Reflections on time and life

Reflections on time and life

This year I have had a problem with my hands which has turned out to be carpal tunnel syndrome. I will be having operations on them in November. Then after a short time I expect to be back to normal health. I am not writing about this issue. There are many informative hubs if anyone wants to find out about it.

The reason I am writing this hub is to put things into perspective. I have not written anything for a while because I had been advised not to type as this is one of the reasons for getting this condition. But lately I have found that it is not as painful to type as it is to clean the house or iron clothes. After an hour cleaning my hands feel as if they have been subject to blows by something metal.

After indulging in a bout of self pity I have looked around and realised that my problem is really nothing compared to what others have to suffer.

For instance, in Pakistan. This is a country which I hold dear because of the good memories of time spent there. The people are good and I experienced only respect and friendliness while I was there. Now so many of them are suffering from floods. It is not possible to believe that something so horrendous has happened. Every year there are monsoons and even floods, but that they could cause such havoc, kill so many and destroy so much. I look at the news and read the papers online from Pakistan and it is like a nightmare. I am here in comfort looking at this, what kind of nightmare is it for the people themselves, right in the middle of it? Even among all this suffering and death, new life is born. Babies are born every day, even in the middle of the floods. I read a report of a man who tied his baby to a tree to save it from the water even as he was dying in the flood.

And in the middle of this misery, there are still suicide bombers blowing themselves up. How can anyone believe that these people are Muslims? The ones who send these bombers out are hardly even to be classed as human. They are like empty husks. There is nothing of worth in them.

I read about the bomb attacks in Lahore on 1 September and the people in their fury attacked the police because they believe that they are not doing their job properly. The people are beginning to fight back against all the corruption. Times seem to be changing. There are too many suffering miseries because of disaster and corruption and they have had enough.

I have read reports that the militant outfits are helping flood victims with aid and there is a fear that they will get support because of this. I don´t think so because the Pakistani people have suffered so much over the past few years from terrorism and natural catastrophes that their patience has worn thin and they are not likely to tolerate any more. They are decent, hard working people and I hope and pray that soon things will improve for them.

It will take a while for the flood victims to recover but there are people all over the world who are giving their support in the only way they can and that is by donating money. I only hope that the money given so generously will reach the intended people.

Alongside all these tragedies, life is going on for the rest of us. We go to work, eat, sleep, enjoy our lives, even though someone, somewhere is suffering or mourning the death of a loved one.

Time is a healer we are told. Life goes on. It does indeed. Time and life are always rushing forward, we do not even notice how fast they are going. Then one day we are standing there, and there is no more time or life left, for us.

We need to grasp them strongly in our hands and make sure that we use them wisely and not waste them. We only have them once.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing your feelings and thoughts. You are very wise, indeed.

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hafeezrm 6 years ago from Pakistan

Thanks for sharing. May God give you good health. Also, I am thankful to you for your feelings for the poeple of my country, Pakistan.

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

breakfastpop: Thank you for reading my hub. I am happy that you think that.

hafeezrm: Thank you for reading and for your good wishes.

lahoreee 6 years ago

I am thankful for your kind words and feelings about Pakistan, a country that was great and will be...

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you lahoreee. Your words are welcome as always. I thank you for reading my hub.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

It's all relative, Hummingbird, isn't it. Like that very old saying: I complained because I had no shoes, and then I saw a man who had no feet.

Good luck with your upcoming procedures.

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Yes, you are right. Everything is relative. Thank you.

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

I have been thinking a lot lately of the people of Pakistan and all they have been going through lately, but even since 1948 there has been much suffering there. Religion and class differences so often boil over into hatred and violence.

It all seems so overwhelming, doesn't it? All we can do as individuals is try, in humility and love, to share our light with others, like the rose in the Hafiz poem: “How did the rose ever open its heart & give to this world all its Beauty? It felt the encouragement of light against its Being. Otherwise, we all remain, too frightened.”

I hope the procedures you will undergo will help reduce the pain!

Love and peace


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you for reading my hub. There are so many problems in Pakistan. But the average man is just like anyone anywhere. Wants to live his life and give his family a good life too. Send his children to school and give them a good future. Life is a struggle for too many.

I too like Hafiz poetry.

I think the operations will go well. Thank you for your good wishes.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

You are a warm heart Hummingbird! I love you Ma'am! I just have to love a heart as yours. You know I mean no disrespect. God bless you Dear Hummingbird!

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you for your comment. I know you are a good person. Thank you.

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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

This was so beautifully written. And within one hub you have touched on so many important things: our own suffering seemingly small compared to such massive tragedies... life still persisting in the midst of it all... people of pakistan beginning to rise and fight back... and suicide bombers being like ' empty husks'. And then bringing it all together at the end in your wise and thoughtful way.

I was just talking to some friends back home and they say they are fed up of the mess their country is in and surely, they deserve a break. God knows, they do! Anyway, thank you for this wonderful hub - have linked it too. Hope nothing ever prevents you from writing my dear friend. Sending all my love and healing xx

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you for your wonderful comments on my hub. I really do hope that better times come for Pakistan soon. I am very glad that people are starting to fight back. I know it might mean that things may be bad for a time but when people demand what is right then they can surely only improve.

Thank you for your good wishes, too.

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@MagicBoy 6 years ago from Qatar

Wonderfully written post as it has been described in such a holistic manner..May God give you have good health and happiness..take care..

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you for reading and commenting.

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

This is such a beautiful hub, you write with such such soul and it is felt by us who read this. Thank you for sharing your feeling and thoughts you share it so beautifully. Maybe if everyone thought as you, people would be doing more each other right in their won spaces!

Voting this up in more ways then one! :D

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you very much for such a compliment on my hub. I am glad you liked it. You are obviously one of the good ones too.

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

I don't know what you mean by good ones too, but I do know you are a gifted writer and you do have much to write that needs to be written for others to read. :D

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

I mean you seem to be someone with good values.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub. You still have a good chance in your life. The future also wait you and you have to achieve this one. Never give up is also reflection of life. I support you from the back. Thank you very much.


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you.

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

I knew you meant that, hehe I was just trying to be funny. :D I get bored at times, :( but with people like you writing , well makes me happy again :D

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you very much for such a kind comment.

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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Oh yes. Wise words. This is the only day we know we've got. I went through a streak recently where five of my friends died in ten days. It was unbelievable. Thank you for this excellent Hub. I hope your wrists heal quickly.

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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago Author

Thank you. Yes, we do not know how long we have, we can only live each day to the best of our ability.

I have had one operation, must wait for the other, but there is an improvement already in just one week. Thanks.

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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

I love hummingbird because you always write so well that am always flattered after reading your article .Thanks for these particular one once again am pleased with your write ups.

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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thank you very much for your kind words.

Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Wonderful hub. What makes it interesting is that you spice up with anecdotes. But I think if the title had been to the point, it would have drawn more discussions and better score.

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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago Author

Thanks for reading my hub and for your comments.

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