I didn't want to dramatise the blog post, and I didn't want to make it so factual either (i mean, you could just read channel news asia). I probably would extract a little from there though.
So as I observed a minute of silence this morning from 7.40am - 7.41am, a light drizzle started falling.
There's this saying that the heavens open when great men die. It poured when we were heading to the cemetery to bury my grandfather, it flooded when Mr Lee Kuan Yew's hearse drove past the mourners of the nation, mixed with their tears and gratitude. We shall see if the theory holds on Friday.
Regardless, the light drizzle this morning was enough.
I choose to remember Former President SR Nathan like this:
Photo Credits: https://www.flickr.com/photos/terenceleezy/6017792451
So Cute :)
Extracted from: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/s-r-nathan-the/3064912.html?cx_tag=morestories4ucna&cid=tg:recos:morestories4ucna:standard#cxrecs_s on 23rd August 2016
Born Sellapan Ramanathan on Jul 3, 1924, Mr Nathan’s education was interrupted by World War II. When Japanese troops occupied Singapore, he was given a Japanese dictionary and soon picked up enough of the language to become a translator. But the war taught him a bigger lesson: It sealed in him a growing political consciousness.
In 1962, the former medical social worker and seamen's welfare officer was sent by then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew to the newly set up Labour Research Unit at the National Trades Union Congress. Said the late Mr Lee of Mr Nathan: "Every time there was a tricky task which required a steady hand, someone dependable and who could get things done, his name would pop up. Many people believe that, as a government, we select people by their academic credentials. Yes we do, but only in part. We place much greater weight on character."
At the end of the day, our values define us.
Former President Mr Nathan's lesson to me is that we need to be true to who we are. Our values will eventually prevail. Our values guide our perception, and our perception guides our thoughts and actions. Therefore, the root of all stems really from our values.
Photograph from http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/sporeans-arrive-early-istana-pay-tribute-s-r-nathan?_ka=knxad_knx7619_201604122384
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In Peace :)