Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Life is beautiful

While I was sneezing and coughing at home, trying to get through a cold, I got a phone call telling me to come for an interview for a research position. WoW! Great stuff. I cant wait to get there and offer the best I have. I feel my academic work and the World of Work program prepared me well for an inteview situation. I mean it is really a tough exercise, not to be underestimated. I think we are not used to being scrutinized so closely and the nervousness can make you look more inadequate than you actually are! Compensating for the tediousness of the cold, I induldged in buying new books: a prize-winning South African novel titled 'Coconut' from a young writer, a book about African masks from a well-known Swiss collection and Calland's 'Anatomy of Power in South Africa' - I am truly looking forward to 'dig into' these books and I understand better why Lovemore Mbigi was always talking about books and encouraging to read us more. I mean how else do you get pleasure and education at the same time?

But the most amazing thing happened the other day in the gym. I was going through my routine as this tall, well-trained guy walked up to me. "So, you are from Canada ?", he goes, looking at my 'Youth Canada' sweater and I respond in the affirmative. Now, this is all very ordinary but this case is a bit different. He and I are regulars at the gym for the last three years or so and once we had a big fight about some meaningless issue. Brad Arden would probably confirm that it is about territory and defensiveness, one ambitious male not wanting to share the space with another. Anyway, I explained to him my relation with Canada and we chatted about all the rest, like the best of friends. I left the gym much happier than I was before. To turn adversity into comradeship is a beautiful, gratifying thing.

6 comments:

Nanou said...

Good Luck Thomas. Keeping my fingers crossed...

Ijeoma Uche-Okeke said...

Hi Thomas,
Lots of luck with your interview. I hope I'm not sending the goodluck wishes too late. Life is indeed beautiful.

Ijeoma Uche-Okeke said...

Hi,
I like your links, especially the ones for the 'senses'.

Thomas Blaser said...

Thanks Ijeoma. What would we do if we could not give pleasure to our senses? It makes life so much more worhwhile. I think I deleted by mistake your posting about the rocks and the sand. But let me say that this is really a constant struggle in life: what to do with the limited time that we have? However, what counts is to be aware of that and make conscious choices what we do with our time. Viva! A luta continua!

Adam N. Mukendi said...

Hi Thomas,
I am so wiling to start spending also time in books but dealing with interviews requirements, I find myself busy with reseach and updates of my profile. Wish the best in your comradship even if you don't late us know meanigless issue did you faught on. Bonne chance

Thomas Blaser said...

I think he complained about me sweating too much and thereby incomodating him. So not really an issue to take someone on. All the best with your interview.