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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…