Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The 3 Rs

No I am not talking about reduce, reuse and recycle! It has nothing to do with that at all. In fact, it was my speech on regeneration and renewal about a year ago. Looking back, I believe that if I were to write the speech now, it'd be better I guess? Anyway, I think the theory I came up with is quite worth sharing. Who knows... Maybe it might help someone. =]

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What comes to your mind when I say regeneration and renewal? I bet some of you may think of evolution, reproduction and even cloning! However, that is not the sort of regeneration and renewal that I am going to talk about. What I would like to share with you is a different manner of human regeneration and renewal. So how do humans regenerate and renew?

I am delighted to share with you my answer to this question. As human beings we constantly regenerate and renew ourselves in many ways and we strive hard, yes very hard, to become better people through regeneration and renewal. We realise, we adapt and we reconcile. That is why we change through the course of our lives.

Ladies and gentlemen,

When we regenerate and renew, we change. But for us to change, we must first come to a point of realisation. We should start by looking at ourselves. What is it that we should improve? Our attitude? Our manners? Or even our personality? There are many things that we may need to change or we can change. These are just a few examples. It is essential to look around us and beyond ourselves. The situation we are in. The environment around us. The horizon ahead of us. We should question what it is that we want to improve on. When we can question ourselves, this implies we have come to a realisation. Once we have realised what needs improving, we are enroute to change.

Next comes adaptation. When we change, we adapt. In a world that is ever changing, we must constantly adapt and change with the world. How do we adapt? Well, there are ways. We adapt to a situation or we adapt through experience. By having realised the situation that we are in, we change and adapt to it. When we are able to adapt, we are able to improve ourselves. For example, when a graduate enters the working world, he or she must adapt. This person must change and adapt to the fast pace and cruel reality of the “dog eat dog” world in order to survive it. Through situations like this we gain experience. Through the experiences gained, we adapt again. By assessing what we have gone through before and realising our strengths and weaknesses, we can then change ourselves.  Past experiences help us to realize our strengths and weaknesses.  This allows us to be able to overcome our shortcomings and to change or improve ourselves. 

Once we have gone beyond realization and adaptation, there must be reconciliation. You must be wondering what I mean by that.  How do we do that?  Well, we need to come to terms with ourselves. Ask yourselves these: Do I like who I am? Do I like the way I am now? What about the life that I live? What I really mean by reconciliation with ourselves here is that we accept ourselves for who we are.  When we are able to do that, it would mean that we have come to terms with ourselves.  And that in turn means that we have reconciled with ourselves.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is said that “to err is human”. I believe that is true and that is why we try our best to become better people. Before I end, I would love to urge everyone to take a look at yourself, take a look around you. And if you feel you must bring a change, realize, adapt and reconcile. Thank you.

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I hope this was helpful in some way. Have a great day. =D

4 comments:

WhiteKing said...

Nice post. It's just like painting or drawing.. sometimes its hard to spot the faults in yourself. But to improve ourselves we have to just look harder. And change. Anyways, my apologies if I didn't notice it in your speech - whats the third 'r'?

Sabine Ong said...

Thank you! Yes, it is definitely harder to spot one's own mistakes. =]

The third R is reconciliation. Its in the second last paragraph. No need to apologise. =D

WhiteKing said...

Oh I see it now. Reconciliation. I seems trivial but to forgive oneself, improve and carry on is harder than most ppl think eh? Thanks. Will be looking forward to your next post. But for now, time for some self-reflection. :)

Sabine Ong said...

You're welcomed. =]