Sunday, 11 March 2007

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With One Step...


Sigh...

I just watched an old episode of 'In Person', with guest star, Datuk Dr Jemilah Mahmood, the President of Mercy Malaysia...

The show featured a simple setting; there was no pomp, no lame jokes or cheap satire, and no 'trying to be cool' behaviour on the show...Many talk shows in Malaysia seem to fall into that category, where the hosts (mostly in pairs) try so hard to be hip and happening, and end up looking like complete idiots (I'm sure many might already guess which duo's I am refering to)...

The host (I think it's former now), Nina Sharil showed that good hosting is all about having a good command of the language (not one laden with a wanna-be British accent, and slang), poise, confidence, and most of all, dignity and respect for the person/subject etc at hand...

Wow...

Anyway, Datuk Dr Jemilah was talking about volunteering in Mercy Malaysia, and she touched on issues like how volunteers come with pre-conceived notions that volunteering is a paid job, and how volunteers demand all kinds of things, to paraphrase her. I remember my own experience as a volunteer with the local hospital. Many came in asking how much was the allowance, only to walk off in a huff when told 'there was no allowance' as it is voluntary work...

Datuk Dr Jemilah also spoke on how people generally thought that volunteers must come with Bachelor Degree's and Masters and PhD's, but volunteering comes in so many aspects...Even bringing lunch for those who are too busy to buy their own lunch is a form of volunteering!

We really need to debunk these myths in our society today...After all, the mark of a truly great society is not the society with the most money, but the most caring one...The one who reaches out to the people around them, and who when reaching out with the hand, touches the heart, to semi-quote a famous line...

And with the kind of horrors we have on our streets today (forget streets, look at your backyard longkang!), we need to sow the seeds of love...

We need to if we ever want to bring society up to scratch...Our survival, and ultimately, the civilisation, depends on it...

We however, have a long, long way to go...

But like they say, "the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, finally. Someone decided to unprivatise it. Good move, but knowing you when you say you going to tackle issues you mean issues and knowing you the issues are big ones. Do we get access to your other blog?

chelseaorange said...

you never told me you kept a blog! hmmph.

Daphne Ling said...

Aiya...I told those at year-end who asked that it is a private blog...This new one, is, er, new...A few days old only. Mainly for addressing some issues...

Anonymous said...

Dear Daphne,
I am indeed encouraged to hear the views of such an enlightened young lady. You are an amazing person who has got so much selfless spirit and heart. I believe you will definitely go far in life, for you are what society needs. Keep soaring.
-Steve-