September 10, 2016

Balancing Life

My life has been a mixture of Work and Leisure. Business and Pleasure. I cannot leave my office at the end of the day, and leave work. I have to take work home. So I think work is my only companion these days.

By work, I don’t mean paperwork, but the duties that I have to perform. Every time I glance out of my window, it is work related. Every short forays I make outside the door of my house is work related. Every telephonic conversation I make is work related. Every social media interaction that I make is work related. Do I work or does work work me? …a very profound question that I need to ask myself.

But I am not the sole one to feel this kind of issues. Everyone feels the same. No one can ever leave work at workplace by 5 pm. They will always have to carry it home, sometimes on weekends, sometimes on vacations. Such is the pressure of the 21st century.

So how do I balance it? I don’t. I simply go with the flow. If I rest, I rust. So I don’t. There’s no compromise that I can make, unless my employer gives me a long paid-vacation. Else I’m always on call.

September 9, 2016

Of Young People and Suicide

What is it about some of these young people that they are so much obsessed about death, specifically personal death? More to the point, suicide.

I have not dealt with death within the family, but I have always thought about ‘what would happen when we die’. Sometimes I contemplate on, how I would feel on the moment of my death. This gives me fright on some lonely nights, but most of the time, I just ignore it all. After all, I do want certain things in life and I fought hard for it. So I'm not going to squander it all for a lousy death.

Do I want my parents to feel the brunt of my death? No. Do I want my school to be in limelight for the wrong reasons? No. Do I want to traumatize my friends? No. And for many such reasons, and also for the fact that I am educated, I decided that suicide is bad.

But here we have young people, who seem to think that the petty issues that they are facing are the big ones in their lives. Or that they are the only ones who are facing such issues. They have not known real suffering, yet they assume that heartbreak reasons are enough for them to not want to live any more. They believe that the answer to life’s problem is death.

Their fragile mind cannot take these petty problems any more, so they give up on life. What can we do to help? Talk to them? Of course we can. We can do something more. We can love them. But if they are not willing to accept our love, what else do we do? If they are not willing to accept our help, what can we do?

We try. We keep on trying. And we don’t give up. Never. And we let them know that we won’t give up. If that doesn't work, we still try on.

After all, even a single life is worth saving.

[Image courtesy of http://www.speakupreachout.org]

September 8, 2016

Volunteering

“The heart of a volunteer never grows old”

I was introduced to Scouting by my eldest sister, as she was a trained scoutleader. She would take me to scouting programs and camps, where I observed and came in contact with youth in different activities. They were having fun.

Later on I became a scout of my own. But then, it was more of work work work and less of play. Still I worked. I remember going for cleaning campaigns along the roads, nearby forests, streams, parks. You name it, we cleaned it.
[Garpawoong 2010]
Then I became an adult leader, a scoutmaster myself. I found that Scouting is not always about cleaning campaigns. It is about character building. It is about volunteering. I became a life-long volunteer.

I started scouting programmes wherever I went. I even started community based scouting programmes, where I brought together like-minded adults to volunteer for a common cause. I believed that the community where I lives, was my community, even if I was not born there.

[Tsirang 2014]
So in conclusion, I believe that Scouting is volunteering your time and energy for a good cause. And I will always remain a lifelong scout.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...