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15-year-old Nada Al Dash is celebrating today a valuable heritage embraced by a particularly old building she felt connection with the moment she noticed. All she could see from its cracked walls and weary condition is authenticity and beauty.

Here’s a drawing of that building she would like to share with us! Enjoy!

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A calm yet strong personality, a sharp mind, and a great heart; that’s 15-year-old Egyptian Salma Ahmad, one of my special students who never ceased to exceed my expectations, leaving a big mark in my heart and mind!

Tonight, I would like to share with you one of Salma’s lovely creations; a poem she wrote this summer about “Human Nature”

Enjoy!

Human nature

I marvel how nature could ever find space

For so many strange contrasts in one human face

There’s thought and no thought, and there’s paleness and bloom

And bustle and sluggishness, pleasure and gloom.

There’s weakness, and strength both redundant and vain;

Such strength as, if ever affliction and pain

Could pierce through a temper that’s soft to disease,

Would be rational peace—a philosopher’s ease.

There’s indifference, alike when he fails or succeeds,

And full attention ten times as much as there are needs;

Pride where there’s no envy, there’s so much of joy;

And mildness, and spirit both forward and coy.

There’s freedom, and sometimes a diffident stare

Of shame scarcely seeming to know that she’s there,

There’s virtue, the title it surely may claim,

Yet wants heaven to know what is to be worthy the name.

This picture from nature may seem to depart,

Yet Man would at once run away with your heart;

And I for five centuries right gladly would be

Such an odd, such a kind happy creature as he.

Young 14-year-old Egyptian Nada Al Dash is back with some of her inspirational short poems. Nada talks about the value of time and says: “this is a warning to never waste time, because every second is a treasure waiting to be opened. You open it by making something of your life. Don’t say I should have done this, I shouldn’t have done that… Just thinking that way will never change a thing; you will become depressed and always mad. Time is not something you put in a safe box and lock, it is rather something you should wisely invest in order to be happy.”

Enjoy!

Time now

 

Time goes by, it is so simple but

It is what you do with it that is hard

You never know whether you were wasting your time

Or simply living,

But sometimes you need to stop and think;

What if today or tomorrow was your last day?

Would you live your life happily ever after?

Would you live it as the happiest time of your life?

That is the question we all need to answer

Now!

Forgiveness and forgetfulness

Love and time

Correctness and life

My motto, live and don’t look back

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

……………………………………..

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…………….

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..

Ring, ring, ring, ring

HELLO!!!

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?”

“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!

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.

Enjoy!


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