Looking Back at 2013

This is last day of 2013, looking back at the year 2013 and beginning to look forward ahead to the new year 2014. How was 2013 for you? It is a good move to reflect upon the year 2013, from a personal perspective and a holistic perspective of the society and the world. The year 2013 has been a very interesting especially in how our society changes during this year 2013. This newspaper article “When Fortress Singapore lost its aura” by Chua Mui Hoong, there were a few things that crossed my mind upon reading this article, invoking deep thoughts into our hearts and souls of Singaporeans.

The year 2013 is like a transition year for Singapore, it’s like growing from a teenager to a young adult, entering into a new set of difficulties and challenges in a totally new era ahead. We are at a crossroad in our growth an development, where people are stepping forward to sound out and make a difference to how we want to change things and situations for the better and for the future. On the other hand, we are also seeing people who have turned more ugly and nasty, hiding behind the walls of social media channels and platforms, with their keyboard warrior typing skills delivering their words that would probably do more bad than good.

Have we become too successful (from a certain perspective) for our own good? Have we become too complacent and lazy? Are the current hiccups we are facing, the failures necessary to make us pull up our socks and get our act together, be more proactive instead of reactive, be more forthcoming and less lazy in everything we do (from work to social issues)? Can we complain lesser and instead work together towards finding a Win-Win solution for all? Are we able to chase less money and material wealth?

In this transition year 2013 as I felt it was, there were good, not so good and issues of both the First World and Third World Countries face. We need to embrace not only the good, we also need to work on the not so good together and improve on it. Everybody plays a part, no matter how big or small, to make the changes and make Singapore a better home, not just for us, it’s for the future generations and beyond.

What do you want to see in the new year 2014 from a personal perspective and a holistic perspective as part of the Singapore community? Can we all make the changes and make a difference?

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