Great Minds are Young

Posts Tagged ‘happiness

It’s been almost 3 long long years since I updated this blog! I, however, have been visiting it very frequently, reading all posts over and over again, remembering the great minds I had the chance to meet, teach, inspire and empower (hoping they still remember me), and fighting a growing desire to reactivate it.

In truth, I stopped writing here on purpose, and sometimes even thought of deactivating my blog, because its purpose existed no more. It was meant to celebrate the talents and skills of the great young minds I encountered when I was a teacher and lost contact with when I started my own business. It might not seem like a valid convincing reason, but this blog was never about me, it has always been about them… Without their input, their talents, their minds, and their creativity it will struggle to survive defeating its own purpose.

But despite all that, I was never able to shut it down! The emotional connection I have with it is particularly tremendous. When I’m here I feel like skimming through an old family album filled with great memories and beautiful people. Every time I talk about it or read its content I feel nostalgic, proud, happy but also sad. I miss it a lot, I miss the passion that drove me to start it, I miss the strong belief I had in the young minds, I miss the enthusiasm and creativity of those I taught and inspired me. I miss the great sense of achievement and pride I had when succeeding in making someone believe in his or her talent and potential, and eventually draw, snap, paint, write or develop something… I miss me 5 years ago.

Tonight, like a lot of other late nights at the office, I needed to disconnect from the corporate world, so I logged in here and started reading my favorite posts and visiting my students’ work. But unlike any other night, I felt an irresistible urge to write again and revive this space that has always been a safe peaceful haven to me. I felt like writing to all those I believed in and all those I will believe in. I felt like writing for myself, for them, and for nobody at all…

Tonight, I decided that I will keep visiting, start writing again and reconnect to an old me that, despite its big resemblance to the current me, fills me with a lot of peace, energy, determination and passion. All very much needed at the moment 😉

It feels great to be back… Good night, and see you soon!

Two simple and small words that are very easy to spell but so hard to say! It’s funny how most people feel no obligation to say thank you when they receive but force a thank you when they give. It’s funny how people take for granted what they get considering it a sacred right, and gratitude is seldom taken into their account.

I believe that gratitude gives peace of heart and true happiness and contentment; I wonder how ungrateful people can be truly happy and content.

Think about it…

It feels great to see young talents enthusiastic, passionate, and thoughtful. Hind Abdulmajeed proudly shares with us her latest creation, which she introduces and interprets as follows:

“This painting is about the subject of child abuse. It’s under the name of “Through a Child’s Eye.” the colors stand for the happiness and joy that should be there in a child’s memory about his childhood; and the black lines stand for the hands, people or power that is destroying all what childhood stands for. I hope you like it. Thank you.”

Thank you Hind for always sharing with us your passions, thoughts, and talents 🙂

Imagine that, when you close your eyes and gaze into this vast dark space, you’re looking into your mind. Imagine that your memories, people, feelings, fears, and perhaps your future are addresses that you can visit. Try it, and wander around; it feels great! And see for yourself that when you look hard enough you will find a little special something that I call your goody bag. In this goody bag you will find your talent and a great sense of knowing what is important to you. In that goody bag you may find your happiness, so look hard, very hard. Keep doing it even if it takes you years because your happiness is worth it.

Enjoy that trip!

“Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel’s face.” (Lydia Maria Child 1802 – 1880)
Acceptance is a key to happiness, serenity, satisfaction, positive change, and peace of heart and mind.
Think about it…

 

A Walk on the Beach_Nada Al Dash (Please check the link for Nada’s poem)

Nada Nasser Al Dash is a very sensitive 13-year-old Egyptian young lady, whose safe haven is found only when she makes special handcrafts, reads books and writes poems. Nada introduces herself and her poem (see link) as follows:

“I’ve been in a lot of stress, and the only way I would calm down is when I hear the ocean next to me, because to me, its whispers tell a whole different story. Poetry is my way to express my feelings, my anger, and my happiness. This is who I am. When you read this poem [A Walk on the Beach] you might think it is the ocean that makes me calm, but no! It is the love and happiness around. This is why I wrote this. No matter how sad or mad I am, I always ask love and happiness for advice, and I can hear the ocean say I will achieve. Best words I will ever hear.”

Enjoy!


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