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Why I Like Making Waves

Why I Like Making Waves

Surfing on waves
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OK, I am not talking about surfing since I barely can swim properly. But I have recently been thinking “I will not be here forever”.

As a social entrepreneur, I have not given careful thought to what happens beyond me. My burnout was the impetus that got me started on Emmaus Strategies; a simple desire to share with the world what I discovered and learned about combating burnout and even my clinical depression. This was Emmaus 1.0.

Later, it made better sense that Emmaus’ work should be about “ripple effect” change-making; one which multiplies good impact to the community by enabling people to be resilient to do more good. That was Emmaus 2.0.

Six years and a global pandemic later, I find myself entering a new season where I work with more youths, in addition to working adults for mental resilience. This provided me with a broader perspective of the work I do. Even though this is a relatively new arena for me, I find myself enjoying the energy that they bring with them, the process of being able to share my own journey and experience, while being inspired by their desire to do good. This, I believe, is Emmaus 3.0. Indeed, I am reminded about this from the following Takeoff quote:

We want our legacy to stand upon the youth. We want to give knowledge to the younger generation and be a part of changing the game.

I was grateful for the opportunity to work with Project Miyalko from Eunoia Junior College earlier this year, as they hosted me for the Changemakers Lecture Series. I shared a presentation titled “An Open Letter to my Younger Self”, where I processed and distilled 3 important lessons I have learned that I want the younger change-making me to know.

Project Miyako @ Eunoia JC

Team Project Miyako
James speaking to his younger self
Deep Dive at Eunoia JC
Team Project Miyako James speaking to his younger self Deep Dive at Eunoia JC

Just this week, I am also thankful for the platform to share about my mental health journey as well as conduct the “From Stress to Zest” workshop for the youth volunteers from Youth Corps Singapore’s Mission X. I left the sessions heartened to see our youth carrying the fire to want to make a difference and that I can play a small part to help them grow. I applaud the work of Eunoia JC and Youth Corps Singapore in growing compassionate and passionate youths. In the coming months, I will be engaging with more youths in different institutions and I look forward to seeing you too.

Mental Resilience @ Mission X

James at Republic Poly
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Session where James shared about his mental health journey
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James at Republic Poly IMG-20230920-WA0013 Session where James shared about his mental health journey IMG-20230920-WA0011

Still, my “wave-making” work here is not done, as I continue to help people of all ages grow their mental resilience. Do drop me a message at james@emmaus.sg for a chat on how we can work together to build mental resilience for more people.

 

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Why I Like Making Waves

by James Lim
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