“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”- Thich Nhat Hanh
A day has past and many are mourning your sudden departure...suddenly ending this journey without a single word of farewell...no warnings. Life is indeed very fragile.
Tan Chee Wee, my friend...as funeral arrangements are being made for tomorrow and you continue to simply lie quietly on the cold stainless steel autopsy table at the hospital last night, I recalled you once shared of your favorite song, entitled, You Raised Me Up. This was right after you attended a live concert with your spouse, one by British tenor, Russell Watson.
You mentioned that the every word of this song was especially meaningful to you. As a simple tribute to celebrate your short but meaningful and simple life, here is a more solemn version by Celtic Woman...for your now-lonely spouse and 3 young children who must surely miss your fatherly presence but must still persevere on with the journey, ageing parents who mourn the loss of their little boy, your siblings, friends...everyone who met you on this journey through life...indeed, you too have raised many of us up in many, many simple and quiet ways.
Chee Wee, you know that life belongs only to God...it is not to be lived selfishly but to be given away... Lingering in our minds will be your simple smile and open heart. Your life have touched many... May your soul rest in peace, my dear friend! You will always be in our hearts...never ever be forgotten...
“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.
...To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” Thich Nhat Hanh