Balance of Life — Source of Inspiration

Sometimes life seems

so finely

balanced

that the slightest

breath of air will

send all into madness.

Security does not exist

for everything changes

and all must die.

One must walk with grace

for soon the dance is over

with no curtain calls

to be had.

Balance of Life — Source of Inspiration

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Pure Heart — Eddie Two Hawks

Whoever, in devotion, offers Me a

gift, whether it be a flower, a fruit

or water, I accept it as coming from

one who has a pure heart.

The Bhagavad Gita

Orchid Spring Bloom 2021, Eddie’s Garden Photos Thank you everyone for your patience!

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Wine or Blood?

“The wine we really drink is our own blood,

Our bodies ferment in these barrels,

We give everything for a glass of this,

We give our minds for a sip.”

Rumi

 

 

Samina Iqbal. 2021

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“Within the ocean.”

Late, by myself, in the boat of myself,

no light and no land anywhere,

cloud cover thick, I try to stay

just above the surface, yet I’m already under

and living within the ocean.

Rumi

©Samina Iqbal. 2021

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All is Born Again — Eddie Two Hawks

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;

I lift my eyes and all is born again.

Sylvia Plath, Yellow Rose, Spring 2020 Eddie’s Garden Photos

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Different chess pieces

Chess in still life, light painting.

Drunks fear the police,

But the police are drunk too,

People in this town love them both,

like different chess pieces.

(Rumi)

©Samina Iqbal. 2021.

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Aphorism

Hortus Closus

Painting by Dina Shubin

When we shut up, music is alive

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BOOM!

In a matter of a few hours I got this message from WordPress again. My happiness has doubled. Thanks to all of you for this honor. You make me a proud yet a humble blogger.

Your blog, Samina’s Forum for police support, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 47 hourly views – 2 hourly views on average. A spike in your stats.

©Samina Iqbal. 2021

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Stats are booming. WOW!!!

I got another great message from WordPress today and it made my day. Thanks my bloggers and friends for checking out my posts. I feel so honored and humbled.

Your blog, Samina’s Forum for police support, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 34 hourly views – 0 hourly views on average
A spike in your stats

©Samina Iqbal. 2021

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Happy Valentine’s Day. Let’s celebrate Love!

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.” —Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

I have a million reasons to be thankful for you, my love.
“How deep is your love”by Bee Gees. It still is one of my favourite songs, as it takes me down memory lane.

Happy Valentine’s day everyone, and may your day be filled with love, kindness, fun and smiles.

©Samina Iqbal. 2021

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Happy Anniversary

Dear bloggers and friends, I got this message from WordPress today and it really made my day. WOW!!! Time just flies and here I am looking at the eight years of blogging. It’s hard to believe as it looks like yesterday when I started this blog. News like these cheer me up during this pandemic time. I’m celebrating at home and in my heart wishing for better times for everyone as these are hard times. I can see a little flickering light at the end of the tunnel for all of us. Let’s keep flying high and not lose sight of our destination. Cheers!!!

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!You registered on WordPress.com 8 years ago.Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

“A million thanks to WordPress for providing such a great blogging platform”.

©Samina Iqbal. 2021.

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Campfire Stories — Source of Inspiration

Campfire stories

filled us with delight

full of ghosts and goblins

on a star-filled summer night.

I remember these tales of long ago

of battle cries and scary foe.

Now I prefer stories of a different kind;

good guys win and we sleep with a peaceful mind.

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Happy New Year Everyone.

All the very best for the New Year 2021.

©Samina Iqbal. 2020

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Happy Thanksgiving 2020 to our neighbors, USA

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Canada remembers, online

Dear bloggers and friends,

Covid-19 is changing the way Remembrance Day 2020 will be marked. We are asked to “remember in place” at home and watch the public service online. Places where hundreds gather every year to remember those who fought for Canada, would be closed. There will be no parades, or screens for viewing the ceremony on site. A limited number of official wreathes will be placed at the Cenotaph and the public is asked not to gather to place poppies on the memorial. These are hard times, but nevertheless we remember with passion the sacrifices made to preserve our freedoms and we are eternally thankful.

Our cheer goes back to them, the valiant dead! Laurels and roses on their graves today, Lilies and laurels over them we lay, And violets o”er each unforgotten head.” (Richard Hovey)
And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” (Joseph Drake)
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” (Benjamin Disraeli)

To all who have served in all branches of the military: “you have preserved our freedoms and we thank you for it, from our hearts”.

©Samina Iqbal. 2020

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The Prayer

I Pray

(A police officer’s prayer during the pandemic and otherwise)

During the voyage of my existence,

wherever my calling takes me,

whichever passageway,

my feet embrace,

let me leave

the very best of me,

behind,

regardless of return or gain,

I pray.

I am a police officer,

my calling to serve and protect,

at times,

comes at the cost of,

my own protection,

and life.

Let me not deviate,

from my call of duty,

I pray.

No human eye can perceive,

the vision of my inner eye,

and the depth,

 of the light,

Of my heart.

Let this light likewise,

 gleam through my soul,

I pray.

I’m blessed like,

 no other human,

For,

In my giving is my gain.

Let this reality be mine,

Forever.

I pray.

©Samina Iqbal. 2020

Dear bloggers and friends, At these challenging times when I become overwhelmed with the reality of the pandemic, I often listen to this amazing ‘Prayer” and it comforts me and I feel as if the words of this beautiful prayer are touching my heart and the inner depths of my soul. I thought I’ll share it with you. Bless you all.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2020, Canada

This Thanksgiving will be very different than past years. With covid-19 cases surging all across Canada, health officials are requesting people to celebrate in smaller family bubbles. Virtual events, and social distancing in the indoor as well as outdoor events are certainly things to be grateful for, this year. The current unprecedented situation does give us a pause to meditate and think what really matters in our lives and to appreciate the blessings of our lives. Let’s be kind, and caring for those who are less blessed than us.

As Canadians, we have been blessed with abundance so let’s give thanks for our abundance.

“Giving thanks for abundance is greater than abundance itself.” Rumi

©Samina Iqbal. 2020

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Happy Independence Day USA

As Canadians, we wish our neighbors a very Happy Independence Day.

Samina Iqbal. 2020

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Happy Canada Day.

This year isn’t like other years. But even these challenging times are a good opportunity to think about what it means to be Canadian. I’m inviting you. whoever and wherever you are, to take part in all the great activities we have planned. Today, Canada’s history-our values, our talents and our creativity-are on display for the whole world. Today is our day-Happy Canada Day!”

-The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Dear Bloggers and friends,

This is not our usual Canada Day as Canada Day celebrations come during a pandemic. However, we can say we are celebrating pandemic-friendly Canada Day. Safety is the top priority, as social distancing protocols are in place and no large gatherings are allowed. This does not mean we are not going to have fun. Virtual celebrations will be streamed online and we’ll enjoy virtual fireworks. We may be apart physically but we’re finding new ways to be together virtually. Happy Canada Day to all!!!

July 1st is the 153 anniversary of the Confederation. We also salute the key role of the Metis’ Nation in bringing Manitoba into the Confederation 150 years ago.

Don’t be fooled by my beauty, the light of my face comes from the candle of my spirit.” Rumi
We celebrate the 40th anniversary of “O’Canada” as our official National Anthem.

Samina Iqbal. 2020

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Human Decency reigns in these unprecedented times.

Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.Rumi

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders kneels with protestors rallying against anti black racism in Toronto.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kneels at anti racism protest in Ottawa.

These are troubling and trying times for all of us, as we mourn the lives lost to the pandemic, to racism and also the innocent lives lost in the line of duty.

RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson-a young life lost in the line of duty in Nova Scotia mass shooting in April, 2020.
Mourning the loss of RCMP officers in the line of duty.

“Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet. Through Love all that is copper will be gold. Through Love all dregs will become wine, through Love all pain will turn to medicine.” Rumi

Samina Iqbal. 2020

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