Eight years ago, Singapore was unknown as a F1 circuit. Fifty years ago, Singapore was an unmemorable sleepy island with little that anyone paid attention to. As I listen to the praise I am struck by how far and deep the influence and reputation of a nation with 2 million voters has grown. While some within take things for granted, I sense a humbleness in the leadership of the country. While there has been a lot of hard work and sacrifices, there has also been luck, good fortune, and the blessings of others.
In the shadow of descriptions such as “crown jewel” and “fantastic experience” referring to the race and the country, one concludes that Singapore’s reputation is in good shape. In many ways, it reminds me of the observations across the generations of people, places, and even divinity. If one wanted to paraphrase the views of many, just updates the locations in the Psalm; “I name them off, those among whom I’m famous: Egypt and Babylon, also Philistia, even Tyre, along with Cush. Word’s getting around; they point them out: “This one was born again here!”” (Psalm 87.4)
The is a warning that should come with the celebration that travels with positive recognition. Yesterday is only memorable in context of the present. Whatever we have done is just that, history, unless it is placed in context of now. Reinforcement or contrast, each tells of story of the present while indicating the future.
I am hopeful that this will be a great weekend. The elements of opportunity, participation, and freedom are present. They combine to set a stage where greatness can be seen, experienced, and recognized. The same ingredients are in your life and mine. We are the authors of our stories. While there are those that are here to help – the Spirits of Hope and Mercy, friends, and Life’s whispers – what we choose is ultimately ours and ours alone. We tell the story! I am hopeful that my story and the way it intertwines with others will be recognized as a better place to be.