Living Moments (Part 25)

by Patrick Liew on May 2, 2012

It was fortunate that I remembered our company’s monthly birthday celebration today. I almost wanted to run to a new appointment and if I had done that, I would have felt really bad.

Celebrating birthdays was instituted by me many years ago and it has become an important part of our corporate culture. Having crafted the last statement, I need to qualify it by saying that it is important provided we do it with the right attitude, in the right way, and to achieve the right outcome.

Case in point, we once had a new manager who took over this monthly ritual. She would typically ‘fall in’ those who were celebrating their birthday during that month, offered them a perfunctory greeting, and presented a gift to them.

When I first saw it, I almost burst out laughing. It reminded me of my army days, especially when I was a recruit. We were forced to ‘entertain’ guests with the precision and uniformity of our drills and our discipline at the parade square.

In My HSR, we believe in remembering our staff’s birthdays and celebrating with them. It shows that we value and care for them. 

They are more than just colleagues, they are important members of our family. We want them to find meaning, happiness and fulfillment in their career.

While I endeavor to celebrate my staff’s birthdays, I am less inclined to celebrate my own. I have always felt that I don’t need a special day to celebrate and be happy. I should do it everyday.

I don’t need a birthday to gather my friends together. We can and should party as often as we should and as often as it is possible.

There is no need for a birthday to reflect on my life and plan for the rest of my life journey. I should do it on a daily basis and find ways to improve myself and my achievements.

As I reflect on the birthday party today, I am happy there were many smiling faces. We had good fun and a good time. 

I’m looking forward to the next birthday celebration.

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

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


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