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Finding joy in a day job; and weekends are my favourite

 

Gee, good point Steve. Doesn’t everybody love weekends? Except for pastors perhaps? ‘Coz that’s when they have to work?

I’m only joking 😛

It’s not because I dislike my day job. Unlike most white collars, I can actually find fulfilment through the 9–5 (to me it’s usually 8.30 – 5.30 LOL), and I’m very grateful for it.

It’s been a bit of a journey getting to fully appreciate my day job, and I’ve gone through all the different phases.

It all comes down to that famous verse penned down by Apostle Paul.

…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

(Philippians 4:11–13)

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Fujifilm X100S, f2, 1/1000, ISO200.

Discontentment is not necessarily a negative emotion, there are certainly good discontentments. And a lot of historic milestones are achieved thanks to many discontent men and women.

I’d say as human beings we are always not satisfied about something. Whether it be your job, health, appearance, saving account.

The problems is that we put our dissatisfaction beyond what God has provided for us. We are always trying to fix things by ourselves, and we think by doing that we are to become ‘satisfied’,’fulfilled’ & ‘successful’.

By the time we get that job promotion, that new car, that hot girlfriend, that new gadget, we feel accomplished but for a while. Before long we will be bored and start looking for new peaks to conquer.

I know that there are many things to disgruntle about from my current office job.

But at the same time I learned not to be cynical, but to do my job whole-heartily, and focus on what’s in front of me. And I believe that time will come if God leads me to a different place. How do I know that? Because I’m constantly praying for directions.

After this change in my mindset, I discovered that there are a lot of things to be grateful for in my current job; and many things to be learned. Plus the current job helps to put food on the table, and to fuel my passions.

Therefore I think godly discontentment can be discerned if it’s found upon God’s grace & sovereignty. Good discontentment will build you up, instead of tearing you down, and the people around you.

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Fujifilm X100S, f2, 1/800, ISO200.

I continue to carry around a camera when I’m out on weekends. It doesn’t matter if Tif and I are going to a fancy restaurant, or just running the daily chores. I can always find moments that I can capture & treasure. I think taking pictures actually enhances my experience through any event.

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The most popular photo on my Instagram so far. (Fujifilm X-T1, 35mmf2. @f2, 1/60, ISO2000.)

Then here’s some geeky stuff: (boring read alert)

I sold my 27mm lens, as I grew to love the 35mmf2 so much, that it’s on my camera >90% of the time. And I like how the 35mm (a nifty-fifty on APSC) can get me a little closer up. Despite being very curious about the 16–55mm, but its price is just not something I would consider in recent years. I need to practise the 18–55mm, as its quite a promising kit lens. For wide angles, and if only I have the time to do landscape photos, I can go for the Samyang 12mm. I’ve seen some pretty amazing results from this lens. And it’s very cheap. For now, 18mm is pretty wide. (~27mm on a full frame)

And I’m using my second hand X100S a lot. I understand why so many people love this cam. Zack Arias is apparently a Fujifilm shooter too. (who jumped the ship from Canon) There’s a certain magic to the photos out of this camera. Despite images are not crispy sharp, I’m not into sharpness that much anyway. And the photography experience is awesome, in a very nostalgic sense. And I’m a nostalgic person, so that works out well.

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Fujifilm X-T1, 35mmf2. @f2, 1/60, ISO2000.
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