Let’s be thankful for what we have


Lim Ying Ning

Published: 4:02 AM, August 9, 2013
Updated: 4:30 PM, August 10, 2013

Singaporeans are living in a blessed country, and usually complain about minor issues such as seats “choped” with tissue paper or the unbearable weather.

Yes, there are some hot issues that worry Singaporeans. Some of us are dissatisfied over certain issues, such as the high cost of public housing and Certificate of Entitlement prices, as well as overcrowding in public transport.

However, our Government is visibly tackling these issues, rather than ignoring them.

And before we emphasise what we do not have, we might want to reflect on whether we want issues to be solved because the situation fails to satisfy our basic needs, or just for our own convenience.

We should be thankful that we are living in an environment where security is tight and corruption is minimal.

On top of that, Singapore is situated in a safe location, away from the boundaries of the tectonic plates, protected from calamities such as earthquakes and tsunamis, unlike countries such as Japan and China.

Before we even find displeasure in the pleasures in life, we could look at our circumstances from another perspective and know that we are well-off. Our current situation could be much worse, and we can choose how we want to feel, to be appreciative or unthankful.

Singapore is like a bubble, and we live safely in it. However, we must realise that the bubble can burst in the blink of an eye. It is wiser to embrace the blessings we have now than to regret should we lose them all.