Sad To See The Fighting For Power And Glory…

by Patrick Liew on April 20, 2016

One 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 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 and self-centered gains.

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.

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 ex-bosses, someone you might even associate with Santa Claus, backstabbing his subordinate just to protect his job and 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 strifes and conflicts.

We have painfully observed how people fight for power and position, fame and glory, and all for what? Search me.

It’s sad that in the process of making a living, many are not mindful about living life.

Some may not even know how to live and live well anymore.
The modern world has compelled them to run on a meaningless treadmill that occupies their mind but they are not going anywhere with their soul.
There is not much room for developing a meaningful and purposeful life and serving a worthwhile cause.
Along the way, they are subjected to the pervasive influence of a materialistic world.
The alluring and ever-improving commercials and advertisements made them believe in pursuing the so-called “finer things in life.”
They became a latter-day emperor without clothes, believing that they have arrived and are living the make-believe life.
At some points, they lose themselves and lived a life that were not their own.
They lived a lie and never quite realised it.

I told my friends, “I would love to bring these people around and see the poorest of the poor, and those who suffer intensely through life”.

Perhaps, they might realize that all their blind ambitions would ultimately lead to nothing. All the energy used could have been channeled for a worthwhile 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 hope that on your journey in life, your motives, means and missions will always be clear and your actions will be conducted in good faith and intention.

May you constantly seek to put others before yourself and seek a first-you-win-then-I- can-win outcome.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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