Friday, April 08, 2005

In the Face of Change

Changes and more changes still. I am one of those who prefer to give surprises rather than be on the receiving end. That's why the seemingly endless new policies and updates at work make me want to just hide somewhere and wait till things have calmed down. Like how one huddles at home when there's a raging storm outside.

It's not like I'm opposed to changes. It is after all as the saying goes: change is the only permanent thing in this world. It's inevitable and there's nothing that one can do about it. But, sometimes, it's convenient and comforting to slip into a kind of routine. Where one can expect things to be the same as they were yesterday. No thrills, but definitely no surprises either.

The thing about change is that there's always a bit of pain or sadness involved. Letting go of what you were used to and adjusting to the new. One can always tell oneself that everything's alright. But, deep down there's a kind of struggle to accept that in the tide of life, one cannot always go against the current. That however much we try, we can only be helplessly swept away by whatever course life takes.

But, I am also a pragmatist and prefer to think of what can be realistically done in a given situation. I don't like to bemoan things which cannot be changed. So, in the face of what's happening at work, inspite of the many sad changes, and the fact that I again have to go on the night shift, I'll just think of the money I'll be making and the many comforts it will bring to my family. Yes, very capitalistic of me. But, hey, it's better than nothing. And, money is a great motivator to do things not entirely to your liking.

Most of the time, a situation isn't good or bad. It's just something we have to ride out.

So, bring it on.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Pope John Paul II

The Pope is dead. The words are stark in their simplicity. Simple and yet searing.

I am a Catholic but I don't go to church regularly. I am one of those who believe that faith goes beyond the religious observance of church rituals and ceremonies. That above all, one's personal relationship with God and everyday thoughts and actions reflect a person's true character and faith.

But, upon hearing the news, I was deeply saddened, almost as if a relative has died. He was miles away and I hadn't even met him but the pain I felt was personal.

I saw that I wasn't the only one who felt that way. Millions felt grief that most of them cried. It was a tribute to him. And served only to emphasize how deeply he had touched our lives.

What's comforting though is, the immediate sense of acceptance after. We feel that it was right and that it was time for him to move on.

We lost a beloved Pope. He who has been our guide to our Heavenly Father has been called home. But, the legacy of faith and peace and goodwill he has left behind are so great that just as he has served God's people in life, so shall he too, in death.