CLOSING CALL

So it’s that time of the year where we begin to reflect and look back at the previous calendar year that’s coming to a close. I must say 2012 has been one very interesting year; it’s a year that has definitely gone through those peak and trough moments that you see in a business cycle chart. But what’s amazed me even more is the speed at which the year has progressed, sometimes keeping it hard to track the momentum of it all!

I wasn’t sure where to really begin in this piece. I didn’t really want to go into a deep philosophical explanation of the year that has passed. So rather this is a small reflection and revision of moments I thought were significant during the year.

I was overseas doing my MBA, which was already a very interesting journey I was moving along on. The year started well by going for a family member’s wedding in India; a trip to India always has its interesting moments, but this trip was particularly enjoyable since an Indian wedding always creates great memories with families and friends. It had been a few years since I had attended a family wedding, and this event had its moments of great memories being created.

Then I hit one of those trough moments when I began to realise I was becoming homesick. It was one of those strange phenomenons, sometimes hard to understand why. The human mind can play some odd tricks when it comes to understanding emotions. So that’s when I decided to make a major coup and planned a surprise trip home for a short two week break! It was such a fantastic feeling to see the surprise and happiness on my family’s and friends’ faces when I appeared before their very eyes that all that excitement of initially starting the MBA came back in all its glory.

Then came the moment where we could take an exchange semester to one of our global campuses and I decided to go to our Shanghai campus from Dubai. Many times over I have explained to most people the amazing experience I had while I was in Shanghai and different parts of China I visited. It’s just different when you are in an interesting and evolving place like China. It seemed like an alien world. The culture there is still steeped very much in ancient Chinese philosophies, but Shanghai reflected a lot of marriages between the new world progression and the ancient Chinese wisdoms & culture. I visited Beijing, which created a feeling that it was a foreign land to that of Shanghai. But there was much excitement for me when I could finally proclaim having visited the Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China!

Like all good things in life, there has to be an ending along the way. The MBA program ended on a high with the graduation, yet many temporary good byes were said to some great friends that were made over the year! I think 2012 was really a melting pot year in terms of meeting with different cultures, and engaging with interesting people from different walks of life. I have no doubt that 2013 will bring some similar experiences.

If there’s certain lessons I learnt over this last year, it’s these: most things need to be left on their own, to find their own course over time. People also really change over the course of time once there is a distance between yourselves, no matter how close they may appear to be in your lives. This change can be hard to understand initially. Sometimes forcing situations or outcomes only really backfires in the long run! Hence 2013 will be a year where I will accept most things where I cannot control them, though I see many exciting moments ahead; hence those peaks will be appearing regularly along the 2013 chart!

Here’s wishing everyone a Very Happy Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!!! This is Funjabi Guy wishing you safe holidays…see you in the New Year!

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Disclaimer: The opinions in this piece are solely those of the author and in no way reflect any person, institution or theory, nor is the author associated with any specific publication or institution. This article is purely for entertainment and insightful purposes.

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Time to let go!

Have you ever had that moment when you feel it’s time to let go, time to stop holding on?

It’s time to let go of that fading friendship, that dying relationship, that unfulfilling career, and maybe even sometimes those starry dreams that were probably beyond our reach.

Why is it that we find it hard to let go of such people or events in our lives? I suppose we get accustomed to a comfort by knowing these are still present, even though they may not be contributing to a healthy life in the long run. It’s a weird human conditioning that we can get addicted to such circumstances, even though they could yield great pain for us.

It’s amazing though how letting go brings us to another level; a higher level where we feel relaxed and that stress of holding on is no longer there. You’ll be amazed since you’ll come to an understanding that you are much better off as a person without these. You are a new person that sees life beyond all these!

As the year comes to a close, perhaps we need to reflect on those friendships, relationships and other aspects of our lives where we are holding on too tight for nothing to benefit or show for. That deep bruise from the grip is telling us to let go!

So don’t you think it’s time to let go?

This is Funjabi Guy wishing you a great weekend and beyond! Be safe. Till next Friday.

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Disclaimer: The opinions in this piece are solely those of the author and in no way reflect any person, institution or theory, nor is the author associated with any specific publication or institution. This article is purely for entertainment and insightful purposes.

Remembering…

Seeing that it is the holiday season, I thought for today’s Friday post I would write a poem.

I sit here remembering

That bitter sweet cool night,

When I gazed delightfully at your beautiful sight.

 

That sight, lingering in the cool breeze

Bringing the illuminating sensation of ease.

An Ease to my wilting soul,

Making me press more forward for the Goal!

 

The goal that seemed distant,

But your radiant presence kept me persistent.

Time would  tell how this journey unfolded,

In the process bringing me joy that was seemingly preloaded.

 

I sit here remembering

Your sweet lingering scent,

Making me feel like a moment with you was always well spent.

Such still moments illuminated your radiant eyes,

Making me see that all was not lies.

These lies that troubled the mind

Never peacefully letting me unwind.

 

I sit here remembering,

The day when it was all ending,

Slowly removing the depending…

The depending of you being close by me,

Realizing that it will not always be We.

So as every second ticked along

I realized some did not belong,

Belong to a person or to a moment

That the pain could sometimes be pure torment.

 

I sit here remembering,

Knowing that some day,

I will find my way,

The way to a better place,

Feeling all the Blessings and Grace!!

This is Funjabi Guy wishing you a great weekend and beyond! Be safe. Till next Friday.

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Disclaimer: The opinions in this piece are solely those of the author and in no way reflect any person, institution or theory, nor is the author associated with any specific publication or institution. This article is purely for entertainment and insightful purposes.