It’s been a while since I last blogged.
I met the most interesting lady yesterday, who has dedicated herself to an arduous path for a worthy cause.
She is absolutely dedicated and adamant in her cause to ‘serve Singapore’ and create a gracious world for her to live and grow old in.
I was very moved by that, in the moment.
Taking a step back though, I’m not saying that her cause isn’t important or worthy, but…every cause is important.
Perhaps it’s the explorer in me, I don’t feel comfortable limiting myself to one country and segregating myself. Why can’t I just serve whatever community and country which I am in? Must I stick a label on my forehead that says I am a person for a specific country? As a third culture kid, as someone who has inherited the best of so many places and cultures, as someone who sees herself as the child of the earth first and a citizen of a certain country second (or even third), can I say that?
I choose this present community to serve because in the current scheme of things, it’s where I can be most useful.
My real point of writing this is to put into words, the importance of us recognizing the cause we are willing to dedicate ourselves to and NOT IMPOSING THAT ON OTHERS.
The loneliness is frustrating, but the world is a big place, and the only way we can keep this big machine of human society running well is if we all play our parts. And that means every group of us focusing on a cause that’s true to their hearts and supporting each other by doing what we each do best.
I can’t say kids or orphans aren’t as important as seniors, or refugees aren’t as important as the poor. Or culture and heritage isn’t as important as LGBTQ rights… the list goes on. We ALL matter. And we ALL have SOMETHING we can do and contribute.
If what we have now is a systematic problem, it needs a systematic solution, and that means letting others in the system tackle the problems in their realm, because the smooth-running of their component in the system will have a positive impact, no matter how small on your component. Or at least it’d ensure that you’re not dealing with second degree problems generated from THEIR problem.
Reality is a system of problems interacting with each other.
Which means the brighter future needs to be a system of solutions interacting with each other.
And you know what are the solutions? Us, we are the solution.
We must all be ourselves, and do what we each do best, in our own causes/calling/passion, whatever it may be.
It’s hard though, because we all do things differently. And the challenge is finding the unifying factor that allows us to work together, and at other times it’s accepting that the best synergy we can have is to NOT work together.
I don’t really know where I’m going with this anymore so I’m going back to work.