To Be or Not To Be

A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell;
And very hard the task I find
Of governing it well.
-- Louisa May Alcott.
...........hmmm....that more or less describes my situation !!

~A Wise Man Said~

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
-- Aristotle

Friday, July 22, 2005
I can't believe I will complete six months in Hong Kong on July 31st. Exactly six months! That is the day I was scheduled to travel back to India too, but plans have changed, and I'm going to be here till end of December.

I still remember my first day here and how utterly miserable and longing-for-home I was. How I tried but couldn't imagine how I would spend six long months (as it seemed to me then) here. How I wished there was some way I could fly back home...and look at me now, six months up and still counting!

In this interim, I have grown to like this place, grown to appreciate the pleasures of living on one's own, grown to enjoy cooking, grown to love and value the people at home more (yes, absence does make the heart fonder!), grown to see what difference in the quality of life of an individual is possible when the country as a whole functions smoothly, grown to ...well, grown as a person, I guess...

So...these six months have been mostly full of good things, except for a small piece of hard luck, that may actually be what we call "a cloud with a silver lining". I will be moving to a new apartment this weekend. I loved the current one and would have loved to continue, and was expecting to continue till the end of my term. But as things are, I will have to move. The silver lining is that this shift will shake me from that comfort zone that I usually settle into over a period of time, and force me to resume afresh in new surroundings. For a person who dislikes "change" and adapting to it, being pushed into the water is the only way to practice...