Saturday, January 17, 2009

Own diary

Delivering food items and hygiene kits to the displaced families in Gaza
(Pix: Courtesy of Islamic Relief Worldwide)

Tonight is the only night so far, since the past few days, I could have for myself.

It has been day and night telling people on our humanitarian efforts in Gaza.

I wish I could give this peaceful night of mine to my colleagues in Gaza who have braved day and night to deliver aid and bring comforts to the people of Gaza since 27 December.

Browsing the photos of them daily; packing and delivering aid to the beneficiaries, I could not help but reflecting on the speech by Theodore Roosevelt, "Citizenship in a Republic", delivered at Sorbonne,in April 23,1910;

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

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