600km Walking Pilgrimage through Spain

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on September 2 2008

From the moment I discovered an ancient pilgrimage path in Spain in June last year, the attraction of walking hundreds of kilometres towards an assured destination grew on me daily. My eagerness to go on a month-long journey on foot across the steep slopes, lush valleys and forests of the Pyrenees, and through countless small towns and villages, was part of a subconscious quest to find depth and meaning in my life. At the age of 33, I was approaching – prematurely, perhaps – what seemed to be a mid-life crisis.

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Letter from Quebec: Preserving Heritage

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on November 8 2008

'TRAVEL is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living,' wrote Miriam Beard. Life in Quebec is now my teacher, pointing out my knowledge gaps and honing my ideas of living - be it language, culture, life-skills, or the environment.

Denise Chng Lisan

Yellow Arrow No.1: Unhappiness

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Saturday, January 17, 2009
I believe that in any change we want to make, it always starts with some form of unhappiness. Some may view unhappiness as a curse, but on hindsight I'd like to see it as a big sign. It is because of this unhappiness that we feel that we are starting to think of making the change.

The unhappiness may come in the form of a job we are starting to hate, a relationship that no longer makes us happy, an unhealthy habit that keeps us chained etc, or a multitude of things combined altogether. Sometimes we are so unhappy that we don't really know why we are unhappy. Everything seems so misaligned that we don't know where to start.

We may start to blame people around us or the situation for our unhappiness. That, I mean it, is our problem.

Or, we don't really want to admit that we are unhappy. Because knowing it would mean that we have to start resolving it. Resolving the problem would mean change. And we are not quite prepared for change right now. I think that's fair too, because sometimes we have not come a full circle of that unhappiness to make us sit up and say "that's enough already!"

If we find ourselves near the point of desperation, feeling like happiness has left us for good, and that we are terrified to death of change, but desperately needs it to continue living....then, God bless us...all we need is courage and grace. I mean to say, change is coming. Your first yellow arrow is here.

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