speak to us of friendship

And a youth said:
Speak to us of Friendship!

And he answered, saying:
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay”.
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Khalil Gibran

happy weekend after naw-ruz

AKA easter, otherwise known as ‘miscellaneous chocolate holiday‘. It’s been a nice, long, well-deserved, restful weekend, full of friends, spring cleaning, sleeping in, and goofing around. highlights? hung around with old high school friends from St. Peter’s — Matt D. lives across the street from me here, and we just watched movies, ordered pizza and shawarmas, and watched friends getting smoked at cards. It was all good. We finished the evening watching a homespun snowboarding video from the “Wildcats” team – that was interesting… some of it was a little outside my usual taste in movies, but the snowboard tricks were pretty wicked. r0xx0r.

Saturday we had Misagh (aka Mees) over for dinner, to the tune of phat chicken rotini and cheesecake. We chilled, talked about our experiences pioneering and doing periods of service for the Baha’i Faith, life in Zambia, and just simply conversed the whole evening. It’s amazing how similar are the stories of people who’ve done periods of service, whether in Africa, Nunavut, or Quebec. The time one spends in service is always a time of great tests and difficulties, of frustrations and pain, but invariably it’s also sublime, spiritual, invigorating and transformative. Perhaps these blessings are something we bring with us into worlds to come?

Anyway, apparently Vafa had some sort of bad movie marathon at his place that night, but we elected not to go (having myself developed a fatal allergy to the movie Starship Troopers long ago). I’m sure it was just fantastic.

Sunday, Aref and a few other people gathered at his place to wish Aram and Natalia a happy engagement. Oh yeah, in case you didn’t know, Aram and Natalia are getting married. Welcome to the 21st century.

Today, I slept in until 2 o’clock in the afternoon, because I could. It’s Easter Monday. Jesus rose from the dead so that we could stay in bed. Holla back.

Okay, I apologize if I’ve just offended the entire Internet.

This week promises to be nice and busy. Meetings basically all week, culminating in a phat day of youth activities on Saturday. I’ll post more about Saturday’s activities later on in the week, so you can know just what’s going down. Peace.

martin’s quest to throw good parties

so I’m spending the night with Martin who seems to have a gift for making things sexual. he’s lying here in his bed with a couple of young women in the dark. afshun is leaving for the airport soon. it’s 2 AM and he’s all hepped up on pepsi and chee-tos. his flight is at 6:30 AM. he’s calling his ex-roommate and ex-landlord. he woke them up in the middle of the night to tell them stories. who’s eating the lollipop? martin has glowing christmas lights running along the bottom of his wall. it’s like virginia wolff. I like cheese. it’s 2 AM.

grey christmas and radiant heart

it’s been raining in Ottawa since I got here, and all the snow has disappeared, except for small patches that are impossible to go sledding on. the temperature just seems to want to stay above zero. oh well… it happens. if I wanted snow I guess I could have stayed at home in Drummondville. but hey, I came to Ottawa to relax and be with my friends. I guess I could say, rediscover my friends — it’s been six months since I’ve seen them all in the flesh. I’ve had the chance to meet up with a lot of people who I haven’t seen in a long while, too. I’m real grateful for that! Yesterday evening I got the chance to have dinner with Phil and René Allard (and several other youth of course). what a bunch of great guys. lol. René lives in Montreal, tho I seem to show up in MTL so infrequently these days that we had to wait to come to Ottawa to meet up. oh well. after that, we stopped by Ayafor’s place at Lees and were witness to a couple of games of roake/shalem. aya is doing well; he moved across the street from the old apartment in the Citadel and is living with his cousin, working on his Masters’ right now. he still has that old tribble (little brown fuzzy thing) that I left behind when I moved out two years ago. that’s funny. I got real tired last night tho and couldn’t stick around as long as I would have liked to. that was a bummer. oh well – hopefully we’ll have more chances to hang out together. the 19-day feast is tonight, and it’s a city-wide feast. those are always wonderful 🙂 then on wednesday (31st) there’s a CARDevotional going on at Martin’s place. that should be quite interesting. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how it goes — it’s apparently been quite successful, and it might be something we can take back to other areas.

I’m glad to be back. I’m glad to have this time to reflect and think about the good things around me and all the friends I’ve been blessed with. I’m thinking a lot about my future too. Many things have changed in my life in such a short span of time. that makes me even gladder to have the friends I have. It also makes me all the gladder to be Bahá’í. There is so much love, support and fellowship among the Bahá’ís. I’ve never regretted my decision to embrace Bahá’u’lláh’s Faith. I only hope and pray that I may be given strength and steadfastness to fulfill God’s will for my life.

Pray for the study circle of Ruhi Book 3 that’s started today in Victoriaville. The community there has taken such great leaps and bounds in the past few years and has gone through so many severe tests and trials. they will undoubtedly continue to receive untold blessings in the years to come. May God continually shower them with all of His love.

bummer

yo. well we wanted to get some winter sports down but it doesn’t look like there’s much winter left. oh well. watch this space. why? i don’t know, just watch it. if you’re like me and there’s not whole lot on tv that you find interesting this christmas, then why not visit the following inspiring and hilarious websites, created by the Baha’i youth of the Ottawa area?

  • Martinsquest.com– Martin’s quest to be the phattest punk on the net.
  • Vafa.tk– Vafa’s quest to… well… put up lots of photos.
  • CARDevotional.tk – The heavily publicized (and not recently updated) CARDevotional site.

Well, dinner’s up soon. hey I got a World Community Cookbook from Tamara, for Christmas (or my birthday – whichever). They look like pretty simple and nice recipes from all over the world. There’re lots of vegetarian recipes in it, and meaty recipes too.

I’m glad to be here, to be taking some time with my family and friends – some time that really counts. Heh. Vafa and I just played some Solitaire Showdown and he beat me by one point. Bah! Well maybe if we get the chance to go out tonight with Martin and co. to play some cards I can trounce him. MUAHAHA VENGEANCE!

Lesson of the day: Lâcher prise.