09 November 2005

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.















Usual euphoria experienced as at any joyous occasion, main affair at this event however being not more than wide variety of diverse courses on the menu! Yup, Eid was here- came like a whirlwind to obliterate all traces of dietary constraints mustered up during the 30 day spiritual high, but like all good things, the high as well as the day itself, came to a smashing end! Always fun spending time with family, our clan being not your average bunch in terms of size or ferocity; exceptionally entertaining at the least:) Politics and religion are usually frowned upon topics of discussion for average gatherings, but our crowd thrives on stimulating discourses on these intrinsically beneficial (&I believe entwined!) themes- entertainment at another level and you learn something new (&wacky!) everyday..

As I was saying to someone the other day, the trick with work is being smart- you need quality, not quantity:) Wipe that smirk off your face, you know it’s true! As long as you play your cards right, you don’t need to please everyone- hand pick you buddies and then, if you must, go out of your way to please them. The danger being, that if your new found cronies decide to move onto greener pastures then, simply put, you’re screwed! However, it’s not often that an entire elite are head hunted, thus I still believe that it’s the best strategy in the long run.. Differ if you must!

Imagine being in close proximity to a shark- yes, a great white shark! And on top of it you are stuck in a cage- heaven forbid something goes wrong and the shark gets in or you get out! But still playing around with the idea in my messed up mind- there’s the ethical consideration; does cage diving have any direct link to shark attacks on our coast? Well, studies have proved inconclusive and besides, if they eventually prove the theory accurate then there will be no more shark diving so maybe should get it done now:p It’s a once in a life time thing- much like bungy in Storms River! Wicked:) Been finding myself in harsh decision making environments, highly necessary contemplative ones, largely due to possible repercussions I believe; and while weary to outside influences of both positive and other, I think confident, rational steps always prove to be triumphant!
Bit off on a tangent, but would like to bring this up: Smart motto I stand by- No regrets! Not in a, ‘Be stupid and do what you want and even when you #@&% up still stand like a goof and shout out, “NO REGRETS!”, but rather, put as much thought behind what you decide, and together with adequate consultation and, where necessary, some guidance, if things work out differently than planned, don’t regret anything- life’s too short and if you don’t enjoy the now you’ll end up waiting forever!

Shucks- this looks like really haphazard, random, ramblings of an unsettled mind- or not! But take what you want and leave the rest for those who can recognise and appreciate true quality:) This new low in the my writings may be an indication for a sabbatical of some sort- but one mans low is another mans high;p Shucks- I’m really gone out of control!

The unleashing of the devil is the other ramification of recent- where my modest mind cannot fathom the dynamics of Satan being tied and untied, I’m sure you have also felt the change in atmosphere- the least of which seems to be newly acquired unwanted inches, but more serious concerns being the wandering eye and lure to neglect prayer! But hopefully, God willing, being aware of these and other possible temptations should help in being able to ensure an adequate continuation of recent practice largely unabated. A valuable tip I offer you: Make use of precious pillars of support that exist around you should you be lucky enough to have them! If not, let me know and I’ll point you in the right direction!

About Kashmir: expect final details early next week but latest has been renewed calls for any with any medical skills to take any time possible to assist in any way you can! Any takers?

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