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Friday, April 26, 2013

2013-04-26 – Friday Whisper – What is critical to your happiness…

If you were to meet a forensic artist (who constructs the painting of a suspect thru details collected from witnesses), behind a curtain, and give him/her your details of your physical appearance, for them to draw it, how would you describe yourself? How would you describe your hair, your forehead, your eyes, your nose, your lips, your jaws? Would you mention the dark circles around your eyes? Or the pimples on your cheeks? Would you describe your nose compared to what you wish it would be?

I was watching a video of Dove called Real Beauty Sketches (, where a forensic artist meets with women, behind a curtain; a woman A describes her face and the artist draw it. Then, the artist meets with another woman B who will describe woman A for the artist to draw her again. It was amazing how the two sketches came out different, woman’s A description being different from what she looked like and woman B’s description matching more. It made me reflect on how we see ourselves, how we concentrate on the “flaws” we have when others can only see our beauty…

Of course, the physical aspect is only the tip of the iceberg of what lies within us, how we grow to be hard on ourselves, how we let others’ pinions become more important than ours.

If any of your parent told you that you were fat or stupid or lame or compared you to a sibling or a cousin or even a stranger in a negative manner, write the idea down on a piece of paper, then bring another paper and write down the opposite, read it, think about it and feel it in your body… if your partner told you that you are boring, unsexy, do the same… if your teacher or boss did that too, repeat the process... The first paper? Burn it!

Wanna play the Dove game? Go as follows:
1-List the features of your face on a piece of paper and put a description next to each.
2-Now call a friend asking him/her to describe each feature of yours and write them down on a separate list
3-Compare the two lists. What do you notice?

Walt Disney said: “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique”

And D.M. Dellinger, an American activist, said: “You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own.”

People see the uniqueness in you, do you?

Rania Hammoud, Life Coach
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Friday, April 5, 2013

2013-04-05 – Friday Whisper – People…

Sometimes when I walk down the street or take a cab or drive to a place, I look at people on the street, try to imagine how they were when they were babies, thinking that this very old man used to be a crawling baby, and this old woman used to wear her hair in braids…

When I see guys in their early 20’s, walking together, talking and laughing, I wonder whether they will be that close, 10 years down the road or total strangers…

When I see a blue-collar worker, I wonder what were his dreams when he was a kid and where did they go…

When I see a beggar on the street, I wonder if he ever had a decent day in his life, what happened, what did he lose, where did he go wrong…

When I see a couple walking holding hands, I wonder how many heart-breaks they went thru before they found each other…

When I see people looking happy, I wonder when was the last time they cried, they lost a dear one, or what ordeal they will go through in the near future…

When I see kids playing, I ask myself, how many among these kids will grow up to be a good person, how many they will be criminals or corrupt, and how many their lives will take a dramatic change…

Plato, a philosopher, said: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”

And H. Jackson Brown Jr., an American author, said: "Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something."

I look around and I think to myself what a wonderful world :)

Rania Hammoud, Life Coach
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