|With my guitar|
Whenever I listen or play Michael Jackson’s song, ‘Make This World A Better Place’, it always soothes my soul with calmness. Thoughts also come inside me to reflect on how much I’m doing my bit for mankind be it a smile I give to someone, a helping hand to someone in need, a favor for someone to make their day, anything.
Really it’s about acting with gratitude and appreciation that I’m still learning to do more and with a very good reason.
You see in my life, I am blessed to have met more good people than not-so-good ones. Ever since I was a young child I had a priest, the late Father Ki, who took care of me and my family. When I was a student in UK, I had some of the kindest people like Sister Thomas and Sister Pius who practically took me as a son to them. When I was working, I was blessed with many bosses including my ex boss, Datin Irene Gan who taught me about being a good leader and trust giving which she demonstrated by giving me a blank cheque to buy my first house.
The list goes on to smaller but most meaningful events that wove through my life. Among them are vivid ones like my encounter with ordinary but ‘heart of gold’ people like Ainee during my sailing trip. She is a peasant who runs a tiny stall in one of Myanmar’s many poor islands who gave me a place to rest, eat and drink for free, refusing to accept anything from me. Recently in Brunei, a kind soul took his car to drive me out of the city when I asked him for direction to get out. A restaurant owner fed me for free out of pity that I had no Brunei dollar and because she did not want Malaysian currency.
|Me & My Wife|
And, now in my coaching career, so many have been my helping hands and pillars of strength who stood by me while I pursued my vision to ‘grow a vibrant coach community’. My wife Angeline is probably my greatest fan.
I believe that all of us have such blessings. And, I believe that we will get even more when we repay kindness with kindness and not be destabilized with the ‘give it back to you’ revengeful acts to unkind people occasionally.
Instead we should be even kinder and help them to be one. Let’s live out MJ’s lyrics of ‘Let’s make this world a better place for you and me’.