We all know that life’s challenges sometimes bring about negativity that keeps us away from being happy. Not only that, it impacts the people we interact or connect with. To some it may be a catalyst for development, for some it may be a barrier. So how do we problem-solve and overcome challenges in our individual ways?
For Heartist, Xiao Hui, it is an 8-letter word spelled ‘Attitude’. By cultivating a positive and more compassionate attitude towards self, it has helped her to develop confidence in facing her daily challenges.
An Analyst in a Sales Company by day, Xiao Hui doubles up as a student in the evening, upgrading her skills with a series of part-time analytics courses.
Apart from committing quality time for herself and her loved ones, Xiao Hui has been committed to her involvement in community work at a tender age.
What motivates you in your daily life?
She says, “Life is like the colours on a rainbow. Some days it may be in your favourite shades and colours, some days it may be in a shade less colourful. But what makes the prettiest of rainbows is when all the different shades and colours come together to create life.”
“Sometimes, it’s ok to be not ok. But it’s not ok to let the storm work overtime,” she adds.
Sharing on her life motto, she feels that one should be proud for making the best out of the bad things in life and not simply wait for them to go away. It takes a positive attitude to make things happen.
How did you get started as a volunteer?
“My first experience in volunteering goes way back during my school days. The school had adopted a neighbouring nature park and my schoolmates and I took turns to clean up the park, and plant young tree to maintain the environment. Every time I walk past the nature park, it reminds me of the simple and happy memories created,” says Xiao Hui, as she remembers with great fondness.
Dedicating a memory from 2011, during which she volunteered her service to help in the coastal areas of Rikuzentakata, Japan, after it was badly affected by a devastating tsunami.
‘It was a heart-wrenching moment. All the volunteers were overwhelmed by what we saw during the aftermath of the disaster. We have to put on our gears to remove the debris and retrieve personal belongings of the victims. As we tried to salvage whatever we can find, we could literally visualize from the spot where we were standing on – it used to be a home to families.”
Ever since the emotional event, Xiao Hui has cultivated an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness towards life and the people around her. She said, “I’ve learned to appreciate my life more than before and I’m glad that I am able to contribute and help in my humble ways to continue to give back to the society in whichever means possible.”
Serving The Community
With a new determination to reach out to more people who needed help, Xiao Hui chanced upon Big Big Heart on social media and took on the role of a volunteer with the non-profit organisation.
Till date, she has been a major support in the organisation’s awareness programs as well as fundraising events. Speaking as she reveals on the positive experience, she said, “I’m happy to be a part of a community that provides a platform for those who are in need of help and support. More importantly, I feel so thankful that I’m able to play a part in helping.”
We should be socially aware and be involved.
We asked Xiao Hui to share her views on Social Responsibility.
“In a fast paced nation like ours, many of us are busy getting ahead with our lives that we often forget that a sizable number of people around us are suffering in silence due to the lack of support and empathy from the society,” says Xiao Hui.
“These can be very real daily life challenges to the affected individuals and families but with timely help and support, it can lessen their burden or even save lives in critical situations. Hence, it is very important to spread the message across to others that many are still in need and everyone can play a part in creating a more compassionate society,” she adds.
Words for Aspiring Volunteer.
For aspirants who want to be involved, we asked Xiao Hui to share a little from her own experience.
“Keep an open and positive mind,” she said, beaming.
“A small act of kindness can go a long way. You can be the difference. You can make the difference!”