14 LUMEN | JOSEPHIANS
The Josephian Spirit that led him to doggedly train for his Judo competitions is still very much alive in Ser Yung .
‘ Spirit of God in the clear running water ’, a gentle wind stirring within him during his comatose state . A sign of his rebirth .
Ser Yung ’ s journey to recovery has not been one devoid of internal struggles . There was a point when he frequently asked : ‘ Why me ?’ and even the day before he was due to be discharged from the hospital after he underwent cranioplasty , he was plagued with lots of doubts . He wasn ’ t even confident if he could return home . That thought weighed him down as he dreaded the many months he had stayed at Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital earlier . Overwhelmed , he felt as if there was no end to the obstacles he was facing in life .
Now there is quiet acceptance .
Acceptance that God has a plan for him for putting him through so much pain and sadness and in the midst of it all He ensured His many angels were there to make the journey for Ser Yung bearable .
Like any adolescent his age , Ser Yung desires the approval of his loved ones . His gratification was evident when he related his father ’ s response to whether he was proud of him . Beamingly , Ser Yung said , “ My father told me I am hardworking .”
But the perfectionist in Ser Yung begs to differ . “ I am lazy ,” he tells me . “ My legs are wobbly , my hand is not fully functioning and my voice weak .”
Yet all I see in Ser Yung is his sheer determination to excel and grab every opportunity that comes his way . The Josephian Spirit that led him to doggedly train for his Judo competitions is still very much alive in Ser Yung .
Ser Yung gave his oral presentation for English today . He proudly stood up in front of the class and engaged his audience by posing us a rhetorical question and injecting humour in his speech . His classmates and I were captivated . Before he sat down , I noticed a glint in his eyes . You shouldn ’ t be amazed , Ser Yung . We should .
Page 12 : Ser Yung is his usual happy self in school
This page : Ser Yung with some of the boys from the SJI graduating Class of 2010 and some of his judo peers