ZbBZ (Singapore) - - 吾语 IN THE FIRST PLACE - Dr Ng King Kang

很少从关怀关爱的角度迎接新的一年。

新旧交替的一刻,我总会习惯性地回顾过去,展望未来,除了祝愿自己和家人身体健康,身心愉悦之外,潜意识里也希望生活能过得比以前好,渴望到更多地方去看世界,能拥有更多物质享受,以及更尽兴尽情地吃喝玩乐。

对于其他不认识的、不幸的一群,虽然时不时有一些慈善活动能让我献出爱心,并给予衷心/温暖/诚恳的祝福,但我从来没法静下心来百分百去了解不幸的实况。看新闻听故事终究是“别人的事”,感慨一下又继续照常生活。

是在一个没特定议程的聚会上,认识了几位在国外传播爱心的新朋友。从北京、柬埔寨,到乌干达,他们长年累月协助生病和被贩卖的儿童脱离困境,争取更美好的明天,尽力让他们的童年有更多的笑声,有更无忧的日子。听着听着不仅是感动,更让人肃然起敬。

“爱心蓝天”之家、“河童计划”及“晨星”,都是一般衣食无忧的人不曾听过、甚至从未想过真实存在的组织,他们的故事不仅让我们对生活及生命有了新的启发,也让我们了解到这个世界有多不平等。当很多人在挥霍精力欢庆新的一年到来之际,在地球的另一端,原来还有很多小生命正在奋力挣扎,只求新的一天能够存活。

幸与不幸,往往是在比较之下,不同角度的观点。当你乘惯头等舱、住惯奢华酒店、吃惯星级佳肴,你不会明白一生只困在一个小地方,从来不知道外面的世界是什么模样的那种无助与无奈的心情,因为欲望只朝着更高更远的前方,不会倒回头瞧上一眼。

家家当然都有本难念的经,当我们埋怨上天对我们太不公平的时候,不要忘了世界上还有很多更不公平的事情正在发生。当我们期待新的一年更太平更安康的时候,不妨传送一些祝福给生活更艰苦的其他人,像这一期“特别报道”里的几个人物,从小小的个人散发大爱到地球上需要爱的地方。

这个新年,让我们把爱分一点出去,那不会很困难,只要心中有一分真诚的关怀,有一寸柔软的善心就行了。

As the year turns from old to new, I of­ten rem­i­nisce about the past, look to the fu­ture and wish for my­self and my fam­ily mem­bers good health and hap­pi­ness. Don’t we all dream about lead­ing a bet­ter life, reach­ing for­ward and never back? I know I do – there’s the hope that I will be eat­ing well, trav­el­ling to far­ther reaches of the world and en­joy­ing life more than I al­ready do in the months ahead.

Ad­mit­tedly, I don’t tend to think too much about the less for­tu­nate at this time. I do my bit for char­ity, but the truth is, I don’t re­late enough to the cir­cum­stances they face. When I come across a story that is touch­ing, it al­ways feels like it is “some­one else’s story”, not mine. I try to do my part to con­trib­ute and then I get on with my own life.

But at a re­cent gath­er­ing, the new friends I made there changed my mind. They did not just get on with their lives af­ter en­coun­ter­ing an­other per­son’s hard­ship. In places such as China, Cam­bo­dia and Uganda, they vol­un­teered to bear the bur­den of car­ing for the dy­ing, the youths at risk and those with less than a glim­mer of hope to sur­vive. They have been do­ing this for years and their re­ward is to see a child smile and hear his laugh­ter.

Blue Sky Heal­ing Home, Riverkids Project and Morn­ing Star Fam­ily Home – we fea­ture their sto­ries in this is­sue of ZbBz to start the year on an inspiring and com­pas­sion­ate note.

Their chal­lenges re­mind us of the in­jus­tices of the world and how in­her­ent they are for some of our fel­low men, women, ba­bies and chil­dren.

Who is for­tu­nate and who is not? It may all be rel­a­tive. If you’re too used to the first­class life, then it may be hard for you to un­der­stand what it’s like to be poor to the point of be­ing left to die on the streets or traf­ficked for a few dol­lars. But each time you feel that God has been un­fair to you, don’t for­get that there is some­one out there who has been dealt a much un­luck­ier card. As we look for­ward to a new year of peace and pros­per­ity, it might be a good idea to take a mo­ment to think about how we could make life bet­ter for the less for­tu­nate among us − like our fea­tured he­roes do.

This new year, let’s all share a lit­tle love out­side our com­fort­able lives. It’s not too dif­fi­cult and it won’t cost too much. All it re­ally takes is a lit­tle bit of heart.

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