You are unfairly sentenced to ten years in prison. You get to prison and meet your new cell-mate a wiser and older person who has been there before you for a number of years. A few days into your sentence and you meet your warden and get told that you have two options:
a. You can either do the full time of 10 years.
b. You can do only five years.
You are excited and happy and ecstatic and then you ask: “How?”.
Each inmate has to work a minimum of 8 hours a day, the other 16 hours are for sleep and play. See, it is a nice jail.
If you wish to get a reduced sentence you will work 16 hours and only get 8 hours for sleep and zero hours for play. The work is hard and exhausting. She then tells you that you have a couple of days to think and inform her of your decision.
Your cell mate notices your excitement and understands and offers you some advice: ” Many people who have chosen to take option (a) can not get out after 10 years because they have gotten used to this way of life and are too afraid to leave or get their sentences extended. People who have chosen option (b) are always exhausted and have to fight the distractions and envy of having to watch everyone else play for 8 hours a day while they work.”
This is a little hypothetical question. If we win the next match in Sudan and go on to the World cup and actually win, do you think this might be a motivator for the rest of the Egyptians to work harder and achieve more?
I asked my sister that yesterday and she came back with what I thought was a very smart and concise answer.
“No. Abu Treika is a role model, but the Egyptians are the same, fahlawa works for them, it is all they know. Just like the Japanese know process and that works for them. Nothing will change, reality bites”.
Unfortunately I agree with her, I just wish it were different. I wish it meant something and I wish that people would take it as a sign that when a team works hard, trains smart and gives their all they can achieve something wonderful and that any one of us could be a member of that team playing any kind of sport in life.
On a different note.Yesterday, our Palestinian/Jordanian neighbor was screaming insults at the Egyptians for being happy and making a fuss about winning. She was asking where are the Egyptians when there is an intifada. She doesn’t get it, football makes the Egyptians happy, she also forgot all of the times Egypt paid in blood, sweat and tears for the Palestinians and every other Arab nation. Is it too much to ask for them to just let us be? I am not for the idea that people go crazy over football but why do we have to judge other people when they are feeling happy and expressing that happiness by belittling them. My question to her, why aren’t you in Gaza screaming for them instead of your cozy apartment in Kuwait enjoying your life complaining about the Egyptians?
If you had to choose between loosing your phone or your wallet (God forbid you loose either of them), which would you choose to loose?
Most people would rather they not loose their wallet because of the hassle of having to replace cards, ids and other memorabilia that might be in their wallets.
I would like to remind you to back up your phone. Make a copy of all of your contacts, calendar and whatever else you think is important to you. Keep the file on your PC and email a copy of it to yourself, you never know what could happen. Also backup your wallet. Make photocopies or scans of your banking cards, IDs and driving license. You never know when you might need that kind of info. I would scan and email those to myself too if I were you.
I love my wallet and wouldn’t want to loose it, but I think I value my phone more because of it’s connecting ability.
So if you had to choose between these two evils which would you choose?
You could of course go buy yourself one of these Cell Phone cozies/wallets so you won’t have to worry about keeping track of two items.
I am going to give you a magic wand, wings and a cute outfit. Congratulations! You are now a fairy godmother. Ok slash the cute outfit if you don’t think it would work for you. Anyways, you can go pick one person and give them 3 wishes, or 3 people and give each person one wish, it is your choice. What do you do? Who do you pick? And because I am in a very generous mood you can make one wish come true for humanity. Then you have to pass on the wand to someone else so they can spread the wishes around.
Personally, I’d pick 3 people (my husband, mother and sister). I’d love to give each one three wishes but rules are rules.
My wish for humanity would be getting rid of poverty. Or world peace. Or more tolerance. Or happiness. Oh the possibilities are endless.
Start early and begin raising the bar throughout the day. Bruce JennerMy husband isn’t really good at waking up early. He owns a gazillion alarm clocks and it took me a while to convince him that we only need one alarm clock and that I’ll wake him up. It’s an exhausting task, but it is so much better than waking up to a hundred different alarms. Recently though because of extra work load he’s been getting up an hour earlier than usual to get to work early (I am still doing the waking up). A couple of days ago he mentioned that he thinks that being “early” is better. Not only because there is less traffic and he gets to work early but he’s more productive. He went on to explain that he has formulated a new theory that being “early” to most things in life is better, like doing post graduate studies, getting married, having kids or whatever it is you want to do in life.
My mother for instance is an early bird, she likes to wake up early, go to bed early and generally be early to most things in life. It works for her. I loved waking up at down, crawling into her bed and drinking coffee with her while talking about everything and nothing in life. Those early hours were our bonding time.
Some people are late bloomers in general. They don’t shine in life until they are older. They are plain Janes in school and probably through university then suddenly their star rises. I tend to wonder is this something in their genetic makeup or is it just that they become motivated and find their passions in life?
I tend to agree and disagree as usual. I like to go early to movies so I don’t get stuck with crappy seats, but I hate going to Egyptian weddings early. In general I like being on time. As for having kids, yes I think the younger you are as a woman you are physically better equipped to handle pregnancy, child birth and caring for the monkeys. On the other hand, if you are a little older you also tend to be wiser and maybe better mentally and intellectually to raise the monkeys. I keep trying to decide which is better, but I keep coming up with pros and cons that tend to balance each other out.
Are you an early bird or a late bloomer? Do you think it’s genetic? What’s your take on it?
Recently I decided my new personal motto will be “ele 7aydaye3ni 7afa2a3 3eneih besawabe3 regleih” (translation: if someone bothers me I will poke their eyes with their toes). It started out as a joke and then I realized it makes sense. What is your personal motto?
I am surrounded by toys all day long. My daughter loves to take them out of her bucket and drag each one to a different place during the day. Right before she goes to bed, I pick them all up and explain that they are all going to sleep in their bed (bucket). She thinks its a game and I am trying to instill some organization skills in her. She also has favorites, a piano that makes animal noises (I am praying that that the batteries run out soon because I can’t bare to take them out myself) and entertains us with barks and quacks all day long. Another favorite are puppets, she takes them out and gives them to my husband or I so we can tickle her with them. There are also non-toys which she likes playing with, like our set of wooden coasters because they make lots of noise when she bangs them on the table and the large water bottle because she claps on them and they make different sounds depending on if they are full or not and she uses them to lean on while cruising. Bubbles are another favorite too, so are balloons.
This brings me to my question of the day. If you were a toy, what would you be? I sometimes think I would like to be a Rubik’s cube, because it’s a puzzle and it takes skill and brains to figure it out. Other times I think I wouldn’t mind being a remote control helicopter so I could fly in the sky. An Etch-A-Sketch(the link takes you to a virtual Etch-A-Sketch) seems like an interesting choice too, I could make art and be as creative as I can be. Legos are a great choice too, the possibilities are just endless.
Amaze me people, tell me, what would you want to be?
Check out how a 3 year old little girl can solve the Rubik’s cube in 114 second, she’s so cute when she scratches her head to think.
If you were stranded on a desert island and had internet access but could only log on to one website only, which site would you choose?
Would you go for FaceBook so that you could stay connected with the rest of the world? Or maybe you would rather choose Twitter? Would you rather have email so that you could email people you know even if they are not on FaceBook or Twitter? You could also talk people into sending you web pages in zipped files so you could browse everything else.
Wikipedia strikes me as a smart choice too, you could use the time to read and learn so many new things and you could still reach out to people by creating your own wiki entry and updating it and letting your friends update it too. Would you rather blog?
Maybe you would prefer access to a voice chatting service and do with the ability to talk to people and hear them talk? An internet TV service or YouTube might be your choice. It all depends on who you are and what you need?
What would be your choice of internet access? A laptop? A phone? An internet tablet? Supposing you had a camera would you post a thousand pictures of yourself and island? Maybe hugging the palm trees? One with you in the sand, another one of you and the sea, the possibilities are endless.
Would you be so brave and choose not to be connected at all and take a book and some paper and a pen? You could write that best selling novel you have always been dreaming to write. Create a new philosophy and write it down.
What would you choose?
“No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” John Donne
Virtue (Latin virtus; Greek ἀρετή) is moral excellence of a person. A virtue is a trait valued as being good. The conceptual opposite of virtue is vice.
“In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience.” Prescott, W. B.
If you could have one virtue easily what would it be? Which virtue would you want to give to the people you know?
Acceptance: To consider circumstances, especially those that can not be changed, as satisfactory.
Bravery: A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger of pain without showing fear.
Caution: Avoidance of rashness, attention to safety.
Curiosity: A desire to find out and know things.
Defiance: Bold resistance.
Determination: Firmness of purpose.
Devotion: A great love or loyalty, enthusiastic zeal.
Discretion: Being discrete in ones speech, keeping secrets.
Flexibility: Adaptable, able to be changed to suit circumstances.
Focus: Concentrated awareness and effort.
Forgiveness: To cease to feel angry or bitter towards a person or about an offense.
Generosity: Giving or ready to give freely, free from meanness or prejudice.
Gentleness: Moderate; mild, quite; not rough or severe.
Gratitude: Being thankful.
Honesty: Truthful; sincere; not lieing or cheating.
Humbleness: Modest; not arrogant or boastful.
Humor: The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd.
Industry: Diligent, hardworking.
Innocence: Guileless, not guilty.
Justice: Fair, impartial, giving a deserved response.
Kindness: Friendly, helpful, well meaning.
Love: A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.
Loyalty: Steadfast in allegiance to one’s homeland, government, or sovereign. Faithful to a person, ideal, custom, cause, or duty.
Majesty: Great and impressive dignity.
Moderation: The avoidance of extremes in one’s actions or opinions.
Obedience: Willingness to obey, to be controlled when necessary, to carry out orders.
Openness: Ready and willing to talk candidly.Unsecretive.
Patience: The ability to endure delay, trouble, pain or hardship.
Peace: Freedom from mental agitation; serenity.
Prudence: Wise or careful in conduct. Shrewd or thrifty in planning ahead.
Reliability: Can be trusted to do something.
Responsibility: Having control over and accountability for appropriate events.
Sensitivity: Heightened awareness of oneself and others within the context of social and personal relationships.
Simplicity: Straightforward; not complex or complicated. Unpretentious.
Sincerity: Free from pretense or deceit in manner or actions.
Sobriety: Serious, solemn and calm. Free from intoxication.
Spontaneity: Natural, not planned.
Steadfastness: Firm, resolute; determinedly unwavering.
Strength: Capable of exerting great force.
Toughness: Strong and durable; not easily damaged.
Tranquility: Serenely quite and peaceful; undisturbed.
Trust: Having confidence in others; lacking suspicion.
Trustworthiness: Able to be trusted or depended on; reliable.
Personally I would love to have patience, forgiveness and devotion. I am more patient than I used to be, I can’t forgive people when they have hurt me and my devotion is always lacking.