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Use your “gifts”

December 23, 2012 1 comment

It is the season where we receive Christmas presents and make New Year’s resolutions – a time where we hope to receive gifts that we secretly desire and make determinations to achieve new goals. Most of us hope to do things like pick up a new hobby, lose weight or sign up to the gym, obtain a new skill and learn or do something completely new. I’d like to share a story that had a profound impact on me.

When I was 10 years old, a friend of mine (I say a ‘friend of mine’ because my mum might read this one day) was looking forward to Christmas. As with all kids, he was filled with anticipation on Christmas morning. When he woke up, he ran downstairs towards the Christmas tree and started unwrapping all the Christmas gifts he received. He went to work on his first present and ripped the wrapping paper apart – “Hey, I received this present last year!!!” he thought to himself. He proceeded to unbox his second present, “Hey, I received this present last year too!!!” he said out loud. He went to the third one, “Hey, they gave me this last year too!” He opened the fourth one, “Hey, it’s the same gift I got last year!” He opened the fifth one, “Hey, these are all the gifts I got from last year!” He ran upstairs crying “Mommy, mommy, why did you give me the same gifts I got from last year? You simply took last year’s gifts, wrapped it up, and gave it to me all over again! Why? Why would you do that?” His mother replied “it’s because you haven’t used them yet! Use your gifts this year and you shall receive more next year.”

Now, I thought that was cruel. But it was the best lesson that I, (I meant he…) ever learnt. We should learn to appreciate what we have (or had). Life will not give you more if you do not make use of what you already have. Use your ‘gifts’ this year and you will receive more next year.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Best wishes,

David Wong

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The Best of 2000s

December 17, 2009 Leave a comment

With only a few days left to the New Year, we are entering the second decade of the third millennium. Time surely flies. I clearly remember Y2k (and that was 10 years ago). I grew up in the 80s and 90s. Well, the 90s will be the new 80s. The 80s will be like the 70s, and the 70s will be like the 60s! Britney Spears, Backstreet boys and N’sync will be like old school. The phenomenal growth of the public uptake of the Internet will be like TWO decades ago (in the 90s). The 2000s will be a decade known for  WikipediaGoogleYahoo, AmazoneBayFacebookTwitterCraigslist, and YouTube.  And email became our preferred mode of communication.

Here’s my most notable list for the decade.

2000 – We survived the Y2K bug! And the Tech bubble burst!

2001 – Sept 11 led to war in Afghanistan, Enron Scandal led to largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy

2002 – WorldCom file for largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy (overshadowing Enron)

2003 – Bush invades Iraq to take out Saddam ‘Insane’

2004 – Asian tsunami

2005 – George Bush re-elected (everyone claims they didn’t vote for him, so how did he…?)

2006 – US house prices peaked

2007 – Subprime mortgage crisis sparked global financial meltdown

2008 – Clinton vs Obama campaign, Lehman brothers file for largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy (overshadowing WorldCom)

2009 – Obama becomes first ‘black’ President and Michael Jackson died.

TIME magazine calls this the decade from hell, with more than usual natural as well as man-made disasters. Global warming became a real issue.

DWTC says: This decade will be known for excessive consumption and as the worst decade in modern history. Will be looking forward to 2010s

 

 

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