Friday, November 25, 2016

Obsession of being on time

 I am at the passport office Dimapur and came here too soon. The gate is still closed and I am parked outside waiting. I realized that I have this window period to blog.

Arriving early has been a problem for me. I do get late when there are external factors like unusually heavy traffic, or waiting for other people. But in a given normal circumstance, I am usually ahead of schedule. I think I learned this from my aunty who is a little extreme in this front.
In Pfutsero, when we were going to travel by bus or taxi, she would get up so early, prepare tea, and wake up everyone. We would go to the station with a torch light and wait there in the middle of the town, with no sign of life. Then some people will start coming.

The habit had set in so that when I am going to travel early the next day, I couldn’t sleep fearing that I might miss the bus/taxi.

So, today have appointment at passport seva kandra at 9:15 am. I set my alarm at 5: 00 am and started from Kohima at 5:30 am, fearing if I will suffer from tyre puncture or meet army convoy on the way. I reached the office before 8: 00 am. I went back towards town to a plant nursery and bought 3 maple saplings and came back, always looking at the time. I reached at 9:00 am. It is now 9:46 and blood suckers haven’t still come and opened the gate.    

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Celebrate others’ success

'I planted the seed, Apollos watered it…'

There are people who cannot stand the success of other people. Some have the mentality ‘If I cannot have it, I won’t let him have it either’. More subtly people spread lies or burn inside.

But can’t we celebrate when other people succeed? Without religion, people may do it when they realize that there is space for everyone. If we do not focus on others but do our own thing, we also can do well.

But having the mind of Christ is where we find that we can truly rejoice when other people succeed. If we planted the seed but do not get to enjoy the fruit and someone else do, the part that we played in planting the seed has immense value in the Kingdom of God. If someone succeeds at something good, it glorifies God, and it doesn’t matter if we were not a part of the success. We can join in the celebration.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Blogging again

Do you write these days? People ask. 

I say No. 

Why? You should write, they advice. 

I have no answer. But I have these reasons in mind. One. I became a father. Two. I have no internet in my laptop. Three. Gardening.

Then, my wife suggested that I should pick up writing again. And that got me thinking. I thought that she should be more considerate as she knows my routine, but I felt that she pushed me. It was a good push. 

My 2nd book project has been in cold storage. When my 1st book was released in Nov 2014, I said I will write another one, this time a proper book and not a collection of newspaper articles and talks transcripts. 

I took up a hobby which I didn’t have the space for. Gardening. It is rewarding to the body and mind and I don’t have any thought of stopping it. 
Bougainvillea cuttings of June 2015, blooming in March 2016

When I look back at the days when I used to write regularly, I was not freer then. I wrote in between tight schedules. When I was writing for the newspaper and there was deadline, I was struggling for a topic hours before the deadline. 

Marriage and parenthood surely have a part in making me feel and act old. So, when my accomplice in marriage and parenthood said that I should write again, I took notice. And that is why, I am going to blog regularly again and see where it takes me.