And so, my heart aches:
For people never seen,
For places never been.

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Of Arrivals & Departures

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.” -Leonardo da Vinci

And oh, I so dearly long to return.

To be suspended in flight, far above the earth.

To cross oceans and cities, people and memories.

In search of new stories,

To behold.

-From the song “Try” (by Pink)

As they say, “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” When we aspire for great things, we start expecting and hoping for certain outcomes. We work hard and dedicate so much just to achieve what our heart desires.

Then again, with many aspirations–especially the really big ones–the risk of falling is also too great. The more desire you have, the greater the flame you create. Successfully reaching your desire would raise you in a pedestal but failing to achieve it would burn you down.

Thus, in every great endeavor, remember to STAY strong. Do not let the fear of getting burned stop you from dreaming big. Work towards your life goal and do not back down. If you incur scars, then let those heal and serve as a reminder of the battles you’ve survived. Be proactive and keep moving forward!

For as you see, the greatest victories are EARNED by the strongest and most enduring ones.

So hold on, my fellow sojourner. Hold on.

Humility

In a society where even the most mundane things in life are shown and boasted, humility–as a virtue–becomes even more so elusive. Vanity, egoism and narcissism are heightened all the more by technology and the virtual world.

Indeed, to be humble–and to constantly strive for such virtue–takes so much discipline, courage and wisdom.

I hope it was easier to liberate ourselves from the inessential–to realize the things that really matter, and to be able to walk the fields of the earth in such humble and kind fashion.

I love it when I find harmony in both the Bible and Qur’an. The passage above is taken from Isaiah 46:4. It evokes one of God’s 99 Names in Islam which is: “The Sustainer” — الرزاق (pronounced as: “Ar Razzaq”)

Why, dear God, are You so generous and kind? I yearn for Your comfort and rescue.

 

(Note: Theoretically speaking, Jews, Christians and Muslims all worship the same God–i.e., the God whom Abraham submitted to. The Qur’an is considered as the “last Revelation”–authentic and free from corruption–in a series of revelations that has been sent before through earlier prophets.)

“American Muslims”

The US State Department Bureau of International Information Programs published and uploaded a 100 page report on the American Muslim community. The photos look amazing and the stories are quite intriguing.

Enjoy browsing through this piece of intercultural and inter-religious understanding! (:

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You can view or download the file here: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/amgov/30145/publications-english/American_Muslims.pdf