Are You Living Life?

In the process of making a living, many are not mindful about living life. Some may not even know how to live and live well anymore.

The modern world has compelled many to spend most of their time, other than sleeping, at the workplace. They have to work to earn a paycheck and keep themselves and their family alive.

As a result, they may have to compromise their ideals. They exchange part of their life for money.

Work, if not properly handled, can become a form of slavery. It’s another kind of imprisonment.

It’s not just employers that may enslave their workers. Strangely enough, workers can also be slave masters to themselves.

They operate within a limited space, physically and psychologically. They restrict themselves in tapping on their full potential and the possibilities for growth.

They run on a meaningless thread mill that occupies their mind and life. There is hardly any room for developing meaning and purpose in life and pursuing excellence.

It’s also hard to have a sense of adventure and desire to make a positive impact on the people and world around them.

They can’t bring out the courage and drive to break free, rise up, and soar to the stars of their dream.

Along the way, they are subjected to pervasive influence of the materialistic world. The ever-improving commercials made them believe in pursuing the so called finer things in life.

There are times when they crave for power and fight for positions. They accumulate possessions, seek comfort in “branded” prestige, and indulge in fleeting pleasure.

They become the latter day emperor without clothes.

They hang on to many wishes and long to experience many things. These are all uploaded into a file called “Someday,” revisited occasionally but never fulfilled.

At some points, they lose themselves and live a life that is not their own.

They live a lie and never quite realised it. The life that they live is largely scripted by others and sometimes, it is somebody else’s life.

They drift through time, numbed to the options that are available to them. They meander through a course of direction that changes with feeling, fad, or fashion.

Opportunities continue to pass them by. The possibilities for change become dimmer by the years.

Deep in their heart, a voice screams, “Meaningless, meaningless, meaningless.” But that voice is fighting a losing battle and becomes softer and softer.

Soon, the music fades away. The fire in their belly died.

They are buried, alone and lonely, forgotten by time.


This should not be the making of life. There is more, much more that can be experienced and achieved.

There is more that can be done to make a difference and be fulfilled.

The prophet, poet, and pacesetter have been calling out from the wilderness, “Arise! Turn the tide. Lay claim to your destiny now.”

Have the people listened? Are they listening? Will they act on it now?

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.

Let’s live it to the fullest.


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

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Please read my reflection and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


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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