You my people know that each one of you has marked me in a way in this life,
Some of you show me how to be a survivor, not giving up no matter the abuse or weakness we feel around someone or with them,
Some of you taught me to move on, dream bigger because you were once where i was but now you made it
Some of you remind me ” the things you now have you once prayed for”,
Some of you are my constant and/or my support system no matter my right/wrong decisions in life
Some of you keep pushing me to lighten up, live it up, go with the flow and stop
Overthinking much.. even if you’re scared that people perceive you wrongly, it’s their loss of meeting a gorgeous soul
Some of you inspire me, in your talent, your music, your words, your unique approach to life, your rich experiences, your little stories and life lessons that you share with me..
Some of you showed me immeasurably beautiful, sincere, genuine hearts,
Some of you were there for me in my worst time(s) and experiences,
Some of you got me out of traumas or shocks i faced in my life, you were my “healing” way out
Some of you understood my silence,
Some of you understood my crazy side,
Some of you also inspired me to keep going and stay true to myself,
Some of you i look up to and admire completely,
Some of you are friends of friends of my people, and so you came across my blog and my email threads giving me more purpose to write words that may heal you too because your friends thought my generosity and kindness may be just what you need to choose to live again;
Some of you get me, when my head feels like its up there in the clouds far away from the harsh realities and greediness we sometimes face in this world
You guys are real.
Your influence on me was real.
I know each one of you to the core – ithink 🙂😉
You spice up my life, and
yes, i may only be one human on this planet,
but you rocked my world
I think one person at a time is how we really push for things in this world, in this short life we are blessed to have.
In case no one told you,
YOU are a marvelous piece of my universe, and so , of THIS universe.
What about your people? A shout out to Yours and those ‘inspirations’ among them who you thought about reading this.
All my love,
Oh! I miss you!!
May 23, 2018
(But i chickened out and did not put this out yet until tonight: July 5, 2018)
❤️My people on my daily chain of kindness [who receive daily morning emails from me as i share my thoughts on life and living it fully]
❤️You my blogging gems, we have found each other and every like or comment or reaction and word we exchange gives me strength for a whole Lifetime. Besides, starting this blog after my accident [see my very very first October post] kept me sane, going, and helped me achieve my dreams- where i now am personally, professionally, and here as a proud happiest blogger.
🛣I looked at the world from the streets last night and felt like something big is missing.
🚍What if we were living forward bulldozing through life instead of outward growing through others sharing feelings, talent, love, kindness, passions, compassion, hobbies, experiences?
📽Why do we walk, run, or drive past each other not blinking twice, not saying a mere “hi” that might just make us see that:
🤸🏻♀️we aren’t actually the only ones who had a bad day, month or week;
🏋🏼♂️not the only ones with financial and mental health problems;
👦🏽👧🏽or the only ones who lost a parent or a sibling or a leg or a lover or a golden opportunity to start over?
⛱Why do we resort to impatience over patience, racism over tolerance, judging on labels of religion or nationality or gossips over soul and actions that speak for themselves?
🌹What if the big thing missing was me/you living to Give more and Do more, for others we meet- no expectation for a reward moral or material.
🗣Why are we wired to refrain or abstain from sharing, opening up, caring, loving, being kind, smiling… and all things that we know make us feel Good, and instead we run away, far, close doors, build higher walls?
🕵🏼♀️.. is It really Fear of getting hurt or pain or of breaking or being deceived? so, Why then would we almost always opt for “staying alive” when things go wrong or when we almost lose our chance to live as we “rush” to tick things off our bucket list feeling i needed more time to make things right.
🕺🏼Isn’t it part of being a “human” to live on all extremities and edges, to know what is pain, losing, heart breaking, starting over, being tricked or cheated, used, and hurt…
👑And, we do take alllll of these risks knowing that we shall touch the surface of what “Real love” or real caring feels like, or touch what kindness as a lifestyle looks like as someone extends it every 1 day of our existence!
🕶Don’t we take all these risks in return for the feeling of spending an extra night with someone we lost or someone ill?
🦋Arent we okay with taking these risks if it means feeling alive, getting a second chance at living life at large, like we never did until we hit that low or that loss or challenge in life ?
🐠I think i found it:
we need to be kinder and show it, accepting that if each of us was so, none will abuse as much or hate as much or feel as greedy as we all Do Today sometimes because we feel “threatened” by what the other may snatch away from us.
❤️The world was missing more “giving” and less snatching, more love and less fears of losing or dreading pain or error.
🧚🏼♀️Look around you, we all have family or friends who survived a traumatic incident story or relationship. Sometimes yes, things get out of hand and some people give up On life,
🥤Life goes on and most of us who have lost someone have also gained 10 others who were fighters and survivors against all Challenges life threw.
🤝Human nature fights for its survival. What do we little people then have to fear when nothing we are given is bigger than us to face- nothing, and that is a personal lesson i learned in all the hard yet beautiful ways.
I met a lot of people in my 2017, more than any other year i think.
Christmas was a different tale in different lives:
I met gems, who celebrate two Christmases.. because their parents are not together
I met some who cannot celebrate Christmas with their loved one because their families have different religions..
I met single moms, who thought this year, that was it, it’s all i can take.
I met friends, who celebrated Christmas with a heavy heart that’s unexpectedly lost somebody very dear
I met parents who celebrate without their kids or grandchildren because the adults don’t really “ talk “ anymore
I met multiple people who lost their *Mum* this year and their dad only few months back
I met individuals who celebrate Christmas with a very sick parent or sibling at home or on a hospital bed..
I met humans who celebrate Christmas in austerity, due to life’s tighter economic conditions year on year.
In that same year:
I met people who have little in their pockets but rich on contentment and enjoyment of exactly what they have.
I met people whose support system at home is indeed broken up,
yet who see the little hidden advantages even in that and who are on the roll to be better at evthng they do- talk about strength and positivity in life!
I met people with heavy hearts, yet who carry more happiness to every other human they meet.
I met new moms who were never that warm at heart or that optimistic..spending their first Christmas with their baby in a real home.
I met some others who gave in a lot of compromise- loving it- to prove that religion is just a tag and you can live and love and learn about other religions and still be part of a real family
I met people whose close ones have such poor health or who are very sick themselves .. yet, being around them is like a humungous wave of optimism, where all is rosy in this life, for them, and for others.
These, well, they turned out to be the same people having all the hardships listed above… 🙂
Life is full of stark contrasts;
It takes away things, giving others.
It closes a door, but opens others. Hurts but then mends..
Just like it takes sadness, to touch real happiness
It takes failure to know success
It takes heartaches, to find the one, that’s how “you’ll know”
It takes having so little, to appreciate the bundle of #blessings you now have
to celebrate Christmas and every day you get in this life, knowing you have a lot more than many, many.
It takes hardships and strength and multiple attempts to be who you are today,
To know how to spend this Christmas just #grateful for having those you have around you Now.
The Now is so short, yet is a lot.
Yes, They may not be here tomorrow,
you may not be here tomorrow either;
This Christmas, i saw how frail we are just by being Human.
Yet, with a heart that treasures what you have and overlooks what you don’t have,
You can live like a king:
so humble, that his blessings just flow upon every human in his kingdom.
Happy Christmas my most beautiful blessings and gems💫.
It takes so much more courage to:
Love and live a religion of Love,
Than to walk with the world, go with the flow even if it’s a wrong one.
“You can’t blend in, when you were born to stand out”, ever ✨.
Stand your ground;
You can’t change who YOU are at heart and in soul, then maybe the world can Start to change the way it sees.
My beautiful people, please meet my Rita on my #542 Beirut Marathon #running Team
We had our first chat or little talk on Thursday as we completed our training.
We had total 70min of running to complete.
Follow your passion, or whatever you think you’ll love, always.
I could soo relate because her story, could have been mine if things had not changed for me the way they did to take me to where i am passionate and happy today.
Rita spent 9 years at Deloitte & Touche as Auditor.
She woke up one day, resigned within a month because she felt stuck.
She didn’t feel she was living or liking what she is SO good at.
People, colleagues..they kept asking, who head-hunted you? Tell us, tell us: you have Deloitte, 9 years …
she said, I am done with corporate life.
It took my life away from me.
No, i don’t regret it, but i wasn’t happy anymore.
I lost part of myself being in corporate, doing what i do and how i do it.
3months out today, she went to London, took a “shoe-making” workshop- yes you read right- and today she seeks employment in it here 🙂
She told me,
yes, i think i have the passion for it, i been inquiring and researching more about it here. I think i’ll love it. I want to work in it.
She wants to teach 🙂 she asked me about my experience about it.
She is so #happy she feels it, really, for a first time since the past 9 years.
More about our beautiful route that day:
We took a different direction than usual to have some uphill as well;
It was our first scenic route:) , reaching the below Raouche rock by sunset!
It was epic, my first time by that route on foot, and first time i see the scenery from up, overlooking the rock, as follows.
We started on the Corniche: photo 1, up to the road overlooking the Raouche Rock: photo 2:)
If you know a little about Lebanon, you’d know it has lots of green and touristic places in the mountains. But in Beirut, the population is big, green fields or parks are not so common. So, doing this route that night, when i met Rita, really met her story exposed me to the most astounding scenery:)
I shared the following message with my people on my other networks..
and the rate and depth of responses i got was dumbfounding.
I’ll share a few at the end so you know what i am really blessed with receiving every single day with people from around the globe.
“People are thirsty..thirsty to build a
r e a l
connection with someone, today more than ever.”
I have surrounded myself with the GREATEST most beautiful people ever, by doing just that..
And they gave me sides of them that are not on display among others kn their life, especially when i started over in the game of people .. 2 years ago after a rough experience:)
People like honesty, value transparency and open books. Dont you?
If you do… then maybe they too, they just have a hard time expressing it:) we’re all different.
When you express yourself, in whichever way(s), it makes you transparent hence, well-understood by the other,
So, youre allowing people to connect. But then , can anyone live, really live their life, without a human connection(s) ?
My favourite response from My people to the above-shared:
From D. in the UK:
“This is just so well said […]. I wish more people valued transparency as opposed to seeing it as a weakness. [Some] cultures pride themselves on being stoic and not showing emotions, which I appreciate is appropriate at times but it’s a very restrictive way of living.
Having said that, I feel that having my emotions out in the open does leave me more vulnerable but now more than ever, I find that people appreciate this more than hiding behind a mask.
People around me have been hurting .. It made me genuinely sad..
and I felt responsible, i need/ed to do something.
I exist in this world, like you, for bigger reasons, for a greater purpose:
to be whoever i was created to Be and get better at it well because.. i was created to do what i do the way i do it, not the same way others do it..
I am sure you may be, or people in your circle are hurting..?
In my circle, particularly in this period, not 1 or 2 this past week that i knew of .. like Alara .. Sneha.. Sarah ..
[Add in the names of your cherished one’s here],
but several people were hurting. and I was compelled to share a dose of
in my daily chain of kindness started two years ago and now including 102 people!!
and then, sharing things here with you, my precious ones, my world but you get an extended version, well because you have been so generous in your words, comments, and likes, you have been “life” – generous and i am forever grateful to you.
This today my people, goes out to a friend of mine in India..
who hasn’t been doing so well; because we all fall there, don’t we?
Into that pit…?
But i got a sign of life from them and she reminded me actually that:
We must let things go, and there’s a catch:
When u let it go, it soon turns into your biggest strength: that is, your story..
A story u can tell those u choose to tell for the rest of ur life and move people you meet on your way 🙂
Also, ive been to condolences this week…and something happened, something big and magical.
I met a total stranger as i consoled my friend/colleague Sandra standing next to her.
And the young stranger [Celine, as i later was compelled to meet legitimately as i insisted on talking to her one on one;
there was something that pushed me to just STOP and talk to her, dig further..for what turned out to be a most beautiful human connection with someone who for a minute was a complete stranger, and in a minute, became someone unforgettable in my eyes and hers.]
she stared at me for a minute or two, looked at me with eyes that were at once:
sad and full of amazement, of disbelief, of trust;
eyes that wondered how on earth i captured her attention and heart.. to the extent that i made her feel something different than the pain she was feeling at that moment on that cursed day, when she had to stand there, among so many people, and hold back tears, to say goodbye to her grandmother …
She later admitted, she sensed , “a positive energy” as i passed to share my words and condolences with Sandra..
I cannot explain it, what when Celine and I shared when our eyes locked, as i spoke out my words to Sandra and indirectly to Celine who was standing right next to her..
But it was real my people. It was so magical, a beautiful moment i never experienced before.
I felt .. like i lit her world, even for a fraction of a second, amid her sorrow, tears, and her “pit” .. truly, when you feel you have done that, you feel..
You connected to another human, to a soul that was so in need and in search of some sort of communication or a connection, to let itself outside the shell,
to share pain, concerns, sadness, grief, but all wrapped with the love to the person taken away from her.
My people, when you adjust your attitude, every morning, every hour, every minute of anger or anxiety or depression,
People around you feel it,
And by sharing this with them, your adjustment, u feel stronger, empowered, through them.
You are left with what u exactly need to make it in this life, every time, even if u had to start over, countless times.
#pickyourselfUP and get going:) why tomorrow not today?
All my love, truly,
“It’s the little things that count, in every aspect of life.”