MY LIFE JOURNEY BEYOND LOGICtrevordiy.wordpress.com
On August 19, 2008, Reflections – Bookshop and Resource Center will be 10 years old. A bookstore established with the main objective of helping people in Hong Kong to be aware of themselves, learn to love themselves, transform and live their life fully.
Reflections was created and set up by myself and my partner Jonnie Oden with Jonnie passing over JUST four months after we opened. It was a big blow to me as she had high hopes of recovering from cancer in order to join me in pursuing our life mission. With her departure, I was left to run two businesses by myself – one the new bookstore Reflections and the other, my own public relations consultancy M V Reach Communications which I had established in 1991.
In the beginning of this journey it was very tough to juggle my work. As much as I was aware that Reflections was, for me a way to fulfill my life’s mission, there were countless nights where I wept myself to sleep. I would then wake up the next morning with tears streaming down my cheeks, A time when it seemed there was to be no end to my agony. This is when Psalms 23 and 129 became my favourite ‘companions’ IN giving me strength The pain was so much and the feeling of alone-ness was so strong that at one point, I thought of closing down the book shop.
It was at this point my greatest gift appeared. I ‘saw’ God (Source, Divine, whatever you like to call it) working to show me what I needed to do and that God was present. One day when I was strolling down the street, I halfheartedly walked into a Christian bookstore, and the first thing that caught my eyes was a small wallet card with the words DON’T QUIT, and in that moment, I knew the Divine was giving a message to me, as it had always been. Since then I have experienced a lot of synchronicities and miracles for myself as well as being a witness to those who have come to share in and at Reflections.
Reflections became my blessings, it was here that I was given so many opportunities to learn about myself as well as empower myself. I have met so many wonderful souls and in crossing paths they taught me lesson(s) in life and how the Laws of Universe work. I learned to accept and not to judge, to give and to receive, to let go and to allow new things to unfold. However the most important of them all, was I leant that we cannot find truth outside ourselves, for truth lies within the God in us.
Last month (May 2008), I took 5 days off from work – it was the first time I have done that in 10 years!!! I went for a silent retreat on my own, I took a leap of faith and courage by asking three customers to help me take care of Reflections while I was away. They happily agreed and they all did a fabulous job. In the retreat, I bathed in the void of silence, an experience that my mind, my body and my spirit had been crying out for.
In numerology (again this is something that I DID not have a clue ABOUT before Reflections), August 19, 2008 adds up to10, this augurs an end and new beginning for Reflections. SO, if you ask me what is next for me, on behalf of Reflections, I will continue to ask the Divine, as I have been doing every morning for the last ten years: How can I serve Thee? How can I serve more?
In closing, allow me to use this space in the Quest to thank all of you – my brothers and sisters, for your generous support, love and trust. Without you, I would not be where I am at this moment.
*Quest is an event newsletter that I created years ago to coincide with the holistic events that we have organized every year since 1999 for all to share their truth, discoveries and dreams with others, as well as Jonnie’s and my dream for Reflections Bookshop
In love and light
RUBY T ONG
Managing Director, M V Reach Communications
When things go wrong
As they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging
Seems all uphill,
When the funds are low
And the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit …
By all means pray, and don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
God’s hidden gift in the clouds of doubt.
You never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So trust in the Lord
When you’re hardest hit …
It’s when things go wrong,
That you must not quit!
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Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.
Psalm 129, De Profundis