Saturday, April 27, 2013

Our Mango Tree Still Amazes Me

Our amazing mango tree is showing no signs of giving up its rightful place by the road out front.  A few years ago we thought its life was coming to an end
owing to an onslaught of wood worms eating their way through the upper branches.  So I prepared for its final farewell and started planting another tree to replace it.  

I chose a ciku.  I got the seeds from a delicious breed all the way from Kuala Selangor, courtesy of a neighbor who has relatives staying there.  

Now the once fragile little seedling is coming up strong, sheltered by the old mango tree.

Meanwhile our old hero is not only surviving, it's still bearing those deliciously succulent fruits, even strangers stop by to pick.  (Some without asking for permission).

Meanwhile, we have a new member to keep me company while I fiddle with PCs and printers. 
Meet Mr Aro Jr., a voracious eater who grows 2 inches in 2 months!!!  He reminds me a lot of the old Mr Aro who gave us a number before he left us.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

We can adjust our sails

"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails."  

So it is with the path of life.  You didn't seek to be born.  You couldn't choose your parents, the part of the earth where you emerge into life, your creed, the color of your skin and, worst of all not even get to choose your own name. 

But as you tread on into life and grow to adulthood you can either manage your own way or you can give up your freedom of choice and let others steer you through.  But don't put the blame on them if things don't turn out the way you'd like it, because once you let others do the driving, you're not in control, so you can't complain.

So fix your boat, hoist your sails and be ready for the winds or the tide to turn.  And when the time and situation is right, set off to follow your dreams.