It's the 4th of December 2012. We are in the last lap for year 2012. We may or may not have achieved our targets so far but there's still a small window of opportunity InshaAllah.
I am targeting and hoping to do 200 posts by year end InshaAllah. It's just a small personal thingy. Not that quantity means more than quality but we should aim high so we don't fall too low. That's a cliche no doubt, but it's still important. In his article on 'Why you need to write every day', Jeff Goins said, it's not about writing a lot, it's about writing often and we must become comfortable with failure. The manifesto is that we don't write to be read and adored. It's just plain writing.
Writing bite-size blog post has been a good mental exercise Alhamdulillah. It's one way to de-stress. What have I learned thus far? I have learned to write, re-write and rectify repeatedly. That it's ok to make baskets of grammatical errors so long as we strive to improve and learn. Life is about work-in-progress and kaizen (continuous improvement). I was once publicly mocked because I didn't know what mangrove was. Yes about ten years ago, didn't know that word, can you believe that? Heh...heh. But knowledge is subjective. Some years after that incident, I encountered an American at uni who didn't know what gnostic was and I earned a distinction beating a dozen of native speakers. Alhamdulillah.
Needless to say, we don't have to have the answers for everything. Don't have to know everything. And it's ok to say: I don't know, tell me, teach me.
Oh just realized tomorrow is someone's birthday. Many of the books from which I have been quoting on this blog were a present from this old friend of mine - a collection which started about a decade ago. Alhamdulillah for all the generous people around us. [Err...anyone giving me anymore presents? : ) ]
Before I click publish, I understand that our readers here must have felt like being on a roller coaster. The emotions of today's blog entry could be so dramatically different from yesterday's. But we all learned that a believer is overcome with 40 states a day. And we embrace all of them sweet, bitter, bitter, sweet.
Interestingly enough, my first proper story book when I was 8 was called 'Pahit tetapi manis' (Bitter but sweet). And yes, 2012 has been bittersweet. Life is bittersweet.
Let's just savour this last bit of 2012.