Doormats

Ever since we were kids our parents told us to be nice to anyone older than us, to not correct someone when they are saying something that is blatantly wrong, and to not tell a person that he or she is not saying the truth. We were even told to simply not respond when someone…

Traveling Part Two

As I said in my previous post, my second day in Atlanta saw me navigating the train system or the “MARTA” as they call it around here. Coming from Amman, my family had prepared a list of items they wanted me to bring home with me. So, I decided to go to the mall. I…

Do it Anyway

Yesterday, I accompanied my friend to a networking event for women in business. To be honest, I did not think much of the event. I went because my friend asked me if I would be interested in going and I figured why not. Basically , I did not go in there hoping for the groundbreaking…

The Secret of Success

I know that you were compelled to read more when you saw the title of my post. After all, we all want to know the secret formal for success. What is really funny about our eagerness to read more on this topic is that there isn’t really anything new to be said about it. In…

The Pre-contest Fears

Contrary to popular belief, one gets more nervous about talking in public as he or she  gains more public speaking experience. This is the state I am in now. In two days, I am competing in a Toastmasters contest and I am, for the first time in years, feeling nervous about it. In the past,…

Words that Inspire

After speaking for many years and writing speeches for many, I have learned that a good speech is one that touches the audience. Sure, knowing who your audience is helps, and knowing the space does too. But then again those are tips you would find in any public speaking manual. For me, I learned from…

Laila

Cafes in Jordan are different. Everything about this country is different, but I’m not homesick. I have been here for 20 years and I’m still not homesick. When I first came to Jordan, I was a 20-year-old student learning Arabic. My original plan was to come to this country for a few months, learn Arabic,…

They’re Just Words…or Are They?

Dear reader, I haven’t been writing for a while because I was simply wrestling with my own thoughts about word power. I was trying to decide to myself if words are truly harmless. You see, when I was in first grade, my teacher used to tell us  that “Sticks and stones can break our bones…

The Half Empty Glass

Imagine you are at a wedding where the bride looks stunning, the groom looks handsome, the food is great and the flower arrangements on the table are beautiful, but the bride is a few inches taller than the groom. I guarantee you that a good portion of the people in that wedding will comment on…

Falling

No, this post is not about falling in love or falling off the roof of a five-floor building, although both subject matters would be dramatic enough to write about. This post, is about Amman falling into the fall season. For as long as I can remember, I have been a hater of the fall and…

Should I Stay?

Every year I ask myself at least once whether I should stay or whether I should leave. Of course, such questions are asked by my own sub-conscious, as it forces me to respond to the pressing dilemma of  whether or not I should end my long-term relationship with Toastmasters. For those of you who don’t…