Month: August 2016

Tribulations

This year was especially trying for me and my wife. First, my wife and I got sick at the same time. We were both out with the flu. It never happened before that we got sick at the same time. Usually one is available to take care of the other. One midmorning, I managed to get up from my weak, nauseous condition and looked at my sleeping wife in a separate room and thought “what’s gonna happen now, how are we to take care of each other?”

We survived that one. Then the following months our workload doubled because of 2015 reports. Then we had to sell our home overseas which presented some really unique challenges. There was no blueprint and no clear path to follow. We did the negotiation mostly by email and phone calls.

At the same time, we mapped out the process for moving to a new residence while we prepared another comprehensive report for the first Quarter of 2016. We moved into the new residence without a major hitch. But then we had to go overseas to complete the home sale process. It was a complicated process because the banking procedures were archaic.

We got back home, and a family member needed to go to the hospital.

In any medical emergency (as I experienced in my 2012 surgery, all the issues of life (tasks to be done, bills to pay, buying or selling a major thing, possible investments, etc. etc.) fade to the background like they never exist.  The focus switches to the medical issue. Everyone’s focus suddenly becomes: “How do we fix this?”

In all of the above, the common denominator is prayer. My wife and I don’t have the answers so we always prayed. I prayed harder and longer on my knees. Sometimes we went on mini-fasts. I even asked several groups and individuals to pray for this recent medical problem. The Faithful people asked a group or other individuals to pray. The more serious the problem, the more people were asked to pray.

Does thing turn out for the better? It always does. Sometimes I can’t believe how the things get resolved, but it does. Life has many trials, but they’re only temporary.

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Almost Paradise

We just went on a trip to one of the islands of Hawaii a few weeks ago. If you noticed in my previous 201 posts, I very rarely mention names of any country, mainly because people can misinterpret things sometimes. From reading the comments on any news item – I notice that people’s opinion vary.  No matter how beautiful or optimistic the message, someone somewhere always come out in the negative sense. I am trying to avoid negative input.

Hawaii is a different place though. I think 99.5% of the world’s population think of Hawaii as a paradise – and I believe that it’s the closest place to paradise. Except of course, it has bugs, strong waves and ocean currents in some areas, and stormy weather sometimes and other things not present in paradise.

I really didn’t take that much photos, even with my smartphone. I’d rather soak in the experience. I wish I spent a few more minutes soaking it all in but I was still in a “rush” mode so I didn’t.  However, I felt that I slowed down a bit after the experience.

One of the places we went to was a private area which Hollywood uses for movie locations. It was lush but it doesn’t feel that you are in the wild. I felt that even if left alone in this place, I could easily survive on the fruits and the sugar cane and rainwater.  I could easily find help in a matter of days because if I keep walking on a straight path I will definitely reach a beach front. And people frequent beaches.

One of it’s mountain peaks boasts of being one of the rainiest place on earth – how’s 450 inches in one year? That would take San Diego about 30-45 years to reach that much rainfall. The same peak would be very hard to explore because all the rain makes it so slippery to walk or climb. Most of it remain untouched by humans.

In any place I visit, I attribute the coolness factor of a place based on the food. And Hawaii doesn’t disappoint most of the time. There’s fresh tropical fruits and veggies. And for pescetarians – fresh fish abounds.  You like meat? I think all their beef are grass fed.

It seems that things slow a little bit when we are in the Islands. You can’t drive really fast because the roads are not designed for fast driving. There are stop signs in the middle of a long highway and when it rains, it forces drivers to slow down. The views are spectacular so driving fast will make us miss the unique scenery.

Would I like to move there? For extended vacations, I won’t have a problem. But for residence – I think it would be hard for me to live in an island. Maybe I would feel too restricted on what I can do. But since I stay home most of the time, hate crowds, hate traffic, love pretty views, prefer a less hurried life – I think I’m compatible with island living. So if I get asked the same question five years from now – I might have a different answer.

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