I’m at a total loss for words. My heart has sunk to a dark abyss. 

What words can convey the depth of emotions for the passing away of a great leader, a man for whom I’ll always be grateful to for what he has done for me and my family. 

What words can articulate a debt of gratitude to a man, without whom I would never have a proper education and found a place under the sun. 

What words can be used to speak of a man that help lay the foundation, upon which my business can build on and expand all over the world. 

What words can describe the sacrifice he made to fight seemingly insurmountable odds so that a people could survive and in so many ways succeed on a world stage. 

What words can be used to portray the long and arduous journey that he took to help turn a little red dot into one of the most admired countries in the world. 

What words can express the grief that I and many people are feeling at this dark moment of our life and history of our nation. 

No words suffice. No sentences matter. 

No articles, no matter how long or short can communicate the thoughts, feelings, and state of our being. 

His legacy is all around and within  us.  

Every breath of fresh air, every drop of water, every morsel of food, every shelter above our heads…carries marks of his effort and contribution. 

The trees, roads, parks, buildings, estates…reflect in part the vision that he had for a people that used to be mostly poor, uneducated and of migrant stock. A nation that had a relatively low reserves and with hardly any natural resources. 

He and the team that he led for years created a modern day miracle, all in less than one generation. A scale that had few precedence and will never be repeated again for years. 

That’s why many of us grieve for him. 

A tapestry of emotions run through us – feelings of loss, sorrow, and lament weaved together with a deep sense of gratefulness and thankfulness. 

Today we mourn the passing of a hero, one who appears in history once in a long while . 

Tomorrow when the sun rises, the baton will be passed to each and every one of us. 

How we unite as a people to create a better dream, how we rise up again and again to overcome challenges, how we fight on and on to craft a better future for our children and children’s children…I think that’s how he wants us to remember him and honour his legacy. 

R.I.P Sir. 

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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!

One Response to I’m at a total loss for words. My heart has sunk to a dark abyss. 

  1. Rakin Hall says:

    Beautifully written, brother Liew. You live such a full vibrant life. Your leader is resting well knowing that citizens like you are carrying the legacy of excellence forward. My condences.

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