Looking at this word from Dictionary.com, what does it really mean? It is an expression of gratitude.
How many of us, really sit down and think about this; "What do I appreciate for today?" or "Who do I appreciate?"?
Many times a day, we tend to forget that each and everyone that we come in contact with, regardless it is a long-term, short-term, temporary, brief moment or whatever length of time. We don't treat each other as humanly as should be.
Today, I appreciate that I spent some more quality time with my ailing mother. In fact with each day on, I appreciate all the moment I get to have her around and next to me. Because with her health condition, we could not predict how long before the cancer in her decided to shapeshift again.
All my dearest family members have passed on, and it is such a reality alarm clock that got me more aware of our time left on here, and how we have all grown and aged, soon ailed and become frailed. Time is a luxury item that we cannot hold on to like money. If one is to compare time to anything valuable, it is priceless and unmeasurable! It is infinite and beyond.
Often, we moan and complain and slant and discriminate others with indirectly or directly, whether we realise it or unaware of doing so. We never give much thought of feeding positive energy and encouragement to one another, or to the people next to you or neighbour living opposite you etc. We hold too much grudges and isolating ourselves from others to become island of our own. Technology has advanced us to far into the future, where the world seem smaller than before, yet the distance between us as human has grown further than ever.
I am not sure if technology is even bringing us together closer, or as a mean to split us further apart? What I do know for a fact is, we cannot continue building our own island or building "Berlin Wall" to isolate ourselves. 21st Century has too many wars and battles that fought using modern technology, I do hope to see some point in this 21st Century that it will be the turning point, from war to peace, using modern technology in the harmless way, to unite us human race together once again. Perhaps 2007 can be a good year to start making it happen? Even more hopeful, that we can start building this path from today by treating each other with a bit more respect and appreciate their differences from yours.
I will conclude this blog with showing my appreciation to a few key people in my life: My mother, my belated father, my grandmother, my belated grandfather, my sisters, my brother-in-laws, extended family, family-in-laws, my partner, my geekzone friends, my friends from all walk of life, and people that I see and talk to at least once a day, and many more people that I have not taken time to get to meet and know yet.
There are no stranger in this world, only friends that we have not met.
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Comment by freitasm, on 22-Sep-2006 12:56
Comment by sbdy21, on 22-Sep-2006 22:43
Could not agree more on this one, Kelvin.
There might be time we doubt things in life, but good ones will stand the tests and become stronger, as we move along and learn more about them.
Hope we all go through challenges with faith -- wishing you a good day!
Comment by highlander, on 29-Sep-2006 22:29
I do agree. Do take good care of yourself and appreciate each other while you still can. Life is short, do live to the fullest. May God bless u and your family always.
Comment by sammy34, on 30-Sep-2006 19:19
I feel for you as I read and relived each sentence. About six months ago my mum passed on in what was my 'home town' - Christchurch and if your avatar photo and surname is anything to go by, you're as chinese as I am...your journey is so similar, that we are probably on the same road. Truth is the road is probably very wide, and everyone is on it. I agree .. time is so precious...and can I say that you and your fellow geekzone members are very kind and making good use of your time as I have learnt lots from your collective postings and patient helpful advice to others. I and many newbies I am sure are very grateful for your sharing of precious time.......John