Indecision Kills

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"Left or right? Just make a decision!"

Have you ever experience the frustration and pain of following after a leader who is ever indecisive? At best, he may just waste people’s time, effort and resources for doing nothing or the wrong things. At worst, lives may be lost.

I rewatched the movie Battle Los Angeles recently. It’s about a marine staff sergeant who just had his retirement approved, goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon of US Marines as they fight to reclaim the city of Los Angeles from alien invaders. The Lieutenant probably had never encounter a close combat like the one he had with the aliens except in classes (he was top in his class). And this time he ambushed for real together with his marines. Staff sergeant Nantz kept asking Liutenant Martinez for his orders at various junctures as his men was getting killed left and right, but he was too scared to give any, fearing that his orders will cause more of his men killed. What Sergeant Nantz said next stayed with me:

“Your men are awaiting orders. Now, you can go right, you can go left. I don’t give a damn. Just make a decision!” ~Sergeant Nantz in Battle Los Angeles.

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How Much Time You’ve Got?

Watched the film In Time starring Justine Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried last night and thought the overall story concept was very intriguing. Its storyline is set in the future when the aging gene is switched off when people reach the age of 25. Time becomes the currency which people use for buying and selling. Their arms are embedded with an internal digital clock to keep track on how much time they’ve got, as the digits slowly tick down to zero. The rich earns “decades” and practically lives forever and their pace of life is rather slow. The poor negotiates and hurries through daily activities. They often borrow, beg or steal enough hours to survive and make it through the day.

While the movie is just so so for me, my mind was captured by its unique concept of time as the ultimate currency. I was wondering what is it like if we were to live our lives one day at a time, not being guaranteed being given another day unless we “deserve” it? We often take our years and decades for granted, procrastinating through life, living like we’re immortals. What if, like the poor in the movie, we’re kept on our toes everyday, every hour and even minutes to make every moment count? It was a sobering thought for me.

time hourglass How Much Time Youve Got?

Time is money?

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Take Responsibility For Your Life

Last weekend, I searched through my list of old DVDs to see which movie to pop into the player while I was doing something else, and out came Rocky Balboa (2006). The first time I watched it, I didn’t get pass the first half of the film due to interruptions. I had been procrastinating to watch the second half of the movie for a quite a long while!

I was actually multi-tasking when watching Rocky Balboa this time, but a scene captured me. It was the scene where Rocky and his junior was talking and then his son said he’s ashamed of what the dad was doing by coming out of retirement to box. Rocky Junior was ashamed of what people might say while his dad was chasing after his dream of making an unlikely comeback. What Rocky said to his son shook me on the inside.

rocky balboa Take Responsibility For Your Life

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Choosing The Path of Personal Power (Part 4) – “Who You Choose To be?”

I watched Kung Fu Panda 2 earlier this week and thoroughly enjoyed it. In the midst fun-filled, fast-paced action animation, there are heart-warming lessons to inspire both children and adults alike too.

At the start of Kung Fu Panda 2, Po was living his dream of fighting alongside the famous Furious Five, legendary kung fu masters. As the The Dragon Warrior, Po was protecting the Valley of Peace daily against the bad guys. But Po’s new life of awesomeness was threatened by the emergence of a new formidable villain, who planned to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu forever. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then would he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed. Ultimately, Po had to deal with his self-identity, and the person who he’d choose to be.

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Unexpected Problems = Unscheduled Practice

We all face adversities in life we do not expect, “accidents” that throw us off our track. We can choose to view them as obstacles that prevent us from getting what we want or we can choose to ‘reframe’ and view them quite differently.

In the film Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne deliberately got himself thrown into a prison to fight criminals behind locked doors. There were many quotable lines in the film, but there’s one part I really liked that inspired me immensely.

 

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Bruce Wayne in Prison

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