Tag: Life

  • Only you

    Only you

    “I’ve been incompatible with anyone else since I met you.” Sometimes, without warning, someone enters your life and challenges every assumption you ever made about what’s possible. What you thought you deserved was limited to what you were capable of achieving up to that point, and maybe just a quiet desire to acquire some peace…

  • Expecting hope

    Expecting hope

    Expectations are simply hopes with a sense of entitlement. The reason for our entitlement to the fulfilment of our hopes are many. Most often, they’re based on what we contributed towards others. Sometimes we want that contribution reciprocated because we don’t want to allow others to treat us unfairly, or to take us for granted.…

  • The nuance of a good life

    The nuance of a good life

    It’s not the blatant acts of disrespect or rejection that hurt us the most, it’s the subtle gestures that leave room for doubt or interpretation that leave deep scars. Nuance thrives in those subtle gestures because nuance is what allows us to avoid conflict, or resist commitment. It allows us a graceful exit for just-in-case…

  • The forgotten village idiot

    The forgotten village idiot

    This essay has been playing on my mind a lot lately. Covid-19 has revealed the true nature of many, which only served to reinforce this notion. Who puts a smile on the face of the village idiot? The saddest part of this essay is that most who read the title thought it to be humorous.…

  • Blind rage

    Blind rage

    Sometimes we get so caught up in our anger at the world that we lose sight of the fact that our anger feeds the very same cycles that we’ve grown to despise. Don’t get angry. If you can influence positive change, do it. If not, walk away. Insisting on rage after you’ve realised that you…

  • Sincere advisors

    Sincere advisors

    Cherish those who hold you to a higher standard, not those who pacify you when you’re wrong. Of the rarest of creation, I believe, must be the sincere advisor. If you find one, cherish them, because their commitment is to your upliftment, and not to their own ego. Photo Credit : Naadirah Ismail

  • New spaces

    New spaces

    My daughter has been nesting more than usual recently. And she’s been bullying me for my phone to take photos like these of her nesting efforts. These flowers from the garden are surprisingly cheerful. They look beautiful in the garden, but they really pop in the house. I guess it’s a reminder in a way…

  • Live, Laugh, Love, and leave a Legacy

    Live, Laugh, Love, and leave a Legacy

    Live to love, to laugh, and to leave a legacy. Your material success will only be celebrated after your death if it is of benefit to others. Accumulation of wealth to stroke your ego not only deprives you of the joy of human connection, it also denies you the bonds of beauty that feeds your…