Today, Dr. William Tan, Scientist, Medical Doctor, Paralympian, UltraMarathoner, First in the World to undertake Antarctica in a wheelchair, came to VJC to speak about his life, his adventures and his experiences. It was a very inspirational talk, about finding our potential within. One of the things that caught me was the common saying: Life is unfair, but isn’t it more unfair to him? He said it’s more of finding the BEST way to make use of things that we already have.
If Dr. William Tan can do it, why can’t you?
Many times people complain about this and that, but yet, we should be more appreciative of the things around us. Yes, I agree that the world is not ideal, I agree that things can be indeed improved by voicing out our opinions, but we cannot grumble endlessly.
I think we should be thankful for the daily bread we receive. Singaporeans probably have enough of most things, and most significantly, probably too much to eat. Every single day, 30,000 children are dying as a result of extreme poverty. 1 Every day, more than 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes–one child every five seconds. 2 Today, across the world, 1.3 billion people live on less than one dollar a day; 3 billion live on under two dollars a day; 1.3 billion have no access to clean water; 3 billion have no access to sanitation; 2 billion have no access to electricity. 3
I’ve heard of these before, and I’m sure you have in some way. What can we do? Before you get turned off, at least appreciate the things you already have.