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Friday, March 30, 2012

2012-03-30 – Friday Whisper – Call me a Trim Tab – Part 1


I was once watching an environmental documentary talking about what would be the situation on Earth 30, 50, 100 years from now…how water might become scarce, how the ozone layer will be bigger, how many animals, insects will be extinct by then, how the global warming will affect the climate of different countries…and how all this will affect humans’ life…

By 2100, if we don’t reduce CO2, global warming will increase Earth’s average temperature by 11.5 degree Fahrenheit. This will cause disease spread, animal extension, disappearing of mountain glaciers, among other problems.

World population will increase by 45% in the next 30 years, while fresh water will increase by 10%. Water will be a serious problem by then. Water quality will deteriorate, less water will be available for farms, and wastewater use will increase, among other problems.

On a first thought, I said to myself, who cares, I won’t be here by then, I don’t have kids to worry about, and to be honest, I would be sad for the rest of you and your descendants, but I won’t be turning in my grave!!!

On a second thought, I realized that whatever will happen in the future, will depend on what I do today… and if we do nothing, we will be the criminals of tomorrow…whether we will be here or not… This is when it struck me in my face!!! I will be one of the criminals, it will be my fault, not solely, but my fault… it is the same thing as if I kill a human being today, even if nobody will know about it, I will still be a criminal and I will know it… and that, will make me turn in my grave…

Once I realized this, I understood the importance of trying to preserve our Earth as much as possible, even doing tiny efforts like recycling our papers, giving away stuff that are still useful, using Energy efficient appliances, buying only what we need, reusing what we have… any effort, no matter how small it is, we still call it an effort, so it still counts!

According to Wikipedia, “trim tabs are small surfaces connected to the trailing edge of a larger control surface such as a rudder of a boat”. Moving slightly the trim tab will build the right pressure to move the rudder around, thus moving the biggest ship.


Buckminster Fuller, an American engineer, inventor and author, is often cited for his use of trim tabs as a metaphor for leadership and personal empowerment, how one person can move a whole big ship, “So I said, call me Trim Tab” he said…

Gandhi said: “The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.”

Move the ship farther in the right direction, be a “Trim Tab”!


Rania Hammoud, Life Coach
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Friday, March 16, 2012

2012-03-16 – Friday Whisper – Are they annoying?


Do you have annoying people in your life? I’m talking about friends, family members, spouses, siblings, kids, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles…

With annoying I mean, they repeat the same subject over and over again, they arrange their rooms and houses in a way you find it unsuitable to live in, they talk, eat, drive, dress, cook in an annoying manner… they express their opinions, they get their nose in non-of-their-business matters…

And you? You’re stuck with them! You keep talking about them, in their back, avoiding them, criticizing them or trying to change them to think or become like you!!!

Have you ever thought that maybe you get on their nerves too, but they love you too much to be annoyed or bothered…

Now, let’s take a step back: have you lost one of those members? Do you miss them? Don’t you find yourself remembering them especially with those annoying things, but with nostalgia? Wishing they would come back and being ready to endure them again? Thinking that those things are nothing compared to them not being here? You would laugh remembering their manners! In fact, those things will become the characteristics that made them unique, different from others, made them who they were…

So how about starting to find a way to accept the living ones as they are, enjoying their company while they are around, finding the positive side… you know, no matter how your relative gets on your nerves, you will get to a point where those moments are gone, where you don’t have anyone around to call “aunt” or “uncle” or “grandpa” or “cousin” anymore… There will be times where you will look among strangers for ones who look like them to bring those moments back and wish yours were still alive…

Emilio Estevez, an American actor and writer, said: “We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That's what connects us--that we're all broken, all beautifully imperfect.”

And Khalil Gibran, an Lebanese-American author, said: “The person you consider ignorant and insignificant is the one who came from God, that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom.”

The day I decided to accept others with their imperfections, suddenly life became more fun!!!

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.
 Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.”~Alice Walker

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Friday, March 2, 2012

2012-03-02 – Friday Whisper – You are Free…


You know that you are free to eat what you want, dress how you want, go where you want, watch TV when you want...

In most cases, you are also free to date/love/marry whom you want, befriend whom you want, work with whom you want, talk to whom you want…

Yes, you are free to do all the above, anytime…

What you might know or not know is that you are also free to decide how life events can affect you…

If your spouse is never satisfied with anything you do, if a colleague stabs you in the back at work, if your boss overloads you with tasks, if your friend abuses you, you can decide whether you want to drawn in misery or keep going regardless… Of course you will feel hurt in all the above situations, but how it will affect your life and what your reaction will be is totally up to you… you decide whether you drown in misery, go around screaming or cursing, spend your time crying, dig in emotional eating (then soon start fighting weight gain) or develop a mindset to try to find out a real solution…

For each stimuli there is a response. According to Victor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, animals associate one response to one stimuli and react the same way every time. Human beings, on the other hand, can choose among different responses to the same stimuli…

Take a simple example, the weather: if it is rainy day, you can decide to feel angry and clumsy or you can imagine how beautiful it will feel when the sun will come out again… that’s our advantage over other creatures, we can imagine situations and feel good about them before they even take place…

Same things happen to all of us, how you respond to it is what makes the difference between you and me.
You decide if you want to behave based on your values rather than based on your feelings… Don’t blame circumstances and conditions… don’t empower them and give them the control over your life…

Eleanor Roosevelt, a former First Lady of the United States, said: “No one can hurt you without your consent”

And Stephen Covey, an American author, said: “We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.”

Decide how things will affect you. Be proactive rather than reactive. Be responsible. Own your life.

Be free to choose…



Rania Hammoud, Life Coach
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