Making A Positive Difference

by Patrick Liew on August 26, 2011

1991. That is the year I will never forget for the rest of my life. That year,

I was kidnapped!

I was taken hostage in a certain country and housed in a remote bungalow.

The guards watching me had guns and rifles. They were part of a ‘consortium’ formed by people from the police, the army, and the business community.

Their business model was so good I almost begged them to sell me a share in their company. J

I have lots of friends on my Facebook that I could refer to them. J

Jokes aside, death was literally one breath away.

You will never be able to imagine the fear that pounded relentlessly at my heart.

The philosophers and writers were right. At the brink of death, I saw scenes of my life flashing through my mind like a movie.

Many questions crossed my mind.

Have I made full use of my life?

What have I done for the people around me that really count?

How can I answer to our Creator?

I realized when I was facing death, I did not regret not having more personal glory and material comforts.

I did not pine for more possessions, position, power, pleasure, and prestige.

My deepest regret had to do with our Creator, people, and environment.

I wished I had given more love to our Creator, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the people around me.

I regretted not doing more to improve the quality of their lives and making our home a better home.

When I was finally released – after having lost some money – I did not cry over the money because the experience was worth every cent.

The lessons I learnt were priceless.

I came out of it as a new person with a new heart.

I aimed to love people, touch lives, and be a blessing to others.

I learnt that the best way to live my life is to live it for others. The more I reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better my life will become.


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 can we live today as if it is the last day of our lives?


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