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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.

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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?”


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  • 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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