Hi! And how are you all? It’s already May and I can’t believe it. Four months have just come and gone in 2015. How time flies!! From a training perspective, April was a fairly busy month with a trip to Brunei thrown in, and as usual met some wonderful people over there. On the Arsenal front, I am really happy that they have got into the FA cup final. And it seems like they will again book their place in the European Cup by finishing top four in the English Premier League. I really do hope that this will be the spring board for Arsene Wenger to get at least four world class players so that Arsenal will again be challenging for trophies on all fronts next season.
Sukhveer and 'friends' in The Star, dated 25 April 2015
I read an article the other day in the STAR, dated 25 April 2015 and was inspired to write this newsletter. This was about a certain Sukhveer Kaur from Penang. She and her husband who are both cancer survivors celebrated her 50th birthday in a unique way. She threw a birthday party on Penang road for the homeless, trishaw pullers and passers-by. She said “I didn’t want my birthday to be spent on an expensive meal. I’d rather have it with the marginalised group. I know many of them have not celebrated their birthdays for years. I asked them along for the cake-cutting because this is not only my birthday party but theirs as well.”
As I read this, I could not help but become a little emotional. This is a woman who showed enormous empathy and truly knows the meaning of compassion. She did what many of us would certainly not have done. Perhaps it is the fact that she is a cancer survivor that she understands the needs of the homeless better. Whatever, I really appreciated Sukhveer’s good deed and told myself that perhaps I could also do more for the under-privileged. My immediate response was to tell myself that I will have to contribute to charity more.
A few brief things we could all learn from this story:
a. All of us should do more for those who are not as lucky as us. So make that commitment today to contribute more to charity, irrespective of whatever cause it is for.
b. Buy a meal for a homeless person anytime you can or have the opportunity. A nasi champur will not cost us more than RM 5/, but its value to a hungry person is incalculable.
c. Have an attitude of gratitude. The fact that you are reading this demonstrates that you are doing reasonably well in life. Be thankful for it and spread cheer wherever possible. Contribute more to people who are not as well off as you.
d. Make a commitment to make at least one person happy a day. Smile more, say thank you more, give your nice taxi driver a tip, praise that waiter who has served you well, water your neighbors plants for them etc etc. I assure you deeds like this would certainly make the world a better place to live in.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I do hope that in a small way, I have made your day a little better! Have a great month in May.