Success is buying another condo next week. He already has one for himself, and one for his parents, so this new apartment, he says, is for investment purposes. He’s just bought a car to satisfy Progress and Insecurity, his parents, whom he tells me will want to go for another round-the-world vacation very soon…
Success has always been good at numbers and appearances. Years ago, when we were together in college, he was the sort everyone wanted to have around all the time. Back then, he was pursuing Purpose, and they did seem a perfect couple to those who knew them both. Since then, however, they have not seen much of each other, except at other people’s weddings. After that, Purpose went abroad in search of her beloved Passion, who has been missing for a while now. Success immersed himself in work, and eventually met and married Complacency, who is easy to please. He still hasn’t forgotten his first love, and hopes that their paths would cross again. In fact, I suspect he’s been secretly trying to track her down all this time. He won’t admit this, of course – he’s afraid of what he might do and what he would have to give up, if he really found Purpose again.
—Alvin Pang, What Gives Us Our Names
As for Failure and Humility, they have two children who look nothing like their parents, but who share their deep strength of spirit. They are known as Experience and Wisdom. Ask them and they will tell you the story of your life.
—Alvin Pang, What Gives Us Our Names.
I once asked Courage what he was afraid of. He joked that he lived everyday in fear that it would be his last. And then as I turned to go, he whispered to me what he truly feared above all else: that things would remain only as they are.
—What Gives Us Our Names, Alvin Pang (via thenineteenthsecond)
I am greedy in my nature. I want Jesus and I want you. I know, though, if I can’t have both, now, or ever, I will always choose Jesus.