Friday, 26 December 2008

New Forest - Video

Spent Thursday (Christmas) day & night in New Forest, South England. Not a very exciting video (link below); logged for future reference more than anything else.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOhLg9kirWU

The sky was clear. The sun shun through at times. It didn't rain. But cold it was. One-degree-celcius (according to "The Noor Mobile" thermometer) after Fajr on Friday, perhaps lower Friday pre-dawn. My new thermal base layer (£50!) (... and my mother's ever present Du'as) worked wonders, alhamdulillah.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Lessons from the Squared Circle

Much is learnt inside the squared circle.

More so than anything,
one learns the make-up of his self...
and people in general.

Two observations stand out:

1) Few can contain their excitement;
unable to set a pace that lasts.
Most, realising their initial burst won't cut it,
break in disgrace.

2) Few understand & cope with taking a hit
as they do easier times of dishing out.
Most, realising their one-way plan won't cut it,
break in disarray.

A fight, like life, has its ups and downs.
Those who can counter and see the up in a down,
those are they who succeed.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Interdependence

"Interdependence is a higher value than independence."

"... dependence is the paradigm of you - you take care of me; you come through for me; you didn't come through; I blame you for the results.

Independence is the paradigm of I - I can do it; I am responsible; I am self-reliant; I can choose.

Interdependence is the paradigm of we - we can do it; we can cooperate; we can combine our talents and abilities and create something greater together..."


(Source: 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' by Stephen R Convoy)

Just finished (skim-) reading through the opening, introductory chapters of the above-mentioned book. It's been pretty disappointingly dull so far except for the above two passages which really grabbed me by the scruff of the neck. "If you want something done, do it yourself" is a philosophy I dislike but find myself trapped by. Let's hope this book can provide some useful tips to break free.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Communicating to be understood

"Every difficult work presents us with a choice of whether to judge the author inept for not being clear, or ourselves stupid for not grasping what is going on... Writing with simplicity requires courage, for there is a danger that one will be overlooked, dismissed as simple-minded by those with a tenacious belief that impassible prose is a hallmark of intelligence."

(Source: Alain de Botton, found in 'Authoring a PhD' by Patrick Dunleavy)

It always cracks me up when people attend a lecture by a big Shaykh/Professor/ etc and they come out of it saying, "Man, that was a good lecture". And then when you ask them, "What was it about?" They respond, "Don't know. But it sounded deep."