Aidan & the Kaleidoscope 2

Little Children coloring and making cards for Aidan and Ella-Full Time Islamic School

Aidan & The Kaleidoscope

Fellowship of Goodness

Somewhere in a valley in California, women from different faith groups, United Methodists, Catholics, Mormons, Jewish, and Muslims all got together to help each other in a very dynamic and unique fellowship-to spread love, care, and understanding in our communities.  The group cares for refugees, victims of cancer and their families, needy members of the community, widows and widowers group, make a wish for terminally ill seniors, and much more.  Every time we meet at the Interfaith meetings, or at the Kaleidoscope group, or to one of the sisters’ houses for shared dinner-there is enough love, compassion, and humanity to fill the whole world.

I am so proud to be one of them.  I pray that many communities around the nation and the whole world would  follow our example.

One of the projects was caring for Aidan and his little sister Ella.  He is a little boy undergoing a prolonged stay in the hospital for cancer treatment and needs a cheer.  We cannot forget about his little sister, lest she feels neglected.  I have asked you, my dear readers around the world in my last post to join in.

Aidan’s mom reported that Aidan was so happy receiving all those cards, and it really cheered him up and eased his agonizing long hospital stay.

Just because the world is full of chaos and perils, this doesn’t mean that goodness and cheerfulness cease to exist.  As long as we strive to be good and fair and just.. as long as we continue to seek the truth, as long as we believe in God and certain of His Justice and Compassion-Humanity is still good and there is still hope.

 

©Gainperspectiveblog2/24/2017

THE TREE & THE SEA©

THE TREE & THE SEA©

On a hill, there is a tree

Extending its boughs towards the sea

Yearning for what she cannot reach.
I heard it moaning with
The wind shaking with grieve.
Turning upward away from the soil,
Away from the roots that has been
Her shelter for years.
And the sea?  The sea never heard
Her moaning, never heard of her grieve.

The agony sculpted her tortured

Figure as she stands
Oblivious to her friends,
The caring sun and the loving rain-
Gently sustaining her with care,
Attentively showering her with love.
©Gainperspectiveblog1/4/2017

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Delusion©

Delusion©

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The years went by

And my heart was turned away

From feeling the sun rays

And hearing the birds in the sky.

More years gone by and my heart

Was still numb.

It was yet bumping, beating, and

Making me alive but not living.

The only thing I can feel is the pain.

The only memory I have of him

Is of a phantom in my dream

Visiting me one last time

before he was gone.

What was reality is now no more.

Illusion, a trap, don’t be fooled

By the delusion of this life.

Soon I will be gone too.

©Gainperspectiveblog11/18/2016

A Remedy of Words!©

A Remedy of Words!©

The words are hammering

Humming loud and persisting

To be let out.  Hauling a heavy

Load of thoughts and feelings.

Say it right.  There is

Doubt?  Will they be misunderstood?

Will they sound appealing?

Come forth, say the truth.

Speak your mind, I say.

How else you would be heard?

Mind your words, say it gently.

Be kind.  Articulate and then,

Those wonderful words you

have carefully said, will be your healing.©

©Gainperspective10/29/2016

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She Said: Go Towards The Light!©

She Said: Go Towards The Light!©

The road was winding

Curves and Bushes

Playing hide and seek

With the seashore.

I heard the ocean’s call

Alluring me to sit and talk,

As I used to talk with him

Every time we meet.

The Ocean  and I have always

been close friends.  Something

About the sea makes you want

To pour your soul out knowing

It will go deep and safe, and he

Listens clear.

I parked the car away at the nearby

Street.  Climbing the hill to the

Shore.  The hill was steep,

I looked around, and looked down

To the slippery sand beneath my feet.

The path laid in front of me

Was a maze of Bushes and sand dunes.

I reached a fork in the road.  Paths and

Trails right and left.  I was lost.

I still can hear the calls of the sea,

But where is he?

 

Something about the sea, makes you trust him.

As old friends, he greets me

With wide open heart and

Generous giving spirit, he

Greets me with waves of

Cheers and laughter of

The gulls…even when he

Is angry or grim.  “Welcome back,

You are home, you are here.” He always said.

 

I was near, but not there yet.

At the twilight time when

Not many were on the trails.

I got up and stood there and

Contemplated at life choices.

How many trails we got to choose,

And how many got us lost.

 

Only then I heard others approaching,

Laughing and calling on each other.  Giggling

Trying to find each others through the maze.

Trying to reach the sea…like me.  I heard a girl

Calling.  “I found the sea!”  “I found the sea!”

She said:   “Go towards the light.”!

©Gainperspectiveblog9/10/2016

I have to Differ!©

I have to Differ!©

I sadly would have to differ

With you, if you are racist.

I differ because I am not,

And sadly because you are.

 

I stand up for Fairness, for Justice,

For freedom of choice,

I call for Unity, I call for Peace.

I stand up against war.

I stand up for humanity.

What do you stand for?

©Gainperspectiveblog8/23/2016

 

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Trébuchet of Deadly Words©

Trébuchet of Deadly Words©

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And they took their words

Turned them into stones

And trébuchet , trébuchet

Broke my heart.  Rising smoke

And clouds of doubt formed

Above skies of mistrust and hurt.

Looking deep the broken mirror

Of my heart and saw nothing.

This is how it ended.  This is how it died.

©Gainperspective8/12/2016

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Measures of Humanity!©

Measures of Humanity!©

Words are the barometer of our thoughts and intelligence,

Feelings are the indication that we exist,

Our actions and reactions are signs that we are humans;

But our perseverance, compassion, empathy, and kindness towards each other are measures of our humanity.

©Gainperspectiveblog7/14/2016

The Ego & Marital Conflicts©

The Ego & Marital Conflicts©

Many have come to me for family and personal counseling complaining about severed relationships with spouses, children, kinship and in laws. Relationships are complicated, and conflict often develop when one’s interest, views, perspectives are in contradiction with the others’. Lack of empathy-the cognitive ability to identify and respond to other people’s feelings- is the main source of miscommunication that leads to an avalanche of misbehavior and create a havoc in relationships. I can summarize all of the above in one point…The ego.

Whether one is the source of the problem, because he/she is egoistic; or, in the other hand, one being the sufferer who is totally absorbed and entangled in a web of worries, resentments, revenge, and frustrations of how one could make the perpetrators understand how wrong they are so that they may change their behaviors. To both kinds…I write this post.
I was contemplating about the meaning of the following verse of the Quran:

And every one of them will come to God alone on the Day of Resurrection (without any helper, or protector or defender)”
[Maryam 19:93-95]

{In the hereafter, God will say:}

“You have come to Us alone just as We created you at first. You have left behind all those whom We made your friends and We do not see with you any of the intercessors whom you believed to be your partners. Your relations with them have certainly been destroyed and your belief in them has left you (in the dark).” ] – Interpretation of ( Al-An’am 94 )

If this is the case, if we truly believe that we all belong to our Creator and to Him we shall return, alone without any spouses, children, parents or siblings, or any worldly possessions; this realization simplifies the complexities of the conflicts in relationships.
A true believer will put God in the center of his/her calculation when measuring anything and everything in life. Once God is dominant; then ego, and the conflict that stems from it, will surely be resolved.
Ego creates greed, selfishness, injustice, prejudice, and inequality. On the other hand, a believer push away this malaise by being fair, compassionate, a giver, a forgiver, a person of grace and perseverance. True faith discipline the ego and creates a well-balanced individual.

God says in the Quran: Surah AlForqan vs. 20: “And We have made some of you [people] as trial for one another – will you persevere? And ever is your Lord, The All-Seeing.”
God The Almighty Guide us in the case of conflict and animosity: “Surah Fussilat – Verse 34
وَلا تَسْتَوِي الْحَسَنَةُ وَلا السَّيِّئَةُ ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا الَّذِي بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُ وَلِيٌّ حَمِيمٌ
34. (The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel [the evil] with one which is better; then verily he between whom and you there was enmity [will become] as though he was a close friend.)

This reveal to us that a believer lives through life knowing that one is only responsible for one’s actions. Regardless of how others treat him/her, a believer will continue do what is good, right and just.
Trust in God, for whom who trust in their Creator will never go astray and will never lose.

“When we heard the Guidance, we believed in it, and whosoever believes in his Lord shall fear neither deprivation nor injustice.” Chapter 72:vs.13

I pray that we reflect upon this concept and contemplate.  Compassion is far more positive and beneficial than feeding the fire of the ego.

©Gainperspectiveblog2/25/2016

Compassion©

Compassion©

Compassion is the magic ingredient in the machine of life, the energy that sustains it, and the soul of humanity.  If we take compassion from life’s equation, life would be an empty hole, a dark abyss, a void.

Synonyms for compassion are :  pity, sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, solicitude, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity, charity.

©Gainperspectiveblog