Living A Funtastic Life (Part 53)

by Patrick Liew on August 26, 2011

I was born in a poor family. It was one of the best things to happen in my life.

When I was growing up, there were nine of us, including my parents, living in a small flat.

To make ends meet, my parents would rent out whatever space we could spare. At one point in time, we even had somebody renting our living room.

We would have rented out our toilet if we did not have to use it every now and then. J

My grandmother and siblings were squeezed into a small room together with me. The room was so small even the mice were hunchbacks. J

My elder brother had a canvass bed and a study table to himself. Grandma’s bed occupied one end of the room.

The rest of us would sleep on the floor. On many evenings, I slept underneath my grandmother’s bed.

Hence, if you look at my face, it’s a little flat. J

As a child, I don’t remember having any toys. Still, I had a lot of fun with everything around me.

Most of my clothings were hand-me-downs. When my brother gave me his school uniform, I had to wear another pair of shorts underneath as he was – let’s just say, bigger in size than me.

I have to be mindful when I cough that I would not do it too strongly.

My shorts may drop. J

I am proud of the fact that I grew up in poverty. Poverty is one of the best drivers for progress.

Poverty helps me to become more grateful for every blessing in life. I learned to value what truly matters in life.

Funny enough, when I was young, we never thought we were poor. We were having too much fun to realize we were poor.

I learned that it is what we enjoy and not what we have that makes us feel rich or poor.

People with no love, hope, friendships, gratefulness, and fun are the ones who are poor indeed. I am thankful my parents ensured that we do not have to suffer such kind of poverty.

I was blessed that I could enjoy my life.

The worst poverty to me is to suffer the poverty of not having dreams.

When I have nothing to look forward to, I will be perpetually poor.

Whatever your background is, I hope you can develop a reframed and positive perception about it. The new perspective can help you become a better person and develop a better future.

I thank our Creator for the hard life because it trained me to be more resilient and persistent in life. When I look back upon poverty and other problems in my life, it was there for a purpose and it improved my life.

Of course, I can complain about problems. I can use them to lay blame, justify or give excuses for all my failures and shortcomings. I can also become negative about life.

On the other hand, I can choose to see problems not as problems but as opportunities for success.

I cannot change the challenges. However, I can change my responses to them by finding meaning and benefits in these experiences.

I may not be able to change the situation, but I can certainly rise above them and look for the good in them. I can take massive actions to live a better life.

Poverty has provided me a strong foundation to do well and to do good in life.

Poverty is FUNtastic!


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

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!

Question: How can we leverage on our past to achieve success?


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