Monday, March 20, 2017

The story of "Heartfelt Gratitude"

Heartfelt Gratitude

To know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived -
This is to have succeeded

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fast forward time to December 2016. I was at a Lindwall Releasing retreat that was titled "The Power of Releasing River Retreat". The organizers and trainers, Heiko and Selina, shared about a Sponsorship Fund which sponsors beneficiaries who need financial support either partially or completely with the fees involved to receive healing through the various Lindwall Releasing programmes that they conduct. I learnt that Heiko and Selina will carefully screen their recipients to ensure that the sponsorship fund goes to people who are genuinely motivated and deserving.

Near the venue of the retreat. Dec 2016.

I practice as a Social Worker in a voluntary welfare organization based Singapore. After three and a half days at the retreat organized and facilitated by Heiko and Selina, I could appreciate the value and power of their work in the area of Lindwall Releasing, and how their work could benefit humanity. I could appreciate that there could be people who have gone through trials and tribulations in their lives who would greatly like to and will benefit from receiving healing via Lindwall Releasing, yet would need some support financially.

I felt a heartfelt sense of compassion for the people who could benefit from Heiko and Selina's work, and decided to contribute to the Sponsorship Fund.

I went privately to Selina, and passed her my humble contributions to the Sponsorship Fund. What I did not expect to receive was, I felt the essence of gratitude radiating from Selina. I felt very thankful that I was in a financially adequate position to give and to contribute. The unexpected gift was the gift of gratitude radiating out for me to receive. A beautiful gift so precious that money could not even buy.

A couple of days after that retreat in December 2016, I went for an art jamming session and painted the painting "Abstract Landscape". I felt I could use the painting to contribute to one of my preferred charities in Singapore, so I made an appeal via my Facebook account to sell "Abstract Landscape" and pledge that all the sales proceeds shall go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. This Fund supports school-going children from low-income families to better meet their school-going needs, for example, be able to buy a meal for themselves during the school recess period.

After weeks of no positive response, I started to wonder if there would be anyone who would believe in the same cause as I do. Thankfully and eventually, I found a loving owner who bought "Abstract Landscape" and donated generously to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund through the purchase of the painting.

I felt very grateful that I could, through the sale of my artwork, contribute to the cause of supporting school-going children from low-income families better meet their school-going needs, for example, be able to buy a meal for themselves during the school recess period.


When I decided to attend yet another "Power of Releasing River Retreat" in Feb 2017, I felt it would be a great idea to schedule for an art-jamming session the day after I return from the retreat.

An art-jamming session I went, on 6 Feb 2017. It was held at Artefakts at Block 3007 Ubi Road 1, #06-444. I had a relaxing and pleasant time playing with the paints and the brushes, and completing "Heartfelt Gratitude".

Artefakts

After completing "Heartfelt Gratitude", an idea came. How about donating 90% of the sales proceeds to a worthy cause? The remaining 10% from the sales proceeds shall be used to cover the cost of painting the artwork and to sustain future art-projects of similar nature.

Which worthy cause to donate to? The compelling desire was to donate to the private Sponsorship Fund set up by Heiko and Selina. The sponsorship fund sponsors the carefully screened beneficiaries either partially or completely with the fees involved to receive healing through Lindwall Releasing.

Turning the time back to the 5 Feb 2017, the last day of the second retreat that I had attended. As I was seated with the rest of the retreat participants in a circular formation, Selina shared about the private Sponsorship Fund. She went on to share how the donations I had contributed shortly after the first retreat that I had attended had contributed to fund part of the fees for a gentleman in another part of Eurasia to benefit from Lindwall Releasing. As she shared the story of this gentleman and how his life have been positively transformed from Lindwall Releasing, I felt very moved and touched. I felt grateful for the opportunity for an ordinary person like myself to contribute in my humble way to improving the life of a person whom I have never met, in another part of the world. A honour and a privilege, indeed.

A glimpse of the river near the venue of the retreat.

After the very last day of that very retreat, my heart was radiating with gratitude. I felt grateful for the opportunity to contribute!

After I have completed the painting, "Heartfelt Gratitude", I decided that the painting shall be made available for sale to a loving buyer who would like to receive an opportunity to contribute to the worthy cause of improving lives, at least one at a time.

When the painting was put up for a silent auction, there was no valid bid by the closing date. Every unsuccessful endeavour can serve as a learning opportunity to be better and to do better.

I have decided to share the story of "Heartfelt Gratitude". May this story touches your heart with heartfelt gratitude that we each have at least a gift to contribute to humanity. In our own individual ways, we are each significant. We each can be a significant contribution, no matter how small our gift may seem.

To enquire about "Heartfelt Gratitude", please email me at oceanskies@hotmail.com

So I end this post with the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that was at the start of this blog post.

To know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived -
This is to have succeeded

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Read: Mycoskie's Start Something That Matters

Title: Start Something That Matters
Author: Blake Mycoskie
Publisher: The Random House Publishing Group.


When I was at Booktique looking for a book as a gift to one of my friends, Anthony of Booktique gave me several recommendations. Out of which, Mycoskie's "Start Something That Matters" stood out as the perfect gift. Anthony of Booktique shared with me that this was the book that had inspired him very much. To find out more, visit Booktique and read about the story of how Booktique started out.

Back to the book, after deciding to get the book for my friend, I felt I could get a copy too for myself. So I did.

An accessible read. Blake Mycoskie has a great gift of communicating his ideas and life experiences in simple and clear fashion. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to start something that matters, no matter how small or huge this 'something' could be.

The book weaves in Blake Mycokie's TOMS story and I could not help but want to buy a pair of TOMS from my local store if I could find out soon enough.

The book is weaved together by eight different chapters:
1) The TOMS story
2) Find your story
3) Face your fears
4) Be resourceful without resources
5) Keep it simple
6) Build trust
7) Giving is good business
8) The final step

While I was about to share which would be my favourite chapters, I realized that each chapter was a gift for me to deepen my understanding of how to start something that matters. I have enjoyed each chapter. A book to read and to keep.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Places: Good OH' Holland Village 2017

Holland Village. the HDB flats.






Please join me to explore one of Singapore's Oldest Bohemian Enclave, Holland Village, at the Good OH' Holland Village event. To find out more, please visit: Places: Good OH' Holland Village 2017



OH! Holland Village

Saturdays and Sundays

4 - 19 Mar 2017

Tours run from 4 p.m.

$25 for three 45-minutes tour

http://ohopenhouse.org/holland-village/