Joy can be a little chaotic…and often such fun in the process! The last couple of weeks have been just this…a blessing that has been enjoyed to the hilt! As always, it is the ‘being together’ with your family of loved ones that makes it so…to be celebrating this time together in a city that has taken the world by storm in more ways than one…as well as left the world’s imagination reeling at it’s mind boggling transition…achievements…success…status…slide…and now a slow but determined path back…is as always, a lot of fun and good times…

Time spent enjoying the hospitality of dear friends…gasps of wonder at the incredible architectural wonder of a mosque with few parallels…a breathtaking ride up to the viewing tower of the world’s tallest building…gourmet eating experiences…the meeting up with kin in foreign lands, a charm of it’s own…the anxiety of a dear nephew’s experience with surgery and pride at his handling thereof…joy of seeing another in the process of settling into a new life…missing yet another very dear nephew badly…meeting up with friends with whom time spent apart has no relevance…hurried forays into fabulous shopping centers…leisurely sheesha indulgences…late nights spent connecting with loved ones…a memory bank nearing overflow…

Yes…joy can be a little chaotic! Coming back home to a third world city after premier cities of the world can be a bit of a downer…sadly more so since my home city was once known as the Paris of the East…now, coming back to a city beset with issues of malfunction is like diving headlong into a pool of heartbreaking pain…the sudden surge of adrenalin turns to one of heartache for what once was…should have been…could be still…if only this city of over twenty million decides to stand up and be counted in positive and functioning ways rather than just lamenting over what we have been brought to! After having said and felt that…the joy of being really and truly home, is still incomparable…irrespective of where home is…


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. souldipper
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 17:41:14

    A friend from my tiny island on the west coast of Canada is living in Abu Dhabi for the next few years. Her husband and she visited Dubai – she found it indescribable. They came back here to settle arrangements to have their farm maintained and put their belongings into storage. What a contrast of lifestyles.

    Reading about your travels, too – I love how our world facilitates an acceptance of differences. We can celebrate differences, learn from them and learn acceptance.

    No one wants to be “tolerated”. Acceptance contains discernment rather than judgement which means we free to live and love together.


  2. shamasheikh
    Oct 20, 2011 @ 06:59:06

    Acceptance contains discernment rather than judgement…that is beautiful and so true…another gentle and gracious reminder from you…thank you Amy!


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