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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 ;)


Rania Hammoud, Life Coach
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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..."


Rania Hammoud, Life Coach
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