Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing

The week has been relatively somber after the death in the family. I attended the wake with my sister yesterday and as predicted, I got a mini anxiety attack outside the parlour. I don’t know what it is about funerals that gets to me. It’s funny because when I was trying to rationalize it with my sister, I was sure that my fear doesn’t stem from the fact that I fear my own death. Don’t get me wrong, I am afraid of dying but I’m okay with the idea that one day, maybe soon or maybe later that I will die and I have probably come to terms with that. I think it’s the idea of loss that scares me shitless. The sheer thought of having to face people who have lost someone dear to them scares me and it scares me when I think about having to be put in those shoes. I’ve lost someone close to me before and it took me the longest time to come to peace with it and I’m not really sure if I’m emotionally prepared to deal with everything should I lose someone else. I don’t know. I suppose I don’t have a choice in the matter but I’m also entitled to be afraid.

On to better news, I met up with the Habitat for Humanity folks for the PR pitch my group is working on for them. Not very well known in Singapore but it’s one of the more prominent ones in the US. I suppose they haven’t done enough to market the brand itself so they stand pale in comparison to the big guns like World Vision *rolls eyes* Basically HFH builds homes for people in need. The office in Singapore sends volunteers to various countries in Asia to work on building shelters etc. Like World Vision, it’s a Christian organization but if anything at all, I’m really glad that they don’t spread the word of the Gospel while they help people. The person we spoke to, told us that they believe in social action more than spreading the word of the Bible and that’s important to them that people get help regardless of their religion. I find that commendable. And their philosophy basically puts an end to the pre-conceived notion that mission organizations will only help you IF they can spread the word of God and that you accept Jesus and all that jazz. Don’t get me wrong. I have no qualms with the whole spreading the word of God business. I just believe that if you’re going to help someone, do it for the sole purpose of social action. Leave religion out of it.

Anyway, they seem like a nice bunch of people so I’m happy to try my best to craft out a PR strategy for a couple of major projects they will be working on in the coming months, including something they call a Bare feet Walk in June. I told my sister about and she asked casually if it’s an Indians-only affair. She’s hilarious like that. No, really.

Two essays due in less than two weeks. I haven’t started on them yet but neither have I started panicking yet. That’s a good sign right?


~ by icingontop on February 18, 2009.

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