Water Is Patient

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~ “Water does not resist. Water flows.

When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress.

Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it.

Water is patient.

Dripping water can wear away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water.”

(Margaret Atwood)

Selfie Culture

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*I attended a photography-poetry workshop the other day in which we had to take a picture that represents an identity of ourselves, then five minutes to come up with a poem explaining it. I decided to blog what I wrote.

SELFIE CULTURE

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We take pride in our electronic gadgets,

In our seemingly ‘invincible’ generation

Yet cut the power cord or wi-fi,

And we become lost in boredom and confusion.

We taken pride in our painted faces and bodies,

And relentlessly take selfies to prove it

Yet minus those Facebook and Instagram likes

And we become agitated and hollowly unlit.

We take pride in reasonable objects

Why shouldn’t we rejoice in how far we’ve come in life?

Yet pride in materialistic objects for the wrong reasons,

Is exactly the cause of worldly strife.

-A.S.

Life’s Plot Twists

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I read an amusing quote this morning that made the writer in me smile:

“When something goes wrong in your life, just yell, “Plot twist!” and move on.”

I really liked it. As I had just completed reading Pride and Prejudice this morning, it all rang more in my mind. Upon editing some photographs I took over the weekend, it occurred to me that the combination above of the two photos can visually summarize the ‘life is full of plot twists’ notion…

Sometimes you think you’re at the top of the world – internal Superman – with your facts, smugness, and attitude; only for some concealed points to be revealed. Suddenly your situation is flipped upside down on its head so abruptly in a dramatic “plot twist”. Somehow you’re still standing, but you’re confused where you now stand and it all seems a bit absurd. Your prejudices are made apparent to you, and maybe even your pride.

Your life story is a plot, and whenever your expectations or assumptions are shunned, a plot twist of some sort occurs. Good or bad, they are worth living. And besides – they were always meant to live. Ali Ibn Abi Talib said,

“Oh God, when I lose my hopes and plans, help me remember that Your love is greater than my disappointments, and Your plans for my life are better than my dreams.”

I await to see what the next chapter of my life holds.

And God knows Best.

🙂

-A.S.