A Revolution Of Love (Part 5) – Loving The Needy

A Revolution Of Love (Part 5) – Loving The Needy

In January 1981, I was at a crossroad in my life.

I had completed my formal education and served my National Service and was all set to join the workforce.

Deep in my heart, I wanted to be a social worker.

To me, that was the best way to make something meaningful out of my life is to give back directly to society.

After going through a series of job interviews, I decided to join a non-governmental organization (NGO).

It was an organisation that was established to help resolve emotional and spiritual needs of – would you believe? – soldiers.

Even though I was not cut out to be a regular soldier and have a deep hatred for war, I had enjoyed my time in the army.

It was a place where I had learned many valuable lessons in life, lessons which I carried with me until today.

Call me an idealist if you wish, I felt at that point in time if I could influence national servicemen at that young age, I could help shape and influence a new generation for society.

Shortly after, the job interviewer who was going to be my immediate superior gave me a shock.

He told me, “Patrick, I have resigned from my job. I planned to move on to a new profession.”

That announcement almost killed my dream.

It caused me to doubt credibility of the organisation.

I was also concerned if I could do the job properly without proper guidance and supervision.

Finally, I decided to heed the advice of a friend.

He told me, “Patrick, your dream can wait. Why don’t you go out to the marketplace and chalk up real-world experience?

“That way, when you still want to become a social worker, you will be in a better position to understand people and help people.”

The journey in the “real-world” took more than 30 years and what a ride it has been.

Like most people, I climbed the corporate ladder and eventually became CEO of a multinational company and eventually, an entrepreneur.

I went through what the Chinese would call ”the sour, the sweet, the bitter, and the spiciness’ of life.”

Through it all, our Creator arranged many “angels” to appear at the right time to help me sail through various storms in life.

Throughout the journey, I did not have an opportunity to be a social worker again.

While reflecting on this experience, it suddenly dawned upon me – I can achieve the same outcomes of a social worker.

In fact, I can do a lot to facilitate and complement contributions of social workers.

All of us can and should be like a social worker – even if it is not our chosen profession and we do not earn an income from it.

We can do our part to help the needy and provide different assistance to build our community and strenghten society as a whole.

There are many among us who are poor, weak, and disadvantaged.

Tonight as we sleep in the comfort of our beds, many will cry themselves to sleep.

Many of the elderly and children will go to bed hungry and wondering if they will pull through the night, let alone survive another day.

Planet Earth is sick.

We have been strangling Earth for so many years and killing the essence of what will keep it alive.

Some have predicted that our planet may not even last beyond our generation.

How can we resolve these challenges?

Governments cannot resolve these problems because politicians are dependent on popular votes. There are limitations to what they can do and achieve.

Universities and other educational institutions cannot fully address these issues because they are focused primarily on pursuit of knowledge.

It is not in their charter to implement long-term solutions for social and environmental problems.

Charity bodies have been around for thousands of years.

They cannot offer a sustainable solution because they lack talents, money and other resources.

To resolve these challenges, we need a fourth key – every one of us.

When the people sector works closely with the public and private sectors, we can overcome these challenges.

If every one of us join hands together and do our part to spread more love, compassion and kindness, we can make our world a better home.

We can also inspire a new generation to put to right all the wrongs in society.

We can leave a better world for our children and our children’s children.

In the past, I have given myself excuses that I was too busy.

I needed to focus on doing well and then, I would do my part in doing good.

When I have made enough money and achieved success, I can go more and do better.

I was wrong.

I can always still give back to society whether I am an employee or while running a business.

Learn to become more productive and get better results so that I can do more for the least, the last, the lonely, and the lost.

Over the years, I have done my small little part in helping the needy, and giving back to society.

Supported many charitable, philanthropic and humanitarian causes.

Provided leadership and advisory services to charities, civic organizations, professional bodies, and grassroots organizations, and other non-profit organizations.

Contributed to poor orphanages, schools, communities, and other charity projects.

At the same time, offered relief efforts for victims of natural and other crises.

Founded more than six different charity initiatives, and I am still actively involved with them.

Gone on overseas missions to conduct leadership and social entrepreneurship bootcamps and provided other humanitarian services.

Involved actively in raising funds for different charities.

Donated thoughts, time, talent and treasure (including money) to help the weak, needy and disadvantaged live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

In the process of fulfilling worthwhile causes, I have helped to set 4 national records in the Singapore Book of Records and one record in the Guinness Book of World Records.

I want to continue to support worthwhile causes and make it an integral part of my life.

I aim to do well in my business and to do good at the same time, all the time.

They say we should never tell others about our contributions to charity.

Hence, I thought for a long time whether I should write this Love Note and if it will have a negative response.

The stubborn side of me decided to go ahead because I feel it is important to share it with you as a fellow member of community of friends.

I hope to be able to inspire you to join me to help others lead a better life and to do whatever we can to make our world a better home.

There are so many needs in society and even as you are reading this Love Note, there are calls for help coming from different parts of the world.

We cannot do much alone.

However, together, we can do so much more and achieve much better results.

It is a universal law promoted by every major religion that we should always be involved in social contributions.

From my experience, our Creator will never shortchange anybody.

Our Creator will always give much more back to us. He will bless us, our loved ones, and our business.

Obviously, we should never give and expect anything back in return.

We can start simply.

How about 15 minutes every week to encourage a needy person?

Drinking one less soft drink per day and donate the savings to charity?

Sharing your talents and resources for a good cause?

Together, we can start a revolution! One act of kindness at a time, one person at a time, one day at a time, one community at a time…

Someday, in the not so distant future, our children’s generation will point to our generation and say;

“That’s the generation that started a revolution of love.

“As a result, they eradicated war, violence, and other challenges. Poverty became history.

“These people started to inspire each other to greatness. A new age of love began…”

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!

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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