In my MSc course on doing research, one of the basic that was being taught is the difference between open and closed questions in designing questionnaires.
Have you eaten your dinner ? Yes/ No - closed question
What is your favourite food ? Char Kuey Teow, Chicken Feet, Chendol ... the list goes on - open question
Yesterday i had my jazz lesson with Chris. He exposed me to the new contemporary jazz pianist where there isn't a standard melody. It's all upon the pianist to play and communicate to the audience with his phrases. I have to admit it's sound very dissonant to my ears. I don't know how to appreciate it. However, it made me realise that jazz is not static. We are not only looking back to 1920s - 1960s and learn from those major figure and their masterpiece, but also they serve as a platform for us nowadays to take it even further. So it's not a closed loop.It's a timeline that is open-ended.
Today i have been thinking.. so is my life. It's so easy for me to just end it there and say " this is my life , working 9-5, meeting up with friends occassionally, decide to have kids when i need some more challanges in life ... i can't see anything beyond this.. " Well this is what i said to my friend Kaye.. this is it, and this will be my life.. i will remain in this job till i retire , will stay in England till my husband decides to retire in 10 years time.
But i then realised, no.. that is not the way i should live! Love faith hope.. the three virtues in bible.. i should be hopeful because my God created the whole universe out of nothing. He is a God of Possibilities! I should face tomorrow ( and now) with an open heart and place my Hope in my Creator.
Come to think of it, i prefer to live my life with the options of chicken feet, char kuey teow rather than Yes/No.