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Silence..

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Silence is the ocean of the unsaid, the unspeakable, the repressed, the erased, the unheard. It surrounds the scattered islands made up of those allowed to speak and of what can be said and who listens. Silence occurs in many ways for many reasons; each of us has his or her own sea of unspoken words.

– Rebecca Solnit

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Literally translated from Swedish to English, “mitt” means “my” and “smultronstället” means “wild strawberries”. It can be loosely translated to “my favorite place”. It can be a geographical location, a feeling, a home.

Vocabulary: Serein

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Vocabulary: Apricity

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Went to Dolmen Mall for something and stopped by at Liberty Books. As expected, I ended up buying 4 more books 🙂 Finished reading The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder yesterday and started How to be Bored by Eva Hoffman last night. Have read 20 pages so far and I’m hooked! Felt like she was talking about the issues I’ve been thinking about. Hoping to find some practical tips to try.

That made my day!

With all the crazy hype about US Presidential Elections, and the uncertainty after the result was announced, I needed a break. Wherever I looked, people were discussing the elections, to the point that it was getting on my nerves. In this scenario, a colleague from a remote area shared a photo of an 8-year old girl from an underprivileged family. This girl was a drug addict and has recently been detoxified with the help of local community organizations and volunteers. That reignited my hope in human spirit and bonding! I shared this news with a colleague who said “that made my day!“. Indeed, it did make our day. Years ago, I read this quote:

“There are those … who enter the world in such poverty that they are deprived of both the means and the motivation to improve their lot. Unless these unfortunates can be touched with the spark which ignites the spirit of individual enterprise and determination, they will only sink back into renewed apathy, degradation and despair. It is for us, who are more fortunate, to provide that spark.” (H.H. The Aga Khan IV)

Am reminded of it again today. May we be blessed with the opportunity and wisdom to help ignite the spark in our fellow human beings’ lives (Amen).

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So, it didn’t take me a few days but only a few hours last night to finish reading Dr. Gawande‘s book titled “Complications” 🙂 What an engrossing read it was! I am now on to his next book titled “Better“. Started reading it this morning and am looking forward to lots of learning and food for thought.