The Edhi Foundation is a non-profit unique social welfare program in Pakistan founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi in 1951 as one man operating from a single room in Karachi. This amazing foundation now has over 300 centres across the country including centres all over the world providing 24 hour emergency assistance across Pakistan and also abroad. The foundation also gave relief to the victims of hurricane Katrina. Some of the many services provided include shelter for the destitute, free hospitals, education, healthcare and orphanages. The value of these necessary services cannot be over-estimated in a nation where 60.3% of the population live on under £2 per day and 40 million people live in poverty. The noble and unassuming man is a living saint who has devoted his life to address both the causes and results of such inequity, is now failing in health. He is worthy of recognition of his remarkable achievements during his life-time and will leave a rare.
and his team bring to you a unique view of the world through the eyes of passionate travellers so you can find your perfect travel destination, or just feast your eyes on different parts of the world. The website will give you a refreshing view of the world, cut off from the monotony of your life. Oh yeah, and I'd like to see some article about some countries with more natural surroundings and historical monuments because I'm not one for posh places and tall buildings.
Pages torn mercilessly from my precious book.
Jagged edges protrude like a sore thumb to look
At my tears soaking the pages, blotching the ink.
Molten drops of emotion blossoming. I blink.
I use them as ink to fill more pages in it.
I summon my will to fill the gauges within.
Only to see the book burn to ashes.
Give me a new one before they fill my gashes.
Selfies. Now this is a very popular trend. Selfie taking has even become a medical condition where you have this constant urge to take selfies, and post them. And post, AND POST. Do you really think people are interested in seeing the same you in almost the same poses, trying to show you're either having a good time or, you just look good? No. Do you feel that if you convince people that you look attractive in them that you'll feel good? Do you feel honoured when if a bunch of people are interested in your pictures? If most people don't "like" retweet or +1 your pictures, who will give attention to them? It's an endless cycle.
I've known several girls releasing their own nude picture "by mistake" to get popular.
Why do we need to do this?
Attending every social event possible. Admit it, you don't even care about most of the people you meet. You might be a people's person but when you're out there, you want to hang out with the most popular people or become the most popular person. You'll look your best. You'll be a fun person to be around. Friendly. Witty. Big smile in every photo. But for whom? And while you're wasting half your life trying to be that person everyone wants to be around, what are you really missing out on?
After a day of shopping and an evening at an amazing party, when you go home,
do you truly feel satisfaction?
Having a large social circle. I'm not saying it's bad to have a large circle of friends. I love being around people too. But why are you spending all your time with people you hardly like, or those you are merely fond of, or barely know, or those you know will never be by your side if you're in trouble? Are you pretending to be concerned about them, while in reality, only using them to climb the social ladder? Will you be able to remember each and every face and name a year later? What does that make of who you truly are?
I've known people to have done terrible things, orchestrate such dramas, pretend to be what they're not, pretend to be saints even, or sacrifice their dignity just so that people could notice them.
Having thousands of friends on social networks. Is it legitimate to even call them friends? Does your self worth truly depend on those numbers and likes?
You constantly check the comments and likes on your posts as if your life depends on them. You keep a watch on the comments and the likes flooding in. You're constantly checking your news feed to see what others are doing, basically to see what you're up against, what hashtag you must follow, what's more liked what isn't. Definitely ice-bucket challenge rather than the dying kids of Palestine and people losing their moral values these days. Party pics are never-fails! Someone's dead grandma? Like the heck out of it and say you're sorry.
You feel important.
What are you turning into?
To be the most popular and admired socialite, to determine your self worth, you'll follow this equation-
How many people you'll greet and get smiles from in real life per day
Number of followers or friends you have
Number of compliments per day
Number of likes and comments you get per post
Number of likes for comments
Number of selfies you took
The number of selfies you actually posted
Things you say at the right time and place
And viola! You're popular! Within 20 years, you'll grow old, you might get a job and you might get married, and all the fame will be over as you see to responsibilities. Or you'll keep attending social events to fill the void in your heart, and you'll keep posting selfies for the rest of your life. Endlessly.
Do you know why you went through all the trouble in the first place?
FOR ATTENTION. It's the basic human desire. A baby will scream and you'll use other ways to scream for attention. We're insecure.
LOOK AT MY SELFIE. NOTICE ME. I WANT YOUR APPROVAL. I LOOK GOOD.
GIVE ME TIME, TELL ME YOU LOVE ME
DON'T YOU IGNORE ME!
SEE, SEE WHAT I CAN DO, SEE!
You know what you must realise? You are loved, you are adored, you are worthy and you WILL be seen for who you are, by the whole world, and you'll be truly loved by more than your immediate friends and family (if you wish to extend the love) if you only focus on your passion, and at being compassionate.
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Mahatma Gandhi, Dean Koontz, J.K Rowling, Adele, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abraham Lincoln, Abdul Sattar Eidi, Steve Jobs, Stephen Hawking are mere examples. You don't have to be a freedom fighter, a writer, singer, a scientist, or a human rights activist. You need to be YOURSELF and set an example.
Those inspirational stories aren't a guideline. NO. You make your own path,
and ONLY you will discover your path to success.
Not all celebrities are happy. Many even commit suicide.
Once you love yourself and others, satisfied with what you've become, once
you respect yourself and others, people will genuinely return the sentiment.
Tried, tested and approved method.
P.S when I say "you", I don't really mean you ;)
Post inspired by the amazing who I've come to admire so much, my dear friend and Urooj Kamran, a beautiful person who's not on G+.
But does this mean I don't have those feelings?
Does patience mean that we disregard our natural feelings of dismay, hurt and gloominess when presented with a grim situation? Does being patient mean that some of us are super-humans who don't suffer from emotional conflict?
Is patience just another way of pretence? While keeping a cool and collected facade, are we just pretending, while suppressing our feelings that might be killing us internally, and affecting our mental and physical health? Does the suppression of feelings help in way except in retaining a good public image?
You might see someone going through a tragic phase and handling it without much fuss or drama, and admire their patience. Would we stop and think, "Is it patience or is it just acceptance of one's choicelessness? Could "impatience" actually mean that one still has hope, is still striving to make a difference and meaning to be heard through self expression? Does patience really mean we've given up and accept whatever fate's hand serves to us?
We're told that if we're patient, we'll get what we want in the end, after the long, torturous wait. What if, when the wait is over, we don't even need what we once wished for? What if we don't want it any more? A girl could want a doll-house and after a three decade wait, does it even make sense to see her wish come true when she's beyond her years of playing with dolls?
Anyway, the above views are not my own, but a collective view of the musings of realists, and it's pretty justified to question life that way. So what's my view? Patience, according to me, is an attitude. We're not giving up when we're calm about a situation. Yes, we're accepting it; measuring the loss and instead of fretting over what happened, we think about our next move we must make to either move on with life or reach our goals. Yes, it's hard and sometimes it's too late to get something but it's never too late to discover other things we might want more than our initial desire led us to believe.
In fact, the new dream could have risen from the ashes of the burned out dream. The spark isn't snuffed out. The girl who wanted a certain kind of doll-house could very well aim for building her real dream house. Rather than sticking to the broken remnants of our crashed dreams, we stick them together with glitter and sunshine and paint them with unicorns and whatever it is we find on our way.
We're patient, because we never gave up hope. We have hope that not everything will fall apart. We have hope of finding what we want. We're patient because we're strong enough to not get consumed by ill fortune and its consequences and we find better ways to build up again. We're patient not because we don't have a choice. We're patient because we have a choice to face life boldly. We're patient because we need something to tune out our emotions and to live life with our chins up, unfazed by the events (or fazed but at least dealing with it properly by taking the right actions!)
So, the question of the day-
How patient do you think you are? How do you react to pressing situations?
Cheers and salaams!
Some say in ice
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire
But if I had to perish twice
I think I know enough of hate to say that
Ice is also great...
And would suffice.
-Ibtesam Khan Yousafzai
How far do you think this statement is true?
How fashionable are you?
Do you have a fashion statement?
So tell me one random thing that's on your mind this second and let's see what got you there.
Here's a result of my random tour through Google image search.
Salams and cheers!
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