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Lines Written in Early Spring by William Wordsworth

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure: —
But the least motion which they made,
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?

reflective poem (:

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Dec 2008

1 more week to the end of 2008.  It has been one of the most eventful Decembers spent in Singapore.

2008 has been so full of different experiences & lessons. I hope I’ve grown much from it & at times, i can’t help but wonder what exactly is the purpose behind certain experiences. It’s as though i’m finally growing up into an adult gradually – working for the first time in my life (juggling a 9-to-5 job & 3 tuition assignments & rcia); going for weekday masses more frequently; being part of a Catholic community (on campus) for the first time; not wearing a uniform for the first time in my life; AND staying on my own (or rather, with a friend) away from home; not relying on my dad always; joining RCIA for half a year; going for one TM class & ending up in an accident haha; organising a retreat & so, so much more.

One prominent thing about 2008 is Independence. I like that word.

Through the hardships faced (when away from home), I’ve learnt tenacity & independence.
From the occasional happiness that i was blest with (in times of trouble), I’ve learnt how God dots the black, cloudy skies with glimpses of light & hope.
From the hardships, joys, happiness, hurt, challenges & everything in 2008, I’ve come to realise that I can never understand what God’s plan is for my life until years later when it pleases Him to reveal it to me; and from the realisation that i’m unable to control alot of things, comes humility.

When u just get so tired of all the unpleasant things that slam in yr face & it suddenly dawns on u “what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer”, u just have this great desire to drop everything at the foot of the Cross & pray for Him to resolve it somehow in His Wisdom.

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