Breaking Free

There was a time in my life when I suffered a heartbreak because of a Lady.

It happened when I was walking back from school one day. I saw a sparrow entangled in a bush.

By the time, I – the caring knight – rescued the bird which I subsequently called Lady, it was almost dead.

Lady was suffering, starving, and sapped of the energy that supported its wild spirit. Its wings were badly clipped – and to a sparrow, its world might as well have ended.

I brought Lady home and was promptly thrown out of the house. There was no room in our poor family living in a small flat for even a small bird.

In desperation, I managed to borrow a cage and set up a home for Lady in one corner of the staircase. I even rallied my neighbours to help me look after and protect the new ‘resident’.

I nursed Lady like a forlorn lover trying to free his soul mate from the grip of death. Gently – very gently – I fed it and tried to help it recover from its pain.

As my affection and attachment for Lady grew, I could feel its pain resonating in my heart.

Every day when I returned back from school, I would lovingly give Lady a ‘dry bath.’ I would remove dirt and dust from its body with a slightly damp cloth.

Then, I would clean the wound with a cotton wool that I ‘stole’ from my mama’s first aid drawer. I knew fully well that I would have to face her judgement day in the near future.

What I did next would break my heart every time I did it. I would tenderly apply diluted iodine on the open wounds.

Lady would scream – I mean chirp – in pain and that always bring a tear to my eyes. I would clench my teeth and continue to apply my self-prescribed medicine.

In my little child’s mind, I remembered my mama’s words, “You must endure the bitterness of medicine to be cured”.

To strengthen Lady’s body, I would literally prepare a feast for it – three times a day – including feeding it with the juiciest worms.

(I would have soaked the worms in ginseng or Brand’s Essence of Chicken if I could find them in our kitchen.)

In the evening, I would convene a ‘Medical Council’ comprising the smartest kids in our neightbourhood. We would discuss our patient’s condition and brainstorm for ideas to restore Lady to good health.

I think it was during that period of time, I started to become a motivator.

I would speak to Lady ever so gently, encouraging her to hang on, and to press forward to claim her greatest destiny.

I believe I even sang to Lady but that brought her more pain.

I did everything a child could do. My heart was broken more than once whenever Lady did not respond to us or the medicine.

But the biggest heartbreak was yet to come.

As Lady strengthened physically; without us realizing it, she was suffering emotionally.

In our eyes, Lady was gradually coming back to life but deep inside, its life was dying away.

Sometime between my leaving for school one morning and coming back in the afternoon, Lady died.

Without any warning. No last chirping.

Lady just left us.

That day, my friends and I buried Lady in the nicest part of a park. There were few words spoken during the funeral.

(I like to tell you it was raining heavily and we were totally drenched. All around us, sparrows joined in the ceremony. It may be a good story line to sell to Jack Neo or maybe,Hollywood).

I did not know what went through the minds of my friends. I was overwhelmed with grief for a while.

Must later, I was told that a sparrow cannot be kept in a cage. It would rather die than be imprisoned and lose its freedom.

I learned a lesson from Lady.

Every time I look at a sparrow, I will remember if I am willing to die for my dreams and freedom, very few obstacles can hold me back.

If I live up to my calling and the world knows I am totally committed to it, I will be able to soar higher and live at a higher plane of life.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can I burn all my bridges so that I can move in only one direction – forward?

About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on Visit my Inspiration blog at For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at Please visit my website, Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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