Great Minds are Young

Archive for August 2011

Young Egyptian Farida Al Sayed is sharing with us today a new piece of thought. While surfing the net, she came across a quotation she thought it was inspiring and made her reflect on a lot of things. She wrote:

“Sometimes, or most of the times, teenagers tend to hate any task given to them, whether homework or house chores like cleaning up or washing the dishes. I myself hate having to do anything like such, and most of the time I would have to do it by force. It really feels bad to have to do something by force because then you would do it in a wrong way or mess up and get nothing done. I came across a quote that said “Do what you love to love what you do “. At first I thought it was related to what job I’d end up with in the future, or something like that. After thinking deeply about it, I realized that there was something I could do that would help me very much when doing anything, even chores!

I thought that, what if I try to think of something to make me do whatever it is  that I’m doing with love ? Maybe while washing the dishes, I could imagine how happy my mom would be or even how clean the sink would look like once I’m done? Or while cleaning my room, I could think how clean it would be after I’m done, then maybe I can light some candles, sit back and relax !? I’ll be really good to just try to imagine myself mastering a piece of art, and once I’m done, take a step back and admire the work done with love!

I personally like to think how good the thing I’m doing will be after I’m done, and that is what makes my chores bearable!

What would make yours bearable?”


There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it” (Edith Wharton 1862-1937)

Who would you rather be? A candle that lights up the world even if that requires to burn out, or a mirror that reflects the light of others and spread brightness?

Does being a candle necessarily mean sacrificing oneself to light up one’s surrounding? And does being a mirror necessarily mean taking advantage of others’ sacrifices and reflecting their good deeds?

I personally don’t think of it this way, for I don’t believe in sacrifices when willingly doing a good thing, as I don’t believe that a dark heart and a dark mind can ever reflect light.

Think about it!

Doctor Hawa Abdi and her daughters, Dr. Deqo Mohamed and Dr. Amina Mohamed are Somali doctors who challenged civil war, oppression, abuse, poverty and their own physical strength and ability to help those in need and create a community of peace amid the darkest and toughest conditions. Together they run a 90,000 people peaceful community, a local hospital and an elementary school!

Those three heroes are a live testament to the power of will, compassion, unconditional love, and “the warrior spirit of women”. Those three heroes are a symbol of hope and charity in a world full of darkness and hatred. Those three heroes undoubtedly deserved the title of Women of the Year 2010. These three heroes are very much needed nowadays and at all times, so let’s just hope we’ll have more and more of those candles to lighten the unsurmountable dark days of a lot around the world…

This link features Doctor Hawa Adbi and Dr. Deqo Mohamed discussing their medical clinic, school and camp in Somelia.

Enjoy and be inspired!

Mother and daughter doctor-heroes: Hawa Abdi + Deqo Mohamed (see link)

It’s true that the wireless communication has developed and improved and reached amazing speeds and quality in various countries, but where I come from it’s still in its very early if not primitive stages, which makes my working sessions on the internet long, frustrating and painful. But that’s another story…

Last night, I found a potential solution for my problems with wireless communication, and the problems of a lot others even in the highly developed countries where Wireless Communication seems to be well performing. Well, it’s of course a futuristic solution, but still a very interesting and viable one.

Last night I had the opportunity to watch a very interesting lecture and demonstration by Professor Harald Haas at “Harald Haas is the pioneer behind a new type of light bulb that can communicate as well as illuminate – access the Internet using light instead of radio waves.” So, he invented a light bulb that can be used as both a light and an internet provider, solving the four essential problems that face us in Wireless Communication.

It would be really amazing if this technology would be available real soon. It is extremely interesting, user-friendly, cost-effective, and innovative.

Enjoy 🙂

Harald (Please follow Link)

“People who are passionate about what they do are very inspiring”…
13 year old Egyptian Farida Al Sayed is an amazingly determined, passionate and ambitious young lady who keeps raising the bar for herself. Farida always reflects on matters of Life, inspired by great people around her, namely her grandmother. Farida says that people who inspire her in a lot of ways are those who are passionate about who they are and what they do; those who make even the simplest task they do seem lovely!
It’s really nice to see people like Farida, who are inspired by a lot others around them, are themselves a great source of inspiration for a lot others!

Some days, for no particular reason, I wake up with an overwhelming feeling of love and peace for everyone and everything… Today is one of those days. 🙂 Those days are my favorites because I feel positive and peaceful the whole day. I become more tolerant and accepting and I like it this way. 😉

I can’t seem to understand the direct reason behind such days and such mood, but that’s not that important. Well, it would be nice to know the recipe in order to increase the number of such days, or even better, make them the norm. Until then, I am cherishing and enjoying every single moment of peace and positiveness; the two secret ingredients to a wonderful morning, a great day, and an enjoyable life!

Good morning Everyone! I love you all!! 😉 🙂

Young Egyptian Nada Al Dash set another challenge for herself and created this beautiful colorful painting called “My Way”. Nada says this painting expresses her freedom of thought and action.



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