Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance.
Too many ideas spinning yet I can’t convince myself to write about anything. People would generally refer to it as the Writer’s Block. However, the case is quite different from my perspective. Writing is something very natural for me. It is a way of expressing my thoughts and opinions which I generally don’t voice. The name of this blog, Facts And Commentary, is very self-explanatory in this regard. I observe, contemplate and then make a comment through the medium called writing. For the past two days I have made at least ten drafts on ten different thoughts but have failed to complete even one. A troublesome situation it is. I am doubtful of my own thoughts perhaps, and that’s not that problematic… I believe.
I decided on playing my favourite game, given the troublesome situation I am faced with. I have grown Fond of this kind of storytelling, I presume. I captioned the following picture for my Three Word Story:
Three Word Story: Find Your Legend.
The story or the caption as it is, is inspired from Paulo Coelho’s classic, The Alchemist. I have read this book five times and wouldn’t mind a sixth read either. Each one of us has a personal legend of our own. Our lives have a purpose, we bear a destiny defined by the decision we make to cross the path to our fate. However, the personal legend needs to be sought if not through omens as in case of Santiago, through contemplations and interpretations of the patterns of our own nature. The path the self-discovery is never-ending; however, the journey must continue. I agree with Coelho when he says, “Everyone on Earth has a treasure that awaits him!” And that treasure is the realisation of his personal legend!
If I had to make one book recommendation to anyone, it would be” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing.
~ Jalalluddin Rumi
Exams, cursed exams! I had written the post for the third round of Anand’s challenge having spoken my heart about the tragic event of the 16th December 2014 but I forgot to post it. Well, I am amending the post for today, the birthday of the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah!
Three quotes chosen are:
“Think hundred times before you take a decision. But once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man!”
“With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve!”
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!
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.
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life!
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)
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:
I found myself in slight bewilderment when I walked through the door into this world of blogging, a few minutes back. Bewilderment because Anand of blabberwockying! had nominated me for the Three Quotes Three Day Challenge! You have my thanks Anand, you considered my acumen for this challenge.
Here we are, my three quotes for Day 1 of the challenge!
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop!
Masjid dha de, mandir dha de, dha de jo kuj dehnda
Bus kisey da dil na dhaween, rab dilaan wich renda
(Destroy the mosque, demolish the temple
Break not one’s heart for God resides in hearts)
You do not let the fear of death come in the way of what you believe is your mission in life!
The earth is a planet inhabited by seven billion humans, a race that dominates all other beings in its intellect, nature and history. There are divisions of language, ethnicity and belief and materialistic social classification has been persistent over time as well. However, a commoner of this race has the same five senses and the same body structure. And so they say that together, we, the humans are like drops in a colossal ocean. The reality, however, is the diversification in similarity of our being. Each human is a miracle in himself, in his acts, philosophies and abilities… the ocean is within us! This uniqueness of us, all of us, is the reason that his world exists and continues to progress. However, it is courtesy from the roots of which shoots the stem of collective progress and the much valued unification of diversity! Respects for sentiments is the breeding light for this race of ours to prosper! The race taken by the fear of being vanquished by the fear of demise. There is no subduing the reality of mortality! Immortality is an illusion cast in the lake of the elixir of life, dismantled easily and factually by the fermented ripple of truth! Seek what you seek with profoundness, strive for what you seek with fidelity to the cause of it and not the fear of the struggle being ended midway for success is measured in subjectivity of consequences but failure is objective in the premise of not endeavouring!
My Nominees for Day 1 are: