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Friday, January 22, 2016

2016-01-22 – Friday Whisper – The Life I want…

The other day I asked myself a question:” if a doctor told you that you have a terminal disease and that you’ve got only one year to live, what would be your reaction?”. And my immediate response was: “I would live the life I want to the fullest”. Now my very next question was: “and what would the life you want look like?”, this is where my mind went totally blank!!!! And I wondered, was it that I didn’t know what I want or maybe I am already living the life I want? I couldn’t answer this either…
I realized that answering the question “What do you want?” is not as easy as it seems. What do you want to do in your life? What do you want to achieve? What do you want your future to look like? When you reach your future, what do you want your past to look like? In short, What Do You Want?
I’d like to think that I am getting it all in my life, yet I want to make sure of that. I don’t want to wake up 10 years down the road and discover that I missed on achieving something very important to me, that I totally overlooked and realize that it is too late to do it…
If I can figure out what is my purpose on this earth, how do I want to make use of the time left for me, maybe this can help me know how to design the life I want…
Maybe one of the ways to figure this out is to ask the 8-years old child in you what does he/she like and not like about the person you are today…
Another way to ask yourself if you had the magic wand with unlimited choices what things would you create? After the cars, houses, clothes, accessories, gadgets you got yourself, what else would you get?
A third way that helps you is if you can point out your passion, maybe you would be on the right way as well… and trust me, this is not easy to do as well!
A forth way is to think about what do you want people to remember you for, once you leave this life? What would you like your legacy to be?
Now once you are able to figure this out, start acting on designing the life you want; don’t wait for a terminal illness to do so!!!

I am off to figure out the life I want, what about you?

Rania Hammoud, ACC,Life Coach
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Friday, January 8, 2016

2016-01-08 – Friday Whisper - Turning a Blind Eye…

Every time I stumble upon sad or violent news, I turn a blind eye and carry on.
I don’t want to know what is happening in Madaya, or in Dunkrik & Calais refugee camps,  what is happening in the refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan or Turkey, or with the refugees waiting at European borders, especially in this freezing season..
I don’t want to know about the daily life of people in Syria...
I don’t want to know what happened to Aylan Kurdi before he drowned, neither about all the refugees who lost their lives in the sea.
I don’t want to know what happened to people during the war on Afghanistan and Iraq and the aftermaths of that.
I don’t want to know what is happening to women that being captured by ISIS.
I don’t want to know what is happening with the people of Yemen.
I don’t want to know what is happening in Myanmar.
I don’t want to know what the rebel groups are doing in Burma, Somalia, Ethiopia, Niger, Cameron and Chad.
I don’t want to know about the daily on-going suffering of Palestinians.
I don’t want to know about the people who were beheaded or hanged or shot just because they expressed their opinions.
I don’t want to know about all this, otherwise I will hold myself accountable of what I didn’t do, as we are all guilty of their sufferings…
I found it easier to turn a blind eye, watch those useless talent shows and pretend that this is the real world, along with the vain Kardashians.
And I wonder why do I have to bring another human being into this life? What for? Isn’t it too cruel to bring innocent children into all this? What kind of legacy we’ll be leaving for them?
Then I say to myself, maybe we need some clean spirits, maybe they will be able to clean up our mess, maybe they will be able to bring a fresh breeze of humanity, love, empathy and mercy to this life… maybe all what we are left with is a wish for a better tomorrow, a faith in the unknown future generation… a glimpse of hope…maybe…

Rania Hammoud, ACC,Life Coach
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