portsmouth 1 arsenal 1 (lualua 67)
& pray we did. 1st we chatted about personal prayer requests. Then we toked about wat we're going to do after ORD. One isn't sure...still looking for direction, but going to be an architect. Another's going to be a civil servant. & me, I'm going to be a teacher. Then we ate. Then we toked about what to pray about. Pray for unsaved frens in Mindef, for the spiritual climate in Mindef to change, pray against bureaucracy, backstabbing, complaining, passing work, materialism, etc. Pray for a positive attitude to work. Pray for the government & policy-makers. & then we really prayed - with our eyes open - but we really prayed!
this isn't what a normal person would do. but we did it. & my 2 frens were just as eager as me. Our next meeting up to pray is next Wednesday.
2 days ago, we finished a meeting & I asked my colleague, who I still treat as my fren, whether she wants to go for lunch. She didn't reply. But she was still at her desk. 20 minutes later, she had disappeared. In the canteen, she was with 4 others. 1 just celebrated her birthday last week. Another had come down from CMPB to give her a birthday present. Another is a colleague who just doesn't like me. (& she doesn't make it a secret). Another is technically my colleague but cos I'm an NSF, he's my superior. The last is the birthday girl. The table was packed, just enuff for 5 people. there was no room for 1 more. The girl from CMPB hailed. But she's resigned cos relationships in the office have grieved her. The rest didn't so much as look up. I bought a packet of rice and went back to the office to eat.
The name of my organisation means "bond". Its raison d'etre is, among others, to promote unity and comradeship nationwide.
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