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The weekend is nearing an end so last minute reflections are being made before I head into a new week. Since I’m studying for the GRE, here are some thoughts in concert with fancy words:
1. The death toll numbers in Gaza are beyond lugubrious, yet the scope of knowledge required to truly understand every facet of the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict is absolutely gargantuan and can’t be summed up in a couple of paragraphs. Because this crisis is so complex and not an easily divided topic, I dare not form a solid opinion until I know my facts. For the time being, I stay away from knee-jerk emotional responses pertaining to this faction, but I do desperately pray for all the souls that are hurting and who may not know peace for a prolonged time to come. I’m fortunate to be able to enjoy quiet moments in the solitude of my brightly lit room as I read the news from afar. This, however, does not mean I’m void of responsibility. I can’t turn a cheek to what’s going on any longer and I’m determined to get a better understanding of this complicated humanitarian crisis. Here’s a good place to start: Where is Palestine?
2. In order to ameliorate the way I manage my time and energy, I have to seriously consider what the most important commitments in my life are right now. They are:
- Studying for the GRE
- Preparing diligently for the grad school application process
- Launching a blog to propel my deep interests in journalism, public health, and fashion forward
- Becoming leaner and stronger by working out at the gym every day after work
- My Board responsibilities (NAPAWF, APHA)
- Cultivating a deeper and lifelong relationship with God
3. Today’s sermon was on a timely and relevant topic—envy. Given that DC is made up of restless and ambitious people and I’m a restless and ambitious person, I was revitalized after hearing hopeful words. My gosh how ‘comparison kills joy’ and fixating on the lives of others is a gratuitous pursuit. We are each unique and have valuable lives, lest we forget the abundance and sufficiency we already have.
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