remorse and subsequently announced his indefinite departure from the Hong Kong entertainment industry at a press conference. (Wikipedia)

The reporter was asking Edison about his feeling of being accused either as a villain or a victim in this case. Yes, the laptop was misplaced and the data that contained those pictures were stolen. But, the fact is that he has done a really ungraceful thing. More importantly, those girls in his pictures are famous artists or singers from Hongkong And that was it… It was a big issue in 2008.

But then, eventually, he’s back. He told the reporter that, “ What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” Again, I was impressed by these words. Well, he made a mistake. A HUGE one. But then, he admitted and did something about it. Even though the result isn’t really clear at this moment, but at least he has learned his lesson (based on his conversation with the reporter). Well, I do hope that Edison can really make a sincere change and turn over a new leaf. A better one, for sure. One thing that I bear in mind that people can make mistakes, big ones, even huge ones. The ones that seemed unforgettable and unforgivable. But hey, really! Whatever doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. You’ll have a brand new day, a brand new opportunity to learn something from this life and become a better person. A better you.

Last but not least: Joshua Allen, the winner of So You Think You Can Dance Season 4

From an amateur street dancer who specialized in a kind of hip hop dance, Joshua broke all the tradition of So You Think You Can Dance, by becoming the top 2 in the competition. Both dancers in the top 2 were all street dancers. But amazingly, through out the process of practicing, being choreographed by wonderful and world class choreographers, here’s the good news… He’s the winner.

Shortly after winning his title, with tears on his eyes, he said something that I’d like to quote and remember as a reminder of my own self and I’d like to share with you too!

Never let anybody tell you that you can’t do anything. Only sky is the limit. God is in control and with GOD you can do ANYTHING.

Amazing! Because we often think that it’s almost impossible to achieve something big. While thinking of our past or looking at our present situation, we begin to doubt our future. Our logic says: if this is the case, so that will be the result. It’s our own reasoning. But, Joshua has reminded me that only sky is the limit. And by remembering God is in control, we’ll be less arrogant and realize without Him we are meaningless. With Him we can live a life to the fullest. If He wants to, nothing is too hard to do. If He wants to, impossible is nothing. If He wants to, He’ll always have a way to help us get through it. He’ll empower us. Just surrender to Him and let Him know our dreams, then you’ll be amazed by His beautiful ways that He has planned for you in reaching your dreams.

Keep dreaming, keep believing, and keep praying. Really, only sky is the limit!!!

HCMC, 20 January 2010


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