Are you grateful for being on the right side of the door?

It’s winter here in Lahore, Pakistan. Not cold enough to snow, still the temperatures can fall well below 10 Degree Celsius. A week ago, not too happy with the dinner menu at home, I decided to order fast food. The expected time was 45 minutes as told by the fast food chain call center operator which was okay. We were hungry, 45 minutes passed. Then another 15, we got hungrier, and another 15. Still no sign of the food. Finally I got a call from the person who was supposed to deliver the food. He had no clue at all what the location was and asked me for direction. I was quite frustrated to hear this. I gave him the directions and hung up. I’m not giving him any tip I said to myself !

Finally after a total of 2 hours, 15 minutes the door bell rang. I went down to pick the food. It was really cold ! The guy was there on a motorcycle, riding it for an hour before he found my place. With an embarrassed smile, he said “Sorry sir, it took so long.” I told him to leave it and hand me the bill and the food, which he did. I gave the money, with a tip much lower than I usually give since I was not too happy. I told him to keep the change. He didn’t understand, and tried to return the change. I told him again. He still didn’t get it. I then explained to him the bill is x, I gave you y and you can keep the remaining amount, it’s for you. He was quite happy and said “Thank you very much sir.” I had tipped him so less yet he was so humble and thankful, I was surprised. I quickly closed the door and stepped back in to the house.

The moment I came back in I realized, it was not entirely his fault. The food chain might have weak processes, where there is variation in order processing time. May be they don’t follow standards, may be they are understaffed, may be this was an anomaly, whatever the reason, it is not this guy’s fault. I then wondered how come he had to be the one who rode his bike in this cold, dark winter night while I was the one who was sitting in his warm house to waiting to enjoy the food which this guy brought with such difficulty. May be he did not take his education seriously when he should have. May be he spent time wandering the streets when he should have focused on his future. Or may it was not like that at all. May be the conditions in his family forced him to take a job instead of studying. Then again, may be the guy had some intellectual disability since he had a hard time finding the way and understanding that I was giving him a tip. Who was I to judge him I came to realize. I had been fortunate enough to have all the luxuries and he was not. “I am so blessed” I thought. Yet what do I do, instead of being grateful for what I have, I worry about what more I want and how I can get it. The next raise, the next promotion, the next car, the next house?

I was and still am so lucky to be on this side of the door, the side leading to the comfort and luxuries of my house, my family, my great job. So are most of us! All of us, who can read this through our computers, laptops, cell phones, all of us are better than billions of others who can’t even afford to eat a single cold meal everyday ! Who don’t know whether there will be a next meal for their children or not. Let’s be grateful for what we have! Let’s start 2015 with a vow to be happy and enjoy with what we have achieved in our career, and share this happiness and success with others!

Wish you a very happy, successful and blessed new year… !

Warm Regards,

Rashid

 

 

Searching You !

It’s been long, so long

Since I’ve been searching u

Tracing u..

Missing u..

Staring u..

 

I searched u all around me

And found you inside me

How you enchanted me

How you mesmerized me

How you took my breath away

And still you are far away!

 

When I gave up counting on clue

When I gave up searching for u

You came from nowhere

You blessed me with life!

You blessed me with sight!

You are my most precious gift

Whom GOD blessed me by

 

And now as I’ve fallen for you

Hoping that you’ve fall for me too

I see nothing but you

My world my heavens

Own you

Praise you

Crave for you ..

You stamped my soul..

And now it’s been long, so long

Since I’ve been searching myself !

 

By : Dania.Rashid

High Time ( A Tribute to all Oldies )

Flowing through the oceans

Climbing up the mountains

Sinking in the sea

Up in the trees

Down on the streets!

Getting all the view

Holding all the news

There’s a call round the corner

A call to get free!

Just throw up all the worries

Clean your hands with furry

Take deeper breathes

Listen to the beatings

Hear the sweet callings

Get in the world of dreams!

Time to get rewarded

Angel’s waiting to greet

This Life is ending soon

Your moment to get a feast!

By : Dania.Rashid

The Hidden Paradise – Neelum Valley, Pakistan

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Neelum Valley – The Hidden Paradise in Pakistan

Not sure what image of Pakistan you might have in your mind, but I can bet you didn’t have the image of a paradise. Here are some pictures of one of the places in Pakistan that is heaven on earth!

Neelum Valley is situated at the North & North-East of Muzaffarabad Azad Kashmir, Pakistan running parallel to Kaghan Valley. The two valleys are only separated by snow-covered peaks, some over 4000m above sea level. Excellent scenic beauty, panoramic views, towering hills on both sides of the noisy Neelum river, lush green forests, enchanting streams and attractive surroundings make the valley a dream come true.

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By : Rashid Ali

A “Mausami” teaching a lesson in care?

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A “Mausami” teaching a lesson in care?

Took this picture of a mausami (Orange) in my yard.

Oranges are so beneficial for us, so full of nutrition, very easy to eat, just pluck ’em from the three, peal ’em and eat ’em ! Enjoy the flavor and numerous health benefits. It is such a selfless fruit, giving so much to us. But this is going bad due to lack of care. No insecticide spray, my bad !

Makes me think about life, even those who always care about us without expecting anything in return, like family, close friends, they deserve to be cared in return, or one day they may begin to wither like this fruit too. Let’s care for others, if not for all humanity, at least those who care for us, our family & friends. Let’s not be saints, but at least let’s be human…

By: Rashid Ali

Soul’s Surrender !

(When someone very dear leaves this world leaving you behind. But that dead soul never leaves you alone. It stays INSIDE you, forcing you to live despite of the fact you die each moment for them.)

 

Two Souls Playing So wild

One so Dead One so Alive

     Living Soul wants to fly high

     Leave the world to meet the skies

But She can’t…

Reason Behind?

   Someone INSIDE, holding Her Tight

   Wants her to live, wants her to Smile

  She skips her Breaths, He Bless her New Life

Wondering Why?

The Reason Behind;

    Dead Soul loves to live ALIVE!

   He truly wants to live HER INSIDE!

(By: Dania.Rashid)

I Wish

In the Darkness of Night, I wish for what?

 In the Silence of time, I wish for what?

  In the Tears of my Eyes, I wish for what?

  In the stream of my thoughts, I wish for what?

  They think i wish and wish for Me..

  They think i wish and wish for Love..

  They think i wish and wish for Joy..

  They think i wish and wish for Life..

  GOD knows

  In Silence, In Dark, In glowing Spark..

  I wish for Pupil, the Heaven’s Calm!

  I wish for the Fondness of Every Heart!

Pray for World's Peace !

Pray for World’s Peace !

(By: Dania.Rashid)

Heart vs Mind

“Am I allowed to dream….?” One day, when eyes dares to ask.

“No!” ordered the Mind.

The heart contracted and expanded swiftly…

Why?” heart argued.

The heart had all the means to ask the question, but the mind was not obliged to answer.

Why, Why, Why!

Heart bumped his head for a long time when he got the silent sympathetic answer.

“Because I don’t want you to suffer!” mind whispered.

“So am I not suffering now?”

“You are a cruel person. You don’t know the meaning of emotion. You can never understand the dreamland woven by the eyes can be accomplished by the power of you and me…Why don’t you realize?” , Heart shouted in dismay.

“I understand but don’t you know that not all the dreams are fulfilled? And what a disaster breaks off when the dreams are shattered?

And don’t you know the bigger the dream shattered, the bigger the disaster is??

The more devastated the body is…?

The more vacant the eyes are..?”

 

(Eyes had started damping their lashes throughout the cross argument)

“Why are you becoming the enemy of yourself?”

Why are doing the things, reason less! Without any logic! Crazy? Isn’t it?”,Mind scolded.

The Master,The Mind was like handling the dais, eager to convince the Heart with all the tools and weapons of logical speech skills.

“Would you like to give me a single logical reason?”

“LAME EXCUSES!” Heart was now furious at his insult.

“O you chicken! Why don’t you shortly say that you are a coward…? You are frightened that’s only the matter! Frightened of the approach of the dreams…You simply, have not the capabilities to face the failures!”

“Hey! You are blaming me now. Its you…who will be disappointed at the failures…Not me!

Its you…who will do care for all the feelings…who will take calamities to injure your health!

Who is not able to face realities!

Who is escaped of the bitterness of the present tense! Escaped into the imaginary future.

It’s you…and not me, my sweets!” Mind claimed.

 

Heart was speechless for a moment but eyes were still pouring the pearls out of its premises…

“This is a real world, and a real human have to live in it ‘real’ and not “imaginary’…Look through the eyes…how disgusting is the world…Entirely unmatched with your demands!”,  Mind bragged.

Eyes raised their brows and looked around. Mind was right. He was a sympathetic father now.

But eyes, like non-obedient children, were not going to lose the battle, anyways..!

“But you should remember that the eyes, who dare to dream, are the eyes that are bound to succeed” Heart gave its final shot.

Eye balls rolled themselves.

“All right!” The Mind gave up. “Do as your heart desired…but remember! At your own risk! As I know, you people are the slaves of dreams and desire of heart! You could never come to the track”

Eyes magined standing in the Mind’s shoes, and she sensed that the brain in right. So, the kind heart sacrificed his never ending dreams, for the sake of the tears of eyes…

 

And from that day on wards , the stony eyes never dared to dream again!

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(By: Dania.Rashid)

Lost in a Dream

Darkness. Not a soul stirred.

The world holding me a willing prisoner.

Myself, a sated lump

A distant cackle, a howling voice perhaps?

A cry of fear, creeping up.

Blurred confusion, then a settling presence in white

A chill, a shudder, a start.

Then a word of sympathy and pleasure

An eye- the devouring hole.

Another eye- my ocean of peace

It needs to possess me…

Bent on consumption yet held back by something stronger!

By something mine…

By something sweet…

By my only color, my only love!

Then—-

A searching cry—but a kind hand holding my hand

My Only Defense!

No arms around me, so

Blackout. I wake up

(By: Dania.Rashid)

Discovering hope – Enroute to work

Dew on the window

Dew on the window

Today was like any other work day. I woke up at 6:40 in the morning, struggling to get ready in time like always. But due to my wife’s help in giving me the breakfast-to-go, yet again I managed to reach my office bus’s pickup point just in time, i.e. 7 am. Fast, ain’t I? Well I completed half of my getting-ready-for-office rituals the night before, like shaving & showering, and the pick up point is just a minute’s walk from my home. Walking briskly in the cold morning and hopping the stairs of the overhead bridge crossing I probably made it in 30 seconds today and caught the bus in time.

En-route to work, after devouring my breakfast, with eyes still partially closed as the bus passed from a wide road I felt the warm sun on my skin and suddenly I felt more fresh. I have always enjoyed the sunrise, so I captured this precious moment immediately, and I am sharing the picture with you above. I noticed dew drops on my window, and a thought bubble suddenly popped up. My string of thoughts was as follows: ”Why is there dew on the window? Let me clean it with a tissue”. I did so but to no gain, it was still there. ”Okay, so this must be on the outer side. Why is it there though? Because  the inside of the bus is warm. Why is it warm? The heater is on. Also may be it is due to the people sitting inside. Why are they making it warm? Their warm breaths. Why is their breath warm? Their hearts are beating, pumping the warm red fluid of life through them ! Heart, what a beautiful creation. The symbol of love. Ah, despite all there is wrong with the world today, despite all the poverty, crime, corruption, injustice, red tape, could it be that there still may be some good left in the world? After all, when our hearts first started beating, when we were born, weren’t we all as good and innocent as angels? Same hearts are still beating today, so there must be some good left in me, in us, in the world?” Now that was a very cozy & calming sensation. One that made me smile, this was HOPE! HOPE of a better tomorrow, for a better world. This is how I discovered hope today, may be you’ve ever felt so too, if not, I sincerely HOPE, you do !

By: Rashid Ali