Living Moments (Part 18)

by Patrick Liew on April 20, 2012

This evening, I had a heart-wrenching meal with an old friend who was also my customer. It was heart-wrenching because we were trading stories about the ugliness that we have seen in the marketplace.

Between the both of us, we have had more than 100 years of corporate life. We have covered a wide range of industries and organisations, including charity bodies and civic societies.

The discussion actually brought tears to my more soft-hearted friend on a few occasions. Much later, I had to double-checked my heart to see if it had not become hard, cold, or skeptical after going through these heart-breaking experiences.

We started talking about how we have seen families fight for inheritance. How they put up all kinds of drama to serve their selfish interests. 

Then, we reminisce about the political in-fighting within the professional body that we were once involved in. There were enough schemes and scams to make for an interesting movie.

When we talked about how animal-like executives would step over each other and even kick their way to the top, we had an almost non-stop pouring of woes. I for one had seen one of my bosses, someone you might even associate with Santa Claus backstabbing his subordinate to protect his job, only to lose it at the end of the day.

Strangely, even while serving in the charity circle, we have seen more than our fair share of strivings and conflicts. We have painfully observed how people fight for power and position, fame and glory, and all for what? Search me.

I told my friends, “I would love to bring them around and see the poorest of the poor, and those who suffer intensely through life”. Perhaps, they might realized all their blind ambitions would ultimately lead to nothing. All the energy used could be channeled for a worthy cause.

In the end, as a prophet would wisely said, if you chase after the wind, you will reap a whirlwind. (Hosea 8:7)

I cannot speak for others. I hope that on my journey in life, my motives, means and missions will always be clear and my actions will be conducted in good faith and intention. May I constantly put others before myself and seek a you-win-first-before-I-can-win outcome.

Please join me.


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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