the power of thoughts

Watch your thoughts; they become WORDS.
Watch your words; they become ACTIONS.
Watch your actions; they become HABITS.
Watch your habits; they become CHARACTER.
Watch your character; it becomes your DESTINY.

The Final Analysis

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If  you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the FINAL analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway

by Dr. Kent M. Keith,  frequently attributed to Mother Theresa

I read this ten years ago and have since shared it with so many friends, family members and colleagues.

“وقل اعملوا فسيرى الله عملكم ورسوله والمؤمنون



the perfect day..

Niagara on the Lake - 2006

Waking up to the end of a pleasant dream; a dream of water, of taking flight, or conversation with a lost loved one..

morning coffee, in nature, or gazing at nature from behind a clean glass window..

a workout to sweat away the toxins of yesterday, clearing the mind for bright, brilliant thoughts of today..

time with pen and paper to capture  uncluttered & doubt free thoughts of the morning..

a meeting or two with people who inspire ideas, compel action, evoke emotion, or offer perspective..

more writing.. and a bit of reading..

a mealtime conversation with loved ones.. listening, laughing, connecting..
an encounter with friends in nature.. a walk in the park, a dive on a reef or a hike up a mountain..

meditation at sunset, establishing a reconnection to the world beyond the physical boundaries of the house, the paved roads and the towers of the city..

an act of kindness, to confirm the connection between one and the rest humanity..

falling asleep with gratitude, under a star-studded velvet sky

one season, one closet!

When I moved to Dubai I had 1 suitcase. The rest of my clothes would arrive a few weeks later by sea freight. The few weeks, ended up being two months. The content of that one suitcase worked wonders. I found myself knowing exactly what to wear every day. I had to be creative in accessorizing the few outfits I had.

On days when I stand gazing at my closet thinking “I can’t figure out what to wear”, I wish I was back to that one suitcase. Despite having given away all my winter clothes, and a suitcase of clothes every year, I still have too many options…

  • 79 tops (Tees, Dress shirts etc)
  • 12 skirts
  • 26 pants
  • 25 dresses
  • 17 cardigans
  • 28 pairs of shoes

Who needs that many outfits. Why do we accumulate so much? There are outfits I haven’t worn in over a year.  I don’t know why I hold on to them.

And so, clothes must go.  I called in the experts, my daughter Tala and sister Nawara.  They give great advice on everything!  In 30 minutes, I was down to:

  • 46 Tops
  • 5 skirts
  • 16 pairs of pants
  • 20 dresses
  • 15 cardigans
  • 18 pairs of shoes

That’s still a lot! I will have another round or two.  Today, we emptied one closet, and three remain full.  By summer’s end, I plan to have one closet left. One season, one closet.

Any suggestions on who should get the clothes?