Perspective

Monday, 12 November 2007

Weddings. The next 2-3 years will see a flurry of the celebration amongst our closer friends. It's that time of our lives. The next phase will be getting together at our children's birthday parties. Graduations. Then our children's weddings. Then funerals.

In any case, gatherings serve as the rare opportunity to catch up with old friends and acquaintances whose paths have diverged from ours. Or even people we didn't know very well at all, but suddenly find to be moving in the same circles as we do today. And you get to make new friends too.

Last night we attended a boisterous chinese wedding held in a very typically chinese restaurant in PJ. The bride was Han's primary school mate--they had kept in touch ever since, albeit only sporadically. As all brides should be, she was dolled up and made to look and feel special for the day. But underneath it was this grit and earthiness to her character that didn't allow her to have that I'm-living-a-fairytale-and-I-love-it demeanor. And she was all the more beautiful for it.

Just before the dinner I learned that the girl had taken over the family business as the supplier and installer of specialised rubber flooring, used in cosmetic companies for example, to avoid breakages should bottles fall off their assembly lines. She does all the running around, scouting for new clients. Because she has to. The family business depends on her now--her father had passed away several years ago and she had to take the helm. Her husband is in the sales line for gift products. Together they also decided to open a photocopier shop to supplement their income.

In this day and age where I mingle with people who often talk about choosing to do what you are passionate about, I was slammed with the reality that some people really may not have that luxury. In this girl's case it was all a matter of doing something to make ends meet. There were no safety nets, no comfort zones.

It's been too long since I've felt truly motivated. To feel alive, like there's something out there for me to take on as a personal mission and accomplish. I'm not getting that from my work anymore. Last night served as a refreshing reminder of all the blessings our little family has so far, and how crucial it is to grasp whatever we are given and make the most of it. That's what God would want us to do with his gifts, after all.

Guess it's time for a bit of Change. 😉

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