En route to Ocho Rios from Trelawny, there is a sign along the roadway beckoning to travelers: “Scenic View Ahead”. I had traversed that way quite a number of times going to and from Montego Bay (and Trelawny) but I had never stopped to see. Once, Dettie Blake and I had planned to but we missed the turn and we decided not to turn around. This time, I looked eagerly for it. There was no way I was going to pass that way yet again without seeing what in Jamaica warranted a sign such as this. Traveling along the north coast treats you to a fair share of picturesque scenes so why did this one need a sign? It must be special. I had to see!
So, we approached the sign and pulled over. I was so disappointed. All I saw was a monument to the Queen notifying everyone that the highway was opened by her in 1953. Really? That’s it? I could barely even see the water because although the monument was near the sea, there were some plants there that blocked the view. So much for scenic view, I scoffed.
But that wasn’t it at all.
There were some steps which we spotted after a while. Tentatively descending them, I encountered the most beautiful scene I had seen for all the trip. It was the most captivating scene I had seen in quite a while. The beauty was complemented by tranquility and the only sounds being a few birds in the trees, the waves languidly rushing to the shore, and my “wows”, “ooohs”, and “I want a picture!”.
It was well worth the stop. I could have easily stayed there all day. Unfortunately, it was even a scheduled stop so we had to get going again soon. As usual, all I could think was, “Jamaica is beautiful”.
St. Ann, Jamaica
The spark has long gone.
Only a few realize
It’s just a façade.
Now, she only wears his ring
Because she likes jewellery.
Written in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Full Tanka
Daily Post Photo Challenge: Share a photo with a silhouette.
God has blessed me. I have seen another birthday and I have much to be thankful for. I’ve been having a happy day. I have learnt how to by heeding the advice of the alchemist. He said:
… I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.
My birthday wish is that you all will have a happy day. It can be done – just live in the now :)
If I could relive the past,
I would change everything,
I never would have loved you
Had I known the pain it would bring.
I never would have listened
To your armoury of words,
I never would have given you
A chance to shake my world.
If I could relive the past,
My memories would be dreams.
I would still live with my reveries
And not know love’s cruel extremes.
My passions would be yearnings;
My experiences just lust,
I would not have been so wary,
Had I not given all my trust.
But then, on second thought,
I wouldn’t ever change the past
Because this pain is just a small price,
For the sweet memories that will last.
Written in partial response to today’s daily prompt.
Making a decision was only the beginning of things.
The Alchemist tells the story of Santiago, a young shepherd from Spain, who makes an eventful journey to the pyramids of Egypt to find his treasure/destiny. This book was recommended to me by a friend who described it thus:
It’s a lovely fairy tale that drops tidbits of inspiration like crumbs. It does it in very simple fashion but it floats to you in bursts after you are done – like subliminal messages.
I found it to be that and much more. I read the book twice in one month. I have never read a book twice in such a close interval of time. The book was particularly helpful to me because it allowed me to realize some obstacles that come in the way of pursuing your destiny. It was also inspiring because it made me believe that I am actually in control of my destiny and that belief can go a far way.
This is easily one of the best books I have ever read. That may be a biased opinion because of the point where I am in my life of trying to find out where to go and what to do. However, as that man on Reading Rainbow used to say, “You don’t have to take my word for it.” Read it for yourself.
I am going to share a few excerpts from the book. Mostly, these are parts of the book that I could relate to most in some way or another but some are just “tidbits of inspiration” that I think are worth remembering.
- “Well, if you know how to read, why are you just a shepherd?” The boy mumbled an answer that allowed him to avoid responding to her question. He was sure the girl would never understand.
- That was what made traveling appeal to him—he always made new friends, and he didn’t need to spend all of his time with them. When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
- “What’s the world’s greatest lie?” the boy asked, completely surprised. “It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”
- People say strange things, the boy thought. Sometimes it’s better to be with the sheep, who don’t say anything. And better still to be alone with one’s books. They tell their incredible stories at the time when you want to hear them. But when you’re talking to people, they say some things that are so strange that you don’t know how to continue the conversation.
- The boy didn’t know what a person’s “destiny” was. “It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny.”
- “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
- The old man continued, “In the long run, what people think about shepherds and bakers becomes more important for them than their own destinies.”
- God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.
- He had not a cent in his pocket, but he had faith
- Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.
- There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
- You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you’ll never have to fear an unanticipated blow.
- People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them.
- “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and eternity.
- That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.
- I’m an old, superstitious Arab, and I believe in our proverbs. There’s one that says, ‘Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.’
- “No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”
Read the book. You will enjoy it immensely. I did.
It’s time I got some attention from:
1. Someone who’ll play in my hair.
2. Someone who knows when “leave me alone” means he should be there.
3. Someone who will hold me (I want to be his baby ;)).
4. Someone who’ll open doors for me and treat me like a lady.
5. Someone who will love me – not just in one way.
6. Someone who’ll bring a gift for me on “It’s Just Because” day.
7. Someone who will appreciate the little things I do.
8. Someone who knows the power of these six words: “That dress looks great on you!”
9. Someone to look out for me, to provide and to protect
(But that doesn’t mean I need his money; I’m as independent as they get).
I could go on and on but I’ll just make a list of 10
So, to top it off I also need…
10. Someone who’ll be a friend.