Looking back and taking wonderful things forward…
When we look back, it depends on our present mood, whether we remember the ‘good’ parts or the ‘bad’ ones. If I’m in a good mood, then I’ll only remember the wonderful things in my past. When I’m in a bad mood, only sad things will be remembered.
Why is it?
I think it is physics.
It is a wavelength which we ‘connect’ to. So, make sure your present feelings (and wave lengths) are good. Then whatever you recollect, will be good too.
How’s that for a theory?!
Anyhow, I feel like sharing some recent happy events, and share what we both can take away from these.
1. Aroosha’s baby’s birthday:
(Teacher and student’s takeaway.)
‘I’d love to see my student as grown ups!’ I often thought, while teaching my little students, specially these forth graders. – In fact, every grade I’ve taught was the same. Of course, I knew, it wasn’t possible. But I did tell them:
‘If you ever see me, do come and meet me.’ I would add,
‘Remember that you will be changing a lot with time, I won’t be able to recognize you. So, you will need to tell me, and reconnect.’
Many of them have done so. They came up to me at different times in my life and I can’t tell you how happy I’ve felt seeing them, all grown up leading successful lives. Naturally, my Facebook is full of many of my old students.
I always say that ‘Teaching is the next best thing to motherhood.’
So, when Aroosha invited me on December 31st. 2018, I was able to attend the party, and it was great. I also met several other students, and her brother.
Student’s take-away :
- Stay in touch with teachers.
- Do involve them in your life events.
- Do ask them if ever you need any mentoring later on in life.
- Please do understand, if they cannot accept every invitation.
- Also, understand, if a teacher attends one student’s function and cannot do so with others. It isn’t about you, it is something happening in their own lives, which they can’t share with you.
- Whenever you have an old students’ gathering, do invite your teachers.
- It is easy to be connected with students these days. It is a good way to see how the students are doing in life.
- Assuring them, that you are there for them is vital.
- While teaching, keep a time and space to reach out to your students. Be available. Money isn’t everything. These beautiful human beings are far more important.
- Students need our mentoring, in their lives.We know, there are few counselors here.
- Many of our students come from broken or breaking homes. Our few words of support can make a big difference.
- Perhaps, you can help if a student is in depression or harboring suicidal thoughts, you can change their minds.
- I’ve had students helping me later on in life too. Just as I was there for them, they have been there for me too. I had helped a student once. Later, on I had to leave due to surgery. This same student would ring me daily and keep me cheered up. Another student, Mahru sent me prayers to help me heal. Many of them sent me cards. So, it is definitely, a two-way relationship.Once, a student Roheen was in UK when my husband passed away. She asked me hows he could help me. I asked her to be in contact with my daughter there. So, now they are friends too. Recently, Gul Noor and Taha Asif reconnected with me. Oh I could go on and on….
Writer’s Bonfire Meet-up
(Writer’s perspective and being a guest.)
Imagine having a bonfire in the cold drizzle?
How could it be?
It was amazing!
The Bonfire was hosted by Mazhar Nisar, who is a PTV World newscaster, and a wonderful poet. He is a member of Arts and Literature Guild of Shabnam Riaz. As you know, we have these meet-ups and we join each other’s group events. A bonfire was much talked about, and we all were looking forward to it.
The date fell on a cold, rainy ‘dismal’ day. But thanks to everyone’s determination, especially that of Mazhar, and Shabnam, it turned out awesome!
Mazher had asked Sahil Faraz to sing some beautiful songs. There we sat and enjoyed his melodious and heart -warming songs. I specially loved his own composition. The food, the music, and finally each writers’ and poets’readings was really heart warming. Mazhar had ordered delicious barbecued food for us, and of course we ate well.
It turned out to be a real memorable evening.
Your take away:
- When someone invites you, try to accept. Even if you have apprehensions of distance and weather. Just go well clad. Put on really warm clothes and keep good shoes in your car. (Trust the host to manage. Otherwise, help.)
- Remember, if you don’t go, probably, others wont be going too, and it could spoil the party.
- Once there, get into the mood of the event. Be sporting and help the host.
- Yes, you will get plenty of memories to takeaway!
Rashid, son of Abdul Rahim’s wedding.
(Domestic help relations.)
It was Rashid’s wedding, the only son of Abdul Rahim; who has cooked in my home for last twenty years or so. He has always been there for me. He lost his wife, four years ago, a little after my husband passed away.
He is the one who said he needed no pay, when I had no money. So, naturally, I went to attend his son’s wedding, just as I’ve attended both his daughter’s weddings in good times too.
It felt wonderful to see how much Rahim has taken care of his Bhabis who lost their husbands – (his brothers). Both were there, being given prime respect and place in the event. So, goodness is in the nature of humans, being rich or poor doesn’t matter. He of course, had me sitting on the stage with the bride to have the food with her, and his daughters.
They gave me so much VIP treatment. Rashid’s boss too had helped him with this event. It was Rashid who had called me when my husband died, asking me, ‘How much money do you need?’ I said, ‘what does it matter?’ He said, ‘my boss is very rich, he will help you. Just tell me how much you need, I’ll get it for you!’
Of course, I wasn’t going to take from him, but his saying it was enough for me.
This is the kind of people they are.
Your take away:
- Always keep staff who is recommended. Be straight, fair and just with them.
- Be kind and supportive with your staff.
- Do attend their life events. It means a lot.
- Naturally, they too will attend your life events.
- Understand how hard it is to manage in these times. Do as much financial support as possible. If cash isn’t possible, then give gifts. For instance, whenever they go on leave, hand them a gift to give the wife, or mother, so they don’t have to go home empty handed. (I’m sure most of us have so many things lying in our homes.)
Mansoor Rahi and Asrar Farooki gifted me paintings:
(Mentors and colleagues)
Yes! Actually. I’m so thrilled. Here I am so happy with them. Sir Mansoor Rahi gifts us with his paintings every year on his birthday on 1st January. It was the same this time too.
Later, on Asrar Farooqi who is known for his Rawalpindi cityscenes, offered to gift me a painting. It was too good an offer.
Your take away:
- Stay connected with your mentors, give them their due respect and regard.
- Do help your colleagues whenever possible. (Always do it for Allah’s sake.)
- So, if they gift you with their blessings. Take it happily! 😉
Alhamdolillah, life can be good. So, keep thinking of these parts, while you get some nasty bits to bear in life.
Koi baat nahi, sab theek ho jata hai. Insha Allah. (Don’t worry, everything will be fine, God-willing.) If nothing else, there would be plenty of takeaways in the form of lessons to be handy for rest of one’s life! 😉
Stay blessed, my wonderful Reader. I’ve really grown to love you all. More so, for reading my blogs, even when they are soooooooo long!