I am thankful that God has given me a selective memory.
I only remember the good, and never remember the bad, except when it comes to people. I do remember their names.
My birth country is Viet Nam, where, prior to April 1975, the world only knew us as a war torn country, prostitutes, drugs, and American soldiers. Strange, I’ll never understand why people only remember the bad, but seldom the good.
I remember after I graduated from college, got a job in a large Corporation, and was the first female Vietnamese working there.
I was asked how I managed to survive the war in Viet Nam, amidst rockets, and guns prevalent in everyday life.
“I didn’t feel or fear the war, because rockets, and guns had become a part of life, similar to practicing feng shui; it’s a part of my daily life. When you grow up within the environment, you don’t know the difference but live and let’s live.”
As a matter of fact, as a young child, my siblings and I were always very happy to “ditch” school legally, when there was a 24 hour curfew, martial law, citizens could not leave the house. To us, it meant no school, and we could play with one another.
When there was no power, which happened quite often in our country, we had so much fun by simply turning on flashlight to play “ghost”, scare one another.
In Vietnam, most homes had the rest room outside the living area, far away in the backyard.
At night, especially when it rained heavily or stormed, we learned to hold our private needs as long as we could.
Today I am thankful for this experience because I learned how to hold on which has helped me quite a bit as a motivational speaker.
There are times when I talk to an audience quite a long time, sip lots of water, and can hold the need of running to the Loo.
April 30, 2014 marks the 39th Anniversary of Freedom in America for us Vietnamese people.
I am grateful that my son was not born during that draft war era, having to fight in a war of disguised enemies, where so many servicemen came back in a body bag or not whole.
Peace & Love!
The moral of my story is:
Think of the good, and ignore the bad! And, always look forward, because the future is so bright that we’ll need to wear dark sunglasses.
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