Creative Thinking: The ‘pizza’ of your life
Creative Thinking: The ‘pizza’ of your life
What about life? Are there “ingredients” to create a good life? There surely are. Let us see how this comparison works. In pizza-making, the basic ingredient is “flour.” In life, it is the “belief in yourself.” If you do not trust your capability to create a good life, you are like an athlete who, at the starting spot, decides not to begin the race. He is there, he is ready, everybody thinks he will give a performance of his talent and then... he gives up. Such is the attitude of the individual who does not have enough self-confidence to make a plan, or to face challenges, or to overcome them. He believes that he is not “good enough.” But every human being has been endowed with all the tools necessary to construct the building of his (or her) life. Therefore, why doubt or undervalue them?
Next comes “water,” which I would compare to “faith,” i.e. belief in your capability to achieve whatever you put your mind to. I know that many will say, “It is not enough to have faith to succeed.” The secret lies in “the way” you believe. Faith could be defined as a deep inner “knowing” that what you are dreaming of will materialize (you cannot decide “when,” though) and just... “allow.” Such feeling must preferably be tied to the awareness that your enterprise will be good for others as well. Moving on with certitude, honesty and rectitude, your steps will be led in the right direction.
Ingredient number three is “yeast,” the mysterious dough-raising stuff that makes things “happen.” I resemble it to “will-power and commitment,” without which you won’t progress. You may want to achieve a certain goal, you believe you can do it, you are optimistic about the result. But, then, you are not significantly consistent in your pursue. You start, then you sop, later you may start again, then you get distracted by another enterprise.... Sorry, such attitude is not sufficient to obtain the success you expect.
Next is “olive oil,” one of the purest, healthiest product of Mother Nature. As oil blends all the other ingredients together, so “being alert” makes you able to “flow with life,” understand it and see what you want and need from the correct perspective. Many times do human beings tend to be too rigid, strict, self-opinionated, inflexible and... they lose sight of what is really important.
Number five, the taste-givers “tomatoes,” can be likened to “selflessness,” the feeling of being of service, of doing something good for others, beside one’s self. A famous saying states: “If I am not for myself, who will be?” (responsible for my life). “If I am only for myself, what good am I?” Therefore, keep your own interests and benefit at heart, but do not ignore the needs of other, especially the ones you are connected to.
The last ingredient is “mozzarella cheese,” which deliciously melts and gives the whole dish a “smooth” taste. I see it similar to “acceptance,” the ingredient that makes everything all right. When you believe that you will reach your goal, yet you are also well disposed toward accepting any other possible outcome, you naturally relax into the “knowing” that, whatever happens, yours is — and will continue to be — a good life. Now the “pizza” is ready for the oven. Bake it and... enjoy it!
P.S. I would like to add the third line of the quote mentioned above. It says, “If not now, when?”
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#MeToo hits Pakistan as allegations mount against leading singer
- Actress Meesha Shafi posted a lengthy message on Twitter, accusing singer Ali Zafar of physically harassing her on “more than one occasion”
- “No woman goes public with allegations like this just for, fun," tweeted Pakistani novelist and columnist Bina Shah
ISLAMABAD: Pressure mounted Friday against Pakistani singer Ali Zafar after he was hit with a sexual harassment allegation by a leading actress in the first high profile “#metoo” accusation in the staunchly patriarchal country.
The allegations were trending across social media in Pakistan after popular actress Meesha Shafi posted a lengthy message on Twitter, accusing Zafar of physically harassing her on “more than one occasion.”
“This happened to me despite the fact I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind!” read the statement.
Zafar denied the accusations, threatening legal action against the actress.
“I intend to take this through the courts of law, and to address this professionally and seriously rather than to lodge any accusations here,” he wrote on Twitter.
Following the accusation, other high-profile voices were quick to lend their support.
“No woman goes public with allegations like this just for, fun. Obviously, you spend no time listening to women when they talk about how widespread harassment is in our society,” tweeted Pakistani novelist and columnist Bina Shah.
Zafar has dominated the music charts in Pakistan for nearly two decades and has also starred in a number of films including Bollywood satire “Tere bin Laden” which translates as “Your Bin Laden.”
The #MeToo and #Timesup campaigns have gone global since allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein were published last October, sparking an avalanche of accusations against other powerful men.
However, the movement has been slow to catch on in Pakistan, where women have fought for their rights for years in a patriarchal society where so-called “honor” killings and attacks on women remain commonplace.
In a report released earlier this week by watchdog Human Rights Commission Pakistan, the group said violence against women remained troubling, with 5,660 related crimes reported in the country’s four provinces in the first 10 months of 2017.
In August, firebrand opposition leader Imran Khan was also hit with allegations of sexual misconduct by a female lawmaker who accused the famed cricketer of sending obscene text messages and promoting a culture of sexism within his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.
He later denied the allegations.