Merry Christmas and Wish you a Happy Holidays

Dear readers,

I am writing to wish you a very merry and joyful Christmas season as you celebrate with your family this glorious occasion. I believe you will receive love, you will receive joy, hope, encouragement, inspiration, and love. Wherever you are in the world, whether you are enjoying your holidays, or your last minute christmas shopping, or still powering through working on completing that project, you deserve a praise and also a good ol’ pat on the back.

My prayers are with you and your family as I ask Jesus for His blessings, His grace and His forgiveness to thoroughly help you in your wishes, your goals and your resolutions. The New Year is just around the corner, and surely some of us are preparing to welcome 2014 with resolutions. Let us not just make the resolutions, but a commitment and discipline to complete the resolution =)

Until my next post, have a blessed holidays!

Suwandy

Always Remember Where You Came From

Being someone who wants to teach others about leadership, I need to be someone who understood leadership. I especially need to understand that just because I have been reading plenty of good books on leadership and plenty of articles and blog posts on leadership, it does not make me an excellent leader myself. I need to start living what I have read and to demonstrate the principles in my life. Otherwise, my message wont be heard, let alone being respected.

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, many [as they are], are forgiven her — because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little.” (Luke 7:47, AMP)

There was a time though when my leadership was still at its young beginnings and I knew next to nothing about leadership. I did not trust anybody. I did not know how or when to delegate. I did not encourage or empower people to grow. Worse still, I could not even lead my own life properly, and I certainly did not grow. Yet, my leaders were very understanding and very much forgiving and they continued mentoring me and guiding my hands regardless of the many mistakes I made. Later I learned that they had started their leadership just like me.

I made a commitment and a promise to myself that regardless of how much I have grown in my leadership and in my career, I will not forget my past and my humble beginnings. It was embarrassing to even recount it yet it taught me that everyone should be given their second chance. Our God is, after all, a God of second chance.

The same principles applies very much in many areas outside of leadership, such as in education, politics, business, and especially, in our spiritual walks with God. It seems easy to dish out judgement and criticism towards those who are struggling in their spiritual life, yet as we remember how much of a sinner we are and how much we have been forgiven, it then became natural and easier to forgive and to accept.

I leave this post with the following thought by Anthony Burgess: “It’s always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going.” 

 

How To Stand Against Bullying

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Watch the video to see how a group of young boys made their stand against bullying.

Case of bullying and teasing happens everywhere and is something to be frowned upon. It isn’t easy to go against such treatment, especially when you are on the receiving end of it. Here’s some of the reasons why it’s troublesome:

1. They usually come in numbers.

I rarely find those who was part of the minority willing to bully or tease a group in larger numbers. It is usually the reverse.

2. They are good at finding faults.

Regardless of how flawless and how good the victim is in terms of their behaviour, or their appearance, they always seem to be able to pick up a faulty part of the victim and begin to relentlessly pick on that part.

3. They take pride in their actions.

These bullies enjoy the entertainment of putting others down while lifting themselves up. As such, they do not believe that they have done anything wrong, perhaps to the point of believing that they are superior-class citizens.

 

Having been one of the victims of bullying in the past, I understood how it felt. And it was not pleasant at all. It seems that, no matter where I go, everyone is going against me, even those I considered my best friends. As a result, I shut myself in and alienated everyone. I became a very quiet person. Even after the bullying stops, I still didn’t come out of my shell out of fear of becoming victim again.

That’s why this video melts my heart. They took the matters into their own hands in a peaceful way. And they used the bullies’ greatest strengths against them:

1. They support in great numbers.

2. They are good at finding good qualities.

3. They take pride in protecting.

 

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