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.

Campfire Stories — Source of Inspiration
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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,


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,


In my giving is my gain.

Let this reality be mine,


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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Our Own Way — Source of Inspiration

Hours slip away

my hand shades,

stipples, draws

my mind melts

through the veil

beyond time

into the night

going, going, going


more and more

I move into

the stream of


music, art, poetry

silent walks

in the floresta

all vehicles

for my soul

to become one

with all.

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Happy Canada Day


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Honorable Royal Canadian Mounted Police commissioner Brenda Lucki




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On Being — Source of Inspiration

Be grateful for those who refuse to help

for then you learn to do it yourself.

Be grateful for those who are unkind

for you learn unkindness hurts and become kind.

Be grateful for those who are greedy

for they show you the value of generosity.

Be grateful for liars

for you learn the power […]

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My Hero, My Police Officer-Your Soul Beckons You


“Here is courage, mankind’s finest possession, here is the noblest prize that a young man can endeavor to win.” (Spartan poet Tyrtaeus)

Oh my hero,

my police officer,

As you set off to your calling,

Your soul is,

in a dilemma

by unendurable forewarning,

It beckons you to


guard yourself from your adversaries,

Outwit them

proceeding with vigilance

amidst their ensnarements.

But not to revel

when you triumph,

nor lay down lamenting

when you writhe,

in agonizing defeat,

Nor get over-ecstatic

in your ecstasies

or over-awed

in your grieves,

for to reach the limits of virtue

just learn,

what rhythm regulates

human affairs.



© Samina Iqbal. 2019


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No More Regrets — Source of Inspiration

R egretting the past robs it of its value

E verything we experience can teach

G uilt is a heavy rock to carry

R elease all pain, guilt, and sorrow

E njoy life, let your joy spread to others

T hankful hearts know serenity

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Layered Life — Source of Inspiration

Many layers occur in each situation

but we must look for them

search for their meanings

be open to learn lessons available

or else we remain locked

in a complicated world

that leaves us confused

searching for what we already have.

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Happy Valentines Day

If music be the food of love, play on

Twelfth Night Act 1, scene 1, 1–3 (William Shakespeare)


“What is love? There is nothing in the world, neither man nor devil, not anything, that I hold as suspect as love, for it penetrates the soul more than any other thing. Nothing exists that so fills and binds the heart as love does. Therefore, unless you have those weapons that subdue it, the soul plunges through love into an immense abyss.

(Umberto Eco, “The Name Of The Rose”)


“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”
― Rumi


“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi


“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” 
– Friedrich Nietzsche


“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
― Rumi



“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi


“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”
― Rumi


“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”
― Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi


“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi


“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.”
– Richard Warren

©Samina Iqbal. 2019

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Happy Anniversary with!

Dear Bloggers and Friends, Its always a pleasure to receive happy news from wordpress. I received this message and it made my day. Every time I receive this message I cannot believe another year has passed by. Time flies past so quickly and I realize I have so much to do and “miles to go, before I sleep and miles to go before I sleep”. I love the phrase, “Thanks for flying with us”. Yes my six year flight with wordpress has not only been a happy one but also an uplifting experience. Thanks to all of you since without your support this had not been possible. Your encouragement for me to support our Law enforcement, our protectors is highly appreciated. This is the least we can do for them, who put their lives on line for us every single moment of the day. You are awesome and I love you all!!!

6 Year Anniversary Achievement
Happy Anniversary with!
You registered on 6 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

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Be blessed in the New Year 2019



“Every New Year people get you some presents but your best present you get never changes,
Your own existence! It is also your best present to others!”

Happy New Year 2019.


Wishing you a year that is filled with all the aroma of roses, brightened with all the lights of the world and be blessed with all the smiles. I hope this year will be the year when all your dreams come true. 


“This New Year I wish that God showers you with His choicest Blessings,                 Fate never takes you for a bumpy ride,

Cupid strikes you with his sweetest arrow,

Lady Luck bestows upon you health and wealth,

your Guardian Angel keeps your mind alert and bright.


“Time has no divisions to mark its passage
there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to
announce the beginning of a new month or year.”



Let go of the past behind you. Right ahead, lies a new beginning.

Make it an unforgettable experience.

Happy New Year 2019.


New Year offers new experiments and new expectations. Fill your life with new joys and surround yourself with only people who love you well.

Happy New Year 2019.


©Samina Iqbal. 2018


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“Stats are booming”

Dear bloggers and friends, I got this message from wordpress and it made my day. Thank you so very much for the support and appreciation of my blog. You are fabulous and awesome. Supporting my blog has a deeper message that we all honor and regard our law enforcement which is crucial in these challenging times. Thanks once again. Be blessed. Samina

“Your stats are booming! Samina’s Forum for police support is getting lots of traffic.

Your blog, Samina’s Forum for police support, appears to be getting more traffic than usual!
A spike in your stats.”

©Samina Iqbal. 2018

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“Leaps of faith”

A police officer’s job revolves around taking leaps of faith every time he/she is in the line of duty. It takes a multitude of qualities to be a police officer in this technologically advanced, unpredictable, brave new world we live in today. 


“I want to be bold, and wild and take leaps of faith because that’s the foundation of all we could be.”

 The meaning of the word “faith.”  as  I understand it is a noble and virtuous act characterized by strength of soul and spirit.

For me, “faith” means the same as inner trust and confidence. In other words taking a leap of faith means a personal willingness to take a chance. The most difficult component? Trusting in one’s own strength and ability to handle whatever that leap might bring because, let’s acknowledge  it: change can be overwhelming .

On a personal level, I believe in taking chances. I dream of making big changes.  while its frightening  to leave what’s safe, it’s even more scary to imagine a life unfulfilled.

“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?” – Rumi

I know my leap of faith might land me in an uncharterd territory but Still I would like to try and take the chance that might land me into my land of dreams. I feel that’s really how I can find the fulfillment of my desires and dreams by taking chances and being bold and not scared to leap ahead.

We can all use a little inspiration as we contemplate acting on our dreams.

 “Those who wish to sing will always find a song.” – Celtic Proverb

©Samina Iqbal. 2018



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