Farewell 2016, A Year of Lessons & Transformation

This approaching New Year feels likes a gush of wind in the falls, blowing away dried leaves in shades of yellow, orange and brown, changing the landscape constantly. The sudden touch of cold wakes the body from a walk in slumber that has made life sedentary and complacent without one knowing. Life. A constant state of transformation. A motion that stops only when the light diminishes. And what is life when we stop moving and growing as a human being?

My vision as a leader for IDR and a professional in my field has always been about transformation. We constantly strive to become a better version of ourselves and it is only through doing so that we truly live and experience the best of what life can give. However after years of serving in the public sector and going through various challenges in my journey as an academician and professional, I realized that not many people believe in it. A lot of people actually live a life that could have been much better if they work harder and smarter. A lot of people settled and let life takes its course only to realize much later on that they could have had the life that they want—a little too late. I always take it upon myself to share my experience with those younger than me, especially my staff and encourage them not to be complacent about their dreams. We are able to achieve great things if only we believe in our capabilities.

Anyone who celebrates the New Year knows of this golden word that seems to appear on the 31st December and disappear the day after: Resolution. When we were young, we take resolutions seriously that the saying ‘New Year New Me’ brings a serious connotation. But as we grow older, resolutions become dampen with lost hopes, broken dreams and complacency. We no longer believe that we can resolute to change our lives. Here is the truth. No matter where we are in our lives and what age we are in, transformation is a possibility as a long as we work for it. We have all the powers and capacity within ourselves to change the state of our life, mind and being. One of my favorite verses in the Quran is from Surah Ar-Rad, verse 11.

“For each one are successive [angels] before and behind him who protect him by the decree of Allah. Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.”

I hope 2017 will bring you the motivation you need to transform your life for the better. Especially for my staff, I wish all of you a good break from work this December and may we strive harder, smarter and greater than before in fulfilling our responsibilities to the people of Perak. Believe in ourselves and envision the future we can build together.

Happy New Year. Assalamualaikum.

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