I Cannot Forget His Face…

For the past few days, the face of an old friend kept floating around in my mind.

It started when I had a wonderful breakfast with him after not seeing each other for a long time.

Peter (not his real name) and I served once upon a time on the Board of a non-profit organisation.

We provide healthy television programmes and offer humanitarian services in emerging countries.

For about ten years, we were involved in building houses, roads, and toilets. At one stage, we were probably the largest well-diggers in some of the poorest villages in this part of the world.

We were also organising many a medical and dental mission to help the poor, sick and needy.

Since leaving the organisation, each one of us went separate ways to pursue different dreams and aspirations.

It was therefore such a joy to meet Peter once again.

He’s an old friend who has walked with me through a meaningful and beautiful part of my life’s journey.

Peter was by any count a highly successful corporate executive, having served as the head honcho of a prominent franchise chain. He was also a director of one of the top hotels in Singapore.

After his retirement from the business world, Peter gave his life to lead and advice different organisations. These organisations were involved in providing various life-changing services to individuals, communities and countries.

Peter was one of my heroes and a model in my life.

I’m not surprised if our Creator will welcome him in the future with widespread hands and a big smile saying, “You’re a good and faithful servant.”

With these information as a backdrop, you can understand why what Peter told me over breakfast broke my heart.

After my asking the usual perfunctory “How’re you?” question, Peter told me how he had to rely on his savings after leaving the employment world.

Then, his one-and-only adult son told Peter that he wanted to switch to a different career and therefore, had decided to pursue another degree-awarding course of study in Switzerland.

As a good father, Peter agreed wholeheartedly to support his son even though it was a financial burden. Such was the love of my hero and a great father.

After finishing his studies, Peter’s son is currently planning to go overseas to further develop his knowledge and skill.

Meanwhile, Peter was running low on his savings. He needed a way to generate an income to support himself and his family.

How can I help my 73-year old friend?

Peter’s face and story kept floating in my mind. They have been weighing on my heart.

Meanwhile, I had arranged for another good friend to meet Peter to counsel him and if things work out, to train him on a new set of skills that may help him earn an income.

There are many like Peter, especially the older PMETs. They are struggling to find jobs and to convince potential employers of their worth and contribution.

An idea is birthing in my mind. But I’m already overstretched with my other endeavors.

I’m paying a lot of money for good works. My time is limited. I’m almost physically and emotionally drained.

What should I do?


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

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!


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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