HOW pleasant and refreshing even to see or hear such a phrase as it conjures happy and delightful tidings in the gripe vines. Today a New Straits Time report talked of a young Malaysian athlete, Nadia a school girl, 14 year old of Bukit Jalil Sports School who exuded confidence far beyond her years and emerging as a bright prospect for Malaysian athletics which currently amidst its gloom and doom. She won 'gold' for the long jump with a 5.86 meter effort, not far from the country's record and 'silver' in the triple jump at the recent Asean Schools athletic competition. Any prospect for the future will offer good tidings.
My thought goes to our daily flushing of disasters, accidents, cheats, dishonoring and unending quarrels and how any calming or 'a breath of fresh air' is a solace. Can you imagine how such a phrase came into being? Simple and yet perfect as anyone of us can easily identify how effective a wave of air, fresh and cool can calm the nerves and relieve all manner of feelings.
A postcard, a letter or even a phone call and now even a 'sms' can calm one's nerves if it is consoling and tender. Perhaps we have lost the touch of bringing that calming feelings into our lives. Fast, busy, competitive, self-centered live styles have in more ways than one have been a contributing factor.
A small gift of a bouquet of flowers, a visit to the hospital to offer speedy recovery to the patient, home visits to see the elders, a plate of home cooked dish to the neighbor's house, slowing down your vehicle to let the walker crossed the road or even to allow a flock of birds to fly across without you hitting them, not throwing rubbish all over the place are expectations we sorely craved for. Are they forthcoming?
At the point of drawing a deep breath one of course could not breathe down someone's neck for otherwise it would take one's breath away. Now wouldn't that breathe life into a corpse? My! My! How exciting when you can play with words and literally be able to eat someone for breakfast? Exciting? Contemplative? Or What?