Great Minds are Young

Archive for September 2011

“Smile it’s contagious”.  A beautiful expression that holds a perfect truth and a wonderfully positive message worth living and spreading, for it does wonders. Likewise, anger is contagious… And it also does wonders!!! As a matter of fact, anger could be a master of all evil since it “does not listen perfectly to reason.”

However, one cannot deny that human nature and anger have always been best friends, and it is extremely difficult for a lot of people to eliminate it from their lives (or even reduce it). Well, that’s understandable with regards to our world filled with negativity, aggression, and hatred, not to mention hard living conditions, psychological disorders, abuse, and many more. Fair enough… Let’s not worry then about eliminating it now (though we should), but rather try to be more practical. Why not minimizing its negative effects, which make the lives of many living hells. Why not working on deflating the arrogant importance of anger, which makes all what results from anger, from misunderstandings to fights and greater sins, seems ridiculously insignificant.

I think trivializing anger could be a great step toward controlling anger,hence eliminating it, which will eventually bring constant peace of heart and mind, the key ingredients to happiness.

How to trivialize it?? Well, it’s a long story that starts with “smile, it’s contagious! 😉



There’s one thing that made me forget myself, filled me with enthusiasm and energy, and made every single effort worth the hard work; it’s being in class inspiring, and getting inspired! And I miss that one thing enormously 😦

I made a choice last year and I am not regretting it a bit. I am starting a new chapter full of new challenges and sought for achievements and success stories. But that doesn’t deny the fact that I was never greatly rewarded, and will probably never be, the way I was as a teacher (beside of course being a proud mother 😉 ).

Well, to tell the truth, I do not miss the long long hours of corrections, but I do miss reading the amazing stories and thoughts of those bright young minds. I do not miss the hectic working hours and the never-ending preparations, but I do miss all the interaction with my students, the workshops, the activities, the events, the projects, and all the crazy, funny, creative moments we shared. I do not miss correcting hundreds of quizzes and exams, but I greatly miss the proud shiny eyes, the big smiles and the Hoorrays of my students when they get good grades or they improve their average. I do not miss at all the disappointment and sadness of some who could not perform well (for it broke my heart), but I definitely miss their strong will to move on, their determination to work harder and ambition to achieve.

Well, there were definitely some bad days, but also a much greater number of good and wonderful days. I learned from the first and cherished the second, but currently miss both! I miss every student, every creative thought, every inspiring moment, every laugh, every smile, every morning hug, and most importantly, I miss the whole SPIRIT!!

In fact, there is no greater pleasure than seeing the eyes of my students shining! There’s no greater reward than a group of amazingly creative young minds interacting enthusiastically, and craving for more. There is no greater job than being a leader, a follower, and a partner at the same time.

I truly wish, and more positively hope, and optimistically know, that all teachers would focus on developing the great potential of the great young minds, rather than injecting information in their heads to be ‘ejected later upon request’!

Loyalty, consistency and engagement are few words that describe Nada Al Dash’s attitude toward this blog. I’d like to share with you tonight a new poem in which Nada reflects on another aspect of her life. Nada’s message in this poem is to “never give up, never lose hope, because whatever you are looking for will come; you just need to wait and never give up… Giving up is something you should never put in your mind, even when you have nothing at all. Giving up and losing hope is not an option, because many people can make something
magnificent out of nothing.”

Enjoy 🙂

A Waiting Call

 Ordered by everyone

Trying to run

Nowhere to hide

Nowhere that wide

A path unclear

A soul full of fear

Not knowing who is
whispering in your ear

Hoping someone,
somewhere is here

Closing your eyes
thinking you’re that wise

When you finally start to rise

Thinking there is no reason for us to hide

When you’re looking at the unclear path

You know there is something to find

Stuck somewhere unknown

Looking at the phone

A ringing sound, a tone

No one, no one at all?

I feel like I fell the deepest fall

Looking at the unclear hall

Wishing someone to call

No, nothing at all

Trapped in a box

Surrounded with rocks

No breath left

A phone next to your left

Waiting for a call

It is funny when you can’t do so at all

When will that call come

Who will it be from

Waiting desperately

Waiting uncomfortably

Thinking no one will call

No one will know that at all

Eyes starting to close

Wishing to see another rose

Going in a deep, deep sleep

Nothing else to keep

Just waiting, waiting, and waiting






Ring, ring, ring, ring


I was thinking the whole day about my old students and their first day back to school. Knowing them very much was what worried me. I know that despite their sweet heart, kindness, and bright mind, they hate unexpected things (though they must have expected most of what happened;) ), they are over sensitive and tend to take things personal.

It might seem hard to get separated from friends we love, it might seem hard to lose people we got used to and accept new ones with totally different mind sets and personalities. It might seem hard to keep a positive attitude when upset… But it is NOT…

Dearest ladies, give yourself, your new teachers and the administrative staff a break. Keep the positive attitude. Embrace change and look forward to a fruitful and special year. Smile smile smile and keep smiling.

Last week I asked a young child to draw a “Back to school” picture for me. He gave me this one:

I looked at it and smiled, and before I had the chance to ask him why he did not draw anything related to school he said, “Summer is not over, everything is beautiful and happy!”

I could see a nice innocent lesson here 🙂 How about you?

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Drastic change has always been my greatest enemy, and I’ve always had a lot of it in my life!! Temporary instability and uncertainty that accompany change makes me totally uncomfortable and frustrated, and that’s not good at all!

As a matter of fact, change has to be one of the best things that could happen to anyone. It’s change that creates memories, spices up the boring routine life, makes people face new challenges and overcome them, and makes them feel alive and constantly freshened up and new.

The ability to embrace change and quickly cope with new life styles and circumstances shapes up great personalities and gives people the ability to move forward and preserve a very positive attitude and perception of life.

Despite all the changes in my life, which I eventually conquered and benefited from at all levels, I am still fighting to embrace change with open arms and heart with no hesitation whatsoever. In truth, routine kills the best of moments and never creates memories. Life is too precious and too rich to be wasted in stagnation; let’s not just be too afraid to live it to the fullest and wildest extent.



    • Chantal Chahine Assaad: I would be a very flattered proud teacher!!! Thanks Elie and welcome home! 😉😊
    • Elie Abd: Today's my first visit to your blog, and by reading this very first post, I feel like I am home already. Few are the bloggers out there that can reall
    • Chantal Chahine Assaad: Thank you Areej! It means the world to me! keep in touch dear <3
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