Friday, 30 November 2012

Prodigal Son Returning To Camp

Initially, I wasn't even sure if I could make it to the camp as I was so tied up with the daily grind of work and time was a constrain. However, I made a promise that I will make the effort to attend this camp and at the end of the day, I can honestly say that I have made the right decision.

Even though this camp was smaller in terms of people attending, compared to the previous camp attended, I felt it was like home-coming and arriving full circle after the last camp. I felt like a prodigal son who has gone out into the world, squandered all the riches I have and forced to return home when I have nowhere else to go. Yet my family in Formidable welcome me back with open arms and take me in without prejudice and gave me all the moral support and comfort that I needed so much.

This particular camp has been special to me in more ways than one. Firstly, it makes me reflect on my past actions and allows me to take stock of what I have not done and what I should be doing. If I want to change my life and have a better life for myself and the ones I love, I must take action now and stop procrastinating.

This camp also taught me the value of family and friendship which the foundation of Formidable is built upon. No matter what happened to each and everyone of us in Formidable, we always have a place to come back to when we need the strength and support from our family in Formidable.

Besides that, the camp has also helped me to recharge myself and focus on what is important and disregard what is not.

There were a lots of fun activities during the camp but more importantly there were lessons to be learnt from each and every single experiential activities. One of my most memorable lesson learnt from these activities is not try to be smart and re-invent the wheel. If a system that works is in place, use the system, repeat it over and over and over and teach others to do the same. That's the power of duplication!

Another lesson is to dream BIG and that whatever we can conceive, it is achievable.

However, the greatest thing I took away from this particular camp is the story of a little girl from war-torn Somalia. She defied all odds thrown against her, the nightmares and sufferings she had to go through finally becoming a world famous celebrity, supermodel and a UN ambassador.

It made me realize how privileged I am compare to her and there is no reason for me not to succeed in life and have the life I want when I have in my hands the advantages that little girl never had. It humbles me to see her story and gives me the motivation to strive for greater heights so that I can achieve what I know I am capable of and at the same time to help those around me to achieve their dreams and goals in life as well.

Overall, I am glad that I took the effort to attend the camp. I learnt the value of family and friendship, how teamwork can drive an individual to excel and above all, the self-belief that I must have and actions to take if I want to make a greater difference to my life and those around me. After all, like what my mentor Danny Thian always says, "what's the worse that can happen?"