Monthly Archives: October 2012

autumn poem

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The Leaves of October

Oh, I want to dance with the leaves of October

That merrily twirl in the air,

To blend with the yellow, the reds, and the golds of them.

To dance in the wind without care.

And I want to run in the warm Autumn sun,

Skip under the azure blue sky,

To drift with the breeze among billowing leaves,

Rejoicing that I am alive.

So let me forget the cold chill of November

While October still is with me.

Too soon come the rains and the long, dreary winter nights,

Too quickly laid barren the trees.

Oh, I want to dance with the leaves of October

Before summer’s warmth must depart.

Lord, let me lay hold of their red, brown, green, gold

And treasure their dance in my heart.

Kathryn E. Darden

my children enjoying autumn

under the autumn sun

October leaves

almost barren trees

red, gold, brown and green

treasure their dance in my heart

thank you God, for all the beauty in this life!

 

before sunset

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Hello everyone, greetings from England! I have been a wee bit busy of late but I’m back on the scene! I had been looking forward to our half term break recently, I honestly felt the need to escape from the daily routine which was getting rather tedious for me after a while. It was nice to be able to chill out with my family, to catch up on some light reading and to engage in other activities aside from the regular daily grind. We also celebrated Eid-ul-Adha a couple of days ago, it was good that it fell during our brief one week break. To mark our lovely time together this half term, I would like to share images of our lovely walk by the harbour. I hope you’ll like the pictures I have captured along with several of my favourite quotes on walks.  Well, the holidays are over now, it’s back to the usual hustle and bustle of life tomorrow for my family and I. But I shall look back upon this moment in time and treasure our walk before sunset for years to come, sweet memories remain forever.

Slow down and enjoy life.  It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
–   Eddie Cantor

beautiful view by the harbour

We live in a fast-paced society.  Walking slows us down.
–   Robert Sweetgall

our recent walk by the harbour

The world belongs to the energetic.
–   Ralph Waldo Emerson

my adventurous one!

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
–   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

my thoughtful one

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
–   John Burroughs

before sunset

love poem

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I take this opportunity to wish all Muslims a happy and blessed EIDUL ADHA 26th October, 2012

courtesy of Google images

Floating roses, Cordoba, Spain (Summer 2007)

It Felt Love

How
Did the rose
Ever open its heart

And give to this world
All its
Beauty?

It felt the encouragement of Light
Against its
Being,

Otherwise,
We all remain

Too
Frightened.

HAFIZ

 

 A memorable track from my Cordoba trip…

keep calm

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A woman should always stay calm and relaxed, behaving as if nothing in this world really troubles her. All the attacks of nerves and hysterics are not for the public. You’d better never let them see you cry. Tears have a strong effect on men, but don’t abuse it. – Anonymous

I’d like to write about people and feelings this time around, something which has been playing on my mind. A topic many others have touched upon, but this is from my own humble perspective. What do you do when your expectations of people are not met, or when you do not meet someone’s great expectations? I’m not talking about those within our four walls, with our loved ones at home we can have an open discussion to sort matters out. At least, that’s what I’d like to think, it works for me every time. I’m talking about the rest of the world out there; other people whom you have to deal with in your current life. It could be the rest of your clan, friends, colleagues, neighbours or acquaintances. There are times when people expect you to go about in a certain way, but you don’t. Vice versa, you might wish so and so would understand how you feel and treat you accordingly, but they don’t. Frustration would well up leading to annoyance and anger, and all kinds of other negative feelings which are not healthy at all.

These days when I find myself in such a situation, I try to stay calm. If it’s not a matter of life and death, I will let it go. I repeat to myself that it’s fine, no big deal really that the other person has hurt my feelings a little, it’s not the end of the world. And if I cannot please certain people for some reason or another, then it’s perfectly all right too. I’m the sort who sometimes over analyse matters and often wish everyone can get on well with one another. Wishful thinking I know, one cannot determine other people’s reaction or behaviour. Therefore I’ve now decided not to stress myself over other people’s response which I cannot control, I can only take charge of my own. I do my best to please others around me within my capacity. But I’ve stopped feeling overly responsible or guilty if I cannot fulfill someone’s wishes. I’ve also stopped relying on others to make me happy. I’ve learnt to lower my expectations, in fact in many instances I try not to expect anything at all from others. I realized I feel happier this way, more often than not I would receive some pleasant surprise in return. Love and kindness from others knock on your door when you least expect them sometimes. I believe everyone has their own strategy in dealing with people they find difficult to relate to. I don’t like confrontations, I would rather leave it be. If I’m clearly in the wrong, I would take heed, I’m not the sort who’s reluctant to apologise, even on petty subjects. I’d hate to think someone is feeling bad because of me.

On the other hand, I would allow myself to feel all the hurt, pain, anger, annoyance, bitterness, sadness and frustration if someone has mistreated my feelings. I might shed a quiet tear or two, then I would take a deep breath and let go of it all. No hard feelings left in me any longer afterwards, pointless really. Hearts can change after all, no point bearing grudges or burning your bridges. I would turn around and focus on the positive things in my current life; my faith, my family and my hobbies, to name a few. I try to focus on my blessings always. Keep calm and carry on as they say, as printed on these lovely souvenirs I found in a quaint gift shop. What about the rest of you, how do you cope, if you don’t mind me asking?

keep calm!

autumn walk

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Go outside and walk a bit, long enough to take in and record new surroundings.  Enjoy the best-kept secret around – the ordinary, everyday landscape that touches any explorer with magic.
–   John R. Stilgoe

Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.
–   Ralph Waldo Emerson

I had been the sort of Easterner whose idea of going for a walk meant a short stroll in the park when the sun wasn’t too intense (early evening). Or a walk in one of the huge malls whilst window shopping. That’s where it began and where it ended really. On the other hand, my hubby here had gone for endless walks in the woods and up the hills as a young adult. My life changed over time after we got married, I finally knew the real meaning of going for walks through him. Back then it was just the two of us, now we have our four children joining us too. They love it every time; I like seeing their flushed faces and red cheeks as they run around exploring the surrounding nature. Mind you, there is always something new to discover!

You can read my earlier posts, Easter Break and Winter Walk to check out our previous walks, and of course our outings to the Cotswolds (Bourton on the Water, Bibury and Lower Slaughter) and city of Bath when my family visited from Malaysia. My 70-year-old mom walked for miles around without even realizing it! She truly enjoyed the beautiful landscapes and fresh air, it certainly did wonders to her health. The photos below were taken from our most recent walk a couple of weeks ago. This time around I went out with my English friends who also home-educate their children. These English women really treasure their walks, they never let the weather get in their way ever. We had such a lovely walk and our group of children certainly had a whale of a time! I love all my walks; be it a walk in the woods, by the river or up the hills. It always clears my head and makes me feel exceptionally good and cheerful for days afterwards, Alhamdulillah! 🙂