A Celebratory Finale…

The better part of the last month has been spent quite literally in a celebratory finale of 2011…an overflow of the magic of being surrounded by love and loved ones…as my elder son wrote in his last blog post of  the year…I wouldn’t trade places with anyone else at this moment in time…my heart sings at reading these words of his…words I totally empathize with and relate to…words that make me proud…

I  dream of hearing just such words from all the beloved children in my life…most of whom were with me in this celebratory finale, those that were not were sorely missed…I dream of having such reunions more frequently…I dream of this bonhomie and loving relationship being a constant in their lives when we are no longer with them…I dream of welcoming their spouses into this circle of ties of the heart…I dream of telling their children stories of these memories and their magical charisma as I do with the grandchildren I have. Our lives are ruled by constants that survive time and space…universal truths, the rest is pure fantasy…I dream of positive constants in their lives to give them strength…understanding…compassion…endless joys! As they all return to their lands of residence, I dream they realize that the ultimate constant is God…that the joys that come from Him must not be confused and overwhelmed  by trite commercialism that passes for measures of happiness…

I dream that the coming year will be one of positive change for my country…I dream of leadership in the realm of ideas…I dream they will realistically translate into a sustained journey to taking back ownership of the only place that many of us always want to call ‘home’…I dream that despots in garbs of freedom stop defending religious bigotry, marginalisation, intolerance and bias  in forked tongues and under the mantles of  feigned and insincere sounding stands…I dream of peace and compassion for people across the world…I dream we understand and embrace  that across borders and races we share a common human denominator…I am a dreamer as also an optimist…I dream of seeing my dreams bear fruition…

In this celebratory time of bidding adieu to the year past and ushering in the new, we also celebrated my youngest son’s birthday with a host of loved ones and friends from all over and blissfully, all three of my children present…his relaxed and laid back style does not reflect his inner determination but definitely adds to his very gentle, lovable, humorous and generous spirit…I dream that this much loved free spirit of mine will realize all his dreams and aspirations and continue to be a source of much joy and cheerfulness…the icing on the cake this time was the inclusion of my precious granddaughter in our celebrations…her wholesome ingenue innocence is a joy to be around and truly  adds to my dreams of unwavering belief for even better times in years to come…as always the Good Lord’s blessings make me reiterate very humbly and gratefully…truly my cup runneth over…

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year…
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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. An Idealist Thinker
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 10:59:25

    Indeed you are living your dream, Shama.
    Wishing you more of this happiness in the new year!

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  2. shamasheikh
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 14:31:21

    I feel very blessed! Thank you and God bless you AIT!
    Wishing you all you wish for yourself…and more in this New Year…amen!

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  3. souldipper
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 22:26:48

    Shama, so full of a mother’s love. I’m glad you are given the gift of seeing your children happy and fulfilled. Your heart seems so full of gratitude that it surely spills where ever you place yourself.

    Let’s continue to let our politicians and leaders know that we expect them to act with integrity. It’s now time to speak up when they act with any lesser standard than is deemed unacceptable.

    It’s our move, Shama.

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  4. shamasheikh
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 16:41:39

    I feel blessed Amy…and ever so grateful for all His blessings!
    You are so right…we need to stand up to be counted…it is a moral collective responsibility, one which needs to be taken ownership of on a personal level too when needed…Definitely our move…

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  5. Priya
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 06:34:02

    Your posts always transport me to a world of fulfillment, love and warmth. May it always be so.

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  6. Arindam
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 10:00:32

    Not a single mother in this world, can write her emotions for her children in a better way than you did. It was a treat to read this post of yours.
    Wish a wonderful year a head!!

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    • shamasheikh
      Jan 06, 2012 @ 11:49:55

      What a lovely thing to say, thank you and God bless you Arindam…
      Some mothers write…some try to convince their son they are not missing him when they are very much…this is all part of a mothers love….stay blessed in the love of your mother always…

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  7. Mal
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 18:06:42

    Your post, Shama, exudes love and warmth; very descriptive and beautifully written…so glad we’ve met! May you see the fulfilment of all your dreams, my friend.. Have a blessed 2012.. 🙂

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  8. shamasheikh
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 19:25:51

    Many thanks for all your very kind words and wishes Maleeha…am touched…God Bless…
    Wishing you all the very best for the coming year…

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  9. Val
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 02:49:08

    I’ve just read a few of your posts for the first time ever and I already love your blog. It is full of poetry, emotion and insight. I have subscribed and look forward to reading more as and when you write it.

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  10. shamasheikh
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 13:07:10

    Thank you so very much for coming by Val…it has in turn helped me find your beautiful blog!
    Many thanks for your very generous comment…God bless…

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  11. Abed Saragih
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 17:23:42

    Greetings . . .
    I love It!!!

    http://www.disave.blogspot.com

    Reply

  12. shamasheikh
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 06:49:18

    Thank you Abed…
    All the very best for your endeavors…

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  13. dearrosie
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 03:31:51

    Hi Shama,
    I’m so glad you visited my blog or I may have missed yours.

    I love your dreams for the coming year. I understand your feeling of gratitude to have a family reunion with all your children and grand daughter 😀 – because my children live a 6 hour plane ride away…

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  14. shamasheikh
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 10:30:05

    Many thanks for coming by Rosie…am delighted!
    It is always comforting to realize that feelings of gratitude…missing one’s children….the joy at having them home…transcend distances and borders…

    Reply

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