Sunday, 30 December 2012

Pushing 50: Let there be light

I tried to come up with a meaningful write-up for the year- end, something significant to bid 2012 goodbye. There are so many things to mention, too many sweet notable moments and not forgetting of course, the hurtful ones. But words…aaah too many of them and because there are too many of them at my disposal, they failed me. Eh? *someone told me once, “If you can’t convince them, confuse them.” So, how am I doing so far?* The thing is, I simply couldn’t arrange my thoughts neatly *if not cleverly* into one insightful but passionate, contained and justified review. Instead it fizzled into an unrestrained babble with too many unnecessary digressions and irrelevant issues. Either I’m too emotional or compartmentalization is not or perhaps never, my faculty. Or perhaps writing is never my faculty to begin with! *snort* Anyway, 2012 is just around the corner, and I need to come up with an ‘obituary-sort-of’ *NOT a biography!* and end the year with a bang! Well... fat hope!

But all is not lost. I found this beautifully written article and essentially it matches my thoughts. I guess Mr. Coelho must have read my SOS / Massage-In-The-Bottle pathetic plight that I wrote during my torturous, darkest and blackest hours a few weeks back and that had inspired him to write this profound piece. *hey, I am allowed to imagine, okay?* Bottom line is, Mr. Coelho’s write-up made me feel good. It provided me with repose and comfort I badly needed. We all knew that these two buggers have gone diving head-first towards zero level in my R&D Mental Department for the past few months. At the speed they were going, I almost believed they weren’t coming back up at all. But they are back on track now and the developmental graph is looking good.  I’m not totally out of the woods yet but I’m certainly ready to face another year.
Yeah Mr. Big Guy 2013…bring it on!

by Paulo Coelho on December 28, 2012

One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through.

Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.

Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?

You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened.

You can tell yourself you won’t take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that.

But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister.

Everyone is finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill.

Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away.
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