Light at the end of the tunnel…

Is it just me or do you also think that people are becoming more cynical and skeptical and positive attitudes towards say…the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is now turning to a…get real please ! Ostensibly a platitude…but one I strongly believe to be mired in reality…an often undeniable truth…in spite of the fact that it is more often than not, always darkest and most uncertain before daybreak. This saying does not however seem to get much respect these days or as we are wont to say nowadays…much traction!

Is it just that we as a people are becoming more and more disillusioned? Is it that people…relationships…environment…things around us, just do not seem to inspire the sort of confidence and hope that they did earlier? Or is it just that we are becoming a more censorious and unbelieving lot? Are we just succumbing to a general lack of conviction in whatever it may be and as such, bring it full term to an attitude of not really trying at all to see any hope…good…virtue…purity in whatever it may be…from the trivial to the other end of the spectrum…Although, there is no doubt that all around us there are so many pockets and areas of excellence and integrity…if only we take a step back to actually see…understand…accept…acknowledge…

Last week I got news of something that endorsed and gave comfort to the congenital optimist that I am . A very dear, young and lovely lady who had been in a most unfortunate and painful marriage had the strength some years ago to take a stand and say…no more ! She took recourse with the Law and the Law not only took it’s time, but also took  into account the most frivolous, untruthful and offensive defense…tightening the pressure points around this situation to an extend that had many of us actually doubting that there would be…light at the end of this dark tunnel…

As always however, the Good Lord’s justice came into play…there is light at the end of the tunnel for those who believe…as also showing a way back to belief for those who doubted! It is this strength of Faith…of hope…of conviction…of confidence that we need to hold on to in times of stress and often despair…of understanding that strength of character comes from these qualities and not from frivolous attitudes and behaviors of the day. These do undoubtedly have the power to sometimes temporarily negate the former…in a seemingly reality check mode to life . What it does in truth however is to bring home our need to actually be real…to believe…to have faith…to forgive and forget…to do your bit…show honest integrity…give unstintingly…be sympathetic and compassionate…appreciate all of His gifts…be patient…persevere…love ! There is, always, I do believe…a light at the end of the tunnel…

A favorite quote of mine…

He who seeks …will find!

He who knocks…to him it will be opened!

These are irrefutable, unchangeable laws!

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Memory making times…

The last ten days have been spent in a series of festivities…marking the end of Ramadan…which is always a special time of year! This time it was made more so, as all of us siblings and spouses were together to celebrate this period of festivities…as always, at times like this, I feel that truly…my cup runneth over…

Being together is not just a memory making span of time…but a deeply felt emotional spell…it is not always translatable…but rather a feeling of well being…of serenity…of peace…of being totally at home…a shared bond of similar festivities of the past…a feeling of being whole…touching the very depths of one’s soul…of being…family !

The passing of time helps make these occasions more meaningful, taking on colors and hues that we often miss when younger. Moments are treasured…chuckled over…picturised and safely tucked away in the latest memory making devices…which capture the spirit but not the inner joy of the comfort zone that is felt but often not even acknowledged…but more importantly…all is forgotten and memories are tucked away in the recesses of the attics of our minds, a much more loving space…giving us a strength and energy to face our morrows, often without even letting us know the power of the family comfort zone we have experienced…

The younger ones try not to look on sceptically…try not to raise eyebrows seeing us act so unfamiliarly…try not to shake their heads…but little do they know or understand, we were all there too…and not too long ago it seems…was that really us ? We are the elders now…the circle of life goes on, lovingly touching all aspects of our lives…

Travelling down memory lane ….

It is my daughter’s Birthday today…my eldest…my first born! As I travel down memory lane…the years seem to have flown by…where did they go? My father , a font of wisdom, always said that the best of times were when we said lines such as these…where did the time go…it seems only yesterday…I don’t believe how fast time has flown…these are times of blessings…of ease…of often unrecognized peace! We tend to carelessly call them by different names…routine…rut…often not quite appreciating the quiet peace & calm of the routine!

It is only when this seemingly dull routine is turned upside down that we understand the ease of this time. Troubled, chaotic complicated times are when we crave and appreciate the order and regularity of the routine…a comfort zone we tend to be remiss and negligent about. As I look back once again today, at the time that has by the Good Lord’s Grace flown by…and my daughter’s first born now towers over both of us…there is so very much to be thankful about …

Where does one begin this endless stream of thanks…for the wonder of your first born…the joy, laughter, love of seeing them grow…the pride of their successes…the comfort of their amazing grace and humanity…the peace at seeing their lives filled with joy and happiness…the circle of life being so beautifully complete…