Singapore would not be what it is now, if not for the many years of racial harmony & natural camaraderie we have all enjoyed. We have indeed come so far... this far. Why? Because we have all learnt to compromise, despite our cultural differences & social standings.
Foreigners from various parts of the map have since become quite attracted to this harmony we have... the rich culture each of us bring out from within us and of course the growing economy that was promising enough which got them coming... (more so of late) to seek a new life, in this so-termed dot of ours.
Happened to chance upon this video on Youtube -- visually stunning and the words are thought-provoking and inspiring.
Recently a distant relative fell and hit her head on the ground. She fell into a coma later and died soon after from massive head injury. Then I heard another sad incident of a boy who accidently fell from a highrise and was declared braindead, his life sustained only by a machine.
Such tragic real-life incidents made me realise life is really unpredictable. No one knows what is going to happen in the next moment. The inspiring words in this video has prompted me to be even more appreciative of life. Like what it says in the video,
"The happiest people do not have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything."
"Live simply; speak kindly; care deeply; love generously."
I was at the therapy centre yesterday for one of dd3's routine sessions, waiting for her. A mother with a down's daughter came to the waiting area. She was a friend of a mother whose son was also undergoing therapy at the centre, whom I also knew.
Brief introductions were made, and the three of us started chatting. The Mother started to tell me about her experience with her daughter, who is in P5 in a mainstream school. She shared that her daughter was now learning abacus and ballet. She showed us her daughter’s abacus workbooks and started to explain some of the advanced concepts that her daughter was working on. She also shared that her daughter failed in certain subjects and is currently working hard to catch up.
As a mother, I always thought I have inculcated some moral values and life lessons to my 3-year-old daughter (DD). But lately I realised that unknowingly, she has also imparted some life lessons to me through our daily interactions and conversations. It's a humbling experience to learn from a young child, and these are the things I've learnt from her:
1. Do not let the sun go down on your anger.
DD never goes to bed angry. She may be a little 'chilli padi' at times but she doesn't hold her unhappiness or frustration for long. She recovers quickly from any unhappy incidences and does not harbor grudges, even those who had upset her.
Many times, we adults can hold grudges from wrongs done to us decades ago.
Just want to share this meaningful passage with everyone - whether you're breezing through life or facing obstacles now. Life is a gift. Embrace it.
Before you say an unkind word
... think of someone who can't speak.
Before you complain about the taste of your food
... think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Like to share this nice article.
I came across this story and found it very meaningful and touching, and so decided to share it here with fellow Kiasu Parents here.
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered
The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. 'We must do something about father,' said the son. 'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.'