Goals define us and journeys refine us
I’m stuck in a terrible traffic jam near Hebbal, nothing is moving and app of Google Maps is indicating a dreaded red route to my destination. I’ve to meet my friends in an hour but only time is ticking away, rest is all transfixed. I’m feeling so restless, I look around, the sky is growing darker. Only one thing before my eyes is inducing a serene effect on my mind and it is a sight of full Moon!
Splendour and shine may go away
Moon-the only natural satellite of earth and perhaps as old as earth; it has been fascinating us for millions of years. It engrosses the imagination of every person and each of us responds to its calling in different ways. Some people are interested in the Science behind it, some make it the theme of their artistic expressions, for some it’s the only hope to make a gloomy night less darker. Each phase of the moon is so charming to me especially the crescent one which brings the joy of Ramadan and Eid*. Whenever I look at the moon, usually I feel close to Home where I used to stargaze far off into the glittering sky. Nowadays, its glimpse makes me sing ‘Qamarun Qamarun’ Nasheed** non-stop. In the coming days, it’s going to remind me to start reading First Man which I’ll do someday soon.
Humility and compassion must stay
I wonder what Neil Armstrong would have felt after seeing the moon again from the earth🙄. His first words on landing: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind” celebrates the extent of technological advancement of Man in one line. After his demise, his family said: “For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty.
And the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong. And give him a wink.” Source
We often remember only a few names related to this astounding feat but let’s not forget the people who were associated with this mission and couldn’t make it to the end. Their contributions mattered the most as they lost lives to achieve this goal!
Be the Moon that makes even ‘Super’ feel envious
The other day, I was thinking what if one day we wake up or let me re-phrase go to sleep and find that there’s no moon. How will its absence affect the Nature? I had put forth this query to my learned friend but the answer is still awaited and I’m pretty sure she will eventually tell me to Google it😅Personally I like the moon more than the sun, just observe the gleam of moon, it kind of soothes your eyes, and look at the sun directly, it’s gonna bring tears, pain & probably some damage as well, if gaze is prolonged. But I can’t turn blind eye to the fact that the latter is so much vital for life and this is the source of illumination from which the moon derives its all praiseworthy features, ironically!
Anyway, I’m going outside, may be I’ll have another tryst with the moon. If you are lucky to spare two minutes, just put away your phone or laptop, get up and ‘Buzz’ off to find your Moon!
PS: We fondly call Moon ‘Zoon’ in Kashmiri and even use it as an attribute to describe someone beautiful. One more thing, observe the sun during Sunset or Sunrise, it won’t hurt then unlike when it’s at the pinnacle; so much similar to the Nature of Man!
* Ramadan is Fasting month followed by festival of Eid for Muslims
** Nasheed is a sort of Islamic poem or song and Qamar means Moon in Arabic