If you’ve ever thought:
If you’ve ever thought:
Hello my people,
I rushed to work early this morning, planning on staying ahead (on top) of any upcoming tasks/meetings/lessons etc., but then,
a short WatsAp message from a very very dear friend and mentor shared in the pic below, shook me up as in really woke me up to what i am/was doing in this life for the past year appprox.
I need you to read this as well, we are more alike than we can ever imagine, so this reminder may be yours as well as mine:
He was my wake up call, for the upcoming year at least;
the reason today, i will come back to life:
I found my next plan in life, after a long time of ‘settling back home’ and into my new career path, and i have just taken my first ACTION towards it, as we speak.
I was scared of sharing my “plan” in life now, with others, i did only yesterday with my sister, but here i am today, having received my sign/this message..
I am aiming for the USA now, for another Masters and/or PhD in Public Policy, one of the most renowned universities and this here will hold me accountable to you- i need to tell you where I am when i am there. How about that?
This is huge to me at least, BIG. In my head, it’s a NO NO, you’ll never make it- you haven’t the money, the connections, the knowledge even – imagine how much i am doubting myself here!
But now, i am not scared, every human being has a way of getting around things or going where they want to be, even if it’s to the same place i or you want to be.. so be it, I am doing this my way and the world has enough place for the all of Us, YES.
I share my urgent message here with you:
2. How easily do we lose track of what we’re doing, forget the bigger picture, and find all our time, nights in , nights out, our energy, and focus, is being spent, surprisingly willingly, on a place or job or position we know we will not hold forever, or for the number of years or months to come – I have been ‘settling’, thinking I’m doing what i need to do for the past 7 months. I hate that i now realized this, but it’s okay. IT’S NEVER EVER TOO LATE TO WAKE UP, TO DO THINGS THAT MATTER.
3. Why do we invest so much time on the wrong things and much less on the things that we KNOW will take us to where we want to be, to out utmost potential, to the best that we know we can be? –
yes, i have heard and read this far too many times, but today, i live and breathe it. today, may 23rd 2016 like never before.
I went on a beautiful hike yesterday, only me and this nature. Perspective is what i gained, what counts and what does not, what i need to do, take a step back from my routine and then lean into the actions i need to be the best that i can be – which is ALOT i am that confident.
I love you my people, for always listening, and sharing your thoughts through my good day email chain, or our email correspondences, face to face, or my social media accounts.
You change my life and make my days, every day. I am thankful, forever.
May 23, 2016; 9am
My people, my dearest ones,
A very warm hello to you tonight :))
I’ve been enjoying my no-posting time lately- very much so actually, by simply reading, exploring, and ‘meeting’ amazing, amazing bloggers on here.
I’ve been savoring: spending my days(nights actually when i most free from life’s have to- s’) and weeks, yup, exploring what each blogger here, each friend is like, what he/she loves, prefers, is passionate about.
I never thought i’d enjoy meeting others as much as i have here lately, as i willingly dedicated more time to do so and decided to sit back and look from the outside for a change;
every 1 page, forgive me: PERSON i visit vibes a unique spark, an authentic someone.It’s so beautiful, rewarding.
It feels like the platform is giving back all I am investing in and it’s just beautiful.
This home platform is the only place where i have met as many genuine, authentic people as i had in my life, & no, i am not exaggerating for the sake of my writing-effect..honest.
This sharing goes out to the “worth” and value of each one of us.
Yes, that worth we always tend to ‘self-destruct’, ignore, or underestimate at every challenge or opportunity to allow ourselves, or others, to do so..
Story behind how i came across this video (if you can spare some time to read-on):
To be honest, as our Spring semester at university comes to an end soon, and as the warm summer weather and beach season begin to unfold and settle in Lebanon,(pics taken from my life this past week)
my students for the past week began to look: a little off-focus, lagging on their academic work, attention, focus, and they have their heads already on the look-out for plane tickets to visit their families/parents in the summer – understandably as tickets now are way more affordable than later in time for a summer trip after final exams are over for them.
So, tonight, I was really looking for a video to open-up my class with tomorrow to introduce our new theme for the week, but as i thought of my demotivated students at this stage of study, I needed a genuine attempt to “win back” my students, make the best of the remaining sessions together , re-engage them and re-connect with them ..
And then this Jay Shetty came up with a video on “success” (a theme i am coincidentally teaching my students in Business decision-making) and how we define it to ourselves, how the world has all began to be all about,
“if you have the money, you have the success[…]”..
If you’ve met me in my previous blog posts, you’ll deduce or read that I’ve joined the “Educator-career path” only 6 months ago now – having moved away from my corporate finance tracks..
And so, as i pursue my finally-unveiled passion, i felt like i began to assess or evaluate my success in teaching by how less time i spend preparing my lectures, or how much i manage/learn to squeeze into 1 session, or even by how many papers i can correct within an hour or a day…
I kind of materialized, horribly, this passion I only unveiled a few months ago, and I realised i was slipping into that trap:
True success (at least mine as an Educator) actually resides in how well can i give my students the chance to be better business leaders and established societal leaders, wherever they go in the future, and whichever corporation they join, people they interact with, and country they reside in.
Honestly, i realised the above not only because of Jay’s video, but also 2 weeks earlier, when my week was over, i had delivered all my classes and for some reason, felt like this particular week, me being an Educator truly made me someone who uses the simple power of thought, i.e. sharing my brain with others, to empower them to spark a change.
Have a look into what my brain wrote out to one of my British Mentors that night of April 11, 2016:
Then, as this blog calls for growing through others, i was not let down;
a sneak peak of the reply and support i received back follows here, simply because i invested the time, humility, and courage to share my authentic self, as naked-ly:
The reply brings me to another message i’d love to share with you:
Please,never underestimate what you share with your people, whether your students, your family, your mentors, your superiors or people who work for you and/or are under your authority..
You can just make the day, week, or year of 1 person, 1 human being, by simply and genuinely sharing what’s on your mind. At the end of the day, we are all humans and we connect on that: simply being human, so go for it.
I chose another video to show my students, and chose to share this one on finding our spark here with you tonight, hoping it would remind all of us,
WE CAN DO IT:
THIS LIFE, THIS DIFFICULTY, THIS UPCOMING CHALLENGE, THIS NEW PLAN, TRIP, OR UPHILL FIGHT.
May you have a beautiful rest of the evening and days full of your passions in this life.
April 24, 2016 ; 11.26pm
Sharing an interesting, recent life mix of: Loneliness, Hope, Reflections, and Love.
Happy Easter my beautiful people;
celebrating or not this holiday, I hope we all had a ‘fair’ amount of time: to mend, to take care of ourselves, and to enjoy the things and people we cherish most in our busy, sometimes overwhelming lives.
I am compelled to share one gem to take away tonight:
A Movie Recommendation: Unconditional (link below)
Came across this movie by chance tonight. No words can possibly express how it spoke to me, truly. Powerful, beautiful, real; based on a true story of someone who chose, like us on this platform, to share their story, perhaps it may help others:)
My Lessons of the Day (if you have the time, please do read-on):
I had met my beautiful friend since high school, E.G. earlier this afternoon. Honestly, I had been procrastinating our catch-up for weeks on end to be very honest, justified horribly by: “i’m too busy/overworked, stressed “etc. you get the idea.
Our exchange … left us both ‘cured’. For real.
Highlight of our catch-up: we brainstormed on new, practical plans to launch in this upcoming month, for a more interesting, enriching life outside of work/other commitments life imposes on us more often than not:
I, Joy, have the expansion of my Blogging learning curve & the self-enjoyment/fulfillment that comes wrapped within those, in the lines of new acts of kindness I can/shall coin for My People (Stay tuned for those!);
while E.G. has a good amount of amusing investigation to discover something she loves to do, for herself, not for anything or anyone else and start it. It’s time for new options on the table of life!
Not by coincidence, this past week was also blessed with the visit of a precious friend E.H.; I did not get the chance to tell him though things I’d also love you, my people, to hear:
1.I began to fall in love with the Bloggers’ community I am exploring online day in, day in!
I would just love it if everyone now ‘meets’ my new friends here on the blogging platforms: Steph and Tea especially :D:D
Beautiful, beautiful people, stories, and moral support.
2.Opening up this Blog and posting on it merely to share my story with “others” who share my cup of tea in life, is the best thing I EVER did – in my life so far.
Every new notification on here gives me the chills and every new blogger i discover close to my outlook to life and character gives me reason to celebrate, be thankful, and smile every single day.
3. The “we only truly grow through others” Life Lesson & Self-help tip ‘driving’ this Blog wins yet again:
I wanted to give my students (first through third year undergraduates) a special, professional guest-speaker for their Marketing Modules, so i spread the word genuinely across my humble network of people- no one renowned or hotshot trust me.
Within 6 days, exactly, I was referred to, met, and chatted with my confirmed Speaker – a hotshot, regional Marketing Professional in one of the biggest Holdings in the Middle East, R.B.
Hearing my genuine mission with students in my first year as an academic, and sensing my excited intentions to share with our students something ‘practical, memorable and engaging’, he is now willing to share his story, expertise, and knowledge for no return – at a date we assign with our university. I cannot wait to see how we’ll get on with this!
Talk about investing through “others”? What do you think? How else could I have currently grown in my mission as instructor and academic officer of my students at the British School of Business, if not by asking “others”, valuing or recognizing “others”, genuinely appreciating them, being interested in what drives them, and hearing or learning from “others”in the networks of my people?
🙂 I rest my case for tonight on this one.
I learned not to ever again underestimate the Love of our “special people” and how much it allows them to understand us.
I learned not to ever again underestimate how much putting the ‘small’ yet crucially-needed effort to see a good friend (you don’t see every day because of ‘life’) over for a Coffee/Tea can do you good and release you from weeks of ‘not-such-a great’ relationship with life.
I learned to always live simply- literally; that is, communicate all grey thoughts or areas you may have because only by honest expression and naked truths, do two people really strengthen and build-on their relationship.
I am sure it was no coincidence at all that, as I felt I could not understand life perfectly these past two weeks, the right people next to me, E.G and E.H. were here for me, when I thought I was the one who should be/is here for them.. but then I realized,
A true Soulmate is not a perfect fit it seems! It’s more of, “a mirror, the person who show you everything that is holding you back,
the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
[…Soulmates] tear down your walls and smack you awake […].
They come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.
[They] shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions,
break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life[…]“.
Always eager to know your thoughts..:)
With all my love,
March 29, 2016.
March 19, 2016:
Hello there 🙂
I didn’t expect i’d have the time to be here right now;
it’s Mother’s Day on Monday March 21 in Lebanon. My Mom and I had planned to spend the day hiking one of the most beautiful towns up North; a Town called Assia, renowned predominantly for being the only authentic maker of pottery tools and utensils in all of Lebanon.
We just came back and I was off for a nap, but found myself here with you people:)
The time we spent…was incredible;
I couldn’t imagine wanting to spend my Saturday with anyone else, or in any other way.
Other hikers with us in the group perceived us to be sisters and it was most amazing to hear.
So, I’m passing by our platform here as someone inspiring just sent something my way and i’d love to share it with you;
its your voice again, as we had agreed that it will be here, not just my own words all the time cause i learn from you more than anyone:
“The full quote is by Tony Bennett, ‘Slow down. You’re too important. Life teaches you how to live it, if you live long enough.‘
You’re too important.
Find the teaching hidden in the chaos. “
March 13, 2016: