This is the e-card we sent out to our business partners, associates and friends. Indeed, a new year is on the horizon. This is the time of the year when we all take a break from our routines and celebrate with our friends and families. A time to decorate. A time to buy and wrap presents for loved ones. A time to sit back, relax and enjoy. But it has been a most difficult year. What is there to celebrate? I was thinking if I should have a Christmas tree this year. If I had the energy to go through the whole celebration.
A voice in me said I should celebrate. That I should count my blessings. And celebrate them while looking forward to a new year. I got into my usual swift action plan. I decided on a blue and well lit Christmas tree. I worked on the concept of this e-card – that sometimes what you wish for can appear on your doorstep. Out of the blue. The look is inspired by the house by the sea in ‘Something’s Gotta Give’. I organised a series of dinners at home for friends and a lunch party at the office for business associates.
This year, I am thankful for my mother’s successful operation and that she has been well. Tonight we gathered for dinner with Tang Yuen for dessert. I am thankful I can celebrate this Dong Zhi festival with her. For Siti and her diligence in taking care of her. For the doctor who diagnosed her medical condition and the doctor who operated on her. For my health. For friends who stood by me and showed concern. For business partners who have been understanding. That I am still positive, that I still have a fight left in me.
It has been a difficult year but this is the best time of the year. I intend to enjoy this time. To catch up on the movies I missed. Spend some quality time with friends and family. Albert Einstein who thought of the thoery of relativity while riding his bicycle once said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” For my balance, I will stop cycling for a while. The Chinese call it Tong Mien, sleeping in the winter. To stand back, take stock, re-charge and plan for 2012. Merry Christmas!