True communication is all about choosing your words with love and care.
MY wife reminded me recently that it’s that time of the year when I write my annual family newsletter to send to our friends across many continents.
She had already received some updates from various people, even though December is still some weeks away.
I think it’s a good tradition for keeping in touch with people whom we do not meet regularly, yet are dear enough to us that we want them to know how we are getting on.
Even in this age of constant updates via Facebook posts and WhatsApp, receiving a newsy letter in the mail is still a joy for me.
Sitting down to put our newsletter together compels me to review the year and the progress and status of each member of our family.
I find it helpful to take stock of the year ahead of the time when we traditionally formulate new year resolutions.
For one, there is still time to tie up loose ends and perhaps make good some promises made.
And secondly, November doesn’t have busyness of December with its extended festive season.
So there is more time for reflection.
So what will my newsletter say? Well, there have been happy moments this year as well as sad goodbyes, high points as well as low ones.
There were exciting new frontiers to explore for one member of the family, hurdles to overcome and challenges to face for another.
It has been a mixed bag and I am grateful for every experience.
I know that though not all journeys are pleasant ones, they are a means to make me complete.
by Soo Ewe Jin .