The Real Me-Part Two (Fiction)

“So, how do we get to know each other? Do you meet men alone, or do you do it with a relative around? Or do we talk on the phone, or do we have pointless conversations online?” Hashem asked.  “So, you agree to my terms?” Dina responded “I don’t even know what your terms are…

Book review- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Let me start by saying that I dislike self-help books. If you regularly read my posts you would know that I don’t like any book that promises me a great life simply by smiling and believing that everything will turn out ok or by saying certain words or acting a certain way. Whether we like…

Hidden Greatness

A few weeks ago, while I was on one of my bookstore trips, I came across a book titled “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck”. Naturally, the cynical side of me found the title intriguing, although I was never really a fan of self help books. In fact, I never picked up a…

The Trouble With Indifference

People often say that they don’t have an opinion about a certain issue, or that they don’t want to get involved in an argument between people they know. They might also say that they will keep their opinions to themselves. While it is understandable that they make such statements as a means to avoid problems,…

They Just Do !

Why do bad things happen to us? Is it because we deserve it? Is it because Karma is coming back to sting us for our wrong doings? Or, is God trying to teach us something? Is there a real reason why things sometimes go wrong in our lives? Two weeks ago, i got robbed. I…

An Issue with Self-Help Books and How-To Articles

Over the past year I found myself unable to get through any self-help book or how-to article, especially those designed to promise me a full-proof plan that will improve my life in one month, one week, or ten steps. Now, on the other hand I do enjoy reading those books and articles that allow me…

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…