Penang Umno Youth chief Shaik Hussein Mydin ‘S asshole is free for now just just get it over YB Lim Guan Eng

“Life is all about ass, you are either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, trying to get a piece of it, behaving live one… or live with one!!

Penang Umno Youth has stepped up its offensive against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, daring him to sue the wing over allegations related to the “questionable” sale of the Bayan Mutiara land.

“Life is all about ass, you are either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, trying to get a piece of it, behaving live one… or live with one!!

Do you know the purpose of your life and are you actively contributing to it?

What is the most worthwhile thing in your life? How do you feel about the way you spend each day? What tangible or intangible difference do you make to people and the world? Do you feel worthy and important to those around you?

These are crucial questions that a lot of people are beginning to ask themselves.

Time was when leading a normal life in an honest and upright manner, imparting good values to your children and generally being a good human being was enough. Not anymore.  Today people realize the importance of leading a worthwhile life that rises above the mundane concerns of living, eating, working and procreating.

Recently I was surprised when a newly-formed acquaintance asked me, “Do you follow any spiritual practice? Any guru? Do you at least practice yoga?”  It was an eye-opener to have someone I had just met and who barely knew me ask these questions.

Adopting a spiritual practice or following a guru has become almost a calling card. It is one of the ways in which people seek to establish their own worth.  And it’s not just a quiet religion either; people make a big show of their commitment, even obsessive attachment, to the guru or sect they follow. To an extent the ‘I am Anna” phenomenon falls in the same category. Belonging to a sect or a cause seems to boil down to a search for self-worth, a need we all have to lead a worthwhile life and so avoid falling into the category of an “also was!”

So, if you have participated in a discourse on philosophical or spiritual issues in the day, had a heated discussion on the state of the nation, or stood vigil in the sun while Anna fasted, you feel you have done your bit and are a worthwhile cog in the wheel of life. Some others may get the same feeling after reading a good book or watching a movie that leaves them with some worthwhile thoughts and questions. Still others find solace in helping others — be it with words of advice, food, money, education, work or shelter. Yet others find their worth in attempting to influence social, political, economic or environmental changes.

The choices are many and dictated by the personal urges and aspirations of different people. But if each of us were to locate our personal trigger for feeling worthy, it would have a positive impact on not just our own lives but that of communities and the countries as well. How can you figure out what is worthwhile to you in particular?

When entrepreneur and author Chip Conley was invited to speak at the TED conference in 2010, he echoed the thought being raised by some world leaders that measuring a country’s growth rate by measuring its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is not a relevant benchmark. He reiterated the words of Bhutanese King Jigme Singye Wangchuk that why don’t people talk of a country’s ‘Gross National Happiness’ rather than GDP? Chip Conley left an appreciative audience with the question, “What is the intangible difference you make rather than the tangible work you do?”

Happiness, all would agree, seems to be the key of a life well-lived. A fair measure of what makes life worthwhile for us would then be what makes us really happy! But even more important than that is to believe that there is a reason and a purpose to life and you can contribute something to that purpose. If you did not believe that, you probably wouldn’t be reading this column.

The purpose and what we can contribute to it is what makes life worthwhile. Some of us just seem to know the purpose of our lives and stride confidently towards it, while others dither on the edge. A colleague asked Aruna Roy what made her resign from the IAS at an early age and follow her dream. She replied that once she was sure of what she really wanted to do, she just followed her heart and has never regretted it to this day. To find the purpose, we have to be able to trust our hearts, our instinct and allow it to lead us.

If you get a general feeling of well-being and happiness most of the time when you think of your day, you have found your purpose and are leading a worthwhile life. A friend suggests that each of us write down five things that make us happy and try to follow at least three daily. After a while, he says, we would realize what really matters. It doesn’t matter what the purpose is so long as it translates into making our lives and those of others worthwhile and happy.. As Albert Einstein said, “Not everything that can be counted counts. And not everything that counts can be counted.”

So, what is the one thing for you that would make your life worthwhile? Think about it and let’s discuss

Penang Umno Youth has stepped up its offensive against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, daring him to sue the wing over allegations related to the “questionable” sale of the Bayan Mutiara land.When Kitul finally becomes president of UMNO the first thing he’ll do is probably change Hang Tuah’s famous quote to “Takkan Tulkhan  Hilang DiDunia.” Padan muka UMNO.That’s the lame part about SCUMNO which they still don’t understand. No credibility No credibility No credibility. If there was a land scandal, would we as the rakyat really think they’d hesitate to take it up with their lapdog the MACC if this were true?? NFC was only blown apart because an opposition MP went and did the MACC’s job and obtained the proof. So I ask….WHERE IS THE PROOF?? No wonderlah MIC so quiet? They have all joined UMNO. More corruption benefits. Betul tak Kitul? Should print out the article and photos and distribute it to the real Malay folks in kampung. Let them see why after decades of NEP, they are still poor and some below the poverty line. Kitul and his community of crooks in UMNO must have lost bigtime since Pakatan took over Penang. My Malay friends are sharing how their friends are loosing business coz the old way of greasing the palms of UMNO officials doesn’t work anymore. Now they have to be clean and competant rather than crooks in order to get projects. So is being a crook part of the beautiful Islam agenda of these UMNO Kituls and peons? Crap talk is not beautiful.

Not many of us are aware of what is enough to make us happy. In our dizzily consumerist culture, we make ourselves miserable in the pursuit of more than enough without pausing to think of what we really need 

They say the right time to stop eating is just before your stomach is full, because it takes a while for the stomach’s message of satiation to reach the brain. So, if you wait till you feel full, you will already have eaten more than what was enough for you. If you are smart, you will be able to figure out that the right time to stop is while still hungry. If only Deputy Collector Nitish Thakur had heeded that message, he may not have found himself become a shining statistic on our country’s ever-burgeoning corruption stakes — one of the biggest graft catches in India ever!

Thirty-six properties and assets worth 118 cr, 10 luxury cars…. Come on, how much does a man need? When we were kids, a game of Ludo, a carom board, a set of playing cards and some playing dough seemed good enough entertainment. Today, the best battery-operated toys, gizmos and games are acquired from around the world only to be outdated the moment new stuff gets launched. Xbox seemed good enough till Xbox 360 was announced. The iPod, iPad, laptop, car, and TV are all enough only till slightly more updated versions are launched. In a dizzily consumerist culture, we are not allowed to feel satisfied, and are conditioned to want more, no matter what we already have. And that ‘more’ always exceeds ‘enough’. The problem is that we allow a hyper-consumerist culture to dictate our needs and definition of enough. It is important to understand that what is enough for one person may just be the first milestone in the journey of desire for another.

Why covet what another has when you may have no need for it? So then how do you know what is enough for you? Just the bare necessities of life? Food, shelter, clothing stabilise things enough to make us reach for something beyond, which marks the difference between existing and living. In order to live well and be on top of life, you need that extra something. That X-factor varies from person to person.

For one it could be money, for another travel, for yet another, the challenge of forming and running a business. A sense of adventure may attract some, while others may be charmed by the idea of a life of meditative calm — reading, thinking, writing, interacting with friends and loved ones. But the end result everyone seeks by aiming at ‘enough’ is the same — happiness.

When you have what you deem is enough, the one thing it will make you is happy. Or, so you think. So when you keep shifting your goal post of ‘enough’, you also keep shifting back the time when you will be happy and satisfied. How do we decide what is enough? This can be best done backwards, starting with the end result. Once the basic needs are taken care of, think about what makes you really happy? And in order to be in that space, what do you really need — money, space and time for yourself ? People around you? Helping those less fortunate? Some talent or skill? Are you earning as much as you need or pushing yourself to get more than ‘enough’? What for? If you were to give up that extra shove and instead, spend that time to pursue what makes you really happy, would your life be better? After all, it would be silly to love money for the sake of it?

Are you aware of what you are pursuing all that money for? What do you want it to do for you?

Remember Leo Tolstoy’s popular Russian story “How much land does a man need?” Pahom, a peasant dies exhausted in pursuit of his dream of owning large areas of land. He is rich finally, but now all the land he needs — is a six-foot long grave!

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