Hope For Humanity.

Sometimes when I read the newspaper or hear stories about awful things that people do to one another, it leaves me with this feeling of despair – this feeling that there is no longer a sense of humanity in this world that we live in.

The past few months we’ve seen a number of such tragedies around the world. From disfiguring women’s faces with acid to mass murders of innocent children; being exposed to such atrocities has left me searching for the little things. We must remember to appreciate those little things – those teeny tiny random acts of kindness that one human being offers another with no expectations in return. From holding the door open to an appreciative SMS, a heartfelt smile to offering someone a dirham when they’re short at the cashier.

These little things must be noticed and  cherished. For it is in these fleeting moments that humanity shines through, and a flicker of hope will spark inside your heart.

Look for them. Create them. Give us hope for humanity. humanity

The Law of the Garbage Truck

It’s funny how sometimes when you’re feeling down, the Universe sends you a message that just seems like it was meant for you.

I got this forward the other day, and I felt that I needed to share it with you – I hope it makes a difference in your life the way it has in mine.

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A couple of years ago, I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here’s what happened. I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car’s back end by just inches!

The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us.

Now, here’s what blew me away: My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy, and I mean, he was friendly. So, I said, “Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!” And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call “The Law of the Garbage Truck.”

 Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You’ll be happy you did.

So I learned not to take people’s garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.

Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right and pray for the ones who don’t.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a garbage-free life!

Coming Home.

After just about 24 hours of travelling, I finally landed back in Canada last night.

Home at last.  

Jet lag is always an issue so I decided to be productive with my lack of adjustment to the time difference. I woke up at 6:45am and went for a walk with my dad around the neighbourhood.

While walking, I started to take in my surroundings as if I was seeing them for the first time.  It was breathtaking.

From the way the cold, crisp air fills your lungs with freshness to the way the sunlight sparkles through the forest and dances off the leaves; the way the colourful birds sing you “Good Morning” as you pass them by and the adorable chipmunks and squirrels scurry past as if frantically late for a very important date! 

My favourite part, though, was that although I have never met a single one of the neighbours in my parents’ new area, each of them greeted us with a big warm smile and “hello!” as we walked by.

That’s when I realized – this is what I grew up with! This is what I was surrounded with day after day, year after year for my whole life… yet I never once stopped to appreciate it. I never even NOTICED how beautiful all of these little things are!

So I urge you – wherever you are, wherever you live… when you go outside today, take a look around you and truly observe your surroundings. Take a moment to appreciate those little things that we have in front of us every day, but take for granted.

Sometimes it’s those little teeny things that are barely even noticeable that are actually the most amazing things in this world.

The Importance of Curtains.

Mmmm…

That amazing feeling of being all warm and snuggled up in your bed, fast asleep, having peaceful dreams… and then…

BANG!!!!!

Some big loud noise gives you a mini-heart attack and you jump with fright and are WIDE awake and startled… your heart beats super fast as you try to make sense of what’s happening around you…

Okay maybe that’s a little bit more dramatic than how it all went down, but that’s what it felt like when it happened.

It wasn’t gunshots or anything breaking… it was just the window cleaners, but having lived in an apartment that’s more than 30 floors above ground, I’m not used to waking up with people’s faces in my window.

Here’s how it really happened:

It was jussst gone 7am (my alarm wasn’t set to go off until 7:30) and I woke up due to a banging noise against my window. Maia (my cat) darted towards the window and started scratching at it,  so I turned around in fear to find the faces of two men peering into my room over one of those over-sized buckets made for window washing. Luckily they didn’t seem too creepy and just went back to focusing on scrubbing the windows, but I still hid my entire body from head to toe under the covers until they left! (of course I managed to stick my arm out from under the covers to snap a photo :p)

I really do need to invest in curtains…

That Awkward Moment When You Wake Up to Strange Men Staring into Your Room

Bridesmaids!!!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged cuz I’ve been busy getting ready and preparing for the wedding of one of my best friends!!

You know – dieting, working out like crazy and getting all set to travel back to Canada.

One detail I’m struggling with is something I’m sure MANY girls can relate to – I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WEAR!

Now if you’ve ever been to an Indian wedding before then you know that there are MULTIPLE events and therefore I need to sort out about 7 outfits for the different events.  Since my friend has selected me to be one of her bridesmaids, she’s bought a saree for me to match with the rest of the girls and I need to get a blouse made to match.

My only problem – I’m the most indecisive person in the world and I can’t pick a pattern and style!

So this is where you come in – I’ve searched the internet and selected 9 potential designs and put them into the image below.

I would REALLY appreciate it if you could please tell me which one you like the best!
Just check the picture and then just post a comment with the number that you prefer.
Thanks in advance 🙂
*disclaimer* GUYS who are fasting – might not wanna look at this during Ramadan cuz some of the women are pretty hot… but it’s all about the CLOTHING not the models okay!? 🙂

Which number do you think has the nicest design of the blouse? Ignore the colours but look at the shape and style. Thanks 🙂

The Curse of the Internal Clock!

Why is it that on the days I NEED to get up in time for work, it’s a mission and a half (see blog entry “The Curse of the Snooze Button – http://wp.me/p2lSXI-16) but on a Friday – the ONE day I have when I can sleep in all day if I want – my body automatically wakes up at ridonculous o’clock!?

The worst bit:  I CAN’T FALL BACK ASLEEP!  *whines, stomps feet and throws a mini tantrum*

People say “it’s because your body is used to waking up at this time”. Well obviously it’s not if I struggle so much on weekdays!  They say we need about 7 hours of sleep but I only had 5 and woke up more wide awake than ever… so I don’t get it.

On top of all of that, my cat is sleeping blissfully at the foot of my bed and I’m glaring at her in envy.

Maia sleeping blissfully… lucky cow!

Maybe the Universe is having a laugh…

Anyone have any advice on how to prevent this Friday morning lack of slumber???

I guess there is one silver lining on this dark, dark cloud… at least I can watch the latest episode of SUITS now!!

Have a beautiful Friday ❤

Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Kareem

As the Holy Month begins in the UAE, it’s like a spiritual pixie dust is floating around and settling as a blanket over the country.

I love this time of year. There’s something magical in the air when people turn towards God and spirituality, cleanse their bodies, thoughts and intentions, and focus on love and charity.

Ramadan is a month of reflection. People are encouraged to look within and evaluate their current lifestyles and mentalities and commit to a better path. It is a time of forgiveness, peace, piety and purity.

You may know Ramadan as the month of “fasting” – which means Muslims don’t eat or drink anything between sunrise and sunset for 30 days. But it’s more than that. In Arabic, the word for fasting is “sawm” which means “to refrain”.  This doesn’t just mean refraining from food and water. It also means that during this Holy Month, Muslims refrain from evil or impure actions, thoughts and words.

So even if you aren’t fasting, why not make a special effort this month to be kinder, more patient and to help those who are fasting to conquer this inner struggle. I plan to do my best to be nice and understanding to those around me, to make sure I don’t use any profanity or inappropriate language, to dress respectfully and to not eat or drink in front of those who are fasting when I’m not. It may not be the same as properly fasting, but hey – it’s a start!

Ramadan Kareem.