Spirits of Christmas
Cheers- (Jivali-In Serbian)
“My next visit will be to St.Petersberg, Moscow” said my dear friend Dr.Dragomir, as I rang him up in Belgrade to wish him Merry Christmas.
Last I heard from him, he was in Cuba, holidaying with his son.
We are part of many common strains, doctors, walkers, expatriates, lovers of churches, monuments, beaches and share food culture-lovers of nice salads, pastas, drinks..and of course, photography-the recordings in videos and stills our different adventures together.
Our friendship started as we would trudge to the bank trying to make a transfer. For even common routine services of banking transfers, the Manager will delay, tell you different rules and then tell that he is doing ‘Special service’ for you.
We would just sit in Grand Hotel and have coffee while the manager of the bank kept delaying our work, and the manager in the clinic would ring up asking where we are. When the pressure on our Clinic manager would rise, he would put some pressure on the bank manager and some movement would occur.So much so for ‘Special Services’
Cheers!…Jivali..he would say
Enjoy life and relax in the face of such ups and downs.
We would go to St.George Church of Medina, Regatta coffee bar or just sit in the side-kitchen and listen to music.
He taught me many little things which only a senior in the field can teach you. These are not written in any book. These are the lessons of life which come through experience.
He kept smiling and laughing in the face of many adversities. Divorce, settling his children in foreign countries to grow out of the limitations of the troubled Balkans, the professional difficulties which come in a war torn country…
But through all this-.He kept some time of the day to be cheerful.
To think about the good things in life.
Do you have a cheerful time of the day, reserved for your spirits?