Soaring On The Wings Of Time

As you face the sunsets of your life
One question lingers and begs
How did you spend your time?
Did you soar high to taste the sweet promises of your future
Or did you sour and shrink from the pains of your past?

A father spent nineteen years overseas
In hard toil and labour
Three children to clothe and feed
To work, night and day, he thrust his hands and feet.
On the day of his homecoming
The children, now all grown, their own ways have
An empty house, decrepit and grey
And a wife had not warm food prepared.
The man of the house in outburst declared
“All heaven and earth had me betrayed.”
While the wife and the children beg forgiveness
For this, one moment of unintentional neglect
The man, welled up in hatred and anger,
Lived a solitary life instead
The wife beckons “Darling, forgive us all.”
“19 years gone, we’re no longer used having you home.”
One second of neglect, a lifetime wasted
As the man of the house
Failed to recover
From the pain of that fateful
Homecoming day.

Does your life ride
On the passage of time?
Or is your calloused heart
Chained by a bitter past?
Live the present
Dance through the tune
Of a beautiful symphony
Where past and present marry.
The gift of peace
Piece together time
With gratitude for the past
Courage for the present
And faith in the future.

Break free from the shackles
Of your past
Unload emotional baggage that weighs you down
Tis the only way to sprint to the future
Quick, steady, fast
Until you fly on the wings of time.

Contempt of the past
Condemns your future
Blurs your vision
Numbs your feelings
Dulls your senses
To the way life you must live.

To remove guilt,
Put to right the wrongs of the past
To remove resentment,
Forgive.
To remove hatred,
Love.
To start anew
Clear debts
Make good your obligation
Submit to restitution.
To change your life
Remove whatever blocks your path
Pave your way
To meaningful transformation
Stop carrying the baggage
Of unfinished business
Finish it!
Then set a higher goal.

Contribute positively to others
And to your environment
Be one with life
Hold the beauty of the present
Upon your heart.

Experiences from your past – good or bad
Make for an amazing tapestry
Of purpose, blessing and significance.
The past launches you
To make full use of your life
To live your present at your best
So you can spring high to an exalted future.
The past will serve as signpost
To guide your future right
To help you rise to your best nature
And live your highest calling.

Do not hate your past – embrace it
It’s the powerful propelling force
To catapult you to your ultimate destination
Do it now—carve a bright future
Let your past
Bouy you up
To a higher plane.
Although you stumbled and fell
Dust yourself off and start again
The time to live is now
Before time runs out
Before your final sunset comes
When the final pages of the Book of Life
Closes on you.
Embrace your past
Bask in the present
And look to the future with hope.
Soar on the wings of time
Now.

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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