It’s true that our life’s choices and decisions help defines us. After having gone through ‘ the ups and downs along life journey, I find this to be true especially so when I reflect upon the bigger picture of life and putting together all this experiences that has shaped my values and beliefs in life.
Coming from a big family of 12 siblings, life was never easy when I recalled how my dad who had came from China had to male ends meet to give the best he could to all his children. Perhaps it was the hard life he had gone through and the good values he had imparted to us siblings that define who I am today.
A particular event that I remembered even until now was the historical May 13, 1969. At such a time when there were riots, racial disharmony and blood shed. I saw how my father reached out unhesitantly to help those who were hungry, wounded and needed financial help. Despite his own financial difficulties, I saw how he would walk the extra mile just to help those who needed food and shelter at that time by opening our home to allow many families to stay with us and my father would provide food for all the families.
He may not have much yet he never turn a blind eyes to the needy at that time. His compassion and kindness have many ways made me realized at a young age that ” in helping to bring a smile to others, our biggest reward is reaping joy ourselves “. This values has inspired and motivated me in many ways and for that I am grateful to my
I consider myself fortunate that he had left behind an inheritance of values and beliefs that have made me a wealthier person in terms of helping others and making life a little more comfortable for those God has chosen to put in my path.
I always believe that God is amazing and He works in ways beyond our human comprehension. Looking back God had opened the door for me to be a pillar of encouragement to a close-friend who had to accept the hard reality when his 17 years old son was taken away from him because of leukemia. Seeing how devastated and heart-broken he was, my heart went out to him.
I had the opportunity to walk through this struggle with him and most of all to encourage him and help him to pick up the pieces and move on in life. It was my greatest fulfillment, no greater joy can one experience when one can lend a shoulder for someone to cry on. I may not be able to bring his son back to life but seeing how he was able to go through the most difficult part of his life with ” a friend beside him ” is a great joy.