Change for the better

Posted on: 13/02/2009

By Isaac Lee

We are now into a new year. 2009 beckons us up and on, out of the shadows of 2008. Fittingly, the turn of the lunar calendar was celebrated just last month on January 26th. It looks like everyone has stepped boldly out into the unknown world that is 2009. So what are we to expect next? What will 2009 be like?

2008 wasn’t the best of years. We’ve had global economic crisis, which still continues to dog our steps. We constantly hear about the environmental situation we could soon have on our hands. We live under constant fear of terrorism and other hidden aggressors. We postulate intensely over how we live in a nanny-like big brother world. The list of misgivings goes on unendingly.

Looking at this from a student’s perspective, what I do and say isn’t really going to change that much. In fact I’m sure it’s not just students who find themselves in this particular standpoint. We go around conquering faraway lands in the name of democracy, yet closer to home we can’t even maintain our own ‘democratic-ness’. What hypocrisy! We vote people into power, but what say do we actually have over what they do? Where they take us as a country? I’d say not that much. So all I can do is change myself.

According to the Chinese zodiac, it is the year of the Ox. A legendary animal, the Ox, is recognised as a powerful and dominating creature. The Ox is associated with the attributes of strength, hard work, and persistency. But people also believe the Ox is patient, loyal and honest. If you are superstitious, you might believe that people born in the year of the Ox might manifest these characteristics; these people tend to inspire the confidence of others. 

But I believe that these attributes aren’t necessarily exclusive to Oxen. Others can grow into these things, can train themselves, and can better themselves. So this year, I predict that the values, characteristics and qualities of the Ox will be the ones to adopt.

The world today, especially the business world, seems to have a lack of the qualities that are synonymous with the Ox.  Honesty, loyalty, and hard work are quickly forgotten in a world dominated by money and material gain. The quick and easy path is always preferred even if it involves deceiving those around them. Many people would say that the disappearance of these values is to blame for the global recession.

There isn’t any hard evidence to say that people have been too lazy, too greedy, and too dishonest. But what harm is there in avoiding these vices? I’m convinced that we would all benefit from being more honest, certain that working hard will improve us, and I am confident that being more persevering would be a good thing.

So this year let’s be more honest. Honesty is something that people respect. There should be no ulterior motives or monetary rewards for being honest because that dishonest people are disliked and truthful people, more often than not, are not. Loyalty is an attribute associated with honesty, in the fact that they both are qualities that all good people have. In 2009 let’s be more loyal and earn our friends and favours.

2009 will be a year of change, if, we all do our best to work hard and persevere. Abandoning the get-rich-quick effortless schemes of 2008 and earning our keep. I think this is the answer to battling the credit crunch. If we work hard, and graft hard, the recession might not seem so bad anymore, we can improve our own chances of weathering this crisis by creating our own ‘luck’.

The world isn’t going to change overnight if we all become more hardworking and persevering. But as the saying goes: a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  As clichéd as this might be it is pretty truthful. Let’s sort ourselves out this year, and next year we can begin work on those around us.  I firmly believe that if we change today; from the ashes of yesterday, we can build ourselves a brighter tomorrow.

What do you think? Add your comments below.


1 Response to "Change for the better"

It only takes a spark to get the fire going, so Isaac maybe its just a spark but keep going.

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