How To Place Your Life In A Bottle

How To Place Your Life In A Bottle

I have several ‘everything boxes’ in the attic, in the office, and in my bedroom. Since I can remember, I have hoarded small things here and there from my life. Movie tickets, gifts from my sisters, comics, homework assignments, art work, small toys and gadgets, and anything else I feel I would treasure in 10-15 years. Last week, 15 of my ‘everything boxes’ were tossed from the attic into the hallway, the office, and the game room to force me to clean the house and get rid of excess clutter. This wasn’t my choice, and it was all done while I was sleeping early Saturday morning. I wasn’t pleased. I admit, I have a small issue with hoarding things, but it’s not because I’m a pack rat, it’s just because, I treasure some memories. I liken my...

10 Ways To Avoid Feeling Trapped On Your Flight

10 Ways To Avoid Feeling Trapped On Your Flight

My flight from Gatwick to Cairo was by far the worst flight I have ever endured on an international trip. The food was horrible, I was scrunched between two people, who probably should have had two seats of their own; the flight was completely full, it was a budget airline with a lack of legroom, and I was seated next to the wings which made it obnoxiously loud. Since it was a morning flight, I stayed up most of the night before planning to comfortably sleep on the plane despite any inconvenient distractions. On top of all of the above, I wasn’t able to sleep. I seemed to be stuck in a 4th dimension between the world of the conscience and the unconscious, in an extreme drowsy state. Not fun at all. Feeling a combination of two or more factors above can give you...

Our Sinking Boat

Our Sinking Boat

Isolationism isn’t a great policy for a government, an organization or for yourself. When you isolate yourself from the world, you deny others the opportunity to learn from you, but you deny yourself the opportunity to help others. When you follow a proxy of isolationism and you forgo the opportunity to help others, you’re essentially saying, “you live your life and I will live mine.” So what are the consequences of ignoring everyone around you except a very few? Do you think Columbine could have possibly been prevented if someone lent an ear to those young people or stopped athletes from bullying them on a daily basis? Could we have saved the lives of more Catholics, Jews, gypsies, and Muslims if we had concerned ourselves over Hitler a little...

Arguementation Is Beneficial

Arguementation Is Beneficial

“If God wishes evil for a people, He opens the door of argumentation for them, and prevents them from action.” – Imam al-Auza’ee Argumentation is beneficial? Whoever heard of that? Argumentation, no matter if you are right or wrong, is useless. It becomes a battle of “I’m right, and you’re wrong.” and the entire point of the argument is prone to becoming lost in the battle of words. How much good really comes out of it? Here are some tips: If you find yourself arguing to prove your point, stop right that instant. Control your emotions and remember the bigger picture. The goal isn’t to win, but to help the other person understand your point. Remember, no matter how clear you are with your beliefs, the person...

Dinner Time is the Best Time

Dinner Time is the Best Time

Eating together is the most overlooked way of spending quality family time together. Isn’t it fun having dinner with your friends? What about co-workers… whom you actually like? What makes it so fun and why is it that you generally bond with your friends or colleagues over meals? Laughter, great starters, stories, catching up, dinner, and more all contribute to making the environment “fun” which usually translates into quality time. And if it’s not a proper meal then it could be chai, coffee, or other drinks. I bet you know where I’m going with this. So what about your family? Grab dinner with them at home or at a restaurant, but spend at least a few meals exclusively with those whom you love. If you’re not already doing it then you are truly...