Starting Life Again And Again…

by Patrick Liew on September 22, 2011

WHAT I FEEL LIKE SAYING (WIFLS)* is every now and then I need to creatively ‘destroy’ myself and renew my life again.

Many years ago, I felt a need to go on a 7-day fast – to stop eating solid food and to sustain myself with liquid food. (Note: Please do not do it unless you have consulted with your doctor).


I felt a calling to pray. I needed to recraft my dreams and vision, and redesign the way I lived my life.

I did not want food to distract me from rethinking about my future.

As my body became acclimatized to the fast, my mind became clearer and that helped me as I struggled with many issues in my life.

At the end of seven days, I did not seem to see the light. I felt our Creator telling me to continue my fast.


I had to restructure the way I managed my life.

I had to align the systems and processes of everything I did at every given moment of my daily life and in particular, habits that I was very comfortable with.

By the end of the third week, I did not feel a dependency on food. My body was doing housekeeping, cleaning up my body systems, and surviving on excess fats.

Meanwhile, I had to run the company and meet clients to ensure survival and success of the business. I also had to take a series of examinations to qualify for a professional designation.


I felt I needed to continue to redesign myself.

I realized if I cannot change myself, I cannot change the things around me. I had to lead myself before I can lead others.

So, I continued my struggles to remove blockages in my life, baggages that prevented me from being the best that I could be.

I started to redesign my lifestyle so that I could move in the right direction towards my goals.


I needed to recreate my environment; including making painful changes to the people I mixed around with.  I had to find ways to reenergize my commitments and rejuvenate what I think, do and say.

At the end of forty days of fasting, I came out of it feeling like a new person. I felt I could rise to a higher level – spiritually, mentally, emotionally, socially and physically.

I also realized what it meant to feel hungry. What I used to think was hunger pangs was only my ‘spoilt’ body crying for me to continue my eating habits and to stay within my comfort zone.


Instead of controlling my body, I had allowed my body to control me. I decided to reengineer my lifestyle so that I can be fit, strong and healthy.

I am thankful to our Creator for helping me to go through this life-changing process. It was very tough when I was going through it but when it was over, I felt a great sense of joy and fulfillment.


This is only one instance of how I had to renew my life. I had to do it again at many other periods of my life – and sometimes, I was forced to do it.

For example, I had to redesign my life when I was kidnapped, became almost bankrupt, almost died, lost my business…

I learned it is better to choose to renew my life on my own accord than being forced to do it.


*‘WIFLS’ is one of the rituals in My HSR to help us understand each other, communicate, and build a stronger relationship.


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.

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Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can I ‘re-start’ my life again?


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