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Here I am now, in Kajang. I am on my 2-week leave and away from the parish and the craziness that is of parish life.
It is a different perspective altogether to be away from one's responsibilities and from the unconscious need to be in control of things and making sure that things run accordingly (as best a sone can do so). First, there is this great feeling of not having to carry any burden of responsibilities for the moment and to be free form any expectations (one's own and other people's).
I just enjoy the moment as it comes along and get in touch once again with my family members (parents, siblings, nephews, nieces, relatives) many of whom I get to see only once a year, back in Malaysia, and only during my leave such as this. The rhythm and pace may be slower and much different than in Singapore, but it does offer good breathing space to recoup one's thoughts and brings about much more opportunities for some needed recollection and consolidation of my life thus far.
In short, to quote Kenneth Grahame, "... the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working."