Greetings, dear friends, with a happy smile. Finals are going well and I shall soon be midway on my journey through the junior year. Its winters in Lahore, chilly, foggy, misty… it’s Lahori December-like in Lahore. I am back with the second round of Anand’s challenge!
- Post three consecutive days.
- You can pick one or three quotes per day.
- Challenge three different bloggers per day.
Pondering on the challenge, these three quotes struck me the first so these are my pick for the Day 2!
Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.
- Mohsin Hamid
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life!
- Omar Khayyam
Amal sey zindagi banti hai, Jannat bhi jahannum bhi
Yeh khaki apni fitrat mein, na noori hai na naari hai
(Deeds are what make life into a heaven or hell
This creature of clay is neither, by nature, of light nor of fire)
- Allama Mohammad Iqbal
- (Translated by: Zahra)
Differences, divides, splits and distances arise when the flower of empathy droops. The human today has gained understanding of one rule of the primitive woods that might is always right and that it is fortune the pursuit of which is the pursuit of happiness. Many of the evils shall die of their own fate if only I and you show a little more respect for each other, a little more understanding of our respective realities and be a little more empathetic to the reflections of our eyes and hearts. Your shoes would never me and mine aren’t cut out for you. But does it mean I shall never mend yours and you shall dispose of mine when a lace gets damaged? Life blooms in empathy. Happiness is subjective as it must be but is it to be weighed in units of envy, affluence and irony solely? Shall you be the sole soul to strive for survival how surreal shall be the sounds of life? Endeavours must continue for it is actions that measure the liveliness of you but, remember to stop on the dusty rugged road, dust off the dirt of your cloak, look back to find the dimmed horizon to realize how far have you come, smile in satisfaction of continuing to surge ahead and flaunt your cloak like a royal cape before you may happily resume the stride towards your destination. It is in now, the happiness, in what you have. Just muscle that brick aside with a meaningless kneel so the road may still be dusty and rugged but a little clearer for the fellows who might follow sooner or later. After all what goes around comes around!
My nominees on Day 2: