Category Archives: Lift Me Up From Depression

Short notes and stories that have helped some of my clients to step out of the depths yet again.

The Japanese Cashier… A Story for All of us

The following is a translation of a short story originally taken from a 2008 book by Haruhiro Kinoshita and posted on a blog called One Minute Impressions. The story struck a chord with tens of thousands of people across Japan as it spread through social networks. I do not own this article but it is extremely shareworthy. Please get the book if you are interested in it!

There Was This Cashier

She moved from the countryside to go to a university in Tokyo. She joined many extra-curricular activities but always got turned off quickly . One after another, she jumped from club to club looking for something better.

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The New Yorker and The African Tribesman

My lecturer, Dr Ko Soo Meng, shared this story with us last night. He told this story to a man who believes that every one in the world sees only the negative side of him. His client is someone who has exceptionally bad interpersonal relations with almost every one around him. People just seem to always treat him badly. So Dr Ko told him the story: Continue reading

The Gravity of Inertia and Feeling Lost

Feeling Lost? It’s a pretty common feeling to have in between various phases in life. Some times this intermittent periods lasts only hours; sometimes days; sometimes even years. Its that need to move yet not knowing how to move. Look back into your life, you’ve probably come across this feeling a few times, most of the time when you’re in a dilemma. Continue reading

I Want I Want I Want and The Demise of Happiness

Genevieve walks like a princess, talks like a princess and behaves like a princess. She lives in a lavish mansion, complete with a gardener, a butler and even a barista. Pink, white and gold silk are her choice of fabric. Her father tells her that he is a gardener and grows beautiful flowers that make people happy, but she never believes him; Why would a gardener have fierce looking bodyguards? Her mother tells her that she is an accountant for she keeps father’s money in check by exchanging them for anything from handbags to cars. Genevieve has never believed her mother; Why would an accountant not know how to read? Continue reading

A Shard Of Glass

Little Jane was feeling depressed. Her beloved hamster had stopped moving 5 days ago. Her heart ached for the little creature. She didn’t like this feeling for it was the first time she has experienced this. She tried to eat as much candy as she could so that she’d feel sweeter instead of bitter, but all she got was bittersweet. She went to the playground and swung herself as high as she could on the swing, so high that she’ll almost went all around. but instead of excitement, she felt emptiness. Whatever she does to push the pain away, it simply hurt a little more every day. Continue reading

The Last Drop

There was a man who was crawling through the desert, in search for a drop of water. As every second bled by, his energy drained away more and more. He needed water. Continue reading

You’re Never Truly Alone

In the past two weeks, I met two clients from very different walks of lives. The problem here is – they’re both trying to reach the ultimate destination prematurely. Sessions with them were both insightful and heart wrenching. One thing that really struck me was how lonely they felt. Continue reading

A New Scoop Of Ice Cream: Crossroads

Life seems to always be full of crossroads and we are always made to choose. Have you ever thought “Maybe the other way would have been better”? I have crafted this story for you. Enjoy
A woman hiking aimlessly entered a narrow valley between two steep mountains. The mountain face was smooth and dark. Little vegetation grew where she walked. As she stands between the steep valley walls, she walks along the only path presented to her. She comes upon a fork in the road, both paths leading round a treacherous looking mountain. Continue reading

What Are You Going to Do With That?

This is a repost of an article from The Chronicle. All credit goes to the author, William Deresiewicz. You can read the original article here. It is lengthy but it is definitely worth the read. Enjoy!

This was based on a talk delivered to a freshman class delivered in Stanford.

The essay below is adapted from a talk delivered to a freshman class at Stanford University in May.

The question my title poses, of course, is the one that is classically aimed at humanities majors. What practical value could there possibly be in studying literature or art or philosophy? So you must be wondering why I’m bothering to raise it here, at Stanford, this renowned citadel of science and technology. What doubt can there be that the world will offer you many opportunities to use your degree? Continue reading

Can You Truly Live if You Live with Your Parents?

Click on this picture for an article by Psychology Today

I watched the Black Swan recently and Natalie Portman’s performance has pirouette-d me dizzy. What I liked most about the show is the portrayal of the relationship between the character’s mother and daughter. The character’s mother personifies many of the traits that I observe in some of my client’s parents. Love like a rose vine, beautiful yet constricting. Continue reading