8. Happy Father’s Day (Sunday, June 20, 2021) – Story #8: A Tribute To Fathers

Your father is one of the most wonderful gifts from our Creator.

He may not be perfect and may not have done everything right.

In the same way, you have not been perfect and must have done some wrongs in the past too.

Many people do not hold you for your wrongdoings.

Therefore, do the same to others and especially to your father.

Your father did not learn about fatherhood in school.

There is hardly any training programme to teach him how to carry out his fatherly role and responsibilities.

He cannot learn fathering at work, nor at any other setting.

Your father learns on the job and he can only do his level best.

His conduct may not be the best, or his best conduct may not be good enough for you.

Remember, he is a human too.

He has to struggle to put food on the table and care for you.

As a mortal man, he has to fight the darkness in his mind and shadows in his being.

However, deep within him, there is a powerful force that is at work – Love.

Your father loves you.

He loves you more than you will ever know, and you’ll never know what you don’t know.

He has options but he chose to spend time and money to ensure that you were kept safe and well.

When you were young and vulnerable, he was there for you.

He put up with your screams and cries, even in the middle of the night.

He was there when you were sick and had to be rushed to the doctor.

He stood with you when you were hurt and he supported you through many challenges.

There were times when he stood behind you in silence.

That could be even more painful than taking any other action, including voicing his thoughts about you.

He shared your moments of difficulties in a way that you would never be able to understand.

He was in fear when you were struggling with your fear.

He was in pain when he saw your frailty, foolishness, and failure.

He was stressed when you went through pitfalls, puddles, and potholes.

But throughout the ups and downs, he was right behind you.

He was always ready to pick you up and support you.

You will never realise how much your father has sacrificed for you unless there is a way to replay every moment in the past.

You will never fully appreciate how much energy your father has invested to raise you.

The day would come when he knew you have grown up and needed to be independent.

As a father, I know it is never easy to release you to find your place in the sun. A part of his heart would go with you.

Wherever you are, your father will always be there with you and for you.

Deep in his being, he holds on to the child that once loved him in such an innocent and deep way.

The child that spent time with him and clung dearly to him.

This Father’s Day, won’t you be that child again?


When I wrote these words, you were no longer with me.

I wish you are still around.

There are words that I wish I had said to you and had said them more often to you.

There are things I wish I can do for you but its impossible to do it now.

The aches in my heart and tears from my eyes can never bring you back to me.

Papa, I love you…

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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