The Four Rooms of “Success”: All That Glitter Is Not Gold

It started out with a girl from my past. It didn't work about between us, but I still cared for her. She came to the US to try to make her dream come true. All she wanted was a secure life -- a good job and a good family. But achieving her dream was expensive, and the payoff was uncertain. She … [Read more...]

The Secret to Revving Up Your Charisma … No Matter Who You Are

My friend isn't much of a looker. Beady eyes, patchy hair, and stout. The total opposite of tall, dark, and handsome. Yet, he draws in people like flies to honey. Girls love him and fly out on their own dime to be with him. He said, "I never had a girlfriend with looks I'm ashamed of." "This is … [Read more...]

Investment Banking vs Medicine: Which Will Make You Richer? Which Will Make You Happier?

Once in a while, during my free time, I would look up people from my past. They are high school classmates, college classmates, and childhood acquaintances. I'm not so concerned about who they're paired up with, if they have kids, the cool places they've visited, or if they are doing well. And I … [Read more...]

Church Is Not About Your Happiness, It Is About God’s

There's something weighing heavily on my mind. Since the start of my website until now, I have learned a lot. I adapted and evolved. And sometimes, what I through was correct in the beginning was wrong. When I realize my errors, I admit that I was wrong. For instance, one of my previous articles … [Read more...]

Being a True Christian Is So Hard

Loving is hard. To love is to sacrifice. And one of the hardest things to do is to love God, because to love Him is to deny yourself. That is why in the Bible (Luke 13:22-23), Jesus said that few will be saved. Few will go to heaven and be with Him because those who truly love Christ is a minority. … [Read more...]

A True Story About a Cat

This is a true story about a cat: I just got off the metro and was on my way back home. And it always starts out the same way … by minding my own business. Behind the bushes, I noticed a a pair of golden eyes. Something was peering at me intensely. I don’t know how I noticed. Call it intuition or … [Read more...]

And God Said, “Let Alex Write,” and Alex Wrote

"You're spoiled," she said. "You're right. Although I am the oldest kid in the family, I feel as if God treats me like the youngest one. I get whatever I want." I just told my good friend about all the good things happening in my life -- how when I go after something, God grants it to me. The things … [Read more...]

Alex Story (Part 4): Aftermath

In part 1, God allowed me to achieve my ambitions and I’ve realized they were meaningless. After the realization, I did not yet turn to God because I then turned my concentration to the person closest to me -- Helen. In part 2, Helen and I developed a deep relationship over the course of 4 to 5 … [Read more...]

Alex Story (Part 3): God Shattered My Heart into a Million Pieces (and Then Gave Me a New One)

In part 1, God allowed me to achieve my ambitions and I've realized they were meaningless. After the realization, I did not yet turn to God because I then turned my concentration to the person closest to me -- Helen. In part 2, Helen and I developed a deep relationship over the course of 4 to 5 … [Read more...]

Alex’s Story (Part 2): My First Serious Relationship

In part 1, I discovered how freedom, control, power, and money are all meaningless. I reached a point where I could do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. And yet, I was not happy. Instead, I felt quite lonely. I had no one to enjoy my freedom with. I wasn't happy. Thus, I determined that … [Read more...]