A cousin “whatsapped” me recently about his visit to my mother’s home and shared his pleasant encounters with each member of my family. He shared with me their positive response to his visit that made him feel happy and privileged and at the same time thanked me for being there for him since he was a young boy. His message was a sweet, sincere expression straight from his heart and reading it brought much joy to me.

Last month, I received two shocking news.  One was the passing of a long time family friend who died of a sudden heart attack.  At only 51, he left behind his grieving wife and daughter. The other was someone we knew who betrayed her family but asked to return home when she found out she had cancer. These sad stories were a real wake-up call for me. As I ponder about God’s will for each of us, I’m also reminded on the importance of constantly telling and showing our loved ones how much we love them.

The default reply to a simple “how’re you” nowadays is almost always “Very busy!” or “Tired!” and if asked for a favor, often the answer would be “Sorry, I really have no time”.  Is busyness really an inevitable way of life these days or is it a way to measure the quality of one’s existence, indicating that one’s life is but meaningless? Or is it just an excuse to avoid “extra” commitments? Having said that, however, making time does mean having to make some form of sacrifices, be it time or money or both. For working parents, some days can be rather overwhelming too. So we may want to look into our busy lifestyle and question instead, “What is life all about?” As time is in our hands, so are our priorities. Which one really matters most to you?

Life is really unpredictable. We never know what the next day would bring or take away.  Treasure our loved ones and, however busy we may be, make an effort to tell or show them how much they mean to us before it is too late.  Very often, we find it very difficult to express ourselves verbally to people that we love dearly. Actually, a hug is all it takes to make a person feels loved and special. Like they say – ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

Interesting, the word ‘LOVE” is mentioned more than 500 times in the Holy Bible. How wise God is!

Love is a many splendored thing
It’s the April rose
That only grows in the early spring
Love is nature’s way of giving
A reason to be living
The golden crown that makes a man a king

 (Adapted from the song “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” by Paul Frances Webster)

 A true story narrated by our Education Minister Heng Swee Keat and reported in The Straits Time, Sept 13, 2012, on the importance of saying ‘I love you’ :

The Straits Times, September 13, 2012

“We are called not so much to give up what means most to us, but to make it sacred, to transform it.”  ~ Anonymous ~