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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

We've all a story to tell

My 9-year old scored "C", "D" and "A" for his Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia and English Composition respectively in his first mid-term test for Primary 4.

For a "C", he did a descriptive scenes in school after class.

For a "D", he wrote an imaginative story.

For an "A", he wrote a true story of his own encounter.

The moral of the story is -

Go forth and tell the story.
Tell your story, and tell Malaysia's story to the world.
Tell the story with pride and dignity,
with truth and transparency; and, with
grace and himility.

You read it today. Yes, I am inspired by the words of our Prime Minister on "Branding Malaysia". It's the talk of the bloggers today. Read one of the best writings by fellow blogger "desiderata' at http://desiderata2000.blogspot.com. I am not going to add on the "Branding", the "Corporate", but I like to work on the key words from the CEO's instruction from a small woman's perpective.

First, it is the word "Pride". The mention of "pride" is usually negative, it's the opposite of humility. It is equal to arrogance. It is the high esteem of a small soul. But here, pride is necessary to function as a dignified human being. It's not wrong to do well and be proud of it. So, tell your story with pride, but remember, it's not your human accomplishments. It's under the lordship of God.

Truth forms the stability, the sure foundation, for your life. Neil Anderson said, "Adopt a simple rule of behaviour: if it's the truth, I' in; if it's not the truth. count me out."

Grace is one of many manifestations of love. Donald Barnhouse's definition of grace may be helpful, "Love that goes upward is worship; love that goes outward is affection; love that stoops is grace." That's grace: No matter what you've done, no matter what you've become, no matter how you've rebelled against God, he stoops down and says, "None of that matters. You are my child, and I love you."

Yes, go forth and tell your story - of truth with transparency, grace, pride, dignity, humility and grace.

1 comment(s):

Hi Yan, well said and thanks for your kind words re: BrandMalaysia post; I second all your isted "attributes", but would like to add "Sincerity" as a positive trait in human relations and interactions.

I dedicated a poem called CONversation to Conversationists in ALL Blogs today. G'Day to You and All Loved Ones on a Good Friday!

By Blogger desiderata, at 8:57 am  

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