He Befriends Gangsters…

by Patrick Liew on April 28, 2017

A friend – let’s call him Luke (not the real name) – that I have not met for more than 30 years dropped by my office and had dinner with me.

Except for some wrinkles, Luke’s face has hardly changed over the years.

I once joked on the fb group that put us together again that Luke has still got the Chow Yun Fatt’s charisma, minus the height.

We spent one part of the evening talking about how Luke got involved with gangsters.

No, he was not one of them but he seemed to interact often and well with them.

According to Luke, his first major encounter with them was when they tried to collect “protection money” from him.

It happened when he was about to start his business.

Instead of running away or cowing to them, he took great effort to engage them.

He eventually found a way to resolve the harassment and future problems.

Since then, Luke tried to understand them with a view of trying to help them.

He recalled how he once sat through a long meeting listening to a gangster sharing his life story.

My entrepreneurial friend offered them jobs and even started a business for them.

He invited them to church and in his words, he was prepared to go with them to any church that they are comfortable with.

Over a period of time, Luke won their confidence and even managed to transform some of them.

I have utmost respect for Luke and admiration for what he was trying to do.

Instead of passing judgements on the gangsters, he defended them on our Fb group and in many different ways.

The lessons I learned from Mark was that I should never run away from trouble or be compromised by it.

There are always solutions within reach from both around and within me.

When I found out how Luke took a contrarian approach of looking out for the good in every gangster, I re-learned another useful principle.

Expect the best from people so as to bring out the best from them.

If complaining, criticizing and condemning people can change lives, the world would have been a better place. There will be lesser of the bad and ugly living amongst us.

Our words are rivers of life, rejuvenating, inspiring and energizing the people that we meet every day.

If each and every one of us reach out and try to resolve the problems in our community; instead of just passing negative judgements about it, the world will become a better home.

When we run away from problems, we have also unwittingly allowed them to grow and settle among us.

Eventually problems will bring more problems to our lives.

Thank you Luke for an enlightening time.


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