JournalismPakistan.com October 3, 2014
Every Eid we express the big wishes. Like peace on Earth and happiness for all. May be if we became a feather in the tail fan of the dove and not the whole dove and then did our little bit in many different ways the world would be a better place.
Like bring family back into the centre. Give time to children and the old. That time will never come again. Make the sick feel a little more hopeful. Smile a lot. Surrender malice. Be gracious. Do very little harm. Show some generosity and eschew pity. Tolerate your neighbor. Display grace under fire. Share your brother’s burden, it truly isn’t that heavy. Make a promise to be healthy. It is promise worth keeping. Put pride aside. Forgive even if you haven’t the ability to forget.
Little things. Like don’t be angry with the world, it owes you nothing. Get in touch with friends who have gone missing…it is fun re-ignition. Don’t seek slight and save yourself so much energy. Drop malice and don’t enjoy others ill fortune too much, there is always a warning corner around which you cannot see.
Look at the big picture. Stop quibbling over minor issues. Bring cheer into the room not gloom. Let go of your status symbols. They count for nothing. Give not a ear to deceivers who use false praise to comfort you. Keep as many promises as you can.
And above all, be there for those that need you.
And never see anything you do as a sacrifice…that ruins it all.
Have a great Eid and a great year ahead.
(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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