How have you all been ? I hope and trust, life has been kind to you all. Thank you for still following me, inspite of my unpredictable and erratic presence/absence in the blog-world.
2017 was a mixed bag year for us – literally !! It felt as though some one dumped us all in a bag and mixed us rather hard !!
It was a year where we lost a dear friend to a rare disease. Another dear friend buried his only 18 year old daughter due to abdominal adhesion. Some family issues which I prefer not to discuss here. It was a year, we decided to take a hard look at our own circumstances, priorities and make some firm decisions about our near future. We moved homes, lost jobs and somewhere inbetween all this, discovered our own threshold of strength and patience.
I have always been a very firm believer of being GRATEFUL. Grateful to Allah swt for every single blessing bestowed upon us.
In the absolute order, I am grateful for my health, my healthy and compassionate children, my healthy and caring husband, my healthy and blessed parents and I am grateful for all the comfort, I am living in. I am even more obliged that Allah bestowed me with immense talent.
Every second year, I find myself evolving ; a restless spirit, on a creative journey. From paper, to wood, to wire to jewelry … it keeps feeding my inner drive to create, to change, to complete, to develop.
How can you complain, when you have been blessed with the medusa touch ? And yet, we mere mortals, chase materialistic gains, lofty positions and a shimmering facade.
Kuwait was our home for over 23 years.. My parents loved to play demi God, making plans and trying hard to make them a reality. Problem is, all Indian parents were doing the same, those days.. Then came 2nd Aug’ 1990 and it changed everything. Our world was crushed under the armored vehicles and military tanks that Saddam Hussein sent to Kuwait.
That chapter taught me a very essential lesson in my life.. ..
” Take each day as it comes …. don’t PLAN for too far ahead … ”
This vital principle is now ingrained in my entire being. We are expats, living in a foreign land, which would never give us a passport, regardless of how many years, we give the country. That thought has always been a bit unnerving but then again, I took each day as it came, with optimism and gratitude. Perhaps, I became too complaisant …….and 2017 was a jolt for me. A wake up call.
I am pleased we were able to make firm decisions and take positive actions on those decisions.
I am an optimistic soul – the silver lining is my goal AND my armor.
So the clouds may have been a bit dark and heavy, but we still have a long way to go, and I’m pretty confident, Allah swt will reward us handsomely for our patience, in sha Allah.
2017 – reaffirmed my belief in being grateful.
…………….. in turning ONLY to the Almighty for all your needs.
………………complain to him, weep and share your insecurities with him.
He WILL answer ….. but remember, believing in him, also means believing in His Timing.
May all of you have a pleasant year, full of achievements and good health. ameen.
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