16 November 2021

Yesterday, my mother’s dog passed away. The dog has accompanied us for many years, and I think it has lived over a hundred years if we were to convert it in human terms. My mother was crying still this morning and we were trying to comfort her.

I later went to my room and my child shouted for my mother. Her voice brought joy. I can’t help but feel that this is the cycle of life. There are inevitable departures, and there will be new arrivals.

I had a meeting this morning and my superior asked about my child. I think it is his first time hearing about my child’s health condition. He commented that he is glad I am positive. But what else can we do? It doesn’t help the situation to be depressed. Having spent some time in ICU, we have seen many worst cases. More often than not, we will often not be the best, nor the worst. The best inspires us to do more, and the worst inspires us that if they can survive and live life on its fullest terms despite their challenges, we should be able to. More importantly, life is not what you get out of it but what you leave behind. That is the philosophy behind my daughter’s name – to bring peace and serenity to thousands.

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By ben@sgben.com

Hi, I am Benjamin. I am a Singaporean son, born and bred. I came from a modest background, just like most Singaporeans and went to mainstream schools like most middle-class Singaporeans. What makes me different is my unconventional choices and journey in life, giving me more profound insights. Entering a secondary school infested with secret societies in the earlier days exposed me to a different side of Singapore. I graduated well despite having a volatile phase. I chose one of the youngest polytechnics despite having a score good enough for JC, even as others tell me it is not recognised, and I would not make it into university through that path. During my National Service, I also went through a difficult phase of rediscovering the purpose of serving. My university was another defining chapter, spanning over nine years, involving many adventures and endeavours. As you can see, I seldom bother myself with dogmas. I strongly believe in Steve Job's speech at Stanford University. I hope to lead others by example, inspire them to do the same and empower the decisions they have to make in their lives. Reach me at sgBen.com.

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