Friday, 2 May 2014

Vol 23: The Nature of goodness

Hello Peekers!
This week’s newsletter is being released from a different city. Needless to say, the spirit behind it remains unchanged.
As I sit in a cyber cafe, acknowledging signs of the sweltering heat on my forehead, I remind myself of the months I spent in subzero temperature. Those days were filled with warmth too, but the air outside was a reminder that sunlight is a life-affirming force. Today, I am blessed with an abundance of this love. Knowing that makes the sweat feel like a warm welcome.
I'm home.
This week, we explore the goodness of Nature and the nature of Goodness. Hope you enjoy the goodness going all around.

News from the public domain

Lust for life
When cows, cooped inside for a long and harsh winter and scheduled to be killed, are released into the open… well, they prance about and exhibit a lust for life. In the process, they give a rare sense of satisfaction to their saviours. This is a positive video with a difference.
102 and going strong
Elsewhere, the 102-year-old Zohra Sehgal has said:
"I am preparing myself for death. When I go to sleep, I try to keep myself smiling. So that when I die, I have a smile on my lips. And I want electric cremation. I don't want any poems or fuss after that. And for heaven's sake, don't bring back my ashes. Flush them down the toilet if the crematorium refuses to keep them. I tell all, if they tell you Zohraji is dead, I want you to give a big laugh. Think about the funny things. My funny face."
If that doesn’t encapsulate the eternal spirit of this gifted actress, do have a look at her life’s journey in this article. And don’t miss the videos embedded in this link.
Talk about having a positive attitude, no matter what!
Edible "plastic" bottles
Imagine buying a guilt-free bottle of water, drinking its germ-free contents and then eating away the bottle. Such a ridiculous notion might become reality someday soon, thanks to this new development. Just thinking about the reduced load on our landfills makes one smile, right? Oftentimes, we are capable of behaving like a friend of Mother Earth.
Cleaning up our waterways
Waterways in Manila are now sporting a whole new look. They are becoming clean and odour-free. Let’s hope such technologies become widely available soon. Hundreds of cities in the developing world can benefit from clean waterways.

An Ocean giant rescued
As if one animal rescue story isn’t enough, here’s a video report of how a humpback whale that got entangled in a net was rescued with so much love. What’s really endearing, though, is the manner in which the whale reciprocated the love. Upon its rescue, the whale offered a power-packed performance that could have been titled Dance of Freedom.
I guess whether you live in land, water or in your mind, you need complete freedom. The good news is that it's available.
A rainbow trapped in a tree
This week, I have been thinking a lot about trees. About how each tree is so uniquely misshapen and, yet, is perfectly formed. About how each species of trees masters a different skill – some give us shade, others bless us with flower, fruit and/or beauty. Sometimes, they look like sentinels of our souls. Sometimes, they seem to whisper lessons into our deaf ears. Maybe they are forever asking us to appreciate them for their uniqueness. And maybe they ask us to appreciate ourselves for the same reason.
Just as I was pondering over this, I came across the Rainbow Eucalyptus. Here are a few million words on this wonderful tree in the form of startling images.

In conclusion

We will return with our next volume not next Friday, but the Friday after that. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Till next time, here’s wishing you plenty of cheer and satisfaction.
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