The 5 Stages Of Your Life

For our year end break in 2015, my family and I decided to go to Florence, Italy.

Many have argued that Florence was the starting place for what historians termed as the Renaissance.

The Renaissance was a cultural movement, from the 14th to the 17th century, and was widely considered as the bridge between the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Early Modern Age.

The movement spread rapidly from Florence to the rest of Italy and Europe, and eventually to the world at large.

It has influenced many areas of our lives, including philosophy, politics, science, literature, religion, music, art, and other aspects of intellectual and artistic pursuits.

Some of the many radical breakthroughs during the Renaissance were widespread educational reform and resurgence of learning.

One of the important developments was the discovery, promotion and communication of truths based on scientific method.

As a result of greater reliance on evidence and inductive reasoning rather than on assertion, there were many great discoveries and breakthroughs.

For example, when Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492, it challenged and eventually changed the belief of the common men and even scientists of the day such as Claudius Ptolemy.

Ptolemy’s widely-accepted map was eventually modified because of the new discovery.

The spread of the Renaissance was underpinned by the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 1439.

Printing democratized learning and promoted a faster transmission of new ideas and discoveries.

It helped to launch a new age.

Hence, the Renaissance – which in essence means “Rebirth” in French. The word first appeared in English in the 1830s.

The Renaissance was significant because it started a trend for challenging previously-held mindset and beliefs.

In the process of discovering the truth and pursuing a better way of life, it led to a period of major advancement and progress.

As I reflected on the Renaissance, I felt that there’s a need for the world to launch into another new age.

Looking back, the Agrarian Age was about survival.

It was about learning how to live and finding the resources to stay alive in the near future..

We went from the Agrarian Age to the Industrial Age and it brought about an unprecedented level of prosperity.

We went from aspiring to meet basic needs to fulfilling different wants, including accumulating possessions and enjoying fleeting pleasures.

One of the downsides of the Industrial Age is the perception that there are scarce resources. Therefore, winning the game of life is a zero sum game.

We learned to compete and somehow subscribe to the belief that the fittest will survive and succeed.

The advent of computerization led us into the Information Age.

During this age, information became more readily available, affordable and accessible.

There was a greater need to cooperate, collaborate, and co-create solutions.

The rise of the Internet and especially social media turned the world increasingly into a global interconnected village.

It launched us into the Knowledge Age.

There Is a greater pursuit of new knowledge, expertise and technology, some of which are disruptive to existing way of life.

More importantly, we are beginning to experience a rise of common voices for our destiny as a human race.

There is a strengthening of collective consciousness that our destiny is intertwined and interdependent on one another.

We share the same responsibility for planet Earth and what we do on it will determine our survival and progress.

We realised that life is more than just about survival or success.

We need to live beyond ourselves and find significance in value-adding to the people and environment around us.

By doing so, we can find a more deep-seated meaning and fulfillment.

As I reflected on the different ages that the world went through historically, I realised that our life is a microcosm of the different major pursuits in these ages.

We went from learning to live to fighting to have more in life.

Then we aspire to fulfill our self-centred goals and become somebody in life.

At some point, we reach an age when we realised that what matter in life may not be made of matter.

What count in life may not be counted.

We begin to value spiritual pursuits, including our connection to the Creator, inner peace, relationships, and contribution to people and the environment.

I believe it’s time for the world and for every one of us to enter into a new Renaissance for an age of greater enlightenment – the Age of Love.

Love is one of the most powerful forces in life. Yet, we have barely scratched the surface to tap this awesome force.

Love really needs no definition or explanation. We are created to love and to be loved.

Love is already embedded within each and every one of us.

As you become more mindful of love and live it out in your life, you will edify yourself and touch others.

At the same time, you will strengthen your capacity and ability to love.

When you live a life of love, you will live a meaningful, happy and fulfilled life.

It is sad that we do not do more to ignite and raise the level of love that our Creator has placed within us. There is every reason to spread more love to the people around us.

Love is a key ingredient to making the world a better home.

The best thing we can do for humanity and for the environment is to love our Creator, ourselves and others.

Therefore, love like you have never loved before.

Love like it’s your last chance to love the people in your life.

Together, we can bring more love to the world.

Together, we can start a Renaissance of Love!

What are your thoughts about the 5 stages of your life? Please share with me.

(Feel free to share the posting if you feel that others can benefit from it.)

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

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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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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