Friday, June 20, 2014

A Cautionary Note to My Daughter

"Dear Lolo,

Rejoice your virtue and innocence when you can - if you were an adult like us today, you would be down trodden to hear about all kinds of things happening around us. I have been trying to protect you from from the vices and prejudices as much as possible, but I know you won't be escaped as you grow up.

The world is becoming a chaotic place. Power, authority, wealth, money, name and fame are what everyone is after. How often I look at you and wish I could take you to a different world where you won't have to be a part of all of these dirty things in life!

This morning, I read in Kuensel that Bhutan is ranked 16/162 in the global ranking of Happiest Countries! Oh yes, we are fortunate in many many ways compared to 2/3rd of the world. When I watch the heart wrenching news in the Television from all over the world, from places inflicted by war and arms, of children and women being the hapless victims, of men being butchered by militants, of girls being raped and mutilated, I thank our fortune for being born in a country like Bhutan where these kinds of happenings are at the bare minimum. 

But Darling, time is changing and people are changing, even here in Bhutan.

Worse than wars and arms, our people are undergoing mental and attitude transformation which I find are more dangerous than physical changes. Already we have divided society based on regions (very often I hear westerns citing eastern and otherwise as well), our people are rifting apart in the name of political parties and the level of unhappiness is growing intensely.

Economic crisis is hitting us hard. I fear soon we might enter depression period and it will be more than painful if our children are victimized by the follies of their parents. Parents are we today and you children might end up paying for our mistakes. Lolo, forgive us then, forgive us now.

Your Mama wishes she can change the entire world for the good of all. At the least, I can worry for you and try keeping you from these vices. You know Lolo, when you grow up, you don't have to be rich, wealthy, beautiful, or powerful. Just be a good person. Like your Papa had said few years ago, 'I may die a poor man, I may die a rich man, I may die a young man, I may die an old man. But my conscience is clear and I will die a Happy Man.'

In prayers for your GOOD HUMAN BEING,

Mama."


Monday, June 16, 2014

For a Good Cause

My dear readers,
I am sharing the following email I received from Ms. Heather, who is a Mesothelioma Cancer survivor and she is on a mission to spread the awareness on this deadly disease. I apologize for not being able to write a researched piece on the same, however to keep my word to help her in her pursue, I dare to reproduce the mail she sent me (with due respects to you Heather).
For those of you who may be interested to know further, kindly follow on the links provided by the writer. 

" I’m reaching out to you today in hopes that you will help me with a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. At age 36, just 3 ½ months after my first and only child, Lily, was born, I was diagnosed with mesothelioma and given 15 months to live. Miraculously, I beat the odds and I’m still here eight years later.
Mesothelioma is considered one of the most aggressive and deadly cancers; most people are given just one year to live upon diagnosis. There is no known cure for mesothelioma and the future continues to look grim as attention to the disease as well as research funding continues to decline. The only known cause of ‘meso’ is exposure to asbestos, which is still not banned in the US. Sadly, it doesn’t look like asbestos will be banned anytime soon, as there is too much money being made by using this deadly mineral.
Since May is National Cancer Research Month, I’ve made it my personal mission to try and spread awareness of this rare, preventable disease. The more people that know about this cancer, the more lives are potentially saved! Would you be willing to share the site that I blog for with your readers? The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has tons of information about the disease, asbestos exposure, and is also where my husband and I blog about our journey with mesothelioma.
Please let me know what you think :-) From awareness grows hope. Each voice could save a life.
All my best,
Heather"