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Don’t they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same? By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom



od likes circles – there are so many in nature; for example – the earth circles the sun. The moon circles the earth. The electrons circle the nucleus. Our blood circles the heart.  On and on it goes. Circles and circles and yet more circles everywhere…

Harvest Moon
Photo by Usonian

We move in circles too (remember, history keeps repeating itself?) and we are always back to square one?  Our lives move in circles too – practically the same life cycle is experienced by everyone – birth, school, job, marriage, kids and death.


Time moves in circles too – day into night, months into years, years’ into centuries…By the way, we apparently owe all our so-called progress to the invention of the wheel – another circle!


So why am I going on about circles anyway? Well, my point, it’s okay to move in circles! We are all doing it anyway unconsciously so what’s the big deal? Time cycles, life cycles, sleep cycles, product cycles, fashion cycles, nature cycles, seasonal cycles, cycles, circles whatever – it’s all good.


Why consider “moving in circles” a bad thing? They say, the “clinical definition of insanity is the tendency to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.”  In other words, it’s the normal thing to move in circles! 😀


People who want progress should calm down, relax and enjoy life – there is no real progress. It’s all about perspective.


People who keep threatening change should also realize things don’t really change; you only get back to square one and start another circle! So it’s just another spiral in the infinite loop thing…I was telling this to my co-worker the other day, though, my exact words were – “Don’t fear change. Learn to adapt.” In other words, just learn to move in circles too… 😀 Don’t they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same?



Relax, go with the flow – here’s to circles!


Windmills of your Mind



Circle of life



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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.


  1. more reading?

    A circle is a simple shape of Euclidean geometry consisting of those points in a plane that are a given distance from a given point, the centre. The distance between any of the points and the centre is called the radius.

    Circles are simple closed curves which divide the plane into two regions: an interior and an exterior. In everyday use, the term “circle” may be used interchangeably to refer to either the boundary of the figure, or to the whole figure including its interior; in strict technical usage, the circle is the former and the latter is called a disk.

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  2. Circles

    from Essays: First Series (1841)

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Nature centres into balls,
    And her proud ephemerals,
    Fast to surface and outside,
    Scan the profile of the sphere;
    Knew they what that signified,
    A new genesis were here.

    ESSAY X _Circles_

    The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world. St. Augustine described the nature of God as a circle whose centre was everywhere, and its circumference nowhere. We are all our lifetime reading the copious sense of this first of forms. One moral we have already deduced, in considering the circular or compensatory character of every human action. Another analogy we shall now trace; that every action admits of being outdone. Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth, that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning; that there is always another dawn risen on mid-noon, and under every deep a lower deep opens.

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  3. Full circle

    The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
    Make instruments to plague us:
    The dark and vicious place where thee he got
    Cost him his eyes.

    Th’ hast spoken right, ’tis true.
    The wheel is come full circle, I am here.
    King Lear Act 5, scene 3, 171–175

    “Full circle” is Edmund’s coinage, and he employs a now-rare meaning of “full”: “complete.” The wheel of fortune has completed its circuit, and Edmund’s own villainous acts have returned to haunt him. In essence, Edmund’s use of “full circle” is close to ours—we too mean that someone’s actions have passed through phases only to return to their starting point; but we no longer ascribe the outcome to the inevitable workings of Fate.

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  4. Learning to Notice Circles, in Nature and in Life

    I went out for a photo walk the other day, and took another series of photos of the things that were flowering and seeding in the hedgerows.

    I was just noticing what I noticed, and taking photos where the hedgerows would allow me.

    (There is always quite a lot that gets in the way: flowers too tiny for my macro, wind blowing the blooms out of focus, ditches too full of water, nettles in just the wrong place etc etc.)

    It was only when I came back and edited the photos, then uploaded the pictures, that I noticed that each one was showing off some kind of circle.

    It’s the image above that showed this most strikingly (do you know what it is?) but once I had that patten in mind I could see it in the other photos too.

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  5. Nature forms perfect circles

    A science teacher once quipped that any color that an artist can mix on his palette, nature has already created before him. Nature is the ultimate artist, really, capable of creating never ending hues, perfect circles and perfect symmetries. These ripples were formed by early morning raindrops falling on the mountain spring pool in Albay.

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  6. Crop Circles: Nature’s Melodies?

    By Joel Bjorling

    Crop circles continue to mystify. Some believe they are designed by aliens, as some sort of landing strip, others think they are they constructed by humans and are mere hoaxes. Whatever the case, astronomer Gerald Hawkins, of Boston University, has suggested that crop circles are actually a means of creating music.

    The idea of “natural music” is not unusual. The wind makes music-like sounds as it whistles, with a flute-like timber, that dances and flows, with virtually intelligible melodies, even though the “tunes” are completely random. With crop circles, there is more concern for their origin and purpose than for their alleged musical qualities.

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  7. What the Heck is Dialectics?

    Dialectics is a tool to understand the way things are and the way things change. Understanding dialectics is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.

    One–Every thing (every object and every process) is made of opposing forces/opposing sides.

    Two–Gradual changes lead to turning points, where one opposite overcomes the other.

    Three–Change moves in spirals, not circles.

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  8. QI: Quite interesting facts abouts circles
    A quietly intriguing column from the brains behind QI, the BBC quiz show. This week: QI draws circles

    I never knew what the word round meant until I saw Earth from space.
    Aleksei Leonov

    Perfect circles

    The simplicity of the circle — a set of points on a plane that are all the same distance from another point called the centre – has endlessly fascinated humans. Circles (from the Greek kirkos, meaning ring, from the ancient root ker, meaning “to turn”) are symbols of infinity – a line that never ends.

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  9. Circles Are the Mother of All Inventions
    24 05 2009

    When I tell people that circles are the mother of all inventions, the first thing they ask is, “circles are inventions?”

    Yes, a circle isn’t something that exists in nature. It isn’t something that people discovered like gold or the new lands of America. It is a mental construct, a symbolic representation that was invented much the same as language and the alphabet.

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  10. Going around in circles

    go around/round in circles
    if you go round in circles when you are discussing something or trying to achieve something, you do not make any progress because you keep going back to the same subjects or the same problems. I need some more data to work on, otherwise I’m just going round in circles. We can’t go round in circles all day – someone will have to make a decision.
    See also: around, circle

    go around/round in circles also run around/round in circles
    to use a lot of time and effort trying to do something, without making any progress We spent the whole day running around in circles looking for a document which everyone thought was lost but which wasn’t.

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  11. Trapped in an Infinite Loop
    MARCH 19, 2012

    tags: infinite loop, meditation, mindfulness, Redefining Reality, spirals, spiritual evolution, spiritual growth, spirituality, transformation

    The whole universe is based on rhythms. Everything happens in circles, in spirals.
    ~John Hartford~

    You’ve heard I am sure, of the circle of life. Anyone who has watched Disney’s “The Lion King” has found their eyes misting over at the beauty of that opening number. And while the concept of life renewing itself is a beautiful and moving one, there is another kind of circle that is far less pleasant to contemplate and far more commonplace and definitely a lot more frustrating. You see, I’m betting that you are far better acquainted with that insidious circle that is also known as an infinite loop.

    Seriously, doesn’t it feel that way to you sometimes? Don’t you feel as if you keep coming back to the same point in your life; that the universe keeps presenting you with the same situations over and over and over again?

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