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Dear Followers,

This is in continuation to my previous post “A disturbing article in Time magazine – “Karachi is doomed. Karachi is indestructible”.

I am pleased to reproduce a letter to the Editor, Time Magazine written by Mr. Tony Lazaro who is the Managing Director of Rising Stars Management Group after his kind permission, for that I am very thankful to him.

This letter has not been published by Time Magazine so far (I didn’t find it in its issue of 30-Jan-12), but I found it worthy of posting on to my blog while thinking that we must show the world the positive side of Karachi as well as our country, Pakistan, because unfortunately, every media be it foreign or local is trying to bully us and showing only negativity about Pakistan or maybe they have got only one eye that sees negativity all around but nothing else.

I am reproducing below the letter with a request to you all to please send your comments and feedback, thanks:

The Editor, Time Magazine
Dear Editor,

I recently returned from a charitable trip to Pakistan, whereby I visited both Karachi and Islamabad. I spoke with several universities, key businesses, prominent business leaders and several religious people from all generations….

On the day I returned to the office, someone had placed your magazine (January 16, 2012), on my desk. I read with interest your article on Karachi and the city in doom. For a person to have just returned from the very same place that your magazine described was somewhat bizarre, so I read with great detail your writer (Andrew Marshall’s) account.

Let me begin by saying that I often flick through your magazine and find the articles of great interest, but on this particular day and this particular article, I found certain comments to be both one sided and indeed very negative. I say that because I saw a different Pakistan to what was portrayed in your article. I do not and will not comment on the political or religious problems that the country faces, but I will go so far as to say that not everything is as bad as the image that your magazine paints.

Sure there are deaths in the cities. Please show me a city in the world, that is free from political fighting and unrest.

Sure there are differences in the political party opinions. Please show me a country in the world where the political parties agree.

Sure the innocent are suffering. Please show me a country in the world where wealth and power is equal and the innocent don’t suffer.

Sure corruption is in Pakistan. Please show me a country in the world that is corruption free.

My list could go on, but my point is that Pakistan does have problems…but so does every other country in the world in some way or another. However, in the case of ALL other nations, there are often good things to report and the media goes out of its way to promote these good things across the globe, whenever possible. The ridiculous amount of shootings in the USA are balanced off by the success of Google, Microsoft and Apple. The financial dilemmas of Greece are lost in the marketing of the Greek Islands as a holiday destination of choice. The child slave industry of India, is brushed under the carpet in favour of the nation’s growth in the global software boom. What I am trying to say, is that someone needs to look further into Pakistan and see that there are millions of great stories to write about, which would portray the country in a different light, to that what is being portrayed by your article.

When I was in Pakistan, I visited a towel manufacturing company (Alkaram Towels). They produced some $60million in export in 2011 and are aiming at $85million in 2012. A substantial increase in sales…in a recession I would remind you. The company was started by the current Chairman, Mr. Mehtab Chawla, at the tender age of nine, after his father passed away. Today the very man employs 3000 staff. Now that’s a story.

I visited universities of NED, Hamdard, Karachi, Szabist and NUST. The students are unbelievably intelligent. They spend their spare time developing APPS for android and apple. They are involved in cutting edge technology and no one in the world knows this. Why not send a reporter to Pakistan to look into this. Why not research good things in this nation, rather than just the bad things. At NUST (National Institution for Science and Technology – Islamabad)) there were 38,000 applications for medicine. There are only 83 seats for the medicine course on offer. The competition is unbelievable. In short it pushes the best to be even better. But the world doesn’t know this. Why ? Because no one wants to report on it, or no one knows about it…or both !!

Please do not get me wrong. I understand that news is news, but it is high time that the western world stopped promoting these terrorists and political wars in Pakistan and started to write something that would help the nation. Something positive. If we really care about global partnerships and economic growth, then I suggest we try and give Pakistan a helping hand. There are 180 million people in Pakistan, 65% are under the age of 25. The youth of Pakistan is its strength.. it is like a sleeping giant. If you think that India is a booming nation. I suggest you stop a second and look at Pakistan. Given a little help from the western world, Pakistan can become a dominant economy. She doesn’t want aid and she doesn’t need money… she just wants the chance to be seen in a different light. I believe we have a fundamental obligation to assist. The only question is, who will reach out first.

Warmest regards,

Tony Lazaro
Managing Director
Rising Stars Management Group
Tel: 02 8824 7000
Fax: 02 8824 7766
http://www.risingstars.com.au

I’m sure you ask yourself the same question all the time. “How do I stay positive, when this world is full of such negative influences”.
Lately we have experienced, natural disasters, increasing poverty levels, unemployment that is at its highest in decades, and people fighting to keep their houses, feed their kids and stay afloat. We are in hard economic times. These facts don’t even include your own personal struggles. Sometimes it’s so easy to jump on the negative band-wagon and go to that place. This is the place of negativity; the place that we find it so easy to go to at times like this. In a world full of so many wrongs, how can you keep your mind focused on what’s right? How can you get through the days of rain to make it to all the days of constant sunlight?

I use many different methods of staying positive. I believe everyone has their own methods of coping or of believing. You don’t necessarily have to believe in God or even in some higher being to have positivity. You just have to believe that there are ways to challenge all of your negative influences and turn them to the positive way you really were meant to live.

The methods I use to stay positive vary depending on how much positive energy I need. I put them in order below as I usually start from the beginning and work my way down the list till I am feeling energized and positive again. See if any of them work for you, you might be pleasantly surprised.

1. Talk to God- One of the first things I find helpful is to simply relax, breathe, find a quiet area outside or in the house to spend a bit of time with God. Some of us don’t realize he hears our every thought and is with us always. Take your problems to him. He might not respond right away but praying about them will help you to release the negative vibe within and you will get an answer. It might not be the answer you want but God always responds. He will direct you on your next step if you take the time to send him your questions.

2. Read a book- this uplifts my spirits because I have a strong connection to what I am reading. Regardless of what book it is, there is a reason I am reading it. Whether it makes me laugh, cry or just lose myself in the moment, reading helps channel the negative into another world. In the midst of reading, the author can take you on a journey far away from the problems of today and also make you think about the fact that maybe, just maybe, your life isn’t that bad. There is always another side to things. Books make you think. Try it sometime even if you aren’t an avid reader.

3. Exercise- exercise releases those positive endorphins that get you moving in the right direction. It is hard to be negative when you are jamming to your favorite tune and running down the street. The breeze and the air from outside will get you going and make you realize all the little things in life that can still make you happy.

4. Talk to a friend- there is a little known fact that friends are the angels God sends us to help us when he is unavailable. A friend has the unique ability to make you laugh. Laugh at yourself, laugh at a memory the two of you have together or just to listen when you need a shoulder to vent to. Friends are priceless. I sometimes say “friends are better than family in some ways because they are the family you chose for yourself on a daily basis” I am a select few friends who I am always able to call and have listen to me when I need a friend. Sometimes friends don’t have to know all the answers or even say a word, sometimes you just need someone to listen to you.

5. Smile at a stranger- this seems silly right? I mean why if you are in a bad place, is smiling at a stranger going to help you. However, showing kindness to someone you don’t know can usually lift you up as well as give them some happiness as well. You never know when someone needs your smile. A stranger at a coffee shop could be having the worst day ever and a simple smile from you could make them realize there might still be good people left in the world. Imagine being the reason that someone held on and had faith in this world again. Now that is something to smile about!

So even though I know times are rough out there and sometimes you can’t find a positive thing to say, try some or all of the above activities. I can almost guarantee you; you will experience at least some relief. Remember half the battle is having a positive attitude about life. If you can conquer this, the negativity will all disappear.

“When you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on” Thomas Jefferson

“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” Author Unknown
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight” Japanese Proverb

Courtesy: Debbie A. DeVita