And the last night of this year passed!
Everything has an ending. Everything stops. Nothing lasts. People come and leave. Still the life goes on. And so are the years passing and passing away through us same as that of the December evening breeze that just passed.
You experienced a couple of good as well as bad moments in the overall of previous 365 days. Let us have a look;
You were worried because you didn’t get what you wanted. You felt that was just the ending of the world. Still you stood up on your feet gathering all the courage to face every difficulty.
Experienced the most wonderful feeling, wanted that moment not to end. But It did.
Celebrated your Birthday.
Took wrong steps at certain moments and regretted them.
You were weak, timid.
Blunt at times.
Shy as well.
You broke up.
Missed your Grandpa.
Had no dinner because your Mom didn’t allowed you to go out for a hangout.
Experienced the worst feeling ever.
You were jealous at a time.
Been a walking dead.
Made your friend smile.
You were hopeless.
Been a schizophrenic.
Most of your nights were sleepless.
You were depressed.
A psychic at moments.
Anxiety was filled-in you to its extremes.
Had a terrible road accident.
A close friend became a stranger.
Saw your parents smiling because of you.
Made wrong decisions.
Chose the left path.
You wished your Mom a very Happy Birthday.
Had an adventurous day ever.
Cheated in exams and got good grades.
Cheated in exams but still failed.
Teased your younger sibling.
Made your father a cup of Coffee.
Wanted to be loved.
And a lot more OF-COURSE!
But see, you are here. You saw the last sun set of this year and that is enough to conclude the entire trauma.
Tomorrow will be a brand new day. A new sun will rise; the sun of hope. May it brings the peaceful shine for everybody out there. For every single living being. Another stop across the life’s journey.
WE WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! STAY BLESSED.
A year ago, I started something kind of random at the suggestion of a friend (who happens to be a partner in every crime :p ). It was called a BLOG. Ever heard of one of those? I have to admit, I never did at that time. He insisted that instead of watching 500 days of summer, we should do something productive this summer (2012). So I opened up my free WordPress account searched for a template and spicedupcrap.wordpress.com (my baby) was registered 😉
When I first started blogging, I really had to expectation at all. I gotta admit I didn’t have the slightest of idea what I was doing, so I just dived into it blind and unprepared. I just blogged about what interested me.
We (me and Talha ) started the blog thinking somehow it might fit with our daily routines. we never actually had a plan as in what are we going to write about ? Who is our target audience?
A couple of months later we were joined by Amara Aziz – A writer, thinker and a phenomenal artist.
And than Mareya Khurshid came in with her remarkable writing skill.
Nidz Jamshaid and Midhat Farzeen made significant contribution to the blog (for a short time though 😛 )
and Waseem Khan being the most recent entry in our team.
And how can I forgot Talha Naveed, always being here with his unique insight and work. A dedicated young fellow I must admit.
In the past year, my life had a para-dime shift, entered my 20’s. All grown up with a much clearer and broader perspective of things and the world. An I’ve learnt
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.
I’m tired just thinking about it! Haha! A whole year. I’ve shared so much of life right here on the blog over the past year. All the while the blog continued to grow, It has been such a blessing! There is nothing else I’d rather do. I’m so happy to be where I am now and know I persevered through it all!
And you know what else keeps me inspired?
YOU. You are kindred spirits and when you leave a comment that makes me laugh or reassures me or encourages me? It is like having coffee with a girlfriend every morning. You are kind and thoughtful and supportive and have become my friends. You make this all so much more fun!
Thanks so much to all of you who come here and read and leave comments and support me in so many ways! I’m forever grateful.
So what is next?
Onward to the next year 😀
– Khawaja Ali Arshad –
14th July, 2013
What if you could fly? If you could touch the skies. Burst through the clouds feeling the wind on your face. The wind stealing a tear from your eyes, slowly creeping through the side of your face to your ear.See the world below you, see the people looking like little ants, and point out your own house and the place you hang out with your friends. If you could feel a bug splat on your face, If you could race the birds to the next patch of clouds. If you could feel your weight disappear into the vast blue sky. If you could see as far as the sky stretched. If you could wave your hand to a kid sitting at the window seat of a plane, if you could look over the clouds, the same clouds which looked over you all your life. What if you could fly ?
What if you could catch fire? If you could stick your hand in the bon fire and grab a red hot amber. Roll it around in your hand and hold it close to you. If you could see the amber really closely and watch it turn to ash slowly in you hands. If you could catch the flame of a candle in your hand and take it to the next room, if you could walk through a raging fire in a building and rescue a damsel in distress (if you are a boy) or a sweet little cat (if you are a girl) . if you could grab the flame of a stove, take it to your nose and balance the whole flame on your nose and show it off to your buddies. What If you could catch fire?
What if you could talk to fish ? If you could call on your buddy the whale shark, if you could go for a swim with miss dolphin, if you could be in an argument with a whale , if you could ask the shark “why so serious?”, or ask the sea horse if you can have a ride on him, if you could talk business with a goldfish, or laugh out on a joke from the white dolphin, if you could text miss squid to come to your party, if you could challenge the octopus in arm wrestling. What if you could talk to fish?
What if you could go invisible ? if you could sneak into your class room, late. If you could tip toe out of your room to eat the let over pizza MOM saved for your brother or sister, if you could slap the guy you hated all your life and couldn’t do anything about it , with him not even noticing, if you could help catch a gang of robbers, if you could stand right besides those people who talk against you , if you could scare the life out of your friends, or play hide and seek with your buddies and hide right in front of them, What if you could go invisible?
What if?, a question we all ask ourselves daily if not all the time. Which is natural I guess because we cannot have everything in this world and we certainly don’t. so it’s our nature to imagine ourselves having all those things which we don’t. Imagining ourselves enjoying our lives. Imagining ourselves to have a better time than we are having right now. A question we cant help it but to ask. And when we ask this question our imagination capabilities go wild. But this question is very important to us, it makes us know how it feels to be in somebody else’s shoes. It familiarizes us with the possibilities of the world. And in many cases it also reveals to us why we don’t have everything. And more than often we get the answer to the question as to why we don’t have everything but we pretend not to know the answer. And when we realize why we are not given everything our heart and soul sets finally into peace.
So go ahead ask yourself “What if “ and let your imagination run wild.
Professor: do you believe in GOD ?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Professor : Is GOD good ?
Student : Sure.
Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?
Student : Yes.
Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?
(Student was silent.)
Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Is satan good ?
Student : No.
Professor: Where does satan come from ?
Student : From … GOD …
Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Professor: So who created evil ?
(Student did not answer.)
Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created them ?
(Student had no answer.)
Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Student : No, sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)
Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)
Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.
Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)
Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
(The class was in uproar.)
Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out into laughter. )
Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)
Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.
P.S. I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?
Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.
By the way, that student was EINSTEIN.
A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream.
The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food.
The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him.
She did so without hesitation.
The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.
But, a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said. “I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious.
“Teach me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone.”