Monday, October 17, 2016

Dream Crazy!

My Photograph
Holding on to a dream and trying to make it come to life is no doubt a daunting task.  It is not easy in any way.  You wouldn’t be wrong for giving up on it or perhaps them.   Sometimes our dreams do not come to life because either we are short of time, money or influence or that the world is not yet ready to experience what we have to offer.  This is why it is so important to build one’s ability to persevere as well as grow one’s own individual wisdom as they both help a person navigate the course to tangibly bring to life a thought that germinated in their mind.  But strengthening those two elements is only possible by remaining observant and engaged in living.  Letting things run on an auto-pilot mode or adopting a ‘go with the flow’ attitude will only lead one down a road to ruin, where their dream(s) as Paulo Coelho says will become the stuff of nightmares that haunt a person with regret in their later years. Yet while many know that, they tend to slip towards the latter. 

So, how does a person stay the course when all else seems to have failed or when nothing seems to be working?  Well as many wise sages have always said that it is important to regard failure is an enabler and not a ridiculer.  It is vital to learn and keep challenging oneself to try something new, which is different from their previous attempt(s).  Equally important is the need to keep one’s hobbies and passions alive, for by doing so will one be able to get the energy they need to think, ask the right questions and figure out how they can attempt to succeed at what others consider crazy. 

Essentially, a dream is a unique mission bestowed upon those who are capable of making them happen.  So the next time you get a strange thought in your head, which urges you to spur yourself into action to achieve something significant, please heed that thought.  In other words, dream crazy.  Next Take please! 


Monday, September 12, 2016

Go Fish!

My Photograph

The grayish pool of water lay before me, stretching away towards the horizons.  Breaking through at various points across its shimmering surface lay a string of boulders that to any onlooker, would indicate how treacherous a journey it would be to cross over to the other side.  I continued walking along the boulevard and thought to myself if what I was about to do was worth it.  I had made many journeys in my life, but none were quite like this one.  It was different because the decision to undertake it and the possible consequences that it could have would not only affect me but a few others as well.  If I failed, several innocent lives would be badly hurt.  Perhaps that was what was making me feel so uncomfortable.  “Taking responsibility will be mine alone,” I said to myself in a soft whisper. 

My Photograph
I saw the throng of strangers as they walked by on this evening, oblivious to the battle raging within my mind.  I stopped and cast my eyes towards the distant buildings that embellished the bay, while I wondered if I should postpone the inevitable.  “If you do, then you won’t grow,” said a voice behind me.  I had no reason to turn around quickly as I knew who the owner of those words was.  I slowly shifted towards my right and said, “Well I think I’ve grown enough and honestly, I don’t think that I need to grow any further.”  I heard his footsteps reach my side and as I continued my sojourn I glanced to my right to see the smiling face of Ali Mehdi.   “That’s true my friend but as scary as it is, you need to know that if you ignore what’s really going on within your heart and keep pushing away what you really should be doing then you’re doing a great disservice to the entire universe.  Trust me I would know that,” he said.  “But Ali, I’ve seen failure happen before.  I’ve seen dreams become nightmares and I’ve seen how the price paid for falling short of a goal is far too overbearing,” I said.  “I know you have but unlike before you have the means of understanding what faith really is and that will help you overcome any challenge there is.  You mustn’t give up!” he said.

My Photograph
I glanced at him and stopped near to where some fishing boats were anchored.  “You see these boats.  Every time a fisherman goes out, he risks everything from his life, his money, his crew and everything else.  But he does not let the fear of those risks get to him.  Whether there’s no catch for the day or a storm occurs or his boat may sink due to a crack in the wood, he still goes out there.  Do you know why?” Ali asked.  “Because he needs the money?” I said indifferently.  “No because it’s the adventure of a new day and with it comes the challenge he relishes of knowing he is going to beat the odds.  For when he does so and stays brave in the face of danger, he knows that the universe will reward him,” said Ali. I turned slowly to look at him. “It is the fisherman’s acceptance of the challenge into the great unknown that makes him receive the blessing that life has to offer.  Even though he knows he may fail, he realizes that to accept fear is to accept a prison sentence of slow death.  You may not see it happen just yet but over time your mind, body and heart wither away, leaving a hollow shell within which you suffer greatly.  Fighting for what your heart truly believes in, keeps your spirit fresh and vibrant and even though times may get rough, the universe will always shower you with life giving rain, which in the end makes you grow to heights you cannot even begin to imagine.  Think about that!” said Ali and he turned and walked away along the path leading to the setting Sun. Next Take please!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Prophets Of Doom

Image Source: hd-freewallpapers.com
I had touched upon this topic several years ago in another article (see: Doomsday) but felt compelled to revisit it once again.  It seems that there is a growing intensity in the media as well as in popular culture that includes movies, documentaries, television shows, books as well as online platforms, where a bulk of people seem to be obsessed with “end of the world” concepts and scenarios.  It is true that there are many things going horribly wrong in our times such as war, terrorism, famines, global warming etc.  No doubt these issues need to be tackled with potent counter measures and intelligent leaders, who are willing to walk their talk.  But if one were to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, they would find that the world has been plagued by similar adversities for many centuries now.  Poverty and disaster are not new issues that cropped up exclusively in the 21st century.

Image Source: inquisitr.com
Further, a closer inspection reveals that many positive changes have occurred in equal measure and in some cases overflowed the embankments of their epicenters and spread around the globe.  Sadly though, these seemed to be completely ignored.  Instead, conversations, news reports and thoughts seem to be gravitating with more intensity towards the negative, with far less leaning in favor of what is positive and right with the world.  Equally disturbing at times, is how a lot of people seem to relish the supposed omens or premonitions, which point to worldwide doom, where they even cite various prophecies by say Nostradamus and Vanga to corroborate their views. 

My Photograph
While Nostradamus may have predicted certain events, which many claim have occurred just as he foretold, he also wrote other material, where he implored humanity to reflect on its current actions.  From that point, he strongly contended that if humanity could transform itself, where the hearts of people spewed out the venom of prejudice and absorbed the nectar of love and compassion, then the future itself could alter its course away from the highway of destruction he foresaw ahead.  Nostradamus himself believed in the transformative power humanity possessed and did have faith that the world would move ahead in a more progressive and positive direction.  However, those responsible for making that happen include the one who has written these words and ones who are reading them right now.  Next Take please!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Leap Of Faith?

Question: Is Rebuilding Burnt Bridges A Personally Lucrative Affair?

My Photograph
There are moments, every now and then, where I find myself thinking back about certain friends from the years that have gone by.  For many, my friendship with them has endured and our bond remains as strong as ever (and in some case it has gotten even stronger).  With some others, I sadly reflect that our time of knowing each other went by all too quickly.  A few other faces sometimes pass by my minds eye and while I can say that we were never really close, it was good to have known them.  I can certainly say that I learnt some vital lessons about life from them and I do wonder what they are doing when their memory is resurrected in my head.  At other points, I also think of many close friends I had in my early school days and have not seen again, owing to my having to shift to another city or country.  Sadly I can recall some of them but either their first name or last name is eludes me.  Even good old reliable Facebook has not been able to help me locate them as yet.  But maybe when the time is right, we’ll cross paths again somewhere.

My Photograph
But there are times, perhaps on a quite Saturday afternoon, where I do think of a very select set of people, who felt more like family to me.  Our affection for each other was strong but tragically with a majority of them, the bonds broke and they snapped ties with me altogether.  In a couple of cases, it was a real case of betrayal, where they used me to get ahead in whatever life quest they were pursuing.  I’m sure many of you can think of at least one person, who you felt hurt by.  With that it leads me to draw your attention to what I’ve started to ponder about in the last few weeks.  Is it perhaps time to reach out to that person or those people and find that last bit of closure? Let them know how you felt by their actions but more importantly forgive and let them know it?

A very dear friend of mine, has often loved to quote a famous line that that reads “some people come into your life for a reason, some for a season and some for a lifetime.”  She also quite often adds that it is crucial to not let any negativity affect you in the long run.  Her motto has always been to deal with it, cry your heart out if you must but above all to find the strength to let go and keep respecting yourself.  She adds that it is vital to learn from what happened and only remember the good things and walk on. 

My Photograph
But while I understand that, with the select set of people I mentioned earlier, I wonder if it is indeed worth reaching out and taking that risk to talk to them?  Or if it might be worth trying to rebuild the bridges of trust that they burnt, when they decided to turn into pyromaniacs and set an inferno to what I thought they also held precious? Or perhaps instead I wonder if I should make a greater effort to focus on learning the reason for their presence, reminisce fondly on the brief season that was and hold that ounce of value close to my heart for the rest of my life?  I’d be curious to know how they feel now and if they would consider making an equal effort to restore what was lost.  Personally, it feels hard to be the one to make the effort and risk getting hurt again.  But as many wise people have told me before, if one looks deep within their hearts, they’d know if it might be worth the effort or not.  And as I write that I can almost hear Adele singing in the distance “Hello from the other side………” Next Take please!