Friday, March 15, 2019

Truckers: the unsung heroes on our roads

Photo of a loaded Bhutanese truck. Image source: Google

As the world below disappears into a miasma of fog and darkness, the driver slows down his truck and decides to stop for the night. He parks his fully loaded truck on the edge of the road and asks his assistant to start preparing dinner. His assistant takes out an old kerosene stove, lights it up and cooks a simple meal for dinner. Once the food is ready, they have it together and after cleaning up the mess, they climb back to the cabin of the truck to sleep. They get up early in the morning the next day and continue their journey. Such was the life of truck drivers when I was a young boy and I think they will have the same stories to share even today. They have no time for their families and friends. They spend almost their entire life on the road, hauling goods from one place to another.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

A true love never dies, as this video shows

Life is just like a dream. We won’t know when we would be jolted awake to face the ultimate fate. Today, we find ourselves enjoying our life to the fullest, always laughing and smiling, but the bitter truth is that nothing is permanent in the world. No matter who we are and where we are, death is inevitable in life. It is a natural phenomenon we all must go through someday but when you know that your days are numbered, dealing with your impending death would definitely be a different experience. It is said that at this juncture, we realize who our real friends are and what matters to us. This is the story of a man who has immortalized his love for his beautiful daughter and wife after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The positive and negative energy that charge our mind

The meaning of our life is defined by how we look at things around us, not by the kind of world we live in. Even the hell can be a better place if we can find beauty in what we see. But if we let our negative thoughts overshadow our mind, we cannot find peace even in heaven. The inner happiness that lights up our life is basically determined by how positive we are. If we cannot recognize and sift the negative energy out of our mind, we will never be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel when we get caught up in a mess. Only those who have the heart to see beauty in things around them can understand what it means to be optimistic and positive in life. If we always focus at the darker side of what we see, we cannot find the strength to overcome challenges and move on. For a positive person, even a crisis will have a silver lining. But for someone with a negative attitude, it is the end of everything. A pessimistic mind filled with negative energy can never lift you up from the mess once you have fallen down.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Plastic pollution, one of the biggest environmental concerns of our time

The recent decision of the government to reinforce the ban on plastic bags has triggered some interesting debates on social media. Many people still believe that plastic pollution can be addressed better through public education, not through policies or levies. But the experiences that we have got over the past 20 years tell us that these two should go together. When the ban on plastic bags was first introduced in 1999, there was no enough public awareness on the harmful effects of plastic wastes. As a result, the single-use plastic bags and other plastic products continued to appear in the market and litter our natural environment: polluting our soil, air and water. Of course, there was a time when we started getting Doma, meat and some other products wrapped in newspapers but with no proper public education and monitoring system in place, this initiative could not last long. Today, most of us are aware of the adverse impact of plastic wastes on our environment and health, but with no active policy in place, we have become complacent over the years.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A tribute to my precious Guru, Lama Singye

My dear Lama, you have been my real source of light
For, you have shown me a path, so tranquil and bright;
I have until now wasted so many precious years in the dark,
But now I can’t thank you enough for igniting in me a magical spark.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Reflecting on the meaning of life as I embark on another level of spiritual journey

Group photo with Lama

It was a good coincidence this time that my New Year began with a special spiritual retreat which enlightened me on many aspects of human life. Administered by my own Root Lama, the sacred teachings and the subsequent meditations opened a new horizon for my spiritual journey. For the first time in my life, I could see a light that could ultimately guide me to my grave and beyond. I deeply regret that I have already wasted 38 years of my precious life, lost in the whimsies and fancies of the materialistic world. But now that I have received the most special teachings from my Lama, I shall try my best to make the remaining part of my life more meaningful than before.

Monday, December 17, 2018

The significance of our National Day

111 years have passed since Bhutan emerged out of the dark shade of its history and embarked on a new political journey. The enthronement of Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck as the first hereditary monarch of Bhutan on 17th December 1907 sealed off an era of political turmoil and civil wars, and opened a new chapter in the history of modern Bhutan. Since then, we have been enjoying uninterrupted peace and harmony under the leadership of our visionary kings. Today, we have a nation in our hands which we can hand over to our children as proudly as we have inherited it from our forefathers. As the people of Bhutan are celebrating the 111th National Day today throughout the country with the main event being held in Samtse to commemorate that historic moment, it is time for us to revisit our past and pay respect to our beloved kings who have successfully guided our nation through some of the most critical junctures of its history and transformed our lives. Had it not been for their selfless contributions and wise leadership, we could not have reached where we are today.