A Trip To the Past (寻根記)

My family and I went on a discovery trip from 12 to 13 September 2016.

Besides my family, there were five other related families that went on the trip.

We wanted to visit the old house of Mr Liew FeiRu (刘斐如) who is my late grandfather.

The old house is still standing and is located at Gongzhou (公州), a village in Dapu (大埔).

Dapu (大埔) is a county in the prefecture-level city of Meizhou (梅州) and Meizhou (梅州) is part of the province of Guangdong (广東).

The description of my final destination may give you a better idea about the large geographical size of the People’s Republic of China.

The people on that trip represent four generations of Mr Liew’s descendants and they range between the age of three years old to 87 years old.

The ancestral house was initially occupied by a family of friends. They did not have to pay any rent but they have to look after the house.

Unfortunately, they were drawn over time to move to the big cities and our old house had to be abandoned.

For years now, the old house that once stood proudly as a shelter for many of our ancestors was being left to derelict and ruin.

Although our old family friends made it a point to clean up the place before our arrival, I could see that the paints were chipping away.

Some of the doors and windows were no longer usable. The roof was leaking and the pillars were rotting away.

As I walked from room to room, I could feel a wave of sadness coming over me.

I could hear voices from the past – voices harkening to better moments spent in that house.

Moments that became part of memories, some of which were turned into lessons for life.

These lessons shaped lives and the generations that came after them.

If you reflect on your past life, you’ll realise that places that were close to your heart played a major influence on your life.

The experiences that you went through in these places; including some of your homes and workplaces, and your responses to these experiences shaped your personality and behaviour.

Those of us who are privileged to inherit such places or memories of such places will have to seriously consider how we want to preserve these places.

More importantly, we need to preserve and recount the stories that were connected to these places and the lessons from them.

We may have to share these stories again and again so that those who come after us can be inspired to rise up to pursue greatness and claim their places in life.

When you move on from this world to a better world, you will leave behind your story.

That matters more than many things you’ll leave behind.

I pray that your story and the places in the story will be worth telling,

Your story will inspire others to craft their stories to have beautiful endings.

Go4It!

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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