A New Beginning
If you are reading this article, the worst case scenario did not happen.
As the year draws to an end, the clock strikes midnight, the hallowed date arrives and, once again, the apocalypse fails to turn up on schedule. For such a cataclysmic event, the projected end of the world has come around with surprising regularity throughout history. Each time a group of believers has been left bewildered at the absence of all-consuming death and devastation. If they’ve taking the warnings seriously enough, they will have sold their homes, abandoned earthly civilization’s material trappings and braced themselves for the arrival of a new era. The latest date to herald widespread alarm is 21 December, which marks the conclusion of the 5,125-year “Long Count” Mayan calendar. Around the world, precautions are being taken. Panic-buying of candles has been reported in China’s Sichuan province. In Russia, where sales of tinned goods and matches have surged. Singaporeans were mostly merrily walking the malls and enjoying the festive celebrations 😉
Since the dawn of civilization, humans have often been gripped by certainty that the world was about to end. Well, the world as we know it, did not end.
The Mayans also believe that with the end of the “Long Count”, a new cycle begins. Perhaps afresh, invigorated, rid of past baggage and wrongs, with new directions and energy and focus. Maybe the Mayans were right to have this belief. To give hope and optimism; that the world can be a better place, that a new beginning is possible if we truly believe in it 😉
We should not let unfounded prophecies determine our faith in life. To make us think that the world would just one day stop. We should be our own shepherd. With every sun rise, it should be a new and wonderful day, filled with possibilities, potential and promises. We should receive each day with abound energy and openness, ready for victory and defeats. Take things in stride, learn and grow and be positive, be the best you can be. Jok Kwang, HP Alumni President, life’s motto, life is too short to be mediocre. I think it’s a darn good philosophy to live by.
On behalf of the HP Alumni EXCO committee, I would like to wish each and every one of you and your families, a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year. May the New Year be filled with exciting moments, lots of joy and laughter and good health.
May 2013 be the best year ever !!
Sent on behalf of Eugene Lee by HPA Secretariat Support
HP Alumni website: www.shpa.org.sg