Close to you

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Close to Thee..

My CD spins the songs by the Carpenters. I especially like this one, Close to you. I am looking at the photo of Ballang Lasung, the Sarawak's SEA Games javelin hero and his wife in the church. It is reported by The Borneo Post that Ballang ever after being sick has been going to Church without fail. (Read my other posting titled "My Story" on Ballang Lasung)

The photo shows the closeness of Ballang to his wife, Susana and to the Lord.

Closeness is an encounter of spirit and a soul signature. It's also an emotional experience. A real experience in closeness makes two persons comprehend the meaning of love. It builds relationship. It confirms our identity. It leads to satisfaction and happiness.

The building of close relationship needs learning. It has to be nurtured. However, we are desperately lacking in close relationship. We put our whole being, time and thought after fame and wealth.

Have we paused and thought of a spiritual oneness with someone?

How many times have we paid attention to the needs of our loved ones?

How long has it been since we last talked to our spouse, parents or children?

How long has it been since we last embraced our friends and said words of praise and encouragement?

Who is the closest person in our life? Husband? Wife? Lover? Friend?

How long has it been since we last dined together with our loved ones?

How long has it been since we last have a heart-to-heart talk with your friend?

How long has it been since we last said to our partner "I love you"?

How long has it been since you last prayed to the Lord?

Do you long to be near to your loved ones?

We all have a desire to be close to somebody.

Are we so busy that we can't even take time to talk?

Start to work on a close relationship. You will be truly satisfied, beyond your expectation.

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You are a Gem


You are a Gem …

These are the fourteen girls (one not in the picture) who have just promoted to Young Leaders in the Awards Day of Girls' Brigade, 1st Sibu Company yesterday.(Read here for more information about Girls Brigade in Malaysia).

They are Ivy, Jia Jing, Chuen Lu, Bik Ee, Grace, Ngiuk Hung, Yu Xuan, Winnie, Sherlyn Chuo, Zhong Weng, Connie, Joanne, Evelyn and Tiffany.

You are all gems…

Thank you for the shared moments – the fellowship – in the Girls Brigade for the past one year and more shared moments to look forward in the coming moments.

Thank you for walking alongside with me, the long journey of life has been much easier.

Thank you for the big smiles that have strengthened and energized me on many Saturday afternoons.

Thank you for the look of contentment on the projects completed that have encouraged me many a time when life becomes difficult juggling between work, family and Girls' Brigade.

Thank you even for liking the food that we prepared together. Do you know that eating together has always been an important part of fellowship and friendship? The word "companion" comes from a Latin word meaning "one to eat bread with." That I have just learnt, and I want to share with you all, gems!

My Story

I have not read Lim Goh Tong’s My Story though it was ranked top in MPH’s top ten books for 2004. But, I read My Story of Ballang Lasung published in The Borneo Post today. It’s written in plain language. As the editor’s note – His is a story of determination and self-discipline that should inspire young athletes of today.

But if you read Ballang’s plight in The Borneo Post on Thursday (24th February), you will be more inspired by story written in his own words today even if you are not an athlete. Ballang, a once national javelin thrower is sick. The Borneo Post reported, I quote –

He started to suffer dizziness and loss of bladder control, one of the symptoms of Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)** sometime in 2001 before he was told by doctors that he was suffering from the disease in June 2003. Six months later, he could not walk or stand on his own anymore. Ballang, a lecturer at Batu Lintang Teachers’ Training College, has been on medical leave since January 2004.

A Lun Bawang from Long Semadoh, he won the National Schools javelin title in 1969 and eventually became a national athlete in 1973, competing in the Singapore Sports Carnival and the SEA Games.

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Ballang has not written his own story of his illness. He has instead written one to inspire young athletes …

But The Borneo Post’s effort has not been wasted. Veteran journalists, athletes of yesterday and past sports administrators have suggested that the authorities to look into ways to help Ballang and his family. They all felt that the ailing Ballang should be given the morale support and encouragement through visits, prayers, recognitions or deserving rewards for his contributions to the country.

And the Chief Minister of Sarawak has said – “We will see what we can do.”

To the journalists in The Borneo Post – It’s a beautiful story. Get This quote by Pindar –

If one but tell a thing well, it moves on with undying voice, and over the fruitful earth and across the sea goes the bright gleam of noble deeds ever unquenchable.

**MSA is a degenerative disorder characterised by progressive damage to the automatic nervous system.

The Good Book

I get this interesting statistics from MPH Midvalley last night. Here are some of the top ten books sold by MPH for year 2004:

1. My Story – by Lim Goh Tong (top)
2. Nyonya Flavours –
3. Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren
4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
5. Investing your savings
6. Complete pilates on mat – Jennifer Pohlman
7. Lilian Too 365 Feng Shui Tips

Nothing in the world gives me greater pleasure than to indulge in a good book. From classic to cookbooks, they are food for my soul.

If books are food for our soul. What are Malaysians' soul fed on based on the above statistics?

The heart’s response

In the classic movie Shenandoah (read review here), there is a funny but thought-provoking scene. Jimmy Steward plays the role of a father of a farm during the time of American Civil War. When the family pray before their evening meal, he said this, “Lord, we give you thanks for this food. Never mind that we grew it, we harvested it, and we cooked it. We give you thanks for it anyway.”

You may have a hearty smile now because you have probably felt the same way. You work hard. Yet you have to give thanks to God for what you have.

Is it the same ingratitude that is in the heart of the 190,000 borrowers of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN)? According to the Star, they owe the corporation RM420 million.

Gratitude displaces whines and complaints. Thankfulness is a virtue that overrides and eliminates dark moods. Thankfulness overcomes worry, anger, and self-pity. Gratitude purifies a critical, judgmental spirit.

To be thankful is a choice.

Imagine the society with a sudden increase of 190,000 grateful people?

It’s Love

It's Love… photo credit: The Borneo Post Posted by Hello

There's something heart-warming about the photograph (above) carried by The Borneo Post today on its front page. The paper said Atikah (right), eight-year-old, was like an angel sent down to help someone in distress. Atikah saved the life of her two cousins, Imun, aged 5 and Wandi, aged 2 from the fire that burnt down their house.

This picture makes the day!

There are many everyday scenes that never fail to send spine-tingling sensations up my back over and over again. Has your heart been warmed by the following scenes?

A mother and her grown daughter holding hands?
A sweet innocence when children play together?
A man and a woman lovingly gaze into each others' eyes?
A young man leading a blind man across the street?

Why does it warm my heart? It's Love.

Love between friends. Love between strangers. Love between parent and child. Love between lovers…

It's love that causes Atikah to run into the buring house, without even considering about her own safety, and brought her two cousins safely out of the fire ..

Isn't it love?

Be wise

A prominent lawyer in Kuching was shot on Friday night. He did not make it.

As usual, there are many speculations, crude or cruel remarks. In the media, in the coffee shops, in the internet – we seem to applaud the remarks and label it witty.

It is not hilarious when you are at the receiving end of insensitive words. Whether from friends, strangers or media, we have, in one time or another, been painfully hurt by careless and thoughtless remarks.

King Solomon, a man of great wisdom said in the Book of Proverbs, "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise." (Pro 10:19)

Be wise.