The weekend's over too quickly, a usual case of too much to do, too little time. The air was so still this morning that I was drenched in sweat at 6.30am after walking Rusty. I could smell another tropical storm coming. Luckily I remembered to bring my freshly sowed lettuce seedlings into the shelter before I left home. I cannot bear to see any more drownings/casualties in my garden.
At the office, I started my day by watching a very heart warming documentary on Noah's Ark animal sanctuary. We went to the sprawling sanctuary last september and walked away totally impressed with the way the stray animals were given a new lease of life. The volunteers had done a great job in giving the dogs, cats, horses, a monkey and a goat a beautiful home. I wished I could become a useful volunteer too.
That's when I realise that these are indeed a special breed of dedicated people. While we normal people are griping about not having enough time to complete housework or pursue our hobbies, the volunteers sacrifice their weekends, travel long distances (in this case, they have to endure long hours of traffic congestion at the Johor-Singapore Causeway) and have nothing but love and compassion for the animals.
Don't they have chores too? Or are they robots who don't need time off for rest and relaxation? Maybe they excel at time management or helping others is their priority, but whatever it is, they are admirable. We should be thankful there are people like them around.
Unfortunately they are a rare breed. Even people who are paid to do their job don't do it well because they lack the passion and right attitude. Can this be taught or is it inborn? Sometimes I wonder if public education will be of any help.
While having lunch at the popular Ikea Cafe last week, we saw prominent signs upon entering - "Clear your tray. Don't leave any trace". They're plastered everywhere, at the cashier, on billboards and every dining table. Yet, we saw people walking away after their meals, leaving plates, cutlery, bones, tissue paper and cups scattered on the table.
These were educated folks with young children in tow. Don't tell me they've missed the signs? What kind of examples are they setting for their children? It made me disappointed and sad. If we can't get the message across to the young and affluent, then how are we going to educate the rest of our nation?