fresh hopes


Simplicity in life is part of faith. —  Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth. Leo Tolstoy

Live simply so that others may simply live. — Mahatma Gandhi

Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world. — Oscar Wilde

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. — Lao Tzu

I see myself as a child all over again in my adventurous daughter

She was oblivious to the world around her, deep in thought, as she gazed across the waters. The new year 2013 is here, but she has mixed feelings about it. She has a few reasons to be joyful already, all the blogging awards she received recently have certainly perked her up. Along with being featured in the local newspaper back in her homeland (an article expanded from one of her 102 blog posts), that has certainly made the beginning of 2013 a promising one for her. Little rewards to remind her that she’s doing reasonably well in what she loves doing best at the moment, Alhamdulillah. Yes, she has found her feet again in the literary world, the world she once knew but have abandoned for so long. Yet, she can’t help but feel a bit low at the same time. Call her a sensitive soul if you must (a much-needed characteristic in expressing one’s self), but the tragic events towards the end of 2012 have left an impact upon her.

She hopes and prays that 2013 will be a brighter year, with more uplifting news around the globe rather than heart-wrenching ones. But then that’s life; there’s always ups and downs, good and bad, delight and sorrow. The main thing is not to lose hope, to carry on, to do what you must, to stick to what you believe. Her aspirations for this year is to live simply, to be grateful for every little happiness that comes her way, to appreciate everyone and everything around her that lifts her spirits up. Another year older, another year wiser, as she also celebrates her birthday this month. That’s what she wishes for, all being well. Happy New Year 2013 to all; beloved family, relatives, friends, fellow bloggers and blog readers, may you have a fruitful and peaceful year ahead…

A great English voice, for those who might also need a bit of cheering up to kick off the new year!

And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you
Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand
To guide them along so maybe I’ll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares…


8 responses

  1. Thank you, Hibiscus Rosa for expressing exactly how I feel about the end of 2012. Any sensitive, caring person can’t help but feel disheartened by the lack of moral compass among humanity as a whole. I think you’ve hit on the best prescription for reorienting ourselves though—if everyone encourages the tiniest good things within our individual lives, the cumulative effect may be a kinder societies around the world.
    May the New Year be good to you and yours!

    • thank you for your input, so eloquent and beautifully expressed! yes, despite the bad and evil that goes on everywhere, i believe there is so much goodness around too, we need to recognise it and spread it…in any little way we can.

  2. ps. that Petula Clark tune was an absolute FAVE of mind back in the day! I remember seeing her perform it live on the Ed Sullivan Show and she had the audience in the palm of her hand!!!

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the past year , and all the great quotes. I think when we try to live simply, we can actually find more sources of joy and inspiration.