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Happiness Is Where Tzu Chi Is

Written by  Yam Hoy Mun, Taiwan / Translated by Tan Heang Shin

Lim Mee Ling was finally certified as a Tzu Chi Commissioner after five years. [Photograph by Zhan Jin De]

“We were both busy with our lives after graduation. But when we met again, I envied her radiant complexion,” Lim Mee Ling exclaimed. She was very keen to find out about her secondary schoolmate, Ngooi Pek Wah’s natural happiness.


Lim Mee Ling, a volunteer in Tzu Chi Entrepreneur Group, used to search for happiness at different places but to no avail. It was not until 2008 when she met her ex-schoolmate and old buddy, Ngooi Pek Wah, that she began to get involved in Tzu Chi hence found her long sought after happiness.

“She invited me to Taiwan to learn more about happiness. I didn’t know much about Tzu Chi then; and I knew later that I was actually invited to attend Tzu Chi’s Global Entrepreneurs’ Camp,” Mee Ling said. Although she was very touched during the trip, she did not commit herself as she needed to care for her sick grandmother at that time.

When her grandma passed away in 2012, Pek Wah brought some Tzu Chi volunteers to chant at the funeral. Coincidentally, Entrepreneur Group Leader, Tong Siew Bee hails from the same hometown. That was how Mee Ling was linked up with Tzu Chi again after four years.

During that four years, she was busy getting her company, Ogawa, listed. She felt lost and in pursuing money and power, she became hot-tempered. In Tzu Chi, she made use of her talent to take care of public relations for the Entrepreneur Group.

Nowadays, she spends most of her time in Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association, learning alongside volunteer Siow Lee Yuen. Realizing how Master cares about the youths and views them as the future pillars, she felt the need to play her part. Through mutual sharing with the youngsters, she herself was transformed.

A person with a big ego then

“My colleague would avoid me previously as I loved to pick on them. I would often make this remark, ‘If so-and-so can do it, why not you?’ at meetings,” Mee Ling recalled. As the Managing Director, she was strict with her subordinates, saw things from her angle and refused to listen to others.

But in Tzu Chi, she learnt to be more understanding and forgiving. Better still, she brought the learning back to her workplace. Seeing her transformation, the staff encouraged her to continue with her participation in Tzu Chi’s activities as it would promote a pleasant atmosphere in office.

Mee Ling remarked, “I wish I have encountered Tzu Chi and the Master earlier, then I would have led a better life. I would know how to handle people and affairs at work better.” She felt bad about her crafty and aggressive nature in the past, thinking she was right and fighting to win all the time.

From Tzu Chi’s philosophy and Master’s teaching, she learnt to respect others, see the good in others and believes that everyone gives their best. She shared, “I was puzzled with the large number of volunteers in Tzu Chi’s activities initially, but I slowly realized that these are platforms for people to contribute their strengths and learn from others, besides changing themselves while transforming others.”

A precious gift from the Master

“Many managers in the company are Tzu Chi donors and I have invited them for Tzu Chi’s activities regularly including volunteering at the physically and/or mentally-disabled centre at Kuala Kubu Bharu. I want them to know what I am doing at Tzu Chi and hope that they would follow suit,” Mee Ling added.

Today, she manages the enterprise using love and reaps huge benefits from it. She thanked Master for this precious gift. She said, “The Dharma name given by the Master means that the second half of my life would be joyful and wonderful, simply because I have changed for the better!”

She learnt to change her mind too. Her child did not do well in his studies and has preferred stocks trading. He even chose not to pursue a tertiary education. “Had it not been for Tzu Chi, I would have behaved like some mothers do – forcing him to take up a degree course. What I did was to ask about his plan calmly,” Mee Ling stated.

She felt blessed to have come across many spiritual friends along the way who have set a good example for her. After five years, she finally made it as a Tzu Chi Commissioner. With certification comes greater responsibilities. She pledged to do more in Tzu Chi’s missions.

Before becoming a Tzu Chi volunteer, Lim Mee Ling was tough on her staff and did not care about other people’s feeling. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]   In Tzu Chi, Lim Mee Ling learnt to see things from others’ perspectives and even brought the learning back to her workplace. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]

Before becoming a Tzu Chi volunteer, Lim Mee Ling was tough on her staff and did not care about other people’s feeling. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]
 
In Tzu Chi, Lim Mee Ling learnt to see things from others’ perspectives and even brought the learning back to her workplace. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]
 
Lim Mee Ling learnt alongside Siow Lee Yuen (left) during their involvement in Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]   Lim Mee Ling felt blessed to have known many spiritual friends over the years, who have shown a good example to her. [Photograph by Zhan Jin De]

Lim Mee Ling learnt alongside Siow Lee Yuen (left) during their involvement in Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]
 
 
Lim Mee Ling felt blessed to have known many spiritual friends over the years, who have shown a good example to her. [Photograph by Zhan Jin De]