by Anindita Basu
One sees them everywhere: the nay-sayers. They think the world has gone to pieces. What are things coming to? theyll remark with a mournful shake of their heads. In the good, old days things were supposedly bigger, better, stronger. Bigger hearts, better morals and stronger principles. Things these days, on the other hand, are narrower, meaner and darker.
Yet, if the seven sins did not exist earlier too, how is it that they find mention in The Book? Truth is, from my humble perspective, that things have always remained the same, more or less. There were complainers then; there continue to be complainers now. There were doers then, and there are now too. The doers principle in life, I noticed, is rather simple, they ask themselves, Do I have the locus standi to complain?
For, they think, if there is a cause to complain, one can either (i) not set it right, or (ii) set it right. If one cannot set it right, one should forget it and not whine about it. If one can set it right, one should do so and not whine about it. So, the doer will ask, Do I have the locus standi to complain? and may probably get an answer like, No, I dont. I did get a chance to be on the school parents committee, but I backed out, so I cant really whine about the windowless room where they teach the kids to sing. Then the next time, he will ensure hes on the committee, create enough ruckus to get the children a larger, airier room in which to practice their vocal calisthenics, and will have, thus, contributed his own wee bit to make the world bigger, better, stronger. You know the world they taught us about in school the one that is the showpiece of Gods creation.
And so, every time I get this urge to complain yet again and there is no dearth of subjects, dont even get me started on the politics that I see in my workplace I ask myself, Do I have the locus standi to complain? It keeps ulcers at bay. And sometimes it can also make one think-globally-act-locally. A small step here and a small step there, and who can stop a grand ballet from happening one day? Hope floats.
Continuing with the white light requests, we seek your prayers and blessings for the following:
* White light and love for... *
- Bluedove and her little dove, Brody Evyn. Bluedove is recovering from a Caesarean section and abdominal surgery. Brody has a heart murmur caused by a hole in his heart, which could close up on its own.
- Gregory and Firesongs daughter Danielle, who is battling high anxiety and depression along with a financial crisis after she and her husband, Richard, both lost their jobs and were uprooted cross-country just before the birth of their daughter, Marina.
- Veneos mother, Lois, and cousin, Debbie, who both have cancer.
- Woodchiros mother, Diane, who is facing health concerns.
- Searchings friends niece, Danielle, who finally awakened from the
coma she was in following a serious car accident. While she was still in the
coma, her second child was born via Caesarean section. Danielle is undergoing therapy
in her efforts to return to a normal life.
- Lilicfairys friend Brandon, who is having serious troubles with
- Amykins cousin, James, still unresponsive after a severe
- Moonflower, for health concerns and to quit smoking.
- Terri Schindler Shiavo, the brain-injured woman in Florida whose birth family fights for her life while her husband tries to have the tube through which she receives life-sustaining nourishment and hydration removed.
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