This morning, I discovered a pleasant surprise.
It was snowing.
With dizzying speed, the snowflakes closest to me skydived from the clouds. They crashed upon our patio, sometimes pressing upon the glass right before me, revealing intricate designs that only our Maker could create.
My eyes wandered up, towards the trees. As the winds blew, it carried the snowflakes tenderly in its arms. Why did it seem so peaceful, in this perspective? It was like seeing snowfall for the first time, breathing in the sheer breadth of its beauty, as the whiteness shimmered across the expanse of the landscape. Like a male lead with his gentle but firm hand behind her back, the wind guided, and the snowflakes followed, in a delicate waltz.
Life has been a frenzy for me, the past few weeks, like those snowflakes crashing right in front of my eyes, aiming for the ground. Oh how dearly I need to pause, take a step back, to reflect upon the bigger picture. I could see myself as one snowflake falling towards doom, or as one amongst many, performing my part in a grand waltz.
Let’s dance. =)
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I’m humbled and honored to have been chosen by Lani at Life, the Universe, and Lani for the Liebster Award. With witty humor, sincere storytelling, and a unique voice, she writes about working and living in Thailand.
The rules for the Liebster Award:
1. Each person who is nominated must post 11 things about themselves.
2. You must also answer the questions that the tagger set for you in addition to creating 11 questions for the people you nominate to answer.
3. Nominate 5 – 11 of your favorite bloggers and link them in your post.
4. Go to your nominees’ pages and tell them.
5. Thank and link back to the person’s blog who nominated you.
Like Lani, I will change up the rules a bit. I won’t share 11 things about myself, but I will answer the first 5 questions and nominate more bloggers. Yea!
1. How do you decide what to write about?
I write when I feel inspired and/or compelled to write; inspiration usually comes from my patients, my family, or the community in which I work in daily.
2. What inspired your blog name?
When I was in college, facing life and death situations as a nursing student was humbling and horrifying at the same time. “Searching for Substance” describes my attempt to look beyond the surface, dive deep, and truly find meaning amidst it all.
3. What was the best present ever given to you?
The gift of music. Growing up in a refugee family, my parents didn’t have a lot of money, nor were they trained in music. Despite this, they wanted me to learn piano, and they worked hard to pay for my lessons over the years. Through their sacrifice, I learned the gift of music- to turn nothing into something, the meaning of diligence, how practice makes perfect, and how music transcends language and expresses emotions in such a poignant way.
4. Where is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
A glimpse of one of the most beautiful places I’ve been…
5. What is the best job you’ve ever had?
Now I’d like to nominate a few other awesome bloggers for the award…
1) Judy at My Skin and Bones are a Rental – A blend of her daily musings, learned life lessons, and reflections upon God. Her blog is a breath of fresh air that is inspiring and encouraging.
2) Asha at Parenting in the Wilderness– I stumbled upon Asha’s writing through the Yeah Write! community. She weaves beautiful stories of nonfiction, based upon her identity, cross cultural experiences, and parenting wisdom. She’s one of my fav bloggers/writers to read, in how well she articulates her memories and connects her personal history to her readers.
3) Hsiao at Shouting Chow – Hsiao is my good friend who blogs about her travels, beauty, and food. She’s my official go-to person for all things beauty, and has awesome restaurant and travel recommendations, whether local or international. =)
4) Ruth at China Elevator Stories – Recently discovered Ruth’s blog (that looks like a magazine ^_^) and was enthralled by her stories of culture, identity, and raising a family in China.
5) David at The Urban Resident– Some people just talk about making a difference; David works and lives in the inner city, living out love in action. He writes passionately and boldly about justice, faith, and medicine; check it out.
Currently listening: Four Times Around the Sun- by N.E.L.L.