1/2 Work From Home (Week 2)

Continued my alternate days of working from home this week. Continued indulging in ink art while at home. One of the books on ink art I borrowed from the library earlier turned out to be really good and got me interested in pen and ink art again.

Work wise, I got excited when contacted for an interview for a proposal I submitted awhile back, but the interview was a bit discouraging and I hit an emotional low after. Didn’t sleep too well that night, but I think it had more to do with the coffee I had that afternoon before the interview.

Thank God my emotional low didn’t last too long. My daily devotional in the morning was on Ezekiel and it talked about how he persisted in preaching the same bad visions to the Israelites for more than 10 years despite harsh feedbacks and constant persecutions. The commentator talked about how life is a marathon and not a sprint, one will likely need to slowdown, walk, or even fall during the race, but it’s not an issue as long as you and get back up and continue the race to the finish line. I also recall the famous quote from Einstein “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must continue moving.” (Probably not exactly wording)

With the proposal likely not happening, I started thinking more about the future direction for my work. It’s actually something I’ve been thinking a lot during these slow economic days. This year is the 7th year since the studio was established, I’m thinking about taking this Sabbatical year to take a break from the core business to do something new. Instead of laboring in R&D work solitarily, I plan to expand beyond the studio to collaborate with other people and organizations. I consider this a co-operative program for the studio, it’s actually the central idea for the proposal I submitted, I figured I can still carry on the proposal despite the discouraging interview as long as the plan is good in God’s eyes, right?

Stumbled upon a series of inspiring stories on some successfully funded social enterprises who are helping to tackle the many environmental issues the world is facing. My motivation for work rose back up. Went back to work early on Saturday, worked hard all day and successfully completed the structure of the model bridge I had been working on and off for the last month or so, a good start to completing the long standing studio cleanup/renovation project!

The confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to drop steadily to about 20-30 ppl daily. If the trend continues, it won’t be long till I can feel safe to go back to work full time.

Oh Lord, pls forgive me for falling prey to sin and letting You down again. Pls pick me up and start life anew with You. Life is meaningless without You O Lord. 🙏🏻

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