Seizing the Present

As the saying goes, ‘What goes around comes around.’

In relation to time, seasons come and go: the sun rises, sets and rises only to set again, and our birthdays and anniversaries come and go. Unfortunately, this recurrence does not mean the restoration of spent time. Actually, it is an indication of the swift passage of time. A tell-tale sign we often ignore. 

Today, we live in a fast-paced world. Everything, powered by technology, is increasingly becoming instant. For instance:

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How To Catch the Unspoken

Everyday we give and receive information. Lots of them – via ads, short videos, tweets, chats, posts, books, physical interaction etc. Actually, we are bombarded with much more than we give, and we interact virtually, more than we do physically.

Today, we have traded in the present for virtual reality; we have succeeded in isolating ourselves. It is so easy for you and I to choose our screens over quality time with the people who matter the most, family and friends. We are there with them but not present.

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Listen, Between the Lines

‘Soft words break the bone’. I always recall with clarity, the day I experienced the truth of this statement, by the Jewish monarch Solomon. It was a few minutes past 10 PM, when my wife stepped into the living room where I was working on my laptop. ’After we said goodnight to each other, she asked,

‘Gem, when are you coming to bed? ‘By midnight I answered.’

She took my right hand in both of hers. Thinking she was about to complain about my habit of turning in late, I steeled myself for a defense. (We have argued about this many times.

Instead, she looked at me wistfully and said in a gentle voice,

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