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Blessings, and the things we take for granted.

Posted February 3, 2010 at 09:16 AM by Alexis Sapientia

I suppose this little reflection has some basis on Ensnare's wonderfully-written little fable.

As is often my habit, these past few days I've been spending a good portion of my time on Aelyria. In Pacific Time terms, I'm usually on from 8pm to noon the next morning, with breaks for lunch and dinner my time.

I wasn't on for a good portion of today, and with good reason.

A friend of mine was arrested a couple of days ago. We used to work together, and the main reason why he was booked is a general default on outstanding loans. This I learned when I met with other friends from work today.

What essentially happened is that his creditors (a good portion of them co-workers and neighbors as well), all but raised the hue and cry and haled him to the precinct where he could explain behind bars. The information I have is sketchy, but my understanding is that charges were filed, and are probably being studied by the local equivalent of the Aelyrian Prefect unless settlement is made before matters go to trial (which can take quite a while).

It turns out that I and my friends had already come to separate personal conclusions earlier on, but out of a sense of propriety (it's a cultural thing) we individually and collectively decided to pass on the decision. In Catholic circles this could be called a sin of omission, but, as we discussed earlier, he really did have it coming.

It's a normal inviolable accounting rule, after all - that which you owe, you must, one day, pay.

Borrowing from Peter to repay interest with Paul is likewise as effective as collecting water with a fishing net, and just as futile.

We haven't seen head nor hair of him (I am told he was out on bail), and all we have is eyewitness accounts, speculation, and innuendo, and while a part of us can only shake our heads at the mess, there still remains the nagging doubt of what if, as well as if we had known.

* * *

It's been a time apt for introspection and reflection, what with the onset of the new year and the end of its first month momentuous times with which to take stock.

I realize that while getting ahead and thus improving one's quality of life is a commendable pursuit, there are still some touchstones that I realize are more important to me than simply money or position (this I suppose is why I'd kept my independence in denouncing irregular management practices at the expense, perhaps, of promotion points), and why my subordinates remained loyal to me, despite a few traitorous ingrates. Ah, well, such is the life of a corporate warrior.

That being said -

I am blessed and grateful to have a little, where others have none.

I am blessed and grateful that I can see, speak, hear, and feel where others cannot, or will not.

I am blessed and grateful that I have friends...like you.

May all these blessings always hold true, and may these blessings never be taken for granted.
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    Posted February 3, 2010 at 01:03 PM by Ragman Ragman is offline
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    ... I try to count my blessings. One of them is a pm from a long time ago that promised me that we would never forget.

    We are, indeed, blessed.

    Posted February 3, 2010 at 03:21 PM by Fox Fox is offline
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