|Dead or alive?|
What come to mind when you look at the picture on the left? Is the plant dead or alive? I bought this plant 2 weeks before Tet, the lunar new year here in Vietnam. It was a beautiful plant with interesting flowers. My helper Ms. Hai who have been working for us the past 15 years looked at my new "buy" and laugh at me saying, "Michael, your plant will be dead in two weeks. Nonetheless, enjoy it while you can."
During this festive period, it is also my family tradition to make a trip back to Singapore around that time to celebrate Chinese New Year. 9 days later, we returned to Hanoi and the blossom were gone and the plant was dried up because I did not water it during our absence from home. Just as Ms. Hai predicted. Looking at the plant, I asked myself the question: "Dead or Alive?" I had wanted to throw it out. However, for unknown reasons, I decided to cut back on the branches and kept watering it. For 2 months, I watered it.
Yesterday, 10th April 2016, I noticed something interesting happened. Like a miracle, new life sprouted. I can't imagine what seems so dead as indeed still alive. In fact, as new leaves start to sprout, I can imagine the bloom that will one day come again in the future. I am glad I did not throw the plant out when all seems so dried up and dead.
In fact, I have been similar thoughts about Tea Talk. Tea Talk celebrated it's 4th Anniversary recently. Many times, outwardly, I feel I am wasting away. Over the past 4 years, I have contemplated on numerous occasions to "throwing it out" or to give up. But each time I feel like giving up, a new spark of hope rekindled my spirit to press on. The past 4 years have been extremely tough. And I do not know how the future of Tea Talk looks like. However, on Saturday, when each of the Tea Talkers shared their stories, I saw up-closed once again sprouts of new leaves, new life and new hope in the eyes of those who shared their stories. Guess Tea Talk will have to keep pressing on, and set it's sight on the hope that sustains it.