Charity begins at home I received an e-mail message last week from my friend in Saudi Arabia that I would like to share with my friends Malaysians. This e-mail was forwarded to me as well as to hundreds of others all over the world. It is, indeed, an important message to the whole world, the world that is full of violence, wars and inhuman people. For you who did not receive this message, let us read it together as follows : “Subject : Imperfection.” “When I was a little girl, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed ! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom, and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite !” “When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the toast. And I’ll never forget what he said : ‘Baby I loved burned toast !’ “Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night, and I asked him if he really like his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said : ‘Debbie, your mom put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides, a little burnt toast never hurt anyone ! You know life is full of imperfect things....and imperfect people.’ “ I am not the best housekeeper or cook. What I have learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults, and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences, is one of the most important keys to creating healthy, growing and lasting relationship. And that’s my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where burnt toast isn’t a deal-breaker ! We could extend this to any relationship in fact – as understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship.....The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our relationship...”Peggy Tabor Millin. This message really touches our souls and hearts, giving us the meaning of tolerance and understanding. A good relationship is normally begins at home, in the family, and from there it spreads out to a society, and a nation. We, in this country, are building a united, peace and harmony nation in our multi racial society, the new concept of 1 Malaysia could be translated based on this message, that is to learn to accept each other’s differences, to take the good, the bad and the ugly of others as parts of our life. No body can claim he or she is a perfect person. We are all imperfect. Only God is perfect.

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