Eyes On The Forehead – Story #1

Eyes On The Forehead – Story #1

Recently, I bumped into an old friend.

He looked excited to see me.

“Hey buddy! Haven’t seen you for such a long time. We should really catch up.”

“How’re you doing? I remember you when you were young.”

“Most of us thought that you would do well in life.”

At that point in time, I was in the mood for one of my usual self-deprecating jokes.

“Nah! I didn’t quite make it in life.”

“I’m just a struggling salesperson, trying to make ends meet.”

Suddenly, I felt a change in his disposition.

He was not as enthusiastic as when he first started the conversation.

It was quite clear that he didn’t want to associate with somebody below his socioeconomic status.

I went on to ask him, “So, when can we catch up for coffee?”

His reply was such a turning point in the event that it almost made me laugh.

I’m still amused by it.

He said, “I’m quite a busy man. Hardly anytime in the day. And I have to spend lots of time with my children in the evening.”

“Let’s see how things goes.”

We then went our separate ways.

Much later, I asked myself, What can I learn from this conversation?

Our Creator has made all of us to be equal.

We have mostly equal rights, opportunities, and pathways to achieve success.

Nobody has the right to look down on anybody.

If anything, we should develop a disdain for a holier-than-thou attitude in society.

It does not matter what you do for a living, you are a masterpiece of our Creator.

Whether you are a lorry driver like my late father, a labourer like my mother, a construction worker like my late eldest brother, or a taxi driver like one of my best friends, you should be contented and be proud of your job.

Do it to the best of your abilities because it is not what you do but how you do what you do that makes you a professional.

You are just as important as any president, CEO, or king.

Be friendly to one another and extend warmth to every person that crosses your paths.

If possible, lend a listening ear and a helping hand to assist others find more fulfilment in life.

Why do people pass judgements and look down on others?

Let me hazard some guesses.

Many do it because it makes them feel that they are better than others and are therefore in a better position to pass judgements on them.

They feel good and superior about themselves.

Some do it as a way to escape from themselves.

Instead of confronting their own weaknesses and feeling bad about these weaknesses, they redirect their attention on others.

There could also be one more reason and it has to do with having a mental disorder, including suffering from an obsessive compulsive disorder or a borderline personality.

Their sense of “right”eousness and belief in “rightness” will make them see the wrongs in others and do the wrong things.

Quite possibly, there are also people who do it as a form of revenge and to spite others.

They don’t have the courage to straighten things out and they consciously or unconsciously decide to bring others down.

It is also possible that many harbor good intentions to help others change and become a better person.

However, they have a mistaken notion that the more they criticise others, the more and faster these people will change and improve their lives.

Whatever the reason, it takes a small mind to see the chip on another person’s eyes and not the forest in his own eyes.

A magnanimous spirit sees the good in others.

He looks down on others only because he wants to lift them up so that they can live a better life.


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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