10 February 2005

It is difficult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path that leads to bliss.

Another week gone by… *sigh*
Well, from the replies I’ve been getting, it seems that some of you do appreciate these mails:) This might be the last one till after board, don’t know if I’m going to have the time… will see how it goes… (only one email this week- normally have two different emails for my two groups. Group2- Consider yourself lucky this week!!)

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” (Martin Luther King, Jr)

I came across this quote in an email from a friend and thought I’d share it. Haven’t had much time to think this week so quoting quotes instead;-p Rev King was a good man and we can learn a lesson from him, but this is what the greatest of men said- read and ponder over it and hopefully it can motivate us to do something worthwhile…

What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured. (Bukhari)

And once again, on a lighter note, (and in almost total contradiction to the above!) here’s the weeks report-

On Thursday night, went out with Mikhael and Landi for supper. For those who don’t know, Mike is a Canadian Assyrian(long story- look it up!) who has been working for the Gauteng government for the last few years. He’s an ultra cool guy and we had many interesting conversations in the last few weeks. They stay in same building and I meet them almost daily. Leaving for Canada this week and I’m really going to miss their company…

Fri- left work early because I was getting a lift to Newcastle. It was the 2nd time in one month but I just had to go for the Family Spit Braai. It started a few years ago and has become an annual event for us. We all go to Vryheid (small town an hour from NN) for the weekend and have a whole sheep and leg of beef on a spit. Because it’s over a weekend, everybody comes, even those who don’t make it for eid. There were over a hundred of us in this tiny town! Had booked out the only Motel and B&B in town and had three houses as well! The musjid had three rows instead of the normal half- and for Sunday zohr, the Imaam actually waited for us!
The weekend with family was somehow so much fun even though we didn’t do much- I suppose it’s the spending time with those you love and care about… But it’s hectic having such a big family, every time I go, the small second cousins have grown and I have to learn their names again! I have soo many first cousins; it’s difficult keeping track of the second cousins! But I should be grateful; very few families are so close…

Was depressing getting back to work on Monday, after a weekend of fun it’s difficult to get back to reality! At a new client in Rosebank, so was exciting to be in new, fancy offices. You walk out the building and you in the Zone, so I took quite a few walks…

Tues after work had a QE Preparation Session- it remained me of BYM in Cape Town last year. This guy was a male version of Leigh- ‘it’s all about believing in yourself!’ Chucky is just too good- he can make money doing any crap! Don’t know how much KPMG pays this guy, but I think any idiot can do his job. He put up a few totally irrelevant quotes and somehow managed to link it to how we can pass board. Then a chuckette comes up to talk about diet- who needs to know about glucose, blood cells, carbohydrates and vitamins! What she should have done was given us a menu for the next three weeks- would make life so much easier!

Went to Investec last night for an Association of Black Accountants function- it was really cool! Chucky and chuckette couldn’t come- just us black brothers in the house! Feel much more comfortable with black people- but not those who think they’re white! Really had a blast hanging with my homies, and was even better coz Zubz was there too! But that’s the end of fun because board leave from Friday and I really, really need to get into full study mode!

Think I’m going to stay in Joburg and study- if I go to Newcastle, it’ll take too much time to acclimatise and everyone’s going to be asking, ‘Hows work? Hows Joburg?’

Before I forget, met Mariam Ahmed in Newcastle and she gives salaams to those who know her. Shame, poor child is doing her internship in Dundee! And special thanks to Mariam J for last weeks quotes!

Have a session with my ‘counselling manager’ now- thought about off-loading all my gripes, but think it’ll be better to make friends first… Realised that in the big wide world it doesn’t matter what you know- its who you know! Well, off we go, wish me luck!

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