The Fast ... and Furious ...


Things seem to be getting faster, swifter and more quicker ... agreed, all of those words tend to mean similar things, yet i can't help mouth these words given the way things are shaping up ! Oh well, i'm referring to the practice of singing Christmas carols. Usually around Christmas day, a bunch of youngsters (generally members of the choir) from our Church tend to troop in to each house and sing carols. Nothing out of the ordinary here, just that the carol session at my house this time around, set me thinking about the way things seem to be getting mindlessly fast ! For instance, recently, one evening when I was standing outside my house admiring the peace and quiet, out of the blue, i heard the roar of nearly a half-dozen motorcycles and soon enough a bunch of motorcycles and couple of cars screeched to a halt right in front of me. Even before the dust had settled, a bunch of teenagers stormed into the house and sang a few carols in quick succession and without pausing to even breathe!, they left at the same speed at which they arrived. It was not until a few moments later that i realized that it was our Church choir that was visiting all the member houses and trying to spread some good cheer, all at warp speed!

I'm amazed at the way times have changed ! I remember how a few years ago, I used to participate in these carol sessions ... we would start singing practice several weeks prior to Christmas and during the Xmas season, we'd visit almost all of the member houses over a period of about a week, there were many members whose houses we needed to cover ... yet we planned our visits to ensure we spent a little time at each house, sang whole-heartedly, interacted with the members of the household & involved them in the session, wished everyone good cheer and partook of the treats that were offered (cakes, pastries and some piping hot coffee ! ... our visits were generally during late evening / mid-night times and we needed to keep warm) ... although we had to visit many houses, we did'nt go about scurrying like scared mice ... anyways, just a few years have passed and we seem to have already become too busy to even pause a while to truly spread some cheer ! Anyways, here's wishing everyone the season's choicest and best ... have a great time.

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."


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