JournalismPakistan.com July 17, 2015
As Eid dawns and we celebrate, here are ten considerations that you might like to take on board. Not just for this occasion but for all occasions and see how much better a person you become.
Be grateful. For what you have. Contentment is more important for peace of mind than all the status symbols and material wealth. Don’t let it dazzle you, no one cares, all you do is buy sycophants.
Be generous. This is a weekend for sharing so give whatever you can to as many as you can. It’s great to spend on yourself but try spending on others.
Be safe. Drive carefully, don’t go near the waters if you cannot swim, don’t speed, don’t take on dares, there are people at home who love you waiting for you. Holidays can be twice as dangerous because we push the boundaries.
Be forgiving. A good time to get over the baggage of the past and drop the rage and the hurt and the sense of dismay by those who have let you down. Take them off your radar and feel better over it. You’ll be surprised how much we weigh ourselves down with negatives.
Be with the family. Get close to those whom we love most. Time to be with elderly parents, infirm relatives, the family itself and friends to create that great togetherness. Don’t just make the promise, do it.
Be healthy. Don’t overdo it, look after your health and enjoy the celebration. No fun if you make yourself unwell and spoil it for yourself and others. Being ill sucks big time, there is nothing as precious as being well.
Be good. No seriously, there is no greater pleasure than the pleasure of giving pleasure. Make others happy, surprise them with something original and happy, you feel so nice to see others smile. Do very little harm, don’t break the law, don’t think you are invincible. You are not.
Be spontaneous. Do a good deed to a stranger. Pay for a meal. Buy the poor some clothes. Do someone a favor and ask for nothing in return. Do it any day of the week and enjoy the burst of adrenalin.
Be with children. Play games with them, take them for a treat, give them quality time and see how much fun you have. A day on the beach, lunch at the Mall, just kicking a soccer ball, you’ll thank yourself. People who stoop to talk to children walk tall.
Be kind. In thought, word and speech, especially to those less fortunate than you or less powerful or those who depend on you. Visit a hospital, comfort the sick, hold the hand of the grieving, salute your soldiers and the men in uniform who keep you safe and do this all year round.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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