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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”


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.


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!! 😉 🙂


Purity, clarity, peace, innocence, kindness, loyal love, and a lot more beautiful meanings are associated to my favorite color, white.

Actually, I never really thought of its meanings; I like it because it just makes me feel comfortable and positive, and creates a sense of space around me.

Despite the fact that the psychology of colors demonstrates that dominant white generates a feeling of unfriendliness, emptiness and dullness, I do consider this beautiful color an essential component of a peaceful, positive, and creative life.



Last night I dreamed of my late grandmother! She was living at my aunt’s house wearing a coat that made her invisible for the people that knew she was dead. Only my aunt knew she was always there and could talk to her and hug her and enjoy her company. When I knew she was there I was overwhelmed and hurried to see her. She opened the door for me but she didn’t look like herself. She looked young and her face was very different, but I felt it was her. I hugged her and kissed her real hard. It was a great feeling that filled me with peace and serenity. I then realized how much I missed her and missed her tenderness, support and wisdom!
I asked my aunt how come she was still there while she was supposed to be in heaven. She answered with a smile, “it is God’s will, why should I interfere or question? God knows when to keep her up, and when to send her as my angel to help me and watch over me. I love the fact that she’s still with me; I never feel alone or unprotected.”
I woke up later with a smile on my face and started praying. It was the first time I dream of a dead person or a ghost and don’t panic or freak out, but instead feel positive, protected and peaceful.
I wish my dream comes true and my beloved grandma would be my very special guardian angel that is always around watching over me. I wish that and I know and feel that her beautiful soul is always around watching over us all. I learned a lot from her and still learn every time I remember a word or an act of hers.
I love you sweetest grandma and I miss you tremendously! It’s been seven years since you left us, but you’ve always been in our hearts and minds an extremely vivid image that helped us move on, surmount a lot of difficulties and avoid a lot of mistakes. We all are better people because of you!
I love you and I truly miss you! Keep watching over me and my family 🙂

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…

Niloufarosadat Tehrani is a 13-year-old Iranian young lady who makes every teacher proud. Shortly after moving to Dubai, Niloo became an A student in English because of her determination, hard work, and eagerness to learn and progress. Niloo wrote about one of her concerns and would like to share it with us.



The sound of the emergency alarm was heard another time
on that day. Everyone was looking for a safe haven.

After getting to a tight and dark shelter where they felt a
bit calm, they all started talking about the past peaceful days when the city
was green and alive, people used to love each other and everything was beautiful and happy… .

Oh! What if we return to that age? Till when this war
is going to continue? How long should such a great number of children, mothers,
fathers or so sacrifice their lives? How long?

If we appreciated peace, there wouldn’t have been any
wars. Peace, peace, what a beautiful word!

I wish the word PEACE, not WAR, could be heard everywhere
all the time.

Here I am pleading for a lasting peace for every nation, every
race and every religion.

I cannot remember the last time I had a couple of hours for myself and only moi! I am ALONE on a beautiful beach, enjoying doing nothing!! It’s a really nice and weird feeling that I’m not used to. I predominantly feel peace of heart and mind..
I can see the whole world stretching in front of me; I see clean water, clear sky and happy relaxing people. I can only hear the water, wind, and birds…
After an incredibly hectic and stressful year, I feel like in heaven! I don’t want to talk, I don’t want to think, I don’t want to dream, I don’t want to read, and I don’t want to sleep. I actually don’t want to be involved in any mental or physical action! I just want to enjoy doing absolutely nothing!
Yes, it is a great feeling, I do actually have an empty mind now, and I am incredibly enjoying doing nothing! 😀


    • 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
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