“Life is about choices. You can be negative or positive, its up to you.
We can always view things in various perspective. My way of seeing thing may not be the same as yours. My School Of Tots is my inner feeling straight from my heart with a little help from my brain and my little fingers”.
The first two sentences at School of Tots are strikingly profound and accurate, despite their simplicity and brevity. And just ignore the slight grammatical errors in the above, for it is the message that is of supreme value here.
Starting my own weblog has been worthwhile indeed. If anything, I keep coming across people who have a lot of wisdom to offer. And this previously unknown (at least to me) blog has been a timely find too. You see, I was in need of some “spiritual vitamins” – words of wisdom that make certain things crystal-clear. Turning up at “School of Tots” yesterday, in reply to his invitation here, was the best event of the day for me.
I had first thought that Hisham was an “Ustaz” (religious teacher). That was based on a quick look of the posts’ titles, and in reading a couple of them. But this 44-year-old `Ustaz’, besides having a link to NasyidFM is also a fan of … Sweet Charity, Alleycats, Search, Van Halen and BB King… Read the “interview by The Star” at the “My ADUN link” post.
Hisham is actually a product manager with an IT company. But for me, he’s also an Ustaz – and an excellent one with articles that cut in deep with me.
BTW, one doesn’t have to be a Muslim when it comes to reading most of the posts here for they are more towards the spiritual and stressing on universal values. Take “Adat Berjiran” (Way of Being Neighbours) on August 10 for example.
Insyaallah, I’ll be back tomorrow and add more about “Life is About Choices”, and other aspects concerning me, recovery from addiction etc.
By the way, this post is done with Windows Live Writer. I became aware of its features after reading an interesting post about it by the Borneo Blues of Mat Salo: Windows Live Writer – Pretty cool, this – at one of his three sites. His blog and `the other one’ are here:
[Continued Tues Sept 9, from 4.15am]
As with Hisham of “School of Tots”, Mat Salo has something to do with this particular post too. I had visited his sites and read many of the posts there – he’s quite a character! By the way, in my blog lists, I had taken care to use the “madsalos.com” link. That’s because I purposely do not want to include political stuff at this blog. That’s why even Rocky’s Bru, which was responsible for introducing 95% of the current readers to here, is also not included.
As I had mentioned in the reply to love-n-hate, I had done a comparison of myself with these two gentlemen to verify the truth of the post’s title … to remind and show to myself especially, where I had gone wrong when it comes to making my choices. And boy, did I get it!… as the page of Rebuilding a self and a life showed.
Remember that For every action, there is a reaction … “something” will happen when we do anything; which does not take into account whether we had planned it or not. But whatever, we will face the consequences of it, whether we like it or not.
As love-n-hate had mentioned, we sometimes have many choices in the various matters and situations that we deal with every day. Sometimes, there are just a few choices. But the fact is that, we always have a choice. Yes, “always”; at least one.
If you think about it closer, you’ll realise that there is no such thing as “I didn’t have a choice!”… Even when someone forces or threatens you! Like going to work today: you may say that you don’t have a choice but must go even when you don’t want to.
You have three choices here actually: (1) Go to work, although you reallly don’t want to (2) Be dishonest – call to say there’s `an emergency at home’ or that `you’re sick’ (3) Don’t care – just stay at home.
But for each of the choices that we make, there will be an accompanying consequence. Number 3 will make your boss and colleagues dislike you very much. For one thing, your pay will be deducted; you’ll have less money than you might otherwise have. Keep repeating this and soon you’ll also be out of a job. Number 2 will add a layer of stain inside yourself; of being a liar. There will be consequences, one of which is gradual loss of respect for one’s self.
[To be continued. This is turning into a long essay :-) ]
***10 Sept 5PM: And at 10.30PM last night, when I was just knocked out by a power blackout that lasted till 2 am, Elviza M. Kamal of Write Away had visited this humble site and left a message. I’m getting a bit distracted here and being star-struck:-) This is getting unwieldy and way off-topic … I’ll continue with what I had intended to do in the first place with a new Post – a “Part 2”. When? I don’t know, really.