Yan's Corner - In Touch

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Refusing to Live Small

I was at a very informal, warm company yesterday morning in Kuching with many health care personnel. Informal it may be, but the purpose of the gathering is noble.

The host started with very warm greetings -

Good morning, grand-uncles, grand-aunties, uncles, aunties ....

How long has it been since you last heard such a warm greeting? Who could have been so inspiring as to start off the gathering with such sweet and warm greetings? It's Dr Flora Ong. When the Director of Health Sarawak, Dr Yao Sik King spoke, she started off with same warm greetings!

It was the gathering for health care personnel, both retired and existing, for the noble cause of documenting the history of the services of health care in Sarawak. The project is called "Heritage in Health."

It is a beautiful beginning of a beautiful story. As Dr Yao put it, "Sarawak is the biggest state in the country. Through the years, the medical staff had to overcome huge challenges to provide health services to the people."

It is also a noble plan to plan such a noble project. The project is not only to documents the history of the health services development in Sarawak, but also to give due recognition to those who helped to build the services to it is today.

As I recalled the event yesterday, I could not help but to mention the story of Jabez as told in the Bible, 1 Chronicles 4. Jabez's story is told in only one paragraph. The paragraph that tells it begins with this sentence -

Jabez was more honourable than his brothers.

It was what the Bible that calls honour that drove Jabez to rise above and live the large and bountiful life God had ordained.

The "Heritage in Health" will record many, many medical personnel who had contributed, who is still contributing to the health services. It may be in one paragraph, or even in one sentence, but -

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 deed ever unquenchable.
- Pindar

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Always, always insightful. From a young girl to the mature woman today, you have always been an inspiration to me.


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