‘Para’ Mode, aka, ‘Boys Are Not Smiling!’

They are three seated in the living room: A father, his son and the son’s friend.
The friends need to share some ‘highly sensitive’ information that must not register any meaning in the older man’s mind.
They succeed!

How? By these ingenious inventions fathomed by every generation at that period when they decide not to be as stupid as the older ones.
(I’m sorry, but that’s how the youths think)

These inventions are Colloquialisms.

In this part of the world, one of the most frequently used colloquialisms in the youths’ parlance is ‘Para’. This is totally different from what you’d find in Chemistry’s 4-paranitrobenzene. (By the way, I’m not sure that compound exists)
‘Para’ here simply means ‘angrily serious’ or ‘seriously angry’, whichever makes more sense to you.

You’re probably sitting leisuredly, skimming through this post.
But haven’t you had enough yet?
No! No!! Not this blog, of course!
I mean your status quo.
That routine you are already enslaved by.
Yes, it’s safe, tested and trusted. But it’s boring too.
It feels like you’re forced to do it.
All indicators are pointing to a dire need for change.
Creative juices flow no more. Instead, you’re squeezing yourself like an exhausted toothpaste tube.

You’ve got to ‘para’!

Anger is harmless when it is directed at one’s self or situation. That way you’re motivated to do all in your power to get things moving.

God has equipped you with all you need for success. You were not created to be entangled in a web of boring routine.
Imagine 80 years of mechanical predictability.
That doesn’t sound like abundant life to me!

Don’t fold your hands and watch your life waste in an eventless fashion.
Get angry and challenge yourself.
Don’t just sit there, waiting for a miracle to happen. Oh yes, miracles do happen.
But they require you to get angry with your current situation and have an expectant heart.

Unless you throw aside the garment of complacency..
Unless you desire more than suffering and smiling…
You’d probably remain at the same spot.
For a long time!

You are delaying your progress by your stubborn refusal to move out of your rut.
God isn’t going to move until you do. By the way, He doesn’t even have to move, as all things are contained in Him.

The ball’s in your court.
How hard are you going to hit it???



4 thoughts on “‘Para’ Mode, aka, ‘Boys Are Not Smiling!’

  1. Makes me think of a song:
    I don’t wanna go through the motions
    I don’t wanna go one more day
    without Your all-consuming
    passion inside of me
    I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking,
    “What if I had given everything
    instead of going through the motions?”

    When I’m old and sitting around in my rocker, I don’t want to talk about all the missed opportunities; I want to tell my grandchildren stories of how I LIVED to the glory of God!


  2. ‘When I’m old and sitting around in my rocker, I don’t want to talk about all the missed opportunities; I want to tell my grandchildren stories of how I LIVED to the glory of God’

    Hmmn…insightful and powerful words!!! Thanks for sharing this.

    On a lighter note, if you could say ‘When I’m old…’, who am I to think otherwise about myself???
    Indeed, we ARE all youths;-):-D

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