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Aug 16, 2008

Happy Independence Day!

What would your life be like in this country if you followed rules on the road, paid taxes and respected others? What if you charged your customers a just amount had price tags on all products and stopped ripping off a new customer? What if you didn’t have to fight each time with rickshaw driver for asking you 80 rupees for what you paid for 50 rupees yesterday? What if you stopped procrastinating, overcame your fears, and began taking care of your neighborhoods, stopped littering on the ground? Would your life be different? I bet it would!
What if you started taking responsibility for whatever happens to you? Certainly if you did take more responsibility, than there will be no government, no dictator, no system, and no other nation to blame.
To me it seems like we still have a chance in this country! We have a freedom of choice, we can exercise. A first step in any dramatic change is an obvious “dramatic personal change”. It has taken us 60+ years to be here today, and are you accepting to have that change you envision about Pakistan overnight? For those who think whole system is failed, than what are you doing to address it? Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. We were a minority in India. Been there, we have done that!

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”—Charles Darwin. That is the law of universe, in order for us to survive as a nation; we will have to change at very local level. I, you and people out on street will have to change. No leader, No governments, No foreign policy will change anything for us, the sooner we realize the better off we will be.

The Minar-e-Pakistan still stands, but, even more important, the goals, the guts, hard work and determination of the Pakistani people remain untouched. I, for one, have decided to get back to work; not just to a job, but to the work that I love, the kind of work that we all aspire to do. I just got up in the morning, and it felt terrific to reclaim my freedom to decide, to choose. I have all I need in this country, I have a heart, I have brain to decide what is good and what is bad, I have the willingness, determination and a burning desire. I'm going to invent things, start things, teach, and improve my Pakistan.

Why not start today living the way we want to see your nation? A year from now, we may wish we had started today. As long as we believe in the dream that is Pakistan, we win. Faith will be rewarded. You and people like me will have to insert the key ingredient PASSION.

Happy Independence Day! Pakistan Zindabaad!

signing off, yazi

*The post is couple days late thanks to some Internet issues at the last moment.

7 comments:

nadia said...

I agree, each one of us must take efforts to become a responsible citizen, and start making changes in ourselves.

Glad you got the internet back. It wasn't that bad. You're just a couple of days late for the Aug 14 post :D

Azaadi Mubarak Ho!

Kamran said...

happy independence day to you too yar! :)

Kamran said...

and i just read what you've written, realy nice! thanks!

Wakas Mir said...

Happy Independence day to you too :) And yes if we only start doing things rather than complaining.. Let's dua that all Pakistanis join hands and make Pakistan stand out in each field...

mystic rose said...

Happy Independence day, Pakistan :)

krystyna said...

Hi Yazi!
I like this your post. Very smart and inspiring!

"No governments, No foreign policy will change anything for us"
So tru. We have to start responsibility from own-self.

Happy Independence Day!

krystyna said...

Very nice is your new profile pic!

Happy Independence Day, Pakistan!