As we close the chapter on 2004, let us all approach 2005 on the right footing!
I guess we can all learn some valuable lessons from three young superstar athletes who will not start off the year in a happy mood.
1. Be sober! US swimming teen sensation Michael Phelps was put on a 18-month probation for driving drunk and recklessly on the road. As most people would spend their New Year’s eve drinking, this piece of news is a welcome warning to all!
2. Be disciplined! England and Man United’s temperamental teenage striker Wayne Rooney was slapped a three match suspension today after his costly slap against Bolton’s Tal Ben Haim last Sunday. Another reminder for all of us to control our temper and stay disciplined throughout the raucous celebrations. We don’t want to get caught in any unwanted mess now, would we?..;-)
3. Be alert! The latest NBA phenom, LeBron James turned (only) 20 yesterday with Dikembe Mutombo hand (or elbow rather) delivering a birthday present (during a Cleveland vs Houston match) which sent James to the hospital. So, during the eve celebrations and partying, stay alert and be wary of your surroundings.
Personally, I felt our Malaysian PM made a splendid announcement for everyone to tone down on the New Year 2005 celebrations and mark 1 Jan 2005 as a day or mourning, reflection and prayer in respect of the tsunami tragedy of 26 Dec 2004. It would also be a good time to review what the year has been and ponder on the journeys to be taken in 2005.
Have a great New Year’s Eve everyone, and a greater year ahead! And remember: stay sober, disciplined and alert!
Number of the Day:
118,000 – Tsunami Death Toll estimate (as of today) after Indonesia clocked in about 80,000 deaths.
(Originally posted on allandog.multiply.com)