Traditions and Life Values

When I was a kid, my parents paid me 20 cents for each day I fasted and I also got to choose one dish to break fast with. In that open small kitchen of the Felda house, I remember watching my dad grilling fish on the charcoal stove. The smell permeated the house. I’d sit still next to him, salivating, thinking about breaking fast with grilled fish and sambal kicap.

My atuk Gali (my dad’s dad who lived in Gali, Raub) would take the public bus all the way from Raub town. I looked forward to his visits as he would bring apples and grapes – fruits that I hardly got to see every day. The 2-hour bus ride must have been uncomfortable for him as he was on crutches. You see, my atuk Gali was born with only one leg.

Breaking fast together with the family is something I really look forward to. Every year, I will try to arrange to have the first day of Ramadhan to be with the family.

I know time changes and people evolve. But some traditions are worth saving. They ground us. Our life values are made up of all these and more. It makes us, us.

When you look for a career (not a job), these life values will help you to find clarity in what makes you happy. Do not let other things derail you from what is meaningful for you.

To your career success.

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Author: Hanie Razaif-Bohlender

Hanie is co-founder and General Manager of Dragonfire Corporate Solutions Sdn Bhd, a Kuala Lumpur-based management consulting firm, and Dragonfire Academy, a center for continuous adult learning. Hanie is widely known as “The Career Doctor” for her coaching roles with private clients in their quest to find clarity, happiness, and fulfilment during their career journey.

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