Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lessons from Sports Day!

With nation struggling to look for peace, unity and discipline I believe this can be one of the most learned experience for any individual who was attending this event. Surely one of the memorable events for me, I was attending the sports day of my 9 year old child at Habib Girls School. It started off dot on time, and though initially I felt like sitting bored, but very soon I felt the time machine working on me, getting me back to my school days. Soon the event started off and it was simply amazing to see such a presentation from these kids.
It started off with the national anthem, and we were asked to rise on this occasion. The rise was random and it seemed that few people found difficult to give such pride to the anthem. It started off with great enthusiasm but only from the kids. Most of the parents were struggling with the right recitation that was surely a sign of pity for us. If one can call back the words of our national anthem and its meanings then these are simply amazing. It has really great depth. The first line says “Blessed be the sacred land” and it ends with “Symbol of Almighty’s protection”. And between these two lines, all praises for such united, disciplined and brotherly nation. I wished we can invent a device to transfer true meaning of our anthem into our brains and hearts forever.
Qirat of Surah-e-Fatiha both in Arabic and English was then performed. The English version really made me realized if we really seek for such mercy and guidance from Allah 5 time a day. And still it never seems to work on us; surely a sign of dooms day.
The initial parade and drum presentation were simply amazing. The effort of two months of practice was really showing off in the form of huge applauds that student’s received after this part. The timing and synchronization was excellent. I thought if we as a nation can be so synchronized in our thoughts, then we can really change the complete outlook of this nation.
It was then the ground presentation and kids ranging from 9-11 years displayed a unique show of aligning into different shapes. The first one was of unity, being the theme of the day. Second it was school’s name, and then it was a smiley face to greet and face all the difficulties with smile. Last presentation was stopping one at red light of traffic signal; the message being that we at school teach children where to stop and where to sprint in this road of life. It was simply an amazing exhibition of basic level concepts with such simplicity.
The sprint, relay and skipping races then started and it was a real display of true spirit and enthusiasm from kids. In sack and skipping race I can see children falling down on the ground, gathering themselves again, running again, and struggling hard to cross the finish line. It was really a good lesson for us as adults. There are only three persons whom can come first second and third, but all that matters for others was getting to the finish line. And we never want to get to the finish line, until we are one of the three people.
The end was very unique and an expected one. Just when the last speech was started by the special guest, people started leaving there seats, creating a complete commotion on the ground. Ah! That was expected.
I really hope that we as adults go back in past, and extract some basics learning methods, that can help us in serving a much better individual, contributing positively for our dear homeland.
Godspeed Pakistan! 

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