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Friday, January 24, 2014

2014-01-24 - Friday Whisper – I lost my Phone!

Couple of months ago, I lost my phone. I thought I forgot it at work but then after returning there, I found out that I have lost it… Most probably I dropped it in the cab…
I tried to call my number, no one answered… At some point they hung up on me…

So I had two choices: either to be angry and pissed off and frustrated or try to see it differently. So I took the second option as a challenge.

Hmmm…so let’s see how I can deal with it?

First, the mobile is already lost, there’s nothing I can do, it happened, and it belongs to the past. Full stop.

Why did it happen although I’ve put the mobile in my purse (without closing it though!)? What would be the reasons? Well, maybe the person who found it needed a phone or needed to call someone to check on… maybe the person sold the phone and used the money to cover basic needs... maybe the person never had a mobile before and it was a first for him… And my mobile was there to provide him/her all this!

Now you may tell me that the person ought to return the phone and do the right thing regardless of his/her situation… true, but this person for sure had poor values… which makes me pity him/her more :)

In all cases, somehow, I contributed to that person’s happiness and made his/her day, whether I wanted it or not :)

Today was my turn to lose my phone, tomorrow will be someone’s else; it cannot be others’ all the time, I’ve got to have my turn! :D

With doing all that, I kept my calm and my smile, and was able to move forward…

Of course there are times where bad events happened and we can’t act as peaceful as that, and for sure there are more serious events that may happen… We all go thru the same ones in most cases… Yet, no matter what happens, we always have a choice to decide how we want to react…it lays in our hands only…

James Owen, an American writer, said: “Bad things can happen, and often do--but they only take up a few pages of your story; and anyone can survive a few pages.”

Focus on what you can do today, instead of self-blaming or self-victimizing for what has already happened.

If it is the case, make a learning out of it, what behavior will you adopt today so that this event won’t happen again.

And just tell yourself, good times don’t last forever, neither do bad times ;)

As for me, I learnt two things:
-I should always close my purse in a cab
-It was time I offer myself a new mobile phone ;)

Rania Hammoud, Life Coach
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Friday, January 10, 2014

2014-01-10 - Friday Whisper – Don’t Settle for Less…

You know how I always say do NOT take any new year resolutions, specially the ones that last as long as the first week of January!!!

But if I would recommend one resolution to take, it would be this one: “Do NOT settle for less”

Don’t settle for a job that adds nothing to your everyday just because it is secure…

Don’t settle for a house that doesn’t feel like home just because you want to own a house…

Don’t settle for an education your parents chose for you just because you want their approval…

Don’t settle for a friend who only calls you when he/she needs something or wants to nag about something just because you don’t have lots of friends…

Don’t settle for a gang of friends who share nothing of your values and beliefs just because you are afraid to stand alone…

Don’t settle for a relationship that drains you just because you are afraid to go thru a breakup or a divorce...

Don’t settle for a partner who doesn’t make you feel worthy everyday or doesn’t give you the love you need, just because you can’t find the right one for you…yet.

Know your worth, respect yourself, and get what you deserve: the best that is… And if you can’t find it, keep searching for it, dig it out, even create it if you can!

Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple, said: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”

And Maureen Dowd, an American columnist and author, said: “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”

Life is too short to waste it feeling nothing, enjoying nothing and risking nothing…

Don’t settle for an ordinary life, make it an extraordinary one, it is worth it!

And love yourself…

Rania Hammoud, Life Coach
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