2009 was a particularly tough year for me. I’ve had so many challenges from so many areas I almost (only almost) feel sorry for myself.
I’ve had several crisis to deal with, including taking one of my parents to an emergency room, and several weeks later one of my children. And a few other nasty surprises I don’t feel comfortable talking about. I leave 2009 with my father in the Mayo Clinic undergoing treatment for something fairly serious.
But all in all, things are great. I have my health, and a happy, healthy family. Things could be a billion times worse (how’s that for impact? A billion, sounds like I’m nine years old). All I can say is alhamdulilah.
I had to work particularly hard this year. I’ve been working really hard since the age of 21 or 22. Basically, since I graduated and started working. Alas, I didn’t really know the meaning of hard work during my university years – or before.
And since I started being an entrepreneur, I’ve worked extra hard. But 2009 has been the busiest year of my life by far. There was so much to do, and so many crisis to deal with. Looking back I’m glad I made it through okay.
Everything Happens For a Reason
You’ve probably heard me say this once or twice (or if you’ve known me for long, dozens of times), and I believe it with every fibre of my being; everything happens for a reason. Life is not just some meaningless cascade of events. There’s a Master Plan. But remember YOU create your own master plan, which is part of a greater Grand Master Plan. And whatever you do, don’t have a victim mentality, that’s a sure-fire path to loserville, depression, disappointment etc.
Remember this also, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and boy did I get stronger this year! And maybe you did too. Here’s to more strength my friend!
Predictions for 2010
I’m delighted to report that every single one of my predictions from last year came true, and I have no doubt that they will again this year. Ready? Here goes:
1) Bahrain will not sink into the sea due to global warming:
At least not in 2010. I predict that sea levels will remain the same and that nothing much of interest will happen this year.
2) Parliament will pass at least 3 new laws in 2010:
Mark my words, at least three! You’ll remember me when it happens.
3) Robots and computers will become self-aware:
It’s time to kill your machine before it kills you! Scientitions say that 2010 is the year that robots and computers will become self-aware and will enslave us. Act now! Join the DreamBody Centre so that you are in good enough shape to run. I got rid of my Mac and wrote this blog post on a scroll using octopus ink and uploaded it via inter-dimensional fairy dust.
4) Dolphins will rise in anger due to the damage to their natural habitats:
As you are aware, as an island kingdom we have a tragic track record of maintaining our marine life. I predict that in 2010 a form of killer mutant dolphins will rise from the sea and enslave us (in alliance with the robots). Quick, join Zen-Do so you can learn how to defend yourself!
5) Intelligent life will be discovered in outer Bahrain:
I saw this in a dream, some form of intelligent life will be discovered. Or it might just be the aforementioned dolphins…
6) There will be a convergence of new technologies:
I sense that new technologies that allow instant communication between people via hand-held devices will emerge. This convergence will be called Communal Media and the devices will be called Clever Gizmos.
7) A horrible new disease will emerge:
It’s not bird flue, it’s not swine flue, get ready FOR YOUR WORSE NIGHTMARE! It’s DRAGON FLUE!!!! This virus has a 976,334 to 1 chance of striking you, and has such horrible symptoms as headaches, mild nausea and aggravated mouthitis! Mouthitis I tell you! You will have to take Tamiflu Extreme for 99 days and take 17.4 different vaccines just to be allowed to keep your passport. Schools will be closed for 106 days. Hurry join the DreamBody Centre to boost your immunity!
Well, considering how accurate my predictions were last year. I advise you to take these very seriously.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Have a wonderful New Year.
Talk to you soon.