May The “Fish” Be With You.

by Patrick Liew on August 20, 2019

May The “Fish” Be With You.

The fish holds a special place in our life. It’s not just food but also a symbol for desired values and aspirations.

To the Chinese, it represents deep meaning and significance. Phonetically, it sounds like another word, abundance (余).

As a race that has undergone thousands of years of “the sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy” (甜酸苦辣) dimensions of life, we long for prosperity and abundance.

That’s why there is a Chinese saying, “如鱼得水.”

Loosely translated, it describes our hope to be like that of a fish that has found its place and fulfillment in water.

In other words, we desire to be happy and have good fortune and freedom in our work and other areas of our life.

The fish is also a symbol of fertility and productivity. This is so probably because of its ability to spawn fast and in volume.

It speaks of a key aspiration of all humans, including entrepreneurs.

We want to live without having to worry about meeting our needs and wants, and to also achieve more and better results.

The fish is therefore a popular theme of artists in paintings, sculptures, and other works of art.

There is a demand for such artifacts in many homes and offices.

Interestingly, many Christians have also adopted the fish to represent our beliefs and values.

We have a passionate drive to be “fishers of men.”

It is a high calling to engage and influence humanity so as to help them return to our Creator and in doing so, to do good and live well.

The fish is also a symbol that speaks to Christians about faith and abundance.

The Bible records a story about how our Creator multiplied fishes and loaves to the amazement of the masses. That was a stroke of divine brilliance.

It affirms that He who is the Source of all opportunities and possibilities can bless humans, and meet their needs beyond their wildest imagination.

In another incident, He challenged a group of fishermen to let down their net for what would become a major spiritual catch of a lifetime.

In essence, it was a lifelong lesson that one has to step out and exercise faith to find eternal fulfillment and success.

In ancient Norse and European culture, the fish represents single mindedness, persistence, and resilience.

Their people must have probably been impressed with the ability, determination, and adaptability of the fish to survive in the wild.

In particular, the salmon is known to even swim upstream and against the current to reach the spawning ground.

In many other cultures, the fish is also a symbol for life, knowledge, wisdom, creativity, inspiration, and transformation.

In conclusion, may the profound meanings, values, and significance that the fish represents be a part of your life forever.

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

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How Rich Are You?

by Patrick Liew on August 20, 2019

How Rich Are You?

I have realized that the greatest poverty is a poverty of dreams.

When there is nothing to look forward to, and nothing to live and fight for, life is likened to a feather that’s carried by the aimless winds of life.

There is nothing more tragic than to live without a sense of meaning, purpose and significance.

However, when you hold on with determination to a high calling, you can tap on the infinite wealth that our Creator has prepared for you.

He has opened for you a personal checking account with unlimited resources that you can draw upon to fulfill His worthwhile causes.

Poverty of character and values is another one of the worst diseases that plagues different parts of society.

Ultimately, people will see beyond the glitter and glamour and right through to your heart.

It is not what you have but how you gave what you have, and not the quantity of your possessions but the quality of your contributions that determine true wealth.

Furthermore, there is no quality that defines poverty as much as a poverty of humility.

When you think you are bigger than what you really are or worse, when you think you are better than the others, you push yourself over the cliff of true wealth and into the dark abyss of life.

On the way down, there are no helping hands because you could have unwittingly rejected them.

Even if there are people there to help you, the lack of humility will continue to prevent you from breaking the fall and climbing back to your rightful place.

Ultimately, poverty becomes permanent when there is a poverty of the right action.

When you do not take the right action and enough of the right action, you will never improve your lot in life.

Somehow, you will find yourself going round and round in circles and even regressing in life.

You may never escape the clutches of poverty.

Break the vicious cycle and put yourself on the path to sustainable wealth.

When you examine the overall scheme of life, you may realize that your perception of poverty is narrow and incomplete.

Perhaps, there’s a need to re-evaluate your belief of wealth so that you can live a purposeful, exciting and fulfilling life.

In doing so, you may learn to live a full life and live life at its best.

Go4It!

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

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