Welcome

WINTER CHILLS

In our life there are things those we love, those we like, those we accept, and things those we hate… we just hate, and that is all.

Winter is here. You may love it, but quite frankly, I don’t like it. In my life, I don’t hate, otherwise I would say “I hate it” !!.

I think almost everyone loves spring, but some like summer and others like autumn, but no one I think likes winter. Winter is a hated season, but it is still coming every year and takes its time before he decides to go. He just doesn’t bother to make many creatures upset, others angry, some would get ill, and some just feel sad and depressed.

Winter… I go to my work in the dark and I return to my house in the dark… anything left for me to enjoy?!!.

It is winter take it or leave it. If you don’t like winter just look forward… watch spring while it dresses nicely, puts on some perfumes, and rehearses smiling. Spring will follow winter, and spring does dress trees and make them feel cosy, comfortable and happy. For trees to dress up and feel pampered again, they have to pay the price. Autumn undresses and leaves them naked, and winter takes advantage of them. Winter makes them shiver and hate their lives, but they live to observe their favourite visitor who always comes after the departure of winter. 

Can we make a compromise with winter?. We will accept winter to stay with us on one condition: that he promises to go when the time is right.  
Things we like in winter. Those nice wintry things might persuade us to love winter !!.

On the other hand, if we think a bit deeper and more into our lives.. we may in reality be able to develop some sort of “love” to winter. Winter can be lovable and can give us some sort of nostalgic comfort and may even joy. For those of you who have already entered the new world you may not feel any sympathy for winter, but those who lived longer could remember those days when you wait for evening to sit in your living room with your kids to watch TV in front of the cosy wood or gas fire. That kind of atmosphere might give you some relaxation, tranquillity, and comfort and makes you dream about tomorrow!!.

The good side of winter is its effect on our souls. It does remind us about the poor and the needy.

Let us move one step further with winter… let us think about those who really never enjoy winter. Let us think about those who have been displaced from their houses, their lands, and their communities, such as those in Syria,

Winter freezing always reminds us about those who were displaced because of conflicts and wars.

Yemen, Palestine, and other war zones. Let us think about those children who have no houses to shelter them… no blankets…. no food… no medicine… no doctors to look after them. Let us think about those who were orphaned by wars, natural disasters, or those who lost their parents through illness. What about those poor people, unemployed, elderly, and the disabled?. Is it not the freezing weather in winter is a good reminder for us about them?.

Let us see winter as a reminder to all of us to look around us. Let us see winter as a stimulant to the “humanity” deep inside us…. let us see winter as a reminder for us to waken up our conscientiouses.

Life is a struggle, but a nice one which will lead to a better living…

Life is a struggle and it is a real fight for living. Life has been made to be unlimited and renewable challenges for us. Every time we are faced with any challenge we do fight to win against it and that fight will also give us means and powers stronger than those we already owe. Those new powers enable us to be ready for any future challenges, but with a different magnitude and different nature.

Look at that little ant. It does struggle a lot, but at the end of the day, the little creature tends to win the struggle despite of her being weak and feeble..

Life was created for us to be a test for our ability to exist and continue despite of all challenges, both those we know and those we don’t  know nothing about.

Life is full of colours. Let us see it that way, and enjoy every bit of it.

Life was created colourful for us to live it that way and to entertain our eyes with its colours. We need to see life so colourful and mosaic… like a beautiful rainbow. We need to see life in colour to enjoy its tastes and its flavours.

God created for us health, and He created illness for us to entertain the first, and be prepared for the second.

God created for us the sweet and the bitter to entertain the sweetness and reject the bitterness, knowing that our life is not always sweet. We have no choice, but to happily carry on. Tomorrow will be better than today. If not tomorrow, then the day after… we need to be optimistic.

God created for us hunger and fullness, thirst and drinking, poverty and richness… for us to learn that everything in our life is relative, but nothing is absolute. We see the poor in our streets to appreciate money. We feel the hot weather to appreciate fresh air and to entertain the refreshing breeze. He created dryness and dehydration for us to appreciate the importance of water and to celebrate rain when it falls.

After every stress comes relief, and after every winter comes spring.

Everything in our life was created for a purpose, and it was created following a serious calculation and long pondering. Shall we thank the Creator for everything He created for us?. Shall we appreciate whatever we’ve gotten as otherwise, we might get what is worse.

If you like to live happily and to always feel happy, please look at those who are worse than you, but not at those who are much better than you. If you look high and keep looking high, you may trip and fall. If you look at your level or lower, you will see your path clearer and find it safer.

2 thoughts on “Welcome”

  1. These comments came from Dawn Twilights (not her real name !) on 8 May 2016:

    Hi Mohamed,
    Thank you for writing (Why me?), editorial number 8 .
    I really enjoyed reading it. I have never really looked at the world from that perspective before and it has brought up lots of interesting questions in my mind. One of them being ‘what should our response be to suffering?’

    Like you say, life for any one of us is full of struggles battles, difficulties and illnesses. There is not one individual that I know who does not have their own story of pain, struggle, heartache or disappointments.

    If we look back at our own journey we can probably see how such experiences have shaped and moulded our character and changed the direction of our lives, hopefully for the better in the end. That is if we can accept that life is a journey of hills and valleys, and that not one of us is immune to pain and suffering.

    The question for some is ‘where is God in those painful moments?’. In our darkest moments in life we can feel like heaven is silent…. but it is in those moments that God is walking beside us, in the tears, the questions, the frustrations. We can look back on our lives and it can seem like such a mess …..but if we look closely enough we can always find God in the smaller details of the experience.

    It reminds me of a song written by a beautiful singer called Laura story.. Called blessings. She wrote this at a time in her life when her husband had just been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and was searching for the same answer.

    https://youtu.be/0xRNrnh__SE

    So I have an illness ……. No one has a cure… No one knows why it happens…and I can live my life with fears, worries, if, buts and maybes… But no one knows what my journey is going to be, except God. So I have a choice to make … It can make me a bitter or better person!

    I feel blessed that It hasn’t affected me too badly but the diagnosis has been a journey of significant loss in many ways.
    Would my journey in life have been different if I hadn’t been diagnosed? ‘Yes….but I wouldn’t be where I am today and I would never exchange that.

    I can wrestle with the what if’s and but’s of those losses but I have to ask do I want those experiences to make me bitter or a better person?. We all have regrets in this life but we have to learn to forgive ourselves and move on.

    But how do we help those that can’t see through the despair, can’t see the amazing opportunities and life that they still have before them in those moments of greatest disappointment and sorrow. Even if the time we have left is short and one of pain we still have a choice… We can still,in those moments, be the best person we can be.

    Dawn

  2. Page Guide:
    1- Winter chills.
    2- Autumn falls.
    3- A touch of philosophy.
    4- The Summer Treasures
    5- The Springy Days
    6-The Snowy Nights.
    7- Morning Delight.
    8- Night Tranquillity.
    9- Why Me?.
    10- Sign of the Time.
    11- The Hidden Powers.
    12- The New Year is Knocking.
    13- The Ponder… in a New Style.
    14- Why “the-ponder.com”?.

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