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A Moment For Reflection

Everlasting in This World

Hi, my name is Everlasting. I know what you are thinking. What an absurd name, what a paradox, as no one can last forever except in paradise.  Well, I’m not sure who gave me the name, but I like it. It gives me the power to grow in an environment where many would not dare to visit. I am one of t...
| Nahida Esmail | Issue 141 (May - Jun 2021)

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Everlasting in This World

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  • God created me and placed me in this harsh environment because He knew I have it in me to endure this hardship.
  • I may be the envy of some who fail to understand my courage and audacity: to thrive and flourish between moss and thistles.

Hi, my name is Everlasting. I know what you are thinking. What an absurd name, what a paradox, as no one can last forever except in paradise.  Well, I’m not sure who gave me the name, but I like it. It gives me the power to grow in an environment where many would not dare to visit.

I am one of those rare creations who can survive in extreme conditions. Between 4000 and 5000 meters above sea level, in a semi-arid zone, where there are no trees and few plants, is where I call home. It is called the alpine desert. I encounter a few people who pass by this area on their way to the ice-capped summit, the highest peak in Africa. These few people are the tough ones that have refused to give up and are aiming for the highest point. Like me, they must believe in the saying, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars” (Norman Vincent Peale).


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