R.I.P

Gone with the wind

Of your passing storm

Off to the land

Where to rest my soul

Fly my ashes,

Over prairies and seas

To embrace their faces

To inhale their breeze

Let my soul

Sprinkle its dim leaves

Over that hole

Where it shall rest in peace

                                                                     By: Enchantress Amora

Written Communication

 

 “You must write not so that you can be understood, but so that you cannot be misunderstood.” Grounded on this citation, one can deduce that the written word is of a great magnitude and even more powerful than the spoken word. The statement also disproves the widespread belief that one cannot refer to communication as effective unless it is spoken.

Unlike the spoken communication, written communication involves any type of interaction that makes use of the written word. It is one of the two main types of communication, along with oral/spoken communication. It is the type that is very common in the business market. Ironically, the importance of written communication in the business world has further increased despite the fact that companies have come to rely gradually more on new technologies to meet their objectives.

In his book “Written Communication”, Richard Denny says that “Written communication has a long-lasting effect because it can be read over and over again.” He further argues that “In my years of consultancy work I have seen the written word cause more aggression, drama and strikes than any other means of communication. The written word, if there is any ambiguity, will always be read negatively.” In line with Denny’s arguments, one can re-maintain that the written word is indeed more forceful than the spoken one, especially that it has become a highly sophisticated skill.

A study by the University of Hertfordshire on over 500 companies found that poor spelling or grammar alienated 77% of the companies surveyed. In this regard, Paula Jacobs wrote in InfoWorld that: “Whether you are pitching a business case or justifying a budget, the quality of your writing can determine success or failure.” This gives evidence to the fact that written communication should be as clear as possible in order not to be misinterpreted, and that it should be honed and polished like any other skills.

To prove the practicality and practicability of writing as a form of communication in business situations, Thomas S. Bateman and Carl P. Zeithaml claim the following advantages. To begin with, written messages can be checked over and amended before they are transmitted. What is more, written communication guarantees a lasting register of the sent messages, which enables the recipient to review them and provide a more accurate feedback. Another advantage is that written communication is the most fitting form to include figures and fact for a better record. This type of communication also helps improve interorganizational efficiency.

All in all, the ability to write is becoming more and more significant. In fact, it is now described as the type of communication that “will speed up the process and minimize problems”. Thus, one is expected to adhere to certain standards of professional writing, and polish their ability to frame correspondence in a suitably tactful and suave language.

 

 

                                                                               By: Enchantress Amora

“I can only not…

“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”

My favorite quote. (By Ms Virginia WOOLF)

Reminiscence

She lit the fainting candle

In the midst of a tempest

For longing she couldn’t handle,

Her drowsy eyes wouldn’t rest

“He’s coming”, she sighed

As if hope never withers,

As if her heart never died

Despite those throbbing years

She opened the drawer

Embraced his dim bouquet

His scent was all over

His laughter was everywhere

She suddenly sobbed,

Like a weeping cloud

As the candlelight faded,

So did her wailing sound

By: Enchantress

Death: The Forsaken Itinerary?

 

 

“There is nothing beyond our first death, and we shall not be raised again.” – Ad-Dukhan

Poring over this Quranic verse repudiates whatever claim on human sempiternity. It further renounces that the world we create to quench our avaricious cravings is but a perishable game we choose to call “existence”.

Most of this world’s couturiers (i.e. humans) are predisposed to disremember that prettiness bleaches as time passes by; that plants etiolate as seasons alter; that every product they consume expires on a certain date; that every book they read has a final chapter; that every sentence they write has a full stop; that every day has a closure called ‘night’… These beings are so engrossed in feeding their greed that they are blinded to take in the fact that every beginning has an end… These souls are so worldly-minded that they refuse to remind themselves that they are destined to revisit the dimness they once knew as “birthzone”, and irrevocably rest [in peace] at a “burial chamber”.

The gluttonous nature of the human appetite makes death seem like a ludicrous ritual. To put it bluntly, Man witnesses the last gasp of myriad creatures almost everyday, yet he fails to define death or even imagine how his end could be like. Most claim that it is the mystery of that frightening moment of their termination that makes them obliterate the image of the dead world they will once join. 

In Islam, however, death is an enjoyable soul journey especially for the true believers. The prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said, “Live in this world as though you are a stranger or a traveler (passing through it).” [Muslim] That is, humans are on a journey that is assuredly coming to an end. Muslims believe that they are born to die, and that every soul shall have a taste of death no matter what or who they are. For them, death is an inevitable destination.

 In fact, this is confirmed in the Quraan many times. Allah (SWT) says in many Surah’s: “To us must your return”. He also says: “And indeed We created man (Adam) out of an extract of clay (water and earth). Thereafter We made him (the offspring of Adam) as a Nutfah (mixed drops of the male and female sexual discharge) (and lodged it) in a safe lodging (womb of the woman). Then We made the Nutfah into a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood), then We made the clot into a little lump of flesh, then We made out of that little lump of flesh bones, then We clothed the bones with flesh, and then We brought it forth as another creation. So blessed be Allah, the Best of creators. After that, surely, you will die. Then (again), surely, you will be resurrected on the Day of Resurrection.” [Surah Al Mu’mineen] These verses and others more seek to remind Muslims that the journey of death begins in their mothers’ wombs.

Based on the above-stated Quranic verses, the very belief in God becomes meaningless if there is no life after death. Therefore, the human reconciliation with death necessitates that Man liberate himself from the luxurious life-chains, and eventually devote himself to worshiping his Creator. In fact, the belief in life after death not only guarantees success in the Hereafter, but also makes this world full of meaning by making individuals more responsible and dutiful in their activities.

Beyond the religious sphere, “life” and “death” cannot be defined separately from each other even in our lexical books of reference, i.e. dictionaries. “Life” is described as “A spiritual state regarded as a transcending of corporeal death.” whereas “death” is defined as “The act of dying; termination of life.” Humans, then, should perceive death in the same way they perceive life, because working for one’s end is but a chance of a lifetime.

 By: Enchantress

The Grand Emily Dickinson

The Grand Emily Dickinson

I often quote when I am lost for words: “Her poems are remarkable for their condensation, their vividness of image, their delicate or pungent satire and irony, their childlike responsiveness to experience, their subtle feeling for nature, their startling abruptness in dealing with themes commonly regarded as trite, their excellence in imaginative insight and still greater excellence in fancy. Typical is such a poem as that in which she celebrates the happiness of a little stone on the road, or that in which she remarks with gleeful irony upon the dignity that burial has in store for each of us—coach and footmen, bells in the village, “as we ride grand along.” Emily Dickinson takes us to strange places; one never knows what is in store. But always she is penetrating and dainty, both intimate and aloof, challenging lively thought on our part while remaining, herself, a charmingly elfish mystery. Her place in American letters will be inconspicuous but secure.”