Rethinking what it means to live well

Taking a step back to reflect on our goals during the festive season may seem out of place, but that is precisely why it is so important.

Often, our resolutions, goals and aspirations are set in accordance with habitual ways of thinking influenced by our family, friends and colleagues. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
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"Girlfriends come and go but job opportunities like this don't," said a wise uncle to me at a dinner party many years ago. I was planning to resign from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to join my girlfriend in Australia, after just 2½ years on the job.

Over some drinks and tidbits, my father had been complaining to a group of old men that I would not listen to anyone and was making this decision in haste. I was blinded by love and would live to regret it.

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