A Word A Week Challenge – SLEEP

SLEEP or COMA ???
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Shining with the Stars

Daily Prompt: Your Time to Shine

IMG_0980Night is my time to shine. I consider day-time as everyone’s-time. Mornings for me are rush time. People wake up and rush to work, school, and completing unfinished tasks. As the day announces its end, however, the pace of things starts to decrease. After all the day’s rush, I like to listen to the “No Sound” of the night…CALMNESS.

Personally, I return from work, have a quick dinner, shower and prepare for the  next day, after which I feel exhausted and therefore go to sleep, or more precisely as my Mom says, drop dead  for a couple of hours. Then late at night, when all are enjoying deep sleep and dreaming, I wake up to the light of the stars calling me to join in. This would be MY time…FULLY. I wake up feeling energetic and spend a couple of hours blogging or reading a book.  Then, I would sleep again for around 2 to 3 more  hours before waking up to work. 

“What were you doing awake at 3 A.M. yesterday?” is a question I receive often from friends who have seen a post for me on twitter or facebook at that time.  People wonder how I can function during the day when, according to them, I don’t sleep quite enough at night. But is there a specific standard for enough, I wonder. For me, these couple of nightly hours that I dedicate fully for me “to shine”, and the glow that they leave on my face the next morning are beyond enough. And to all my friends, now you know the secret to my natural glow 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: An Icon of Islamic Culture

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi and is named after its founder and first President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is the third largest mosque in the world with capacity for 41,000 worshippers.
The mosque was built as a monument to consolidate Islamic culture and is a prominent center for Islamic sciences.

Reflective pools surround the mosque
Reflective pools surround the mosque

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Mosque interior features…

24 carat gold gilded chandeliers
24 carat gold gilded chandeliers
World's largest hand knotted carpet
World’s largest hand knotted carpet
Board showing the daily prayers - one of the main pillars of Islam
Board showing the daily prayers – one of the main pillars of Islam
The 99 names of Allah (God) in Islam
The 99 names of Allah (God) in Islam

The Cheese Story

cheese 1Who Moved My Cheese, Dr. Spencer Johnson’s famous, is a book I resort to every time I sense that my cheese is getting old and it’s time to change course and search for new cheese.

With over 24 million copies sold worldwide, Who Moved My Cheese is a book that fits all scenarios. The book tells the story of four characters who are parts of all of us, the simple and the complex, and who live in a maze and search for cheese to make them satisfied and happy. The cheese in this story is used as a metaphor for our desired prize, or what we seek in life whether on the business or personal level. The maze, on the other hand, is a metaphor for the place where we are looking for this prize whether at work, community, family, etc.

Who Moved My Cheese was written by Dr. Spencer in response to a big change in his life that he needed to deal with.  This same story, with time, became an inspiration for millions of individuals. The beauty of this short story is that it can speak to all age groups with the simplicity of language in which it is written. A school kid, teenager, university student, or adult can easily read it in a maximum of an hour and still benefit from its underlying messages.

In a world where change is the only constant, this book serves as a tool to help us deal with life changes. The story sheds light on the weekness and fear that we usually experience when  a big change takes place in our lives, and using simple messages written in cheese blocks, it teaches us how we can overcome them. This book serves as my constant inspiration whenever I’m feeling stressed and overwhelmed by a life situation, and it never fails to be my personal trainer to help me move out of my comfort zone, regain confidence, adapt, embrace change and learn to move as life moves.cheese 3cheese 2This blog post was inspired by The Daily Prompt. Read more here.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Person, Place, Thing

Lovers, Bench and Memories

loversHe smiles as she approaches him, adrenalin rushing all over his body. He tries to hide it but his eyes fail him, exposing the heart’s bottomless secrets. Now she stands facing him. They exchange a long look that’s worth a thousand words before they decide to sit and watch the sunset. Emotions escalate as the sun drops slowly behind the sea. He caresses the brown lock falling on her forehead. He then puts his arms all around her in a non-ending hug. Love is in the air.

On this bench they sit for hours. An old green bench it is that has witnessed the love stories of countless couples along different generations. It is of no coincidence that it has been given the name: Lovers’ Bench. On this bench, surrounded by trees and facing the sea, love has marked its different stories in history. On this bench some couples exchanged tender looks, words of love and kisses while others exhanged tears of breakup.

Just as a man’s experience over the years is marked by the wrinkles on his face, this bench’s history is marked by the memories engraved in its wood. Letters and symbols of love decorate the bench as an expression of deep feelings of lovers, some of whom might have taken a different course in life; yet this bench survives to tell their stories and the stories of future generations to come.
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Blogging: A Healing Therapy

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The daily prompt for today is A Million Dollar Question: “Why do you blog?”

 Just as some people may resort to gym, meditation, dancing, jogging, cooking, drawing, among other activities to chill out at the end of a stressful day, I resort to blogging.

For me, blogging is a healing tool for my mind and soul, and consequently my body. I blog  because I have a lot on my mind that I want to express. My blog’s name is L’s Thoughts. Nonetheless, if you visit my blog you’ll find its description currently reading: An expression of random thoughts inspired by deep feelings, and my welcome page reading: This blog is my means to translate my thoughts into words, for thoughts expressed are meant to live and travel far…

Thus, my blog is the tool I use to put my thoughts and feelings into words. By expressing what’s on my mind, I achieve my mind healing. Nonetheless, by sharing my thoughts and feelings with other bloggers, many of whom reconnect with me, I achieve my soul healing. I end up with a package of healthy mind, soul and body. In brief, blogging is my tool for ventillating. Blogging gives me personal satisfaction… Blogging is my own comprehensive healing therapy.

Hope you pay me a visit soon 🙂