Recently. Lorraine and I were walking along some of the toy shops and caught sight of a couple with their little girl trying persistently to catch a duck soft toy from a claw machine. They did multiple tries but still did not manage to get it in the end. By this time, there was already a small crowd of people watching with excitement. As they still did not manage to get the duck soft toy, the family and little girl walked to another area of the toy shop, slightly disappointed.
We thought it would be nice to give it a try and if we managed to get it, it could be a little gift to cheer up the little girl’s day! If we were in the shoes of that family, we would have loved for a pleasant surprise as such. After exchanging some tokens, we went forth to give it a try. Much to our surprise, we managed to catch it out from the claw machine! Both of us were excited with joy but we remembered what we had in our hearts.
We took the duck soft toy in our hands and went forward to the little girl and her family, and gestured for her to have it. Her smile was instantaneous and her Dad & Mum had her thank us! That lit up the rest of our day! We were just as happy as she was!
The willingness to give up things that we own can help to shape our community of love. If all of us commit little acts of love in our lives, it can bring forth winds of change in our community!
** All of us can do with a little happy duck soft toy to cheer us up!
We were looking to print a photo and passed by a printing shop. The staff were all caught up with attending to a client who has arrived earlier with more extensive needs. Upon sending in our photo, the gentleman who was explaining the needs of his order stopped and asked the staff to help with settling our straightforward order first as his will take more time. We thanked him for his kind gesture in inconveniencing himself for the convenience of others. It was a feeling of warmth that resonated through that shop and the mood was uplifted.
Each of us can live our lives as a model for others. Individually, we might just be a drop of kindness, but together, we are a big ocean of love such that no matter where we go, we can bring forth the magic of kindness.
We never realise when we may actually need help!
I was at the gym yesterday and along the way, it struck me that my wedding ring that was supposed to be in the pocket of the gym attire was GONE! Struck with sadness, I persisted and retraced my steps of all the equipment that I have went to. I just could not find it.
Resigned, I went to the counter and met with one of the staff, his name is John. I explained to him my circumstance and he reassured me he will do his best help me find. With renewed faith, we went on a hunt again. I showed him the areas that I have traversed and he laid himself flat on the ground to scrutinise every nook and cranny.
Thank God eventually we found it. It was lying under one of the yoga mats at the static exercises area.
I thanked John and we part ways. Great person.
#Fitness first ORQ. This is one of the best staff you have there, who goes above and beyond his duties.
Everyone plays a part in impacting the community! No small bit is ever too small!
Chanced upon this as my wife and I did some groceries shopping at Sheng Siong. Selected Set B! Take a walk today to Sheng Siong and join in the Project RICE!
Sharing a table to have a meal with others is something that we should all be proud of.
Passing by one of the famous hawker centres, I chanced upon a big electronic voting board that aims to garner votes to nominate Singapore's hawker culture as a UNESCO heritage site. Coincidentally , a fellow Singaporean offered the table where he was dining at for me to join him to consume my meal as I looked around.
This special hawker culture is one that all of us play a role in preserving and upholding.
Every opportunity is just for once, let us seize the moment and uphold our hawker culture together.
On a separate note, daily reflections has got me thinking about the time that we can spend with our loved ones, be it young children or older parents. Let us treasure every single moment. And just like how we can be kind and loving to our family, let us extend the love to others around us. A joyous Hari Raya to our fellow Singaporeans!
Doing our best makes us the best person for that moment.
It was an ordinary day to work where I boarded the MRT. Halfway through the journey, things turned extraordinary. It all started with the doors opening at Tiong Bahru station. A stream of elderly in their 60s to 80s entered the carriage that I was in. Immediately, all the ladies and gentlemen got up from their seats and gestured for the elderly commuters to sit down. What was amazing and that it all happened in unison, without any prompting.
What they all did made them the best person for that moment!
Who we are destined to be, is who we decide to be.
I was just by the market one day and can't stop myself from noticing a strong and melodious voice resounding across the market. One would have expected to find a seasoned busker who has set up his area just by the fringe of the market.
As I followed the voice, what greeted me touched my heart deeply. There he was, a guy in his mid 40s, holding on to a mic singing with passion and determination as he walked through the crowd in the midst of the market hawker. This was not just any busker, he was hobbling along with a speaker on a trolley with a small collection box for donations which he pushed with his left hand, his right hand holding a mic, and below his left arm he was holding on to a set of crutches. The crutches because his left leg was disabled. Yet step by step, he persevered as he traversed the market, garnering donations.
I reached over to drop a donation into his collection box. He smiled, and I smiled and gave him a nod of affirmation.
It was an unfortunate turn of events in life that handed him the disability, but he decided to stand tall and still strive for the best. Truly an inspiration to all of us.
Early on Sunday morning when I was just having breakfast with my mom at home I had a surprise visit!
An elderly couple lived next to me and the lady came knocking on my door. She relayed to me that she has tried to visit a clinic but all the clinics she has tried in the region were closed. On close examination, she had a superficial infection of her right foot. Immediately, I rummaged through the little "pharmacy" at home and managed to find some antibiotics for her.
Before she left, I advised her for a follow up visit to monitor how the condition is. She agreed.
This was three days after and I met her around the neighbourhood and was happy to see that the redness across the foot has disappeared.
All of us start somewhere. As long as we start by doing what is necessary, soon we will do what is possible, and finally, collaboratively we can accomplish what may seem impossible.
Let us contribute what we can to our neighbourhood and make it a better place!
Performing for children stricken with cancer has always brought warmth and tears to my life. Warmth because of the joy that they experience through the performance. Tears because of the knowledge of how much they have to go through and yet they still endure, they still stand strong in front of me. Smiling, standing, walking, onwards.
It was amazing to be inspired strongly by this quote that I found in their play room where the performance was held.
Likewise, let us now dwell on how we cannot change the world, but let us join hands and do the parts that we know we can , that we can change the community.
Every new day brings new experiences, new inspirations and new warmth to my heart as I see how others interact with each other to forge this community that we live in.
Whilst getting off the bus today, one of the passengers was on a mobility chair and the bus driver kindly got off his driver's eat and came to the disembarking area where he assisted the lady in her mobility chair off the bus. His happy mood brightened the day for the lady and also that of others who saw his kind touch.
Life isn't about finding a community where we belong. It is about creating a community where we belong!