‘Sabar’ – Fortitude, Courage ….

An Ancient Word

Sabar’.  This ancient Indian word covers many emotions –  fortitude patience sufferance tolerance courage.

Growing up, if we suffered a deep grievous loss or were in a hopeless, helpless situation, our elders would comfort us with these soothing words, ‘sabar karo, beta, sabar karo’ – ‘Have patience and be courageous my child’ amidst other words of encouragement. ‘Sabar‘ – we need massive amounts of that in 2022!!  

As travel protocols, testing, border restrictions and now a war looming large, continue to choke the life out of family reunions, we are comforted by those ancient words –

sabar karo, sabar karo’ – ‘Have patience, fortitude, courage’.

An Ancient Song

In tandem with that word, an old Indian song strums in my heart as we think of loved ones we long to be with – 

Lag ja gale se fir yeh hasin raat ho na ho‘ …. lets embrace each other with love – lest this moment be not ours ever again.

A Loving Tribute

Today, we, a family spread out globally, draw comfort from these emotive sayings and pay tribute to a dear departed young niece from our midst – a jewel now shining like one of the stars in the sky. Her battle against an ailing condition, surrounded by her loving family, was a noble one.

The ‘Battle’

Sabar’ – no passive emotion, this!! Rather a highly active one based on the sure knowledge that every battle encountered by the human spirit has its conclusion, and every battle ultimately has a ‘victor’ as well as the ‘vanquished’.

Even through our deep loss, yearnings of the heart, happiness and everything in between, we will lift up our eyes to the ‘Victor’ and keep pressing on.

Sabar‘, Fortitude, Courage ♥️

Published by Kay Dee

I am a mother of three beautiful children and grandmother to three equally wonderful boys and a beautiful little girl. Retired from a teaching career, I have forever enjoyed the art and discipline of writing and expressing my love for the love God has poured into my life. Now, at the beginning stages of blogging, I'm trusting Him to lead me forward.

4 thoughts on “‘Sabar’ – Fortitude, Courage ….

  1. Sabar indeed, Kamni – you have found the absolutely correct word for today – the personal and the public both have desperate need for patience & fortitude. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: