At dinner tonight, S asked Mummyji the meaning of "thought-provoking"...
hmmm, coincidentally enough, there've been a couple of thought-provoking quotes which have been bugging mummyji for the past week, other than thoughts of lights, water-features, mirrors, bedsheets etc.
Last week, Mummyji read an article in which the author describes how difficult it was to "love thy neighbour", and had quoted Bono, "to love thy neighbour is not a suggestion, it is a commandment." It struck Mummyji deeply as she'd been thinking of how impatient she really is with many fellow humans.
Mummyji really tried, with God as her witness, during the week to love the people around. Man, it's really tough!
If you knew Mummyji, you'll know she gets really upset with moronic drivers, especially those who hog the right lane, take their own sweet time in switching lanes after indicating for ages, then cut into the lane when Mummyji decides to overtake.... well, these were the very people Mummyji tried to love. Actually Mummyji just tried not to get angry with them, which was difficult enough. And then, there were those extremely idiotic ones who push their way into the lift even before Mummyji has a chance to move out. You would have thought there was a free buffet in there which closes in a minute... Mummyji tried to forgive them for their crude behaviour and blindness. That too, was a mighty struggle.
Then, today, Mummyji finally uncovered a couple of journals on her desk hidden beneath piles of papers and scantily browsed through them (deadline for passing them on to other colleagues almost due). In one of them was a thought-provoking quote (what else?) by George Bernard Shaw. Not exactly verbatim, but it goes something like, "to hate someone is not evil. It is indifference that is the true evil. To not care about a fellow human is truly evil"... or something to that effect.
Well.... as has been said afore, Mummyji gets really uptight and freaked by many fellow humans, so that probably constitutes caring-Mummyji cares that people do not care, and that is why she gets upset... Does that make sense?
Or are you like Z, who put it very succinctly just now, with a raised eyebrow, "Hey? Whacha mean?"
for Mummyji's answer to S's question was, "that which causes one to ponder"... which got the babes pondering...;p
And so, Mummyji'll keep reminding herself (or is it the Guardian Angel at work here?) to love her neighbour. Yes, even the fat boy next door who bangs on the electric organ late at night with his rendition of "Yellow polka dotted bikini". Not gonna miss him though, when we move!
Right now, Mummyji has another challenging thought to ponder over... destination for our june vacation!
and here's something for you to ponder over. It was taken from a window sign in the Stone Forest Hotel in Kunming, China.