Sunday, March 30, 2014

A sea of reflection

Bismillah. to get away. It's a much awaited getaway, a much needed island getaway. Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah He is ever generous and forever giving. 

But coming here to this island, to be closer to the sea, gives us mixed feelings. While we are here to chill and have a good time, our thoughts are with the families and friends of the MH370 victims. It pains to think the sea we are facing is connected to that far away ocean - the southern Indian Ocean - the final resting place of the crew and passengers of the ill fated plane.

There are seven oceans by name, but in reality there is only one ocean and we are enveloped by it, no matter where we are, in the most remote place in the East, West, North and South, there is only one ocean that surrounds us - the ocean of humanity.

You may have come across a quote about the sea by John F. Kennedy. It certainly is heart breaking to relate the quote to the demise of his son JFK Jr. who returned to the sea in a tragic manner when the plane he piloted failed him and his lovely wife Carolyn and her sister. The doom flight plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 1999.

"...And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came."
JFK (in a speech made in 1962.)

Indeed, we are tied to the ocean. And most definitely, we are all going back to where we came from.
To Allah we shall return.


This space is meant for friendly avid readers, NOT those who think I am a hypocrite and yet keep coming here to check on me like they are holier than others. Get a life, go for a swim.

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