The Real Me–Part One (Fiction)

Dina reluctantly put on her dark blue skirt which she matched with a white long sleeve shirt. She wanted to look bland and effortless for this meeting. However, achieving the effortless look was a burden in itself. She put her hair up in a pony tail, and wore just enough make up to hide the…

Postponed Choices

Did you ever realize that we live in a world where happiness is often postponed? It just seem like, we can only be happy when we achieve the goal we are working on, then the next one, and then the one after that. Postponing our own happiness becomes a pattern early on in life. At…

Personality on Demand

I disappeared from my blog for a while, and yet I miss it. The truth is that I have been swamped with work. You see, I was on the organizing committee of a regional conference in my full time job, and that had to take priority over my love for writing and or public speaking….

We Do Care About Looks

Let’s get real, we all say beauty is skin deep and people shouldn’t be judged by their looks. But, deep down inside we do judge people based on their physical appearance. Whether we like it or not, our initial interest in anyone is based on whether or not they had that wow factor when they…

Love?

A week ago the world celebrated Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to love and romance. The women received roses and chocolates from their sweethearts, and the men paid tons of money for the roses and chocolates they gave their sweethearts. Those of us who are not in a couple got to sit on the sidelines…

In a Nutshell

The other day, I was having coffee with friends and the popular topic of wasta (Connections) came up. In our society there is no working environment free of this feature. We can even confirm that not everyone in any workplace is there for their own merits, or their skills. Whether we are talking about the…

Binging

Yesterday was a really cold day in Amman, the wind was howling, the rain was pouring, and the walls were even chilled in our house. It was one of these days that commanded will power for one to move from his or her seat, let alone  go out. So, after doing some work in the…

The Chapter is Closed

This year is the year where I am cutting down on my activities. It is the year where I am closing certain chapters in my life. This is not because these chapters are bad but it is rather because certain pursuits in my life have run their course. One such chapter is Toastmasters and my…

Reflections

As I go about my day to day life, I learn that there is some merit to the statement “Put Yourself first” and this really contradicts the other popular statement “Go the extras mile for others” So, this mixed messaging really makes me wonder should we be selfish or should we go out of our…

Resolutions

Tomorrow marks the last day of 2017, a time where many of us take a few moments to reflect on what we want to achieve in the 365 days to come. Some of us pull out the list of resolutions, and because we are especially hopeful at this festive time, we place everything we failed…

Society Has Chosen

Let’s admit it, free choice is not a luxury we have and the only time we can enjoy such a concept is if we have layers of thick skin and an impeccable ability to dodge criticisms from our friends, loved ones, and most importantly from our immediate family. The only other way we can speak…

Shallow

No matter how hard we try to hide it, and how emphatically we say to the world that we are deep human beings, we all do have a part of us that is shallow. This is the superficial part of us that is obsessed with image, status, power, and things as opposed to brains, intellect,…