Torturer and prisoner

Phakyab understood then how important it is to put our sufferings into perspective, to not lock oneself in a painful past that indefinitely extends the ordeal.

Because when that happens, we become our own torturer.

– taken from an article in tricycle



Steve is in the office. He is in pain and suffering.

Bumped in the chest an hour ago by a rude passer-by, the incident disturbed and angered him so much that he kept revisiting that split-second experience in his mind.

His chest doesn’t hurt. He suffers from a headache.


When Linda heard that her 5 year-old son got into a fight again at the childcare centre, one part of her wanted to shake him and yell, “What is your problem!?” Another part of her wanted to hug him and say, “I will protect you!”

Linda did neither. She brought her son home, left him to the maid, plonked onto the bed and slept through the whole afternoon.