Start Living

by Patrick Liew on August 12, 2011

‘Gather ye – rose buds while ye may;

Old Time is still a – flying;

And this same flower that smiles today,

Tomorrow will be dying.’

-Robert Herrick


On the 21st of September 2001, I was attending a training programme in Hawaii, USA. That morning, I woke up to hear the news that two aeroplanes directed by Al Qaeda Terrorist Group have crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

A new era of terrorism started.

The world was never the same again.

What brought sadness deep into my heart was that I heard the news directly from New Yorkers. They were my friends and attended the same programme with me. 

I could never forget one of the sharings.

A lady shared with us, “My boyfriend proposed to me the night before. I told him that I will call him back with the reply.

“It’s too late now.”

As a result of the experience, I keep reminding myself:

What I need to do, I will go for it (Go4It!) now.

I will inject life into living. I do not want to exist or go through the motion of a ‘typical’ day.

Even if there are challenges, I want to go and grow through them.

I want to enjoy every given moment.

Every moment is the best moment. If I am not enjoying it, it is a wasted moment.

I am mindful that my life can end at any point in time. Because of this fact, I will manage my life, and not just my time.

As long as my life is not over, I can still craft the ‘fairy-tale’ ending.

When the time comes for me to die, the time for death will then be for death alone. I hope I will have done everything that needs to be done, and I look forward to meeting our Creator.


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 should we then live our lives?



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