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

Waiting to Harvest

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Sunday, August 09, 2009

The process of gardening is a big lesson for me, as I watch myself from seeding to harvesting. In the beginning, there was a great feeling of anticipation. I was excited in the beginning because I knew that I was going to start life-giving seeds that would then bloom into fruits, flowers or vegetables. But the anticipation later gave way to anxiety because the early seeds were vulnerable. Lots of tender loving care were poured into making sure that the little seedlings would survive the unpredictable weather. At moments, I would even drown them with too much water and watch the mold slowly destroy the fragile roots.

Some made it and some didn't. It was the survival of the fittest. According to Darwin's theory, the weak is better off weeded out. And I mourned...but I moved on.

I am in awe with life because I see how hopelessly fragile dying plants come to life on its own. Life is reassuring that way.

Life continues and nothing really happens, in my view, because growing is silent. There is neither fruit nor flower to remind me that all the care I am giving is getting somewhere. This is the time that gets to me most...because there is nothing more to do other than being patient, faithful and consistent.

2 Response to 'Waiting to Harvest'

  1. Brian Said,'> 7 March 2018 at 19:12

    Growing is silent. There is nothing more than to remain patient, faithful and consistent.



  2.'> 7 March 2018 at 21:26



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