Friday, December 30, 2011

Of New Years & Hope


William Shakespeare once said:

"The miserable have no other medicine but only hope."

            Within the next few days, it will be the fifth year since I started my weekly Facebook and blog notes. 336 notes accompanied by love letters and poems at the end of it, has been sourced of inspiration for many people from all walks of life throughout the world. And for that period of times, I had learned a very important lesson in my life. That is once you choose hope, anything is possible.

           A new year is always a sweet time to start a new chapter of your life. Never try to imitate others life entering this new year. There will never be anyone else like you in the future of the universe. There has never been anyone exactly like you since human life began. That’s why being yourself is more important than anything else; certainly more than the fear that traps people into conforming.

            Even the Bible and Al-Quran says it. Jesus & Muhammad urged his followers to be like salt; to spice up the world with new ideas. He didn’t tell them to keep their heads down and do whatever their “betters” amongst the Romans and the Quraisy told them. You don’t start a new religion by fitting in. Today’s religious leaders are nearly all arch-conservatives, so we forget what radical non-conformists people like the Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed were during their lives. 

             Being who and what you are is the most natural thing there is. To suppress it, whether through fear, yielding to social pressure, or lack of confidence always leads to trouble. That’s why millions of people today lead lives of frustration and desperation. They denied who they are in the hope that the powers that be would reward them. Their reward was mediocrity, depression and a nagging sense that life like that is scarcely worth living.

              There may be a cost. Some people, even some friends, will disapprove of you as you truly are and will let you know it. There will be setbacks along the way. Yet the price for being yourself can never be as great as the price you will pay for stepping aside from your basic nature: a price paid in frustration, dissatisfaction, and the hopeless realization of all that you might have been, but now can never attain. 
    
               Take up the challenge. Be whatever nature designed you to be. Never mind whether you face disapproval from those who lack the courage to follow the same route. Conformity has very little to recommend it. Trust yourself and trust others. Our world has so little trust even a little more is precious. If you can’t trust who you are—the naturally valuable, curious, interesting, and exciting person you were born to be—why should anyone else trust you?

              Mediocrity and inner frustration are the true price of conforming. Only those with the courage openly to live their dreams can ever hope to find lasting satisfaction with their lives. And perhaps a groovy kind of love is just around the corner for you in this new year.

             Happy New Year my friends! May the new year bring together lots of luck to you and your loved ones!






P/S

To you whom I haven't met yet, for no particular reason, sometimes I believe that love is funny. It is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots, with dirt all over the places.

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old. Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence. And that is the reason why I wrote 336 letters to you even though I haven't met you yet.

A man in love is like a flower in winter, sounds impossible but sweet as it sounds. On a cloudy night, when nothing seems above, still, there is love.  Always love.  For something, from someone.  It's never done.  Never. And that's why I never gave up on finally met you in the year 2012.

I learned the real meaning of love.  Love is absolute loyalty.  People fade, looks fade, but loyalty never fades.  You can depend so much on certain people, you can set your watch by them.  And that's love, even if it doesn't seem very exciting.

Until then, put in your heart the fact that I had fallen in love you way before we knew each other. It has been 5 years and 336 letters but still, I won't give up on searching for you, my other half of the sky.

Love means nothing in tennis, but it's everything in my life.


With love,

The Half Moon Serenades.

30th of December 2011.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Of Happy New Year & Love Notes


Oprah Winfrey once said:

"Cheers for a new year and another chance for us to get it right."

            Within the next few days, it will be the fifth year since I started my weekly Facebook and blog notes. 336 notes accompanied by love letters and poems at the end of it, has been sourced of inspiration for many people from all walks of life throughout the world. And for that period of times, I had learned a very important lesson in my life. That is once you choose hope, anything is possible.

             It all started as a place for me to express my feelings and life. I believed my heart is like a vast ocean full of secret and writing is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from my emotion recollected in tranquility. To quote Forrest Gump,  life is like a box of chocolate, you will never what you gonna get.

             I am not as rich as what people thought in terms of monetary value, but if there is a thing that I can be proud of myself, it will come down to one words only, which is hope.With hope, I gave the kids at orphanage a lesson of beautiful life. With hope, I gave the old folks at retirement home one last chance of love. With hope, I gave the student all the knowledge in my brain so that it can help them in their studies. With hope, i gave my mother a life she deserved as a woman who raised me up.

            It is funny when some of the people questioned my personality, when the fact their life can be described as a roller-coaster ride compare to me. But it will never stop me from doing things that I wanted to do. I want to help the children at the orphanage so that they won't ended up at the street begging for mercy. I want to help the old folks at the retirement home so that they can closed their eyes one day to heaven with love around the corner. And the most important thing is that I want to help my mother to have a better life so she can say that she is proud to have a son like me.

          Hope is a simple words, yet people took it for granted. In this five years, friends come and go in my life. At one moment, they are the best of friends you can ever get and the next thing you know, they ended hating you for what you did. Even my first love gave up on me in the time when I am needed her the most, when the tumor at my neck started to grow like a tennis ball.

        The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination. And that is why I never gave up on my hope and quest to find my true love. I might not be the most attractive guy that a girl usually dreams to have as their lovers, I might not be someone whom a girl can proudly showed to their friend, and said without embarrassment, this is the guy that I loved.

         But, no one can questioned my dedication towards the one that I loved. I believed when a man loves a woman, he should treat her as if the girl is the other half of their sky, and this what I did when I thought I had met my special one few years ago. I treated her as good as girl deserved to be loved, bringing her out from dark and sad life. But love is funny and not forever, this is a lesson that I learned from her.

         However, I never gave up on love. Because as long hope exist in this world, as long as their is a chance for my heart to melt and be like a shining star blinking its beautiful appearance to the night & woke up the next morning for another day of loving, I will not give up to find someone whom I haven't met yet.

        For all my friend, co-workers, student, kids at orphanage, old folks at retirement home,  and the most important person in my life, my mother and if you a very happy new year.

         Perhaps a groovy kind of happiness is just around the corner for everyone!





P/S

To you whom I haven't met yet, will I love you because you're beautiful, or you're beautiful because I loved you? Maybe both is the reason why I never gave up on finding you. For you see, each new year I love you more, today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.

Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. And that is why I never gave up on love even though the pain of broken hearts is still there. Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own and I hope one day when you finally appeared in my life, you will be happy to know all the notes and letters is dedicated to you, my other of the sky.

I don't know if we each have a destiny in this world, or if we're just floating around like the leaves being blown away from the trees. Maybe both is right, maybe both is happening at the same time. And I hope in the year 2012, I can finally meet you.

Until then, put in you heart the fact that I had fallen in love with you way before we knew each other. Remember, love is simple and when all's well, the end's well too.

Come live in my heart and pay no rent forever.


For the other half of the sky,

The Half Moon Serenades.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Of Christmas & Love


Kahlil Gibran once said:

"He who wears his morality but as his best garment were better naked."

          For those who feel lost and weary, for those who are alone and deserted: there seems to be some missing ingredient. Some elusive property that makes the lives of others appear joyous, almost giddy, by comparison. While they struggle to bear each day, those around them seem to glide through life unscathed. What is it that separates these unfortunate individuals from the happy-go-lucky?

        While it might sound cliche or trite, the missing ingredient is love. Those who are loved rarely struggle to find a purpose in life. It surrounds them in nearly everything they do. Love is across from them at the breakfast table. It snuggles next to them on a cold winter night. It walks with them under a rain-soaked umbrella. It brings them bunches of wildflowers, a cold sip of tea, or a crayola sunset on a crumpled sheet of paper.

            To be loved is only a part of the missing ingredient. Rarely will love be found if one doesn't risk everything and offer this most tender emotion to others. All around us are people in need of compassion. A friendly smile, a gentle word of encouragement, help in a time of need. A bond is established, no matter how insignificant it might seem. From these brief moments, true relationships can blossom and grow. And even if these encounters never develop into anything more than a fleeting memory, they add texture and meaning to our lives.

             But love is not purely a human emotion. Love comes from God above. He made us in His image, for His pleasure. It is His desire to shower us with His love, even when we haven't loved Him in return. There is no greater joy than to know the love of God and extend it back to Him. An eternal bond is created that transcends the physical limits of our universe. Regardless of our religion, whether Islam or Christian, we shared a common bond when it comes to love.


             In Bible for example:
 
"Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." Ephesians 5:1-2
 
           There is no greater purpose in life than to love and be loved, by God and men. Nothing else can fill the void that exists inside our hearts when we look to the world, its temptations and its material rewards, to make us whole. Anything less than love will leave us lost, weary, alone and deserted.

            In Al-Quran for example:

"And of His Signs is that He created mates for you from yourselves that you might find peace of mind in them, and He put between you love and compassion." Al - Anbiyaa 30:21.

           As such, regardless of our religions or races, lets celebrate the beauty of love because we are one. And have yourself a merry Christmas with your loved one.



P/S

To you whom captured my heart before, on the 26th day of December, it would have been 3 years since the day you promised that you will love me everyday and forever. Your absence has gone through me, like thread through a needle, everything I do is stitched with its colors of hope.

Isn't it funny that on this day, something in me gets so lonely for, I don't know what exactly, but it's something that I don't mind so much not having at other times. Maybe it is about love. Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. And maybe that's why the love is not there anymore in you.

I believe that I have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into my future lover's arms can only come later when I'm sure they won't laugh if I tripped. That's the love that I am looking for in my life.

I miss you. Not a day passed by without me thinking of you. But I need to move on in my life. All I can do now is hope, because I believed when we choose hope, everything is possible in our life. Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.

And that is why I never gave up on love. Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

Have yourself a merry Christmas if you ever read this.

For the other half of the sky,

The Half Moon Serenades.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Until We Say The Next Hello


And what if I never kiss your lips again?
Or feel the touch of your sweet embrace,
How would I ever go on?
Without you there's no place to belong.

Well someday love is gonna lead you back to me,
But 'til it does I'll have an empty heart,
So I'll just have to believe,
Somewhere out there you thinking of me.


Until the day I'll let you go,
Until we say our next hello It's not goodbye,
'Til I see you again,
I'll be right here rememberin' when.

And if time is on our side,
There will be no tears to cry on down the road,
There is one thing I can't deny,
It's not goodbye.

You'd think I'd be strong enough to make it through,
And rise above when the rain falls down,
But it's so hard to be strong,
When you've been missin' somebody so long.

It's just a matter of time I'm sure,
But time takes time and I can't hold on,
So won't you try as hard as you can,
To put my broken heart together again.


Until we say our next hello,
It's not goodbye.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Of Mystery & Love

 
Albert Einstein once said:

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."        

              Why do two people love each other? Why do we need someone to love? Why cannot we love ourselves and exist alone? And what is that chemistry that a couple loves each other? Why both should love each other, and no body else?

                 Love is truly a mystery.

                The first reason is of course the passion one feels for the other. Call it hormones, mind, heart, emotions or whatever, one falls in love with another person and cannot live without him/her. Physical beauty is not the sole criteria in romantic passionate love.

                A very beautiful girl can passionately fall in love with an ordinary looking man to the surprise of all. There is something more that is yet to be explored. Ask a lover about why he/she loves her beloved and you will never get a logical answer. Love does not measure qualities, nor sets any standards. Love happens.

                Sometimes the love arises out of appreciation of qualities of the other. This love is different than romantic love, but can be equally magnetic. You may get attracted to some persons singing so much that you want to be with him/her at all times. It can be any quality, but it is the appreciation of quality that brings forth this love. In this case the love is passionate love with that quality.

                 In some cases two persons find so many things alike between each other that they believe they are soul mates. Made for each other, these lovers are bound by the common qualities. What ever may be the reason for falling in love, perhaps there is a groovy kind of story behind it. 

                Perhaps, it is just love.






P/S

To you whom I haven't met yet, will you believe me if I said that there is always a hope within our heart? Believe me my mysterious someone for the road to success is dotted with many parking places, but a wise person will choose the best places to park in search of everlasting hope.

When you feel hopeless, remember that the greatest oak tree was once a little nut who held its ground. You can fall seven times, but stand up for the eight times. For one day, I will be there for you to be the light that guide you in pursuit of happiness.

Not a single day passed by in my life without me praying to the One above, to sent someone like you to cheer me up. 333 love notes still can't described how much my feelings. But, I won't give up easily, for I believe, if I am facing in the right direction, all I have to do is keep on walking until one day, I met you.

Until then, put in your heart the fact that I had fallen in love with you way before we knew each other. Our love may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.

Live in my heart one day knowing it is full of hope and love for you to hanging on.


For the other half of the sky,

The Half Moon Serenades.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Of Flowers & Love


Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:
"Earth laughs in flowers."

                  The world is full of flowers. Visit any place dedicated to flowers and you will be amazed at the types of flowers, and facts about them. Flowers come in all shapes, and colors. Some of them can intoxicate you with their lovely perfume. Some are so delicate that one fears touching them. And all of them are stunningly beautiful.

                  Still, it is the Rose which is preferred around the world as a flower of choice for lovers? I wonder about this. And though I have not tried to search for the reasons, here is my own theory on why it is so. One another fact struck me. We can get Roses in many colors but still it the dark red that is preferred as the flower of love. Why?

               Let us first think about the color choice. I think that dark red must be the preferred color as it looks like red. And every true lover is ready to shed his/her blood for the beloved. Also love is associated with the heart, and heart pumps blood. So red signifies love. Colors have their own significance, looking at any white color, the first thought is of purity. Same way red means love.

             Now let us examine my central theme topic. Why Rose? A Rose has thorns. But the thorns are below the Rose. The Rose represents life beautifully. It has very soft petals, that tell us about the soft side of living and thorns to convey that life is not all the bed of Roses without thorns.

            What does a lover do? A true lover will always take the thorns and give only the soft flowers to his/her darling. That is love and love demands that one give only comfort to one’s darling. Love demands sacrifice. Love demands giving of joy. Love demands that all pain be kept away from the beloved. That is also the message a lover sends across to his/her beloved with a Rose. I have kept the thorns with myself and I am sending you these soft flowers .

             I think this is the reason why on Valentine’s day, the red Rose is the flower of choice. Perhaps a red rose is really a groovy kind of flowers.




P/S

To you whom I haven't met yet, will you believe me if I ask that even if if you think the Big Bang created the stars, dd you wonder who sent the flowers? It is God, and one day, I am saying my thanks to him for giving us flowers for it is a symbol of my love towards you.

332 love letters towards you is not completed without occasional poems dedicated to you. This is for you, my love.

I wandered lonely as a cloud,
That floats on high valley and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils.

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine,
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line,
Along the margin of Moonlight Bay.

Ten thousand saw me at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The wine is red,
The sky is blue,
Did you know why roses is red,
Because it has the picture of you.


Until the, put in your heart the fact that I had fallen in love with you way before we knew each other. Come into my heart one day, I am saving all my roses and love to you.

For the other half of the sky,

The Half Moon Serenades.



(The article above was published in the leading English newspaper in Australia sometimes around mid-August 2010 and won me AUS$500)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Of Sunset & Love



Krzysztof Kieslowski once said:

"For me optimism is two lovers walking into the sunset arm in arm. Or maybe into the sunrise - whatever appeals to you."
 
              A couple in deep love with each other, finds love everywhere, because they are filled with passion. But there are certain places where the joy of romancing increases manifold. One can never imagine of romance on a busy street with cars honking all the time. 

             To romance and share what the heart says in silence, go to watch sunsets. You will truly enjoy the passion. If you watch a sun set near a sea shore, that will even double the joy.


             Imagine the sun setting on the horizon, and the sky turning darker slowly. Watch the sun rays that change in colors as they reflect from the clouds. You will see few birds flying around going back to their homes, and the peaceful sea with waves resoundingly kissing the shore.


            The sun sets slowly. As you watch it, you can feel it dipping in the ocean. The colors change very fast and the reflections from the clouds look mesmerizing. If both of you are alone on the shore, it will make you so close to Mother Nature, that you would feel nothing else exists on the earth except both of you and the nature. It is peaceful, and hearts can talk to each other. 

           Words are not needed when one watches such enchanting sights. One can as well talk with the heart. Look at the waves. Somehow waves look quiet during the sunset. But they keep reaching the shore, touch it, and go back. This is the unending dance that has been going on since millions of years. Watch the sun’s reflection on the ocean. 

            Even if you were not a poet, you would write a poem about your beloved and the sunset.


            We are all troubled with day-to-day work and worries. They are unending. Romance brings a new freshness in life and watching a sunset together can make you touch that fresh feeling, as if no worries ever existed. 

             As the sun sets, and the night arrives, get up and return to your nest as all the birds have already done. Gather as many such moments as possible because after few years, they will become your most cherished treasures. 

             Life is short. But we have the power of love to make it better. And perhaps a groovy kind of love is just around the corner for you and your loved one.



P/S

To you whom I haven't met yet, will you believe me if I said that love is like a beautiful sunset that was mistaken for dawn? For me, I believe that love is like a cloud floating into my life It didn't carry rain or usher storm, but adding color into my sunset sky.

You are the other half of my sky, and one day when you finally appeared in my life, we can watch the sunset together. Looking at your hands in mine, it might have the fleeting brilliance of a comet. But the most important things is that the love we will share, has the tranquility of a lovely sunset. 

Three years ago, on this very same day, I thought I had met you when I said the three sacred words 'I love you' to someone, but I guess it wasn't meant to be even though I enjoyed the most beautiful moment in my life with her. We managed to viewed some beautiful sunset together, something which I am looking forward to do with you too one day.

Until then, put in your heart the fact that I had fallen in love with you way before we knew each other. 331 love letters dedicated to you still can't express my real feelings. My love for you is like a ghost, which everyone talks about and few have seen.But I will not stop doing it, for you is the other half of my sky.

My love for you does not care to define and is never in a hurry to do so.

For the other half of the sky,

The Half Moon Serenades.







Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Freedom In Love


Mother Teresa once said:

"Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."

            In love many of us have a picture of somebody ideal. We also have some expectations, rather a lot of expectations from our lover. Behavior, upkeep, dressing style, speaking style, hobbies, looks and many such character traits that are personal may get dictated by one lover to another.

             This make-up does not suit you. Why do you walk with such swagger? It does not look good. Why are you spending so much time talking on telephone? When will you improve your communication skills? Please improve your dress sense. Look at others, how well they keep themselves. 

              A lover can have his/her own idea about the beloved and try to mold the beloved accordingly. They rob the freedom from their lover. Is that love? Will this be loved and liked by the partner? Will this not affect the relationship?

            You fell in love with an individual with many pluses and many minuses. After knowing all of them, you decided to build a relationship. After developing the relationship, you want your lover to change in many ways. Is that not breaking the unspoken promises? 

            By demanding changes, we make our lover feel inferior. By demanding changes, we irritate our lover. We bring down the quality of love. How can you expect to be loved by someone who is getting regular instructions of change from you? You cannot expect love. But many of us do this consciously or unconsciously. We kill the beauty of love by this.

           All of us have their freedom to be what they are. We should leave them as they are and focus only on love and relationship. That will help us live a fruitful life that is pleasant.

          And perhaps a groovy kind of love is just around the corner for you and your partner.





       
P/S


To you whom I haven't met yet, will you believe me if I said that faith is the biggest assets in love? For me, I believe that love brings euphoria in life. Love can give great satisfaction and enjoyment forever. For that to happen, you have to understand more about what is love, your own expectations and how to get the partner with whom you can live in love. Love can also destroy.

And this is where faith is playing its part. My mysterious someone, love is when I see you as part of my life, the way you talked, the way you dressed up and the way you moved. I believe that change is needed in a relationship, let it be about the appearance, behavior or anything else but we need to take a step or two slowly but surely.

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. This is what motivated me to wrote 330 love letters to you my mysterious someone. Spanning three wonderful years, my love for you is forever and the day I finally met you, that is the day we can be like two volumes in one book.


Until then, put in your heart the fact that I had fallen in love with you way before we knew each other. One day, we will make love with our eyes.  Sometimes we will make love with our hands.  Most of the times, we make love with our bodies.  But for always I will make love with our hearts. For you will be the other half of my sky.

Loving you is when we can be stupid together but sharing the laughter.

For the other half of the sky,

The Half Moon Serenades.