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Today is Valentine’s day and I thought it would be appropriate I share a very interesting piece from my favourite author Paulo Coelho. Incidentally this piece is from the book “The Alchemist” a book which I dare say changed my perception of life and made me realize that “one’s destiny is a person’s only real obligation”.

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, is a piece of literary Red Bull that gave me personally enough energy to keep pushing me when there were times when I was ready to say “screw it”, “fuck it”, “I had enough”, and start looking at my life more meaningfully. I don’t want to say anything new about the book but believe me this book has awesomely inspiring power for anyone who is trying to carve their own road. Totally amazing. If you haven’t read it, you should go read it. I guarantee you this book will invoke an unattached, unmoved reaction. For me this book has always been a beacon of support and motivation as I begin my own strange journey with nothing in hand but a dream from destiny, and believe me, I found my treasure in the most unexpected place.

Here comes Paulo’s Valentine’s Day piece…

My heart is afraid to suffer”

by Paulo Coelho on February 13, 2012

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?” the boy asked, when they had made camp that day.

“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.”

“But my heart is agitated,” the boy said. “It has its dreams, it gets emotional, and it’s become passionate over a woman of the desert. It asks things of me, and it keeps me from sleeping many nights, when I’m thinking about her.”

“Well, that’s good. Your heart is alive. Keep listening to what it has to say.”

“My heart is a traitor,” the boy said to the alchemist, when they had paused to rest the horses. “It doesn’t want me to go on.”

“That makes sense. Naturally it’s afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”

“Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?”

“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. ”

“You mean I should listen, even if it’s treasonous?”

“Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly. If you know your heart well, it will never be able to do that to you. Because you’ll know its dreams and wishes, and will know how to deal with them.

“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

From “The Alchemist”

Anifah Aman the Minister of Foreign Affairs had a heat bypass surgery last month in Singapore. It seems he had three blocks in the coronary arteries, and the surgery when well and he is now recuperating. I wish Anifah a speedy recovery.

I hear also Prime Minister Najib Razak is getting ready to announce a cabinet reshuffle in a couple of weeks time as part of an ongoing mid-term review of the governance of the ruling Barisan National. Najib is aiming to boost the flagging popularity of the Barisan National since march 2008 by dropping some deadwood cabinet ministers who’s been around since Mahathir. Also the recent election victory in Hulu Selangor is indication that BN is bouncing back and Najib thinks a cabinet reshuffle will further strengthen his leadership.

My sources, who are politically close to the Prime Minister, said three ministers would be moved initially in the reshuffle but that the plan was that up to four ministers, eventually, would be transferred or dropped from the Cabinet.

Anifah Aman the Minister of Foreign Affairs is on the top of the list to be dropped. The talk is Anifah is not up to the job. In particular, his dealings with the press. The most recent example is the famous “shooting from the hips” by Anifah when he admitted in a joint press conference in Washington together with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the credibility problem faced by our Prime Minister, Najib Razak in regards to the Mongolian Aminah@Altantuya Shaariibuu C4 murder case. Anifah brought out the issue of Altantuya although he was not asked about it by journalist covering the press conference. See here. It is a major gaffe that could be the result of fatigue, but it was an embarrassment to both Najib and Rosmah. This prompted Rosmah and some of the “4th Floor Boys” to suggest that Anifah be kept from the press to prevent him from saying too much and having to backtrack. That’s why after the US trip Anifah just disappeared from the radar screen. Even recent overseas trips, Najib was not accompanied by the Foreign Minister.

Frankly speaking to me a reshuffle or not is not going to make any difference. If you ask me there is nothing to shuffle. The only portfolios Najib Razak and his bunch of cabinet jokers have proven themselves fit for are posts like minister of arrogance, minister of incompetence, minister of non-performance, minister of corruption, minister of squander-mania, minister of murder, minister of ketuanan melayu, minister of pornography and similar areas where these attributes are their only strengths.

For me if Najib Razak is really serious about saving Malaysia the first thing he has to do is to fire all the jokers in cabinet and then fire himself. After that Najib could inform the Agong and call an election so that the people could choose some serious representatives who would be capable of serving their true interests and needs and try to salvage what is left of the broken country before it reaches failed state status.

You see the people are fed up with BN and its antics and are demanding change and they want it like of yesterday. They can’t wait for another two years and are running out of patience and tolerance. So why not just call for a snap General Elections?

I picked up this picture from Zorro-unmasked
which I want to share with all.

They say ‘A picture speaks a thousand words.’ We have all heard this saying, more than once, I would imagine. But consider for a moment how very true this statement really is.

This picture can tell you so many things. And in Malaysia, this is true even more so when racist, bigots and fanatics who fan hatred amongst the population just to stay in power spread lies to break the unity of All The Clear Thinking Malaysians. But Malaysians are not at all like that. Just look at this picture and it will say it all. An Indian Kid leading a Chinese Old man home after they had collected their lunch. Our diversity has endless potential and the man in the street knows that and even a kid knows that.

There are people who care. These individuals don’t give a damn to the racist UMNO who constantly try to break the spirit of Malaysians by their racial discriminatory policies. We have many with Humanitarian Hearts and I’m so proud of this.There are good and bad people of every “race” and ethnicity, and that’s a fact. Only UMNO/BN politicians cannot see this.

Well done Bernard for showing the world that love and compassion and unity is still very much alive in Malaysia although UMNO the pillar of our Federal Government practices its own kind of apartheid to break the unity of our people which is not the value-system our forebears bequeathed us.

1Malaysia – Happy New Year!

This is specially for all those nut eating addicts including myself. Hear this….

A daily dose of nuts-walnuts, almonds, pistachios- can make up for a heart-healthy diet, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

Most nuts contain some nutrients that can benefit heart health and help with cholesterol control. They include unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, 1-arginine and plant sterols. Nuts have been shown to reduce low-density lipoproteins (LDL, or “bad” cholesterol) levels in the blood.

Eating nuts also can reduce the risk of developing blood clots and improve the health of the lining of the arteries. The above benefits suggest that eating nuts, in limited amounts, may reduce the risk of heart disease, though studies haven’t yet proved this conclusively.

Almost any type of nut is nutritious – and high in calories. It is best to eat nuts in moderation, no more than a handful a day. Also, choose unsalted or low-salt versions and use nuts as a substitute for saturated fats, such as those found in meats, eggs and dairy products.

The study has been published in the latest issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s Health Source.