Little girl in Mahshahr, Khouzestan. Photo by Soudeh Rad, from Iranian.com.
I was busy with projects and reflections this past week. I feel I'm good to go now! Tomorrow I will return to work, ready to work hard on a list of priorites which emerged during my reflections of last week.
You know, when we are healthy, when we belong to a loving family and a circle of good friends, when we have the means to earn and sustain a decent living, when we are able to participate in rewarding cultural and social pastimes, and when our outlook on life is hopeful and positive, we have all that we need. I took stock of all of that personal prosperity this week. I don't need things, and I don't have wishes for luxuries in life, not anymore. I have all that I need. I only need to plan and do whatever it takes to sustain and keep the many wonderful things that I already have in my posession. There was a time when I had money and a posh lifestyle, but I left it behind in pursuit of true and meaningful assets in life. This week I realized again that I am rich without money, and prosperous without wealth. I turn a new leaf a rich woman.


Tameshk said...

Nazy Joonam
Thanks; I really needed to read this post of yours today!

I read your posts everyday especially when I need a push to get back to my life and appreciate it as it is; Your posts are my daily dose of Vitamin Hope

Noonoosh said...

I cant agree with you more , absoloutly right ... Now I am gratefull of what I have and try to enjoy it in the best possible way

مسعود said...

سلام نازی خانم
Do what you want,be what you are
اینرا لابد شنیده ای.امروز این بیت را از شاعر ولزی :والدو ویلیامز خواندم:
What is staying alive? To possess
A great hall inside of a cell.
مترجم انگلیسی نوشته بود این ظاهرا تناقض است ولی شاعر به ما می گوید اگر قانع باشید می توانید حتی توی یک شکاف احساس راحتی بکنید

نیما said...

اگر مرگ را ارزشی بیشتر از این باشد,
حاشا, حاشا, که هرگز از مرگ هراسیده باشم

Daisy said...

Salam Nazy jon,

It was kinda weird not having you around for a couple of days. I'm happy you're back and full of positive energy as usual. Hope you always feel rich :)

آدم گلابی said...

i agree with Tameshk! i liked the "daily dose of vitamin hope!" and i was just thinking that you have it inside you more than you have it around you, you are richer inside...

يكي مثه همه said...

dear Nazy
lets enjoy each second of our life
its a real treasure...
our life is a real gift to enjoy and have fun, thats the only reason.
take care

nasim said...

Dear Nazy,

Good to hear that you are good and everything is going well. I am happy your medical test was ok. I have been very busy and have not had the chance to read your blog. So I caught up with some of your recent posts tonight. Congrads for your son's addmition to Santa Cruz!! it is a great school. do you like to go for a coffee or grab a lunch together sometime? I would love to see you.

Anonymous said...

سلام نازی آمدم که این را اینجا نوشته باشم


شيرين ترين آواز چيست ؟
چشم غمگينش به رويم خيره ماند
قطره قطره اشكش از مژگان چكيد
لرزه افتادش به گيسوي بلند
زير لب غمناك خواند
ناله زنجيرها بر دست من
آنگه كه از هم بگسلند
خنده تلخي به لب آورد و گفت
آرزويي دلكش است اما دريغ
بخت شورم ره برين اميد بست
و آن طلايي زورق خورشيد را
صخره هاي ساحل مغرب شكست
من به خود لرزيدن از دردي كه تلخ
در دل من با دل او مي گريست
بنگر در اين درياي كور
چشم هر اختر چراغ زورقي ست
سر به سوي آسمان برداشت گفت
چشم هر اختر چراغ زورقي ست
ليكن اين شب نيز دريايي ست ژرف
اي دريغا شد روان!‌ كز نيمه راه
مي كشد افسون شب در خواب شان
فانوس ماه
مي دهد از چشم بيداري نشان
اما در شبي اين گونه گنگ
هيچ آوايي نمي آيد به گوش
اما دل من مي تپد
گوش كن اينك صداي پاي دوست
اي افسوس در اين دام مرگ
باز صيد تازه اي را مي برند
اين صداي پاي اوست
گريه اي افتاد در من بي امان
در ميان اشك ها پرسيدمش
خوش ترين لبخند چيست؟
شعله اي در چشم تاريكش شكفت
جوش خون در گونهاش آتش فشاند
لبخندي كه عشق سربلند
وقت مردن بر لب مردان نشاند
من ز جا برخاستم

The best;

ghalbe khoshbakht said...

I really agree with tameshk,your posts are my dose of vitamine hope too!

NeghNeghoo said...

What a wonderfull standpoint, what a prosperous life. God bless you.

Nazy said...

Tameshk Joonam:

I miss you so much! Thanks for coming to visit. Heeh, and I come to get hope from you my brilliant friend! I guess it didn't work out to come visit us in April. I hope all is going well with you and Hossein and your move to Austin. Please keep in touch. All my love.

Nazy said...

Salam Noonoosh Jan:

Thanks so much for coming. I'm sorry I have been so tardy in replying to your kind comments. Life has been keeping me on my toes!

I hope you and your wonderful family are well. I came and visited your blogs today. You write in both Farsi and in English, that's really cool! Come back again soon.

Nazy said...

Salam Bar Masoud-e-Aziz:

That is so interesting! In fact recently I was watching Abbas Kiarostami in an interview. He was talking about dreaming. One thing he said was so profound, about human mind and dreaming. He said when a man is put in a prison cell, he can dream and in his dreams, he can go anywhere he wants to go, and nobody can stop him, control, or contain him. That sounded so similar to what you quoted from Williams! Take a look at that clip here, if you can get to YouTube:


Thank you so much for being such a loyal reader, Masoud Jan. I am grateful to you for your kindness and your friendship.

Nazy said...

Salam Bar Nima-ye Azizam:

Thanks so much for coming to visit my friend. Thank you so much for that thought-provoking comment. You are so thoughtful. I hope you are enjoying your Tehran spring. How I miss it!

Nazy said...

Salam Daisy Joon-e-Ba-Vafa:

Thanks so much for coming to visit. I have been trying to get back into the groove of things again. I had a major project which took a lot of energy out of me. It's finished and I'm recovering now! I am addicted to writing daily, and I will try harder to get organized again.

Please come back again soon my wonderful young friend.

Nazy said...

Salam Golabi Jan:

Now, that is a BIG compliment coming out of you! Thank you. Heeh, I'm at a stage in my life where things are making a lot more sense to me than they ever did when I was younger, that's all!

Do come back and visit, for I have missed you. Don't forget that dream interpretation you promised!

Nazy said...

Salam Halat Jan:

I'm so glad to see that you have found the time to come back! I missed you very much.

Thank you for your good advice. I'll remember it!

Nazy said...

Nasim, Nasim!

I have missed you so much. I thought you had given up on me! Please call me tomorrow morning and we will set the time. I really want to see you, too! We need to catch up!

Nazy said...

Salam Bar Soshiyans-e Aziz!

What a beautiful poem by Houshang Ebtehaj! It's really a wonderful poem and it made me so happy to see it in your comment.

گوش كن اينك صداي پاي دوست

I have missed you my friend! Come back and visit again soon.

Nazy said...

Saeedeh Jan, Khanoomi!

Salam. Thank you for your kind comment. How are you? How is life in Wales? I hope you are not too homesick and that life is going well for you and your husband. You and my other wonderful readers are my Vitamin Hope! Be good and come back again soon.

Nazy said...

Negh Neghoo Jan:

Sharmandeh mifarmayeed! You, yourself, are the one continually full of hope and a positive approach to life! Thank you so much for not giving up on me and for coming back. I am hoping to have more time to visit my friends now and to become a better friend. Thanks again.

Assal said...

Tameshk said it well enough for the rest of us:

"Your posts are my daily dose of Vitamin Hope"

It's true!!


nasim said...

Nazy joon,

Seems you have changed your phone number. I emailed you this morning. let me know if you received it. cannot wait to see you.