2008-12-12 / Letters

Sending An Uplifting Message

Dear Editor,

I wrote the following piece as a token of courage to my friend who also lives in Rockaway Park. I present this piece in hopes that it will reach, entice and perhaps, uplift a spirit.

Tis the season to be jolly - yet at times, we feel lonelier especially in the holiday season of joyfulness, gifts and gathering upon gatherings - so it is bound to happen that we can feel lost! So the best weapon is not to accept the coming of holiday season as a mood swing downward spiral, distorting you from feeling loved by many around you, as the inner voice taunts, holidays are hard without someone there to share it with. You mull over the fact that you read the paper on Sunday morning alone, watch television, eat and run errands alone - now, face it and say "so what" and fight against it - be joyous and take it in stride - as you look around you, realize the beauty in life, family and friends. Also don't stop - don't give in - I know I did just that - I stopped and feared and moved away from my home, ran as fast as I could to forget but only to realize I didn't deal with me!

You know, I got so upset since my date (on Saturday, a bitter cold day) didn't hold up his end of the bargain and didn't meet me; instead, left to greet another party with friends. I said, that's the last time, I let myself be upset over somebody! - I let it ruin my day. Then as I turn the pages of my life, I say, I am not going to let someone ruin my day; I have to go on and move right along.

Life has so much more to offer, there are more fish in the sea, more food to eat, more places to go, more things to learn, more and more as you look - each day brings about hope, and it may just surprise you.

Life is precious! Life is enduring and often challenging.

MOHSIN AHMED

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