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Friday, December 21, 2012

2012-12-21 – Friday Whisper – Have you met yourself?


If you get the chance to meet yourself, what would you see?
If you were to describe yourself, what would you write?
If you were to appraise yourself, what would it be about?
If you were to critic yourself, what would you say?
If you were to get yourself a gift, what would it be?
If you were to leave yourself a message, what would it be?
If you were to grant yourself one wish, what would be it?
If you were to give yourself one book, what would it be?
If you were to comment on a photo of yourself, what would you write?
If you were to tell a story about yourself, what would it say?
If you were to write one statement on your grave, what would it be?
If you were to give yourself a name, what would it be?
If you were to kiss yourself, where would it be?

If you haven’t recognized your limits, how can you push them further?
If you don’t know how to describe yourself, how will you be able to describe what you want and don’t want?
If you don’t accept that you have weaknesses, how would you transform them into opportunities to grow?
If you don’t admit that you are carrying some weight on your shoulders for years, how would you stop to put it down, step on it and move forward, faster?
If you don’t accept yourself the way you are, how would you expect others NOT to reject you?
If yourself would tell you “I love you”, what would you reply?

Buddha said: “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”

Now, if you were to look at yourself in the eyes, what you promise yourself?


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Friday, November 30, 2012

2012-11-30 – Friday Whisper – Globally Hypnotized…


Recently I’ve been observing the big shows that are running on the TV channels, locally and internationally.

Most of the shows are either for selecting the country Idol singer, or the Voice of the year, or the Dancing star, or the Celebrity who can sing the best, or a Karaoke singing competition, or a competition to see if you can dance or to select the star of this Academy… and each one of those shows are going worldwide… Then you have the Soap operas that run for more than 100 episodes, translated into more than one language, and for more than one season… Let alone the reality shows!!! Mind you that an episode of any show can run easily from 1 to 2 hours. Many around the world tune to them, including me…

I asked myself after watching one of those shows: what is the difference between “Rania before this show” and “Rania after this show”? What have changed? The response was NONE. Not a word, not a piece of information, not a thought I got… Did I have fun? Maybe… but after several times watching a given show, it becomes more of a habit or ritual or a must to fit in with everyone else who is watching it… I would watch it regardless if I am enjoying it or not, as if I am running on autopilot… You would say, those shows are meant to entertain us… I agree…but don’t you think that it is becoming too much, too many?

Some of us goes far beyond just watching them… these shows become priorities: They precede family responsibilities and social interactions for many viewers… Or even more, they become the central topic of social gatherings, they would discussed what happened and what would happen next…  Add to all this the continuous follow-up on Facebook and Twitter till the next episode…

I felt as if the purpose of all those programs is to perform a collective hypnosis on all of us… as if it is meant to be for all of us around the world to come to think the same way, accept the same thing and adopt the same values, regardless if they suit us or not…

Isn’t there a way where we can come to think the same way, accept the same thing, adopt the same values, but that will lead us to have a better world?
Can’t there be a big production that can benefit us in a different way than having more singers and dancers? And for that production to go worldwide just like the other shows? Not that I have anything against singers and dancers; it is just that I believe we need something totally different to deal with all the wars, hatred and divisions we are witnessing today…

I want global hypnotization; I just want the one that brings us up to a level where we can accept each other and see our differences as richness…
I don’t want the one that makes us busy with virtual stuff, not adding anything to us, not solving any problem of this world, and giving us false hope and false happiness that drives us away from the real purpose of life….

I know there are other channels that I can tune to, and other things that I can do than the TV itself, but it was just a thought that crossed my mind and I wanted to share with you J

Groucho Marx, an American comedian, said: “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. “

As for myself, I find television very inspiring. Every time I watch a useless show, I go to my laptop and whisper to you ;)


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

2012-11-16 – Friday Whisper – I am Sad…


I am sad, very sad for what is happening in Gaza…

I am sad that the only thing that we can do is to put a status or change our profile picture…

I am sad that the some people in this world are so brainwashed to the point that they believe it is ok for Israel to kill civilians under the pretext of defending itself…

I am sad that the nations of this World, deliberately, turns a blind eye to flagrant human rights violation, violation they won’t accept to happen for less than humans in their country…

I am sad that the blockade Gaza strip is being taking place since 2007 with economic sanctions, making Palestinian people’s life more miserable, something the World had forgotten or got used to it…

I am sad that Palestinian parents who decide to have kids in Palestine, can’t really promise them anything; in fact they can’t guarantee them they won’t be killed before they reach adulthood!

I am sad that young Palestinian men and women don’t have the luxury of dreaming of a better future, even the near future as near as tomorrow…

I am sad that Palestinian people are deprived of their basic needs, yet they are asked to guarantee the well-being and safety of the Israelis…

I am sad that Gaza is being bombarded using Arab oil…

I am sad that more mass protests against Israeli aggression are taking place in the West than in the Arab world…

And my sadness is negligible when it comes to what Palestinians are living every single day…since ever… In fact, my sadness is not important at all!!!

Fact: All Israelis are Jews, but not all Jews are Israelis…

Fact: Israel is a rapist: they raped the land of others, every day, over and over again, for more than 64 years…

Fact: Israel is a terrorist: according to the definition, Israel is using utmost violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims…

Fact: Israel violates human rights: A right that is believed to belong justifiably to every person: the right of lodging, having a decent living, right to education and healthcare…

Fact: Israel is barbaric: killing kids savagely, destroying homes brutally, erasing the past, besieging the present, and denying a whole future…

Fact: Israel is a Zionist: although a victim of the Holocaust, it makes Palestinians living it every single day; much of what Nazis did to the Jews…

Bertrand Russell, a British philosopher, said: “No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled en masse from their own country; how can anyone require the people of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate?”

People living in Gaza: I am ashamed of my paralysis in front of your resistance, I bow humbly in front of your suffering, I raise my hat in front of your pride and dignity…

And I am still sad… really sad…





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Friday, November 2, 2012

2012-11-02 – Friday Whisper – Don’t Oppress, Express!


Sometimes you think that oppressing your feelings is the right thing to do…you don’t express what you are feeling, what you really want, what you don’t want… and you do it because you think you are stronger, you are controlling the situation better, and that is the only right way to do it…

The thing is, you are just delaying expressing your feelings…sometimes it may take weeks, months or even years…
The same way, when we loose a beloved one, we try hard to pretend that we overcame our pain and we are carrying on with our lives… Or when we break up with our boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse, we fall in the “superwoman/superman” syndrome, trying to show up as strong, invincible, sane, whole… whereas we are shattered inside, crying our heart out…

And to avoid feeling the pain, we fool ourselves into thinking that we don’t feel anything… The reality is that we bury our pain deep, burying it alive and pretending that it doesn’t exist anymore… We do all this to try to limit our pain, avoid dealing with what we are facing and shortening our misery period… But it will find its way up again at some point and comes out in a more hurtful and toxic way!

It is not always easy to deal with our feelings, we avoid facing the new situations, circumstances, our new life changed, the new us, because we are afraid of what we might find, afraid to admit that we might have failed somewhere or took the bad decision… we are afraid of our new situation… we are afraid to feel uncomfortable emotions…

Expressing your pain, acknowledging your right to be sad, weak, terrified, angry, accepting the fact that you are not perfect nor right all the time, mourning your heart, crying, living your emotions, all this takes a lot of courage to admit it and do it…

It doesn’t matter what others would say if they see you weak or sad… because “those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter!”

Live the period of mourning, go through the process, express yourself, and get a closure… It is only then that you can carry on with your life, easier and in a healthier way… because burying your feelings will only lead to burying your inner truth, your true emotions, your real self…

Johnny Depp, an American actor, said: “You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.”

It is weak to pretend that you are strong; it is strong to admit that you are weak…

"It’s good to cry out all your tears because only then will you be able to smile again..."


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Friday, October 5, 2012

2012-10-05 – Friday Whisper – The Voice…


Have you ever watched “The Voice” show? Initially it is a Dutch program, now internationally performed. Its format consists of a blind audition of voices by 4 coaches (who are famous singers themselves), turning their back to the new singers. The new contestant would sing. If a coach likes the voice, he/she would turn to see the singer as a sign that he/she wants this singer on his/her team. If more than one coach turns, it is up to the singer to choose the coach. The main idea is to evaluate the singer on the voice only, before seeing the person or knowing its name, sex or origin. The coach then would train his/her team to compete with the others.

I was thinking, what if each one of us imitates this show, but by being the coach and the singer, sitting in a room, shutting all other distractions, shutting off the lights, and listen to nothing but your inner voice…give it few minutes, first for the voice to realize that it got a chance to surface… once it starts talking, be patient, let it talk and talk and talk…if needs be, let it repeat itself, decipher it, allow it to say something different than things you are used to hear or familiar with.
What kind of voice do you think you would find? Shaking? Shy? Weird? New? Tired? Wondering? Strong? Courageous? Familiar?

How would you evaluate it? Would you turn to see it? Would you listen to what it is saying? Would you accept it? Would you help it and coach it? Or you would keep turning your back to it, ignoring what it is saying?

You know, the only difference between your show and “The Voice” is that in the latter, the coaches have more than one voice to choose from hence more than one chance to find the winner…whereas in your case, if you choose to ignore your voice, there will be no show…

Howard Thurman, an American author, said: “There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.”

Listen to your inner voice, you might be the winner…


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Friday, September 14, 2012

2012-09-14 – Friday Whisper – Who is Responsible for Your Happiness?


Do you feel unhappy? Because of whom? Is it because of your family? Your spouse? Your girlfriend/boyfriend? Your friend? One of your siblings or cousins? Your colleague? Your boss?
Is it because of a “thing” like your work? Your car? Your property? Is it because of your country? Your government?

Now that we know your unhappiness is caused by whom/what, next question: are you planning to be unhappy because of this person/that thing?

Next question: for how long?

Next question: do you realize that your own happiness lies in the hands of someone/something other than yours?

Next question: do you realize that you are giving this person/thing the full authority of deciding of your happiness?

Next question: do you realize that you are doing this willingly (consciously or unconsciously)?

Next question: do you realize that the same way you agreed (consciously or unconsciously) to give this person/thing this authority, you can consciously take this authority back?

Next question: do you know it is much much much easier to hold someone/something else the responsibility for your happiness than you being responsible for it? Why? Because otherwise you will have to move your butt/scratch you head and do something about it: more difficult!

I am not asking you to feel happy instead of mourning a dear person or feeling pain when a bone is broken. I am talking about day-to-day routine, because imagine you are unhappy day-in, day-out, if your life would be put in a book, what title would you give it?

I don’t want to hear “I am scarifying my own happiness for the sake of others”, because I don’t think they asked you to! Nor do I want to hear, “there is nothing that I can do to change it”, it means that you are dead-person-walking!

Even in love, your happiness cannot depend on your partner, because once your partner is gone, your happiness is gone too… your partner doesn’t want this burden either!!! Instead, be a happy person, which makes your partner enjoy staying around…

What you can do?
- STOP blaming others for your unhappiness
- Find a worthy purpose for your life
- Every day, when you wake up, assume the best
- No matter how you used to interpret the bad events, start doing it the opposite way: believe that events happen in your best interest
- Your happiness depends on your attitude, choose a positive one
- Adopt a surrender mind: accept that bad things happen, replace old goals by new ones and move on!

Dalai Lama said: “It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.”

And John Milton, an English poet, said: "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven."

Next question: Knowing what you know now, what are you going to do?

Rania Hammoud, Life Coach
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Friday, August 24, 2012

2012-08-24 – Friday Whisper – A Blind Man…


What does a blind man see when sitting in a bus going home?

What does a blind woman see when attending a wedding?

What does a blind man see when he opens the door in the morning?

What does a blind woman see when she dresses up in front of the mirror?

What does a blind man feel when he falls in love?

How does she fall in love?

Do you feel that you are doing something good helping a blind man crossing the street? Or maybe he is doing you some good because he is letting you play the role of his eyes, hence giving you the chance to pay more attention to what is happening around you…

Do you feel that you are doing something good serving a blind woman a dish of food in a wedding party? Or maybe she is doing you some good trusting you in choosing and preparing a food plate with care…

In a presence of a blind person during a gathering, do you introduce yourself? If you have met the person before, do you expect the person to remember you the next time you talk to him/her? By just touching your hands or hearing your voice, they would remember you right away; whereas you might totally forget a person you saw and even talked to, last month…

Do you see the difficulties in their lives? Do you see the difficulties in yours? What is stopping them? What is stopping you?

Do you feel more fortunate that you can see? Or do they feel more fortunate that they can see beyond seeing?

Haven’t you notice that sometimes you still fall down, you still overlook important details around you, you still miss a sad look or caring eyes in front of you, even when your eyes are wide open?

Is it really enough that we can see, for us to see?

Stevie Wonder, an American singer and songwriter, who lost his sight shortly after birth, said: "Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision."

And Helen Keller, an American author who was blind and deaf, said: “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”

Close your eyes and look around you…what do you see?
Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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Friday, July 20, 2012

2012-07-20 – Friday Whisper – Detox…


Ramadan is here, so my spiritual detox starts again…

This month is a great opportunity to get rid of bad habits and acquire new healthy ones, to do an inner voyage visiting our forgotten rooms amidst our busy lives…A self-challenge, switching in a blink of an eye from one daily routine to another and adjusting to it, overcoming any difficulty or desire, fasting under any circumstances… A pause at a crossroad, before deciding to staying on the same path or do a U-turn, if needs be…

I will be hibernating again this month, away from blogging, except for sharing some inspirational quotes and sayings from time to time…

I hope these blessed days will bring you inner peace and serenity, and you take the time to seek self-purification and spiritual growth.

Wish you a blessed Ramadan to all of you :)




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Friday, July 6, 2012

2012-07-06 – Friday Whisper – 3000 times…


Having a bit more than 3000 readers on my page makes me enjoy checking it 3000 times more…

I always check on you, your profiles (to the limit you allow me), when did you join my page, which posts or quotes you chose, how fast you interacted, what were your comments and I get to know you more and more, specially by the choice of your words…

Thank you for taking the time to read my posts, like them, comment on them and share them! You put a smile on my face when I find out that you shared a post and that a friend of yours has liked it or even shared it!!! It tells me that I am reaching beyond my readers, to readers I am not aware of, out there, and we (me, you and them) are somehow connected, thru thoughts flying from one mind to another…

In my world, I’m having a coffee with each one of you, having a one on one conversation, asking you about how are you doing, with all what that question holds…

In my world, you are facing your daily challenges with the belief that you can make it…

In my world, you are facing your flaws and you are admitting your mistakes…

In my world, you are facing your weaknesses, because doing so makes you a courageous person, not the other way around…

In my world, you are accepting the others, changing your reactions towards them instead of waiting for them to change…

In my world, you are getting up after a break up or a divorce, to discover the new you…

In my world, you are embracing life, enjoying it, because losing a beautiful life for worthless and ugly things or people is not worth it…

In my world, you are changing your problem into an opportunity to conquer it, to understand yourself, to reach to others…

In my world, you are setting yourself free of any resentment or anger, because a beautiful soul like yours deserves to be flying high rather than chained down …

In my world, you are not a victim of people and circumstances; you are the hero of your life, you make things happen…

In my world, you use all your talents and knowledge to make a difference in others’ life…

In my world, you treat everybody fairly, regardless of their skin color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, race, nationality, job position or wealth…

In my world, you don’t go around bossing people; you are a leader who shows them how to become leaders themselves…

In my world, you are fully aware that nothing is beyond your limits, unless what you put for yourself…

In my world, no two days of your life are the same, because everyday you learn a new talent, a new hobby, a new information, a new word…

In my world, you rise up with every sunrise…

In my world, you won’t leave this life the same way you found it…

In my world, you wont leave this life without having tried your best…



And I know my world is real, and I know you are real :)

3000 times I love each and every one of you…

3000 times I am blessed to have you…

3000 times thank you :)


Thank you, Merci, Gracias, Danke, Blagodarya, Dêkuji, Grazie, Tack, Shukran, Terima kasih, Kamsahamnida, Tesekkurler, Efcharisto, Tak, Mulţumesc, Obrigado, Faleminderit, Asante, Köszönöm


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