I was sitting there on the sand facing the ocean. She was sitting in front of me, with her back against my chest. My arms around her, holding her close to me, I was touching her face. Her hair fluttered around in the wind that was caressing us lovingly—the wind of life passing by.
Clouds hovered above our heads, looking down and watching us with their invisible eyes, as if they wanted to capture the essence of that moment.
The crimson-orange sun was slipping into the ocean, bit by bit, moment by moment—as if deliberately—just to see us together one more time before embarking on its own journey, leaving behind just a yellow tint on the skyline.
I looked at the setting sun and it spoke to me, “Stay there my friend, as long as you are meant to be. Make this moment eternal. Freeze it in your heart like a beautiful painting, so that you can look at it when you need to—and you will need to someday!”
Five days later, based on those reflections, I wrote a post titled 22 Things I Wish I had Known Earlier in My Life which was very well received by the blogging community and some of the bloggers wrote similar posts on their blogs after reading my post.
The idea struck me that why not ask other bloggers to follow the lead, reflect on their pasts and share with us the lessons they have learned in their own lives.
I asked a very dear friend of mine Farnoosh Brock to join hands with me on his project so we may come up with a directory of life lessons and then select and compile the best life lessons into a free PDF eBook for anyone interested to download, read and learn from.
I believed that such an eBook would serve as an inspirational book that will teach you and me things about life, how others lived their lives and what they learned, the hard way or otherwise, and that it will have the potential to teach us a thing or two about living our lives more effectively.
As I type these words on my laptop, I know, that at this time, you’ll be lying on your bed, trying to sleep with a weary heart. A heart that wants, what it can’t have.
Hearts are made that way. They are stubborn and demanding. And especially so when you are in love with someone. Like you are! Like I am!
Love, between a man and a woman, is the most mysterious force I have ever known, in my life. One moment you are flying above the clouds, and the next moment, you are buried in the darkness of the earthly realities of life. Stuck! Unable to think straight. Brain dead!
I touch your face and it lights up. I kiss you, and you feel as if I have breathed life in you, and yet, when you think that I won’t be with you for always—if any “always” exists—you feel as if your heart is sinking to the bottom of the ocean of your miseries.
Life has a way of making us live it like a robot. You wake up in the morning, exercise (or not), grab a cup of coffee, run off to your office, do a day’s work, come back home, spend some time with the family, watch TV, surf the Net and hit the sack…
Every single day you go through the same kind of work, interact with the same kind of people, think the same kind of thoughts, face the same kind of problems, find the same type of solutions and time keeps on passing—days into weeks, weeks into months, months into years, years into decades and then one day, you STOP!
You stop, and look back at your life and see where you are in your life, and whether it is where you wanted to be?
And sometimes, it’s too late for that kind of introspection.
You wonder where has your life brought you. You are amazed at how quickly the time has passed and how come you never noticed it before and set your sails in the right direction.
When I was 35, I had my first child. A daughter—Ayesha. When I was 37 I had my second child. A son—Abdullah.
Now I am 39, and just last night I read a post from a very dear friend of mine, Farnoosh, titled The Path to Fulfillment: To Have or Not to Have Children.
She raised and shared important questions. Questions that only a conscious and intelligent person can raise. Questions that only a courageous and honest soul can share. She is all that and more… but right now lets just focus on her questions.
In this thirteenth round of the Personal Development Face-off Series, we have Gail Brenner and Aileen with us, sharing their insights on the theme of Beliefs. In my opinion this is the best face-off yet, in the whole series. Learn from it.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FACE-OFF SERIES – ROUND NO.13
GAIL BRENNER Vs. AILEEN—THEME BELIEFS
[The Flourishing Soul]
[The Kaizen Lady]
Here is the twelfth round of the Personal Development Face-off Series between Tess Marshall and Uzma Hyder. Hope you enjoy it.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FACE-OFF SERIES – ROUND NO.12
TESS MARSHALL Vs. UZMA HYDER
[The Bold One]
[The Elegant Soul]