A very happy National Day to all Singaporeans.
Like many of you, I did serve my country in my little way (see photo dated in ROC, Taiwan, 1984). Please congratulate yourself. You did a good job to create a proud Singapore.
However, I believe to move our country forward, our people need to be creative, especially for our younger generation. We have no natural resources. We may be hardworking but so are the Chinese, Malaysians, Thais etc.
I like the way the Jesuit psychologist Anthony de Mello put it – To be creative, we need to learn the art of wasting time. The Post-It pad was not invented in the office but was inspired while singing in a church.
We and our children can’t be creative when we are overly stressed and clued to the smartphone. I learned this while working in the United States – Creativity has no deadline.
I often got inspirations during my quiet morning walk in the park or in quiet prayer time. Do we spend time in nature or in silence?
To be creative, we can’t be conformist. I was told that I needed to be an engineer, doctor, or an accountant to make it in life. I was told that my Cantonese language and heritage (and so do Hokkien, Teochew etc.) was second class compared to Mandarin. And my generation believed it.
To be creative, we can’t always be YES people. I am proud that one of my godsons decided to take a road less travelled – study naturopathy in New Zealand.
We need more creative people. And I believe we need more naturopaths and herbalists and healers too!
Creativity needs to be balanced with emotional intelligence and moral values. We are in trouble if our children don’t know how to say HELLO and THANK YOU and don’t care about taking care of their aged parents.
Have a wonderful day and I pray that Singapore will continue to thrive wholistically.