Part 4 – Happy Teachers Day – 5 September 2014 (Friday)

Have you been strongly condemned before?

More importantly, have you allowed negative words to take root in your heart and let it affect your self esteem and become an emotional burden in your life? I’m sure you have.

Many people carry these condemnations – whether from external sources or within themselves – as baggages throughout their lives. It weighs them down and prevents them from soaring in life.

I had such an experience and it could have stifled me. Instead, it strengthened me and made me a more resilient person.

It happened in 1973.

One of my teachers, in a fit of anger, told a group of us in front of the class, “If you ever pass your exams, I will give up teaching!”

To be fair to her, I have got myself to blame. I must have upset her to make her lose her cool.

I and I alone have to bear full responsibility for my errant ways.

This incident occured during a Chemistry lesson.

I was not keen to find out information such as if you mixed sodium hydroxide, NaOH, with Copper Nitrate, Cu(No₃)₂, you will get Sodium Nitrate, NaNO₃, a colourless liquid and Copper Hydroxide, Cu(OH)₂, a blue precipitate.

I could not see how this can help me in the real world – neither did the teacher tried to explain it to me. In my ignorant mind, they were meaningless facts that have no relevance in my life.

Instead of paying attention in class, I was having a distilled-water (H₂O) battle with my friends. We were trying to cleanse each other with pure water.

We were mixing unfamiliar liquid and powder with different materials to see if we can invent a life-changing chemical. We love to see the colour change and strange-looking smoke coming out from the test tubes.

If my teacher did not stop me, who knows, I might have discovered the genome code or a cure for cancer. On the other hand, I might have invented a permanent paint for graffiti purpose or help ‘Ah Longs’ (illegal loan-sharks) decorate doors and walkways for their customers. :0)

Jokes aside, I realised I was wrong.

I should have been more disciplined and paid more attention in class. Many of the lessons might not have short term benefits but they have long term values to improve lives and the world.

It is unfortunate that a small number of teachers have stopped many students on their learning track and pathway to growth. They have unwittingly limited the possibilities in these young minds instead of sparking the genius within each of them.

I digressed.

When my teacher pronounced the judgement – or condemnation – on me, I should have been severely hurt. I could have been scarred and might have disappeared into my shell.

Fortunately, as youths, we were having too much fun for the toxic words to sink into our hearts. We did not take the words too seriously to allow it to affect us, neither did we take it so lightly that we did not learn from it.

In fact, my teacher’s words became a turning point in my life.

For that, I will always be grateful to her. If you read on, you will find out why I will always be thankful to her.

Through this and many other experiences, I thought about how how to overcome problems in life. Thankfully, my teachers have equipped me to find answers to questions and solutions for challenges.

They taught me how to learn – and that has made a difference in my life. That skill can help me find answers and develop solutions in life.

For example, when I reflected on this and other similar experiences, I realized I have been negatively affected by words in the past. I have allowed negative words to lower my self-esteem and my worth as a child of our Creator.

It just does not make sense. Think about it.

Every person is a special edition of one. There is no additional you – no pirate copy, nor will there ever be a perfect clone of you.

There is not a single person in the whole wide world like you. Nobody shares the same space, time, energy and resources. No one can think, speak and act like you.

The greatest scientists in the world cannot develop anything that is remotely similar to you. The best computers cannot perform like your brain and your bodily systems.

All the latest advancements in medical and life sciences cannot replicate the workings in your body, mind and spirit. Nobody will ever be able to explain to you about you and what made you the person that you are.

No one throughout the passage of time have suffered the same pain or enjoyed the same pleasure as you. You and you alone has gone through many unique and precious experiences in life.

You are a walking miracle. You are one of the greatest blessings that has happened and will ever happen in your life.

Nothing should ever make you think otherwise and cause you to love less of yourself. Nobody can stop you from living a life of love and loving the best of life.

You are created with a unique personality, capacity and set of abilities. You are given a tremendous amount of opportunities to tap on your latent energy to make a positive difference to others.

As you travel on the journey of life, what you have gone through has helped you to learn many invaluable lessons. I believe these assets can value-add to your life and they can be used to help make our world a better home.

There is a special space under the sun for you. Like stars, you can bring light into many dark corners in life. You can do so much more for the people and the world around you.

I believe there is no better time to be alive than right here, right now. You can enjoy luxuries that many kings and tycoons in the past could never imagine, let alone enjoy.

With your finger tips, you can access more information than many of the wisest humans that came before you. You can leverage on more sophisticated resources than some of the greatest leaders that have ever walked on planet Earth.

There is no better time in history to do whatever you want to do, enjoy whatever you want to enjoy, and achieve whatever you want to achieve.

You can create a world that has never existed before. A world that you have been longing for and one that will pave the way for a brighter future.

You have everything it takes to turn that new world in your mind into a reality.

Whether you soar or sink in life, it depends on one of the most powerful gifts that our Creator has given to you – the gift of choice.

Whatever happened in your life might not be the best. However, you can choose to make the best of whatever happened.

You may not be able to change the situation. However, you can change your response to it. You can rise about the situation and determine its purpose, meaning and significance in your life.

In the same way, you may not be able to change your past. However, you have a choice not to allow the past to shape or condemn your life.

You may not be able to change past experience but you can always draw valuable lessons from it to build a brighter future. You are free to decide what you want to do with the life ahead of you.

The choice is entirely up to you.

Loving yourself is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself.

Back to my story, the words from my teacher woke me up. For that, I will always be grateful to her.

I chose not to treat my teacher’s words as a pitfall but as a platform to transform my life.

I decided to study hard and pass the final examinations. In case you need to know, I had reasonably good grades.

Looking back, many of the most challenging experiences in my life have become major sources of learning for me. They have helped me to ‘pass’ many ‘examinations’ in life.

Learning how to learn is one of the best gifts that teachers have given to me. With that gift, I can acquire new knowledge, competence and experiences.

Thank you teachers. You have empowered me to tap on the possibilities in life and be able to make the most of my journey through it.

Go4It!

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

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/

Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net

Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!

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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 https://m.facebook.com/patrickliewsg Visit my Inspiration blog at https://liewinspiration.wordpress.com/ For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/ Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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