Lessons From Roosters: Finding Your Purpose, Place And Pursuit In Life

According to the Chinese Zodiac signs, this lunar year is the Year of the Rooster.

Although I don’t subscribe to this Chinese belief, I did some research about chickens, and more specifically about roosters.

I discovered many lessons that can help you find purpose, meaning and fulfillment in life.

The chicken is the most common domestic animal.

There are more than 150 different breeds of chicken and they come in various shapes, sizes, colours and appearances. It’s also the largest breed in the species of birds.

When my children were young, our house was almost like a mini zoo.

Over the years, we have kept many different types of chickens, including a very colorful and dwarf-like breed of chickens,a breed that’s purportedly originated from Japan.

Among all the pets, I would nominate chicks as the cutest and most attractive of animals. They are fun to play with and great to hold in your hands.

As I reflect on the Year of the Rooster, I’m inspired by chickens and how they can be symbolic of 5 key lessons in life.

1. Fining your place under the sun

The chicken is an important animal to the livelihood and lifestyle of humans.

Without its meat and egg, your range of food and cuisine will be greatly limited.

You’ll be worst off for all the wonderful tastes and aromas that chickens can offer to your dining tables.

You’ll also not be able to enjoy the nutrition that chickens can provide to strengthen your health and fitness.

To many people all over the world, chicken soup is a vital food for physical well-being.

Chicken has a special place in your life.

In a similar way, you’re a precious child of our Creator. He has given to you a set of unique gifts, strengths and experiences.

You’ve also been given the power of choice to find your valued place and position in the workplace and in society.

2. Becoming a net contributor to the workplace and in society

The rooster is known as a time-keeper of the community.

At a time when clocks were non-existent or not as commonly available, humans relied on roosters to wake them up to start another productive day.

The rooster is not unduly concerned about its importance to the surrounding.

It’s not over focused on its looks or its crowing.

Whether you like the crowing or not, the rooster will act on its calling and belief like a mini Donald Trump.

As humans, it’s important to be sensitive to the environment.

However, you should not be unduly concerned about yourself and how you’re being perceived by the people around you.

You need to find your own mission and vision and just as importantly, take massive amount of appropriate actions to fulfill your calling to serve a worthwhile cause.

By leveraging on your gifts, strengths and experiences, you can value-add to the people and environment around you and be a net contributor to your communities.

3. Caring for the people around you

In the Bible, our Lord Jesus Christ likened Himself to a mother hen when he talked about Jerusalem.

He said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.” (Mathew 23:37 NLT)

As humans, we are created to look out for and look after each other. Compassion is part of our DNA.

Learn from the rooster.

A rooster plays an important role to its flock. When it finds food, it will call its flock of chickens to eat first.

In a similar way, to be successful, you should have a servant’s heart, living to serve and not to be served.

The values of love, compassion, graciousness, inclusiveness and kindness should be at the core of your operating principles.

Whatever you do, don’t do it to satisfy your ego and don’t be driven by a self-serving agenda.

Serve with humility, and value others above yourself.

Seek not only to meet other people’s needs but also to help carry their burdens.

Develop a win-win relationship with them.

In other words, let others win first before you can win. They have to be successful

before you can be successful.

4. Becoming an important part of the global ecosystem

There’s a story in the Bible about how our Lord Jesus prophesied about Peter’s
betrayal (Mathew 26:34 NLT).

Obviously, Peter found it hard to believe that he would condescend to such a level
and defended himself.

When the prophesy came to past, Peter cried bitterly. (Luke 22:61-62).

After this event, the rooster became a symbol for responsibility, accountability,
due care, and loyalty.

As a humans, you’re created to play an important role and responsibility in the
global ecosystem.

Look after the garden that our Creator has gifted to you by way of this universe.

Just as importantly, manage everything that made up this universe, including the
animals, plants and trees, and the environment.

Every contribution matters. Every part counts.

For example, climate change is causing toxic and corrosive results in many parts of
the world.

There’s a clarion call for you to protect the environment. Take responsibility and be accountable in exercising due care to preserve it.

You have to do it for the sake of our Creator and for our future generations.

Humans can sometimes be arrogant in looking down on animals and criticizing them.

For example, we think that chickens have pea brains and are chicken-hearted.

While it’s true that chickens cannot invent like Einstein, compose like Beethoven, write like Shakespeare, and climb like Edmund Hillary.

However, chickens have learned to live in harmony with the environment and contribute to its sustainability.

They do not stock up armaments, go to wars, and damage and destroy the planet.

5. Living for a high calling and for a worthwhile cause

Chickens make the greatest sacrifice for us. They live to serve us with their lives.

In a similar way, you should go beyond yourself and your self interests to live for others.

Abraham Marslow called this the self-transcendence level or the highest level of human needs.

In other words, live beyond yourself to help others live a better life. Serve a higher purpose in making our world a better home.

The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become.

In summary, if we find our rightful place, become a net contributor, care for people, play our part in the global ecosystem, and serve a high calling and for a worthwhile cause, we would have lived a good life.

Go4It!

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

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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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