2016 is about to shut its doors behind me as I tiptoe blindly through our last night and try to ease my way into 2017. As I enter the dark corridor, my path is illuminated by the flashes of memories of 2016, and I can say with confidence that it was my most interesting year. Today I want to say my goodbyes to this wonderful year, though it was bitter on some days, it did prove to be kind at the end.
Here are my top 11 moments for this year:-
1- Moved to a new apartment in China.
2- Found an intern position in a hospital near to My new apartment.
3- Discovered Taobao (Google it)
4- Got to see the forbidden city.
5- Visited the Terra-Cota warriors.
6- Learned Chinese Mandarin.
7- Wrote and composed a new song (you’ll get to hear that in 2017 hopefully)
8- Drew water colored paintings for the first time. (which turned out great)
9- Gathered with all of my brothers and sister at the same time for a while since years (One or more is always missing because we live in different countries).
10- Posted my first scary story on Halloween. (2 minutes read).
11- Published my new inspirational book, Kima.
And that is just from the tip of my head. I do have a big moment that me and others are working on right now, but I plan to announce about that next year… but you know what? Here’s a hint.
Happy new year everyone, and I hope for all the best wishes for the coming year.
~ A. H. Amin
I found myself recently in the city of Guangzhou where I decided to be spontaneous. I had a one day free of any entanglements, so I decided to pick a bus and get off when I spot anything interesting. But almost forty minutes later, nothing caught my eyes. That’s when I thought my plan wasn’t going to work so well. So I got off when I felt like I should. I walked around to find any restaurant or a place to sit in. Unable to cross the street from all the fast going bike, I turned and walked along a wall to get to the other side and cross safely. And that’s when I saw it.
This is a Taoist temple that I’ve stumbled upon by Chance. And in that place I learned one of my most valuable lessons in life. We all try to achieve enlightenment differently, but it should come from a common place.
I came across of two people, one who was responsible of taking care of the place, and the other was a Taichi master from the pictures above. He explained to me what that place was for. I speak Chinese Mandarin but there was one word I didn’t understand; “Qifa: 启发”. He was explaining that this is a place where he comes to to find “Qifa”. The lady with him took her time to find the right English word and then said “Enlightenment”. It made sense to me, one would seek a temple to meditate and eventually get out with something inspiring afterward.
So I turned toward the Taichi master. I understood what he meant by Qifa and I wanted him to know that I understood. I said Qifu and pointed to my mind, made some sort of a gesture that can only be described as a universal explosion of my mind. That’s when I realized that I didn’t really understand the right meaning of that word. The master shook his head negatively, and pointed not to his head, but to his heart, and copied the same cosmic explosive gesture that I made. saying “Zhen de Qifa” Which meant “True enlightenment”.
I was enlightened that day. Soul searching is something for the spirit, your heart. It is not just something for the brain to process, but for your spirit to sync with. I’m glad I got lost there, cause that’s how I was able to find myself again.
125 dead, 147 injured, on Ramadan; a month where it is forbidden to fight. Victims from different class, and age; children, young and parents. United by a nation they try to desperately tear apart. There is nothing Muslim about killing Muslim children, our unity and love will prevail; the first civilization sprang from Tigris and Euphrates rivers more than 11000 years before the time of our father Abraham, it won’t be extinguished by the fires of petty terrorists, if anything our spirits will shine more fierce by the grace of God. Those who believe ISIS are Islam, they should see who they are killing before they say anything. My heart goes to the families, WE all lost our brothers and sisters.
Pray for Iraq.
~ Ahmed H. Amin