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Jerantut, Pahang Darul Makmur
Feels like it was only yesterday that we were ravaged by floods; there are some flood victims who are still waiting for the promised aids and we are already facing a potentially driest drought yet to hit us. The Star Online yesterday showed pictures of certain places already cracking up under intense heat and we are still debating whether such phenomena are cause and effect or are they God’s punishments for sins committed by man.
Well, looking at the two descriptions in term of pragmatics I would say that they are just different terms used by different fields of study which refer to one meaning. The scientists work from the bottom up, i.e proving/experimenting something through research and or lab work and then coming out with a conclusion or theory. Theologians look at things from top down. They read the kitabs and then look into the real world and assign or interpret the words from the books to the real things.
Hence, although both disciplines are referring to one thing but the perspectives differs.
However, rain or shine, flood or drought: I wish to share this ‘thoughts’ I‘ve been keeping in my folder to share with everyone in the honour of a special friend who keeps reminding me that every morning when I wake up I have choices on how I want to have my day.
How Will You Start Today?
I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.
Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.
Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.
Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.
Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.
Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.
Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new job relationships.
Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to go to!
Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with knowledge and adventure.
Today I can dejectedly murmur because I have housework to do or I can feel grateful for shelter for my mind, body and soul.
Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped, and here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. And I shall decide what kind of day I shall have!
How will you live TODAY?