ruhi 2 study circle in victoriaville

you’re now reading the blog of one of the new members of the administrative council of the Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi Drummond. Pretty cool, huh? they had a meeting of the general assembly (or however that’s supposed to be used in a sentence) tonight, and I suddenly realized that they’re all a bunch of very strange people. well, perhaps I should say that they have pretty refreshing senses of humor. it’s the first general assembly meeting I’ve been to where we were given little paper umbrellas, had to duck every five minutes, and got to practice our golfing skills. I think I’ll leave my description at that for now and let you all wonder about the rest.

We had another edition of the infamous Ruhi 2 study circle in Victoriaville last night, which, as usual, was plenty of laughs, deep thought, and throwing around a stuffed pelican. Last night we went through the infamous “positive-negative” exercise, where we all joined in a free-for-all of alternately complaining and being optimistic. Man it just blows my mind how these study circles can be fun and yet we LEARN SO MUCH. I don’t know what we’re doing to have it turn out so good but it’s the most fun I’ve ever had. It’s infamous!

I got to see Geneviève and Craig’s new house. They now live in the Arthabaska sector of Victoriaville — the southern one, closest to the mountain. Man is their place beautiful. They have an amazing view. They’re right up there nestled in the hills. Craig kept telling me how he would wake up in the morning and feel like he was in a holiday home. And the house itself is, well, wow. It’s really ideal. big, open, spacious, welcoming, everything a Bahá’í home should be.

Over the weekend I participated in a Ruhi Book 7 study circle in Montreal. That was another pure joy. Actually it was the first time amongst all the study circles that I’ve done that we were stirring up so much trouble and acting so goofy. But still we got all our work done! man I love these people. Oh, and Mom, Dad and Catherine came down from Ottawa to meet me while I was there, and Mom brought me this really gorgeous table with a design in it that she etched herself. I’ll take photos and put them up here.

I love study circles. They’re not like anything I’ve ever experienced before. It’s a circle of people who forge bonds between them, study the sacred Writings of the Bahá’í Faith, and share their understanding of them freely, openly, without any sort of pressure or censure. People just open up, and we just deepen our understanding and learn the most amazing things from this sharing. Where else in this world can we have an experience like this?

If you’d like to take part in a study circle in your area, send me a comment using the link on the sidebar of this page.

And in one last note: More pictures are up from the Montreal Bahá’í Youth Conference! There’s a set from Payam and a set from Martin. Go check ’em out!

life is a beautiful poem

Hi everybody. Baha’i youth from all over North America just lived through the amazing experience of the Montreal Baha’i Youth Conference. I was blessed to be a part of the organizing committee for the conference. I was actively involved in the preparation for the conference and even more actively involved in running the show during the entire weekend. I am exhausted and quite happy to have lived this experience. It is just marvelous to me to consider how someone like me who struggles to believe in his own nobility and worth could be so blessed and so confirmed. God just keeps on blessing me. I can’t figure it out. I guess I don’t need to… all I need to do is offer praise. Thanks, God.

First was the opportunity to serve in a capacity that’s familiar to me. I served, and every minute was a joy for me. Even the minutes when I fumed or groaned were joyful. If I were to do it all over again and change only one thing, I would make a point of praying more and dedicating this service to God.

Second was the love, fellowship, and unity I experienced with the youth on the organizing committee. These are truly people I can call my friends. It’s the first time this has happened quite like this, that I’ve suddenly made friends through service. I needed that. I’ve needed that for a long time.

Third was the sense of accomplishment, that even though things were hanging together by a shoestring, we pulled through and gave an excellent conference and an excellent show. People loved it. Things worked out. There were no major goof-ups. It was a success. It feels good to be able to say that.

What have I learned?

I am a lovable and capable servant of God. God gave me this conference as a gift, as a token of his unconditional love for me. And man… if God believes in me so much, what right have I not to?

ok, enough of that. now go see the photos!

let’s get ready to rumble


(Translated: see you at the conference!)

job situation looking up

hello all you friends and family and good people who are interested in my simple life. Here’s an update from my side of the street. I had my first day of work in Drummondville on Thursday the 8th; it was just a short little contract, for an arpenteur-géomètre (i.e. a surveyor) who needed someone to install some network cards and get his network up and running. but it was work, and I was real happy to get it. I’ve been hanging around the Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi since the job search club ended, and it seems to have paid off — one of the people who works there knows someone who might have another contract for me, this time to put together a database with Microsoft Access, and for 4 to 6 weeks no less. So things are definitely looking up.

On the bleah side, I was sick yesterday… some sort of stomach bug. I had to postpone my visit to Défi-Emploi Drummond to today because I was getting some serious runs and dizziness and stuff. It’s much better today. I drank lots of fluids, mom. Lemon and honey in hot water. 😉

Lots more people in Drummondville know me now than when I first came here. I think I’m doing much better than when I came to Victoriaville. I’ve got the hang of this stuff now. By the grace of God, I’ll find something interesting (at good pay).

Things are heating up for the Montreal Bahá’í Youth Conference. Only 6 more days! we’re booked at 96% capacity! Reserve your spot now, don’t be left out!

the killer québécois diet

Oh, the things I’ve started eating since coming to Québec. I just finished eating a nice big slice of sugar pie. Aaahhhhh refined sugar and dairy products. Then there’s the poutine. No, I haven’t managed to cut that out of my diet. Even though I usually regret it every time I eat it… it’s just too deliiiiiciouuuuuus. Then there’s the cheese. Unaged, firm cheese. It squeaks in your mouth. Like cheese curds! When I came here I thought cheese curds were gross. But now I love ’em. Then there’s other things that I don’t eat, but are just too notable to overlook: cretons (basically a rough pork pâté, I think), backbacon, barbecue chicken, tourtière, and many other things that don’t immediately come to mind. Oh the artery-hardening goodness!


montreal montreal

coming to you live tonight from the Shodjai home in Baie d’Urfé (well, ok, Montreal), and boy, this has gotta be the biggest place I’ve seen in my life! or maybe I’m just saying that because I live in a basement apartment. oy, people are honking outside. gotta go eat spaghetti. peace out