Look inwards and carry on…

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
– Nelson Mandela 

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison, fighting for and never giving up on a cause he believed in – freedom, justice and a better life for his people as they rightly deserve.

5th May 2013 is the darkest day in our political history.

There has been an outpouring of grief, disappointment, outrage and sadness in the hearts of peace-loving and right-thinking Malaysians since midnight. We came together and fought so hard for change yet the change that we envisioned could not be realised because of an electoral process replete with blatant fraud and cheating.

There was no level playing field. No fairplay.

How do you beat a system which has total disregard for a level playing field and fairplay?

In the midst of all the disappointment, we have no where to turn to except to look inwards.

How does this disappointment affect who we are? Will we be any different because our hopes for change have been dashed?

Will we stop working hard? Will we stop doing what is good and right?

The answer is a definite “NO”.

When we are already at the bottom of the pit, there is no other way but up.

And this is especially true for those of us who are in the animal welfare circle. We are so used to having our hopes dashed, aren’t we? We ask for animal rights, and we don’t get it. We ask for fairer and kinder laws for animals, we get a wishy-washy animal welfare bill. We ask our neighbours and friends to let the street animals live naturally as they are meant to, we get told off, our animals get abused. We, the animal-people (as we are known), are so used to being a small minority, so used to being sidelined, being told we will never get any priority, yet, we plod on, never giving up.

What makes us go on, day after day?

It is because we BELIEVE in doing what is good and what is right, even though we are a minority.

In this spirit (that we are already so accustomed to), let us carry on and continue doing what is right, for the animals and for ourselves.

Nothing can ever stop us from doing what is good and right. No one can take that spirit away from us.

Look inwards and carry on, folks…

Believe in the goodness of the universe.

If we carry goodness in our hearts, no one can ever, ever defeat us.

Nothing great is created suddenly, anymore than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
– Epictetus


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3 responses to “Look inwards and carry on…”

  1. Jasmine

    Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu!

    Thank you for the words of truth and wisdom.

    Sis Kah Yein, if you’re ever in politics, I’d vote for you in a heart-beat! It is indeed rare to find an honest to goodness person who’s able to say things as it is, whose conscience is crystal clear, who works tirelessly for the benefit of the many, who has so much unconditional love for the street animals, who soldier on despite the setbacks, obstacles, frustrations and whose actions are louder than words!

    You certainly inspire us to be better people.

    Yes, believe in the goodness of the universe and carry our light within us.

    May the blessings of the Triple Gem always be upon you.

  2. kettenkard

    just a rant.

    even though our chosen wakil rakyat lost, doesn’t mean we were denied of our rights.The winning side are obliged to serve us, the rakyat-even if we didn’t vote him. So now we need to claim our rights, needs and wants.need better roads?Gather enough voice and go tell the ones in charge.They are obliged to follow if the people’s voice is huge enough-as long as the demand is reasonable (don’t go for something like a supercar per person). want better animal rights? Keep doing your work, change the minds of the people and make our voices heard.

    Demand the “Demi Rakyat” or “Janji Ditepati” or whatever they kept spewing before voting day.

    sorry for my english

  3. Maria O’Connell

    I was so hoping for a new future for Malaysians and was greatly disappointed with the results. In the words of Martin Luther King (I believe), please find the strength and courage to “Keep your eyes on the prize!”