Wayne’s time to go

“He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer saying, “‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will’.” Matthew 26:39

 it was a very ordinary morning in the office.  but after the brief meeting with the boss, it turned out to be one that would that would change not only the mood for the day.  but the general outlook in the office for days to come. 

 after the new year, we were all in a “fresh start” mode.  the past one was not as good as the previous years in terms of business, so they all say.  in fact, in global terms, it was disaster.  though the company was already starting to feel the crunch, our team is exceptionally determined and hopeful that we shall brave the stormy weather.

Mr. Wayne's Moody KSA family
Mr. Wayne's Moody KSA family
our team is a merging of different nationalities who blend together on a common vision.  it embodies the ideals of each individual employee.  and despite differences in opinions and disagreements on certain minor issues, at the end of the day, these diversities are molded to form a strong bond to which the company leans on during times when it needs support the most.

but what really holds our team together is the company’s best asset.  his name is Wayne Allen

Mr. Wayne
Mr. Wayne

and this morning he announced that he would soon be leaving.   

first reaction was shock.  we never saw this coming. 

and then, concern.  in our minds, we were all asking the same questions ‘why?’ 

then, anxiety.  his leaving would greatly affect the team.  but how?

and finally, that lingering sadness.

it’s only been three months since i first joined Moody.  the first impression that Mr. Wayne had on me is how simple, straightforward and intelligent he is.   and during the months that followed, the first impression proved to last. 

he always remembers to express his appreciation even for the smallest deed, or simplest instruction that we followed.  and he would always praise us for reports  well done and on time.   he is gentleman enough so as to refrain himself from saying !#*!?^$&@#?!+=^  words during meetings because ladies were present.  he is always ready to listen to whatever we had to say.  no matter how silly it may seem,  he would still like to hear what’s on our minds. 

he calls our attention for our inaction.  he scolds us when we do wrong, but he is humble enough to apologize when he thinks he had already scolded us too much.  well most managers do that too.  but these things he does in a way only Wayne Allen can.

Mr. Wayne with Mr. Hussein, Nelson, Bong, Riyaz and Rehan
Mr. Wayne with Mr. Hussein, Nelson, Bong, Riyaz and Rehan
he is a good boss.  but as for me, considering the numerous companies that i had already been with, he is the best boss that i ever had.  but on top of that, he is a good man.  he brings out the best in us. he inspires us.  he moves us.  he cares for us.  he is special.   he is one of a kind.  he’s one great, cool guy.  that’s what sets him way above the rest.

in this lifetime, we are fortunate enough to come across extraordinary people like Wayne Allen.  and we are all overwhelmed with sadness, because our journey with him is soon to end.  but the seeds of  kindness that he planted in our hearts shall bear fruits to do our jobs the best we can with pride.  it’s the least that we could do to remember him by. 

though the office would be gloomy for quite a while after he leaves, we shall also be happy that somewhere in some part of the world, others shall be as blessed to know him and work with him. 

It is always an honor to have worked with you.  We will be missing you SIR WAYNE!

Obama’s time, our time

“You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill can not be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead, they put  it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

oath1a week ago, the world have witnessed the unfolding of a milestone in US history.  the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, signaled a new beginning not only to its citizens, but to the whole world as well.  it was a defining moment from which his nation shall go forth with hope and determination to be able to stand again from the ruins of its past mistakes, as its people hold on to the ideals that their forefathers had planted and from which their strength shall emanate. 

it was not an instant hit for  President Obama. though relatively short, he is travelling through his own political obamajourney. but before that, he had gone through the metamorphosis of being an excellent college graduate to a distinguished lawyer and educator, to being an honorable politician, all the way to the highest position he had ever hoped and dreamed to be in.  while building his political career, he was also raising a family which would be his source of strength and inspiration when the going outside of his home gets tough.  but then again, even before that, he had journeyed through a diverse and colorful childhood brought about by his roots and circumstances.  and all the way before baby Barack was  formed in his mother’s womb, destiny would already have it, that someday, an African-American would reign as president in what most of the world consider as the land of the free. and to some, the land of milk and honey.  the rest of his legacy is now being written for future generations to remember, hopefully with pride.

we too, are Baracks, in our own unique ways.  maybe not in the same magnitude, but certainly all of us were born to 27316cc6990132242stand up and stand out.  we are here in this world for a reason and for a purpose.  whatever our own purpose is, it is never for ourselves alone. but for another. and maybe some.  and maybe more.  but never for ourselves alone.

we may lead a country or a state.  a corporation or an organization.  or we may be teachers or parents.  or pet-lovers even.  whoever we are, there is at least, one single living being that needs us.  and we are all gifted by God in various ways in order for us to provide for that need.  how we use our own God-given  gifts differentiates us from the rest.  shall we be selfish or insecure so as to keep those gifts hidden and untapped? or would we rather use those gifts to make someone’s life better? 

3478a8e732a6bce6the bottom line is, we are all here to participate in life’s wonderful cycle.  it doesn’t matter if  our own defining moments are not as grand and glamorous.   because only when we start living our lives for the good of others, shall we stand out.  only when we come out of our shells and speak, can our voices be heard.  and only when we love and care for others truly,  shall we make this world a better place to live in.  it may be Barack’s time, but it is ours too.  for we are all in this together because no matter how diverse we are as human beings, our lives are all intertwined.


fragments of time

“The steps of the Godly are directed by the Lord.  He delights in every detail of their lives.  Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”  Psalm 37: 23-24


it’s the 15th day of the new year 2009.  i wonder how those who made their new year’s resolutions are doing.  according to wikipedia, a new year’s resolution “is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year’s Day and remain until fulfilled or abandoned.” on this the 15th day of the year, are your resolutions being fulfilled? or are they now on the brink of that great abandon?

when i was younger, new year’s day is a day i eagerly waited for.  somehow it gives me the chance to formulate higher standards, correct past mistakes, and just basically make a fresh start.  it was like being born again, only in a year-older body.  but based on my experience over the years, either i just repeat my past mistakes or make even greater ones.  i usually ended up performing way below my own standards.  and the fresh start ends, shortly before the second quarter of the year.  my new year’s resolutions became year-end disappointments.

as i grow older (and hopefully wiser), these disappointments had taught me a lot about time.  one is that i should not live my life based on a year’s performance.  time is not a year. time is not a month. but time is a sum of all moments.  and just like art, it is usually quicker and easier to see the picture if you paint on a smaller canvas.

hourglassnow, living my life in the moment enables me to simultaneously live up to my standards as i formulate them, immediately correct my mistakes,  and consider each moment as an opportunity for a fresh start. that way, disappointments are dissipated the moment they set in.  not having to wait for another year to start over again.