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What do you see?

Posted by DreamSharer on June 13, 2015

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All I know right now is that I need to write. Something inside me speaks so loudly wanting the universe to listen…to understand, to appreciate. Inside me there is a lot going on. There is a lot of hope, a lot of confidence that everything will be alright, a lot of wishful thinking for brighter circumstances. Inside me, there is continuous hurt that keep stirring the pain. Every time I try to calm the hurt it subsides for a short chance to breathe, then attacks more brutally than ever before. Inside me there are a lot of unspoken words, a lot of volcanic emotions that are on simmer waiting to erupt.

All I know is that I need to remain strong, remain positive; because it is so easy to give up and crumble. But life is not about taking shortcuts or following the easy path. Life is meant to be difficult. Full of challenges and hardships pushing us to our brighter days ahead.

Life taught me about selfishness, about carelessness, what it means to be self-absorbed. But by the same token it taught me about putting others before yourself, generosity, compassion, and being people-centered. I met those who don’t care and those who do. I met those who go through rough days and good days. Everything has balance to it. Nothing is only good or bad. Just as there are those who are selfish, there are those who are compassionate. Just as there is good in life, there is also bad. Just as there is good and evil…You get the point…

Every day presents a new challenge waiting to be overcome. Every morning there are the birds chirping and the sound of noisy peace-wrecking traffic . It is your personal choice which one you want to hear. Every circumstance brings with it things we can be angry with or things we can be happy about, even if it was a tiny bit it is there, which feeling are you going to follow? Do you want to sulk and brood about the things that could make you angry? Or do you want to smile and feel happy about that tiny piece of happiness that was presented to you in the same circumstance that brings the possibility of anger?

Everything we do in life is a choice. Even going through a bad day is a choice. We can either continue going through it with more hope for better events during the day, or continue feeling bad about our bad day. I mean we all have bad days but maybe if we make the choice to continue being hopeful about the rest of it, just maybe the rest of the day won’t be as bad. I know it sounds easier said than done and I know a lot of people who are reading this will be thinking; “easy for you to say” but hey my life is full of accidents, bad days, falls, depressing events. But there are also great things that I see in my life. They don’t have to be big things. For example, drinking my tea or coffee in the morning is one of the things I consider great in my life. I watch the water boil, I watch the bubbles. I make a mindful choice of what type of drink I want to make. If I am making tea, I spend a nice time choosing my tea bag or bags. Then I spend a wonderful amount of time just breathing in the aroma and noticing the color of the water changing. Yeah I know it sounds silly. But hey, when you have a cold or flu and your nose is so stuffy, you can’t smell a thing, right in that moment, you will understand the meaning of taking in the aroma of a good tea or coffee. A blind person can tell you how he or she would give anything just to see the water boiling and the color of the water changing while you are making tea.

So those tiny good moments in your life that seem so routine and ordinary are things that deserve your gratitude and happiness. Things are not always dandy. Life brings on with it unpleasant moments too. Picture this; you are so hungry that your stomach is growling, you pass by a hot dog stand and the smell is mesmerizing. You search your pockets or purse for any change and you find exactly $1 and 25 cents. The exact price for a hotdog. As soon as you get it someone passes you by in a hurry and knocks your hot dog on the floor. There goes your only change, leaving ketchup and mustard all over your shirt or top, leaving you hungry going into your meeting with stained clothes. Sounds terrible right? Of course it is terrible, who would want to go through that? Who wants to start their day like that?

Allow me to shed the light on a perspective that probably did not cross your mind. Wouldn’t the change you found in your pocket or purse be a sign of good luck? Wouldn’t the fact that when that person bumped into you and only knocked your hot dog down be considered a good thing because he or she could have knocked you down and you could have gotten hurt? Isn’t the fact that all that happened should make you happy because it could have been worse? Or wait could it have been worse? let’s see, after this incident while you are still going to your meeting, you could have been crossing the street and been hit by a car? Or what if while you were walking to work you passed by a loose screw that tore your whole shirt or the back side of your pants or other parts of your clothes embarrassing you in fornt of thousands of people including people you work with and see everyday? BELIEVE ME, it could have been worse, and just the mere fact that it just stopped at the hot dog falling to the ground and you getting stains on your clothes just before you go into a meeting, is a good reason why you should be happy and grateful.

Here, let me share with you my story,  I had an accident one evening. I was sitting outside on my chair when the rain took a short break. I also had bought a dozen eggs from the store across the street before I decided to sit outside for a bit. When it started raining again, I took my chair and went back inside. I was going up the stairs from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor and when I had just reached the top, I have no idea how, but I slipped and fell all the way down to the bottom along with my iron chair and my dozen eggs. I landed on the wooden shoe rack, which was at the bottom of the stairs and broke it to pieces. The eggs were squished under me and the broken iron chair was all over me. For a while I lay there in shock feeling pain everywhere and unable to move. About an hour or so passed and no one was at home to help me get out of this mess. Finally, an hour and a half later, my landlord came back home and found me and helped me out. At first, I was in pain and upset and wasn’t thinking clearly to even call 911 or go to the hospital. But when I woke up in the morning and went to the hospital, the doctors were preparing me for the worst case scenarios and checked me up. They did several tests and x-rays and the results were contusions, torn muscles, torn ligaments, and torn soft tissues. While this sounds really bad and the accident was a traumatic one, I could not stop thinking of how grateful I am. I know for a fact that this could have either cost me my life if I hit my head or the broken iron rods of the chair could have punctured my body and killed me, and so many other possible worse outcomes. Still, I came out of it with bruises and torn muscles, etc. Isn’t that something to be happy, positive and grateful about? If you are wondering why I had to mention the eggs in the beginning, it is to say that with my weight on it along with the shoe rack and broken chair, only 6 were broken and I didn’t even notice the broken ones because I was focused and very happy about the 6 perfect unbroken eggs that survived this accident just like I did. I am so happy I am here today. I am so happy that I have bruises and pain in my body because it is a reminder that that’s all I have and that I am alive, able to walk, able to breathe, able to type, able to move my body.

The moral of all this is that there is always something positive and good even in the worst kind of situation. It just depends on your attitude and stance, do you see the full half or the empty half of the glass?

I certainly made my choice, so what is yours going to be?

Realizations

Posted by DreamSharer on February 2, 2014

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I guess we all go on a path of self discovery. Luckily for some of us, they attain self discovery early on in life. Some of us keep searching for a very long time and finally discover themselves at some stage in their lives. Then there is some that live their whole lives and pass on without ever attaining self discovery. This means that even those that finally realized things about themselves and their purpose in life at a later stage in life, they should consider themselves lucky too because at least they finally reached self discovery.

See I am writing this because the last 2 years of my life have been the best years I have ever lived. I lived my whole life searching for who I really am and wondering what I was supposed to do with all these gifts and talents that God gave me. My life, my gifts and talents were so confusing to me. I had so many talents in so many areas that were not even connected with each other. I had journalistic talents, I was a born-writer, I had editing and video making talents, I was born creative, I had film-making talents, and I have a natural gift and ability with kids. No matter how difficult the child is, leave me with him/ her and that child will change to the better. I love children to death and I never knew how that could fit with anything else I am talented in. I did not know until a moment of realization 2 years ago. After all my search, doing my bachelor’s degree in Journalism and media and finding out that despite the fact that I am talented in that field I can’t stand to work in it. Then got my post-graduate diploma in Documentary production and screen-writing and realized then that my love for film-making is like something I would like to do on the side but is not actually what I am meant to be. Finally, two years ago, I decided to tutor on the sideline in my free time. One of my students was a 7 years-old little girl. God bless her for showing me the way. She did not do anything but being herself. Being herself, she taught me that the only medium where I don’t feel like I have to drag myself out of bed to work every single day and hate my life for not having any real purpose to it, is teaching. I was finally excited about my day every single day. I could not wait for my lessons with her. Sometimes her mom would be with her friends and would not pick her up until 4 hours later. That was still so wonderful to me. I know I taught her a lot in our lessons but she taught me so much too. It was then that I realized that my purpose is to be a good teacher to make a good and much-needed change in this world. I realized then that God had bigger plans for me than making movies or publishing books or becoming a journalist. Of course I still do those wonderful things but teaching is a very noble vocation and I was meant to pursue my life in that path.

Two years later, after going back to school and getting my master’s degree in teaching, now I am so grateful every single day of my life that I finally found my calling! I taught children of different ages and different backgrounds and geographical locations for the past 2 years and I have always, every single day, felt like I was finally in the right place! I made many differences in the lives of children and they have all made many differences in mine. They have been my mentors too and I love all my kids to bits! I was waking up every single day looking so forward to going to school and being with the kids. Waking up at 6 in the morning was finally exciting. Being a night owl all my life, having to become an early bird and sleeping early to wake up early, finally felt Great! Every single thing in my life changed for the better and became happier! Every day in the classroom was different than the day before and I finally felt the rewards of doing something you are so passionate about.

Now, one of my students whom I taught during my student teaching semester, writes letters to me. I tell all of you that nothing exceeds the anticipation I have to read her letters. Every time I get her letter, I become like a little girl who just got her Christmas present. If all of that does not mean that I was meant to be a teacher then I don’t know what does.

I am so thankful to all my students for being in my life. I am so thankful to all my students who called me “Miss Princess” in the summer camp last July. The truth is I am not the princess, they are my princes and princesses! They are all my children and always will be forever! I feel so much gratitude that I finally found my way. I feel so much gratitude for being given this gift. I am now the happiest I can ever be knowing I am fulfilling my purpose in life and living every single day to its fullest as a full-fledged teacher!

Last but not least, to my student who writes me her beautiful and wonderful letters out there, I love you so much and I want you to know that you are the most special and precious girl in the world and in my life! I feel so lucky and blessed to have you in my life!

10 Lessons Einstein teaches us

Posted by DreamSharer on July 11, 2013

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1. Follow Your Curiosity “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

2. Perseverance is Priceless “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

3. Focus on the Present “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”

4. The Imagination is Powerful “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

5. Make Mistakes “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

6. Live in the Moment “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”

7. Create Value “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

8. Don’t be repetitive “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

9. Knowledge Comes From Experience “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”

10. Learn the Rules and Then Play Better “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

DreamSharer Boulevard

Posted by DreamSharer on November 21, 2012

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Goodbye my role model…Goodbye my father…Goodbye my mentor!

Posted by DreamSharer on July 3, 2012

He is the icon and symbol of the meaning of work and dedication while helping and serving others.  He Spent his life serving the University, students and teachers, each and every student and teacher at the university have been helped by him. Then .. Suddenly he just disappeared. Without any warning, without any sign, he was just gone.

The impact of the news of his death is still a source of pain for most. The whole campus, the university as a whole, with all the students and teachers in it, have all entered a state of severe trauma of complete unawareness and unconsciousness as they tried to grasp the news.

He was a popular name amongst all the students to solve registration problems and get his advice on courses. His door was always open to all students. The number of students coming from all colleges waiting outside his office was an enormous number. And yet he did not leave his office until the last one of those students got his help and until the Student Affairs were resolved. Any time you needed to seek his help, he was always welcoming you with a big smile ear to ear and you would leave his office with your problems solved.

He gave all his time and efforts on a golden plate to the University and to his students. He studied his students, catered to them, made them feel important, solved their problems, helped other teachers, and he served the university with excellence. He is gone now and all that is left of him, is his reputation and his wonderful spirit that lives inside every one of his students. His reputation and spirit is a fire in the hearts of every one in that university.

I feel that the world did not lose one of its gems today but actually gained many more. He was a gem of a human being and I agree that his loss is unbearable but he lives inside each and every one of us (his children) and it is up to us to continue his legacy. He is not dead if we keep him alive through our actions and what he taught us. He is alive inside all of us for all the lessons he taught us and how we should all “PAY IT FORWARD.” You love his smile? Then never stop smiling. You love how he remembered each of our names? Then never forget the names of the people around you. You love how he helped every one of us? Then don’t stop helping people and carry on his legacy. Teach your children and your friends what he taught you. Keep him alive through remembering him and praying for him.

The world needs more people like him and it is up to you to make him your role model and keep his memory alive. You see we forgot that he is human too and he has time. We took his presence for granted thinking he will outgrow all of us. But he is a great educator and a great teacher knows his students well so he knows how we all feel about him. Just keep that in mind.

He was always approachable so be like him always approachable. Let his life mean something when the difference he made in the world of education lives on even after he passed away. Continue his legacy and continue to make a difference in the world.

Dr.Sadek’s unorthodox teaching methods taught a lot more than any teachers out there. He used to make his routine math classes fun with his jokes and his songs. Every time there was a tough equation to work with, he would sing a song about it. Who does that? What other teacher uses such methods? Well he did because he spent a lot of time teaching himself about his students and developing teaching strategies to suit each and every unique student. You see all other teachers just treat all students as if they were all the same. But then again, we are talking about Dr. Ibrahim Sadek aren’t we?  He would address each student by his name and he would try to speak in their native language.

Dr. Ibrahim Sadek was indeed a kind and great father to all of us. He was a professor, and an adviser, a friend and a brother and a parent to all of us. He was a very helpful person to everyone and even if he could not help, he used to still try to make students’ life easier, and he would spend hours at his office without taking any break just to solve all of his students’ issues. A Great person with a pure soul like him will never be forgotten. He is living inside our hearts and he will live in many memories for decades to come. His life held meaning because he made a true difference in this world. He continues to do so even after he passed away because his lessons will live on inside us and we will continue what he started. May his soul rest in peace.

2012 Peace of Minds Walk for Schizophrenia

Posted by DreamSharer on May 27, 2012

Today was a reminder to me that no reward is greater than the satisfying feeling you get when you give your best unselfishly for others, especially for children and individuals suffering a psychiatric disorder like Schizophrenia. To do something so simple but great at the same time to support those who need you; how amazing is it to work for a cause when you know you are needed and when you know you are appreciated?

Fundraising events and other humanitarian volunteering opportunities apply that special touch, that extra smile and willing pair of hands to help make the difference needed in your community and every community.

Today I was able to give the greatest gift of all, my help by doing a walk for hope. All I had to do was spare a little time on a Sunday morning and share a little of myself with the world.

It’s a great feeling to know that your contribution is helping so many people. I enjoyed today’s event although it was a big challenge for me to raise any money but I know with all my heart that even that $20 I raised will do something to help those people who needed my help. Fundraising events always present you with a good team spirit and lots of fun too. I feel very privileged to have attended today’s SSO Peace of Mind’s walk for Schizophrenia which will benefit the people who are in so much need.

I am passionate about why we need to fund-raise and volunteer in our society, ultimately it is to help save lives.

Programs like the Peace of Minds Walk depend on volunteers like us whose help is essential to the cause they are fighting for. Volunteers help the SSO raise thousands of dollars each year and help in many different ways, from giving talks to running merchandise stalls at various events. I hope I will be able to participate again at the Peace of Minds walk and hopefully to be able to help ensure raising the necessary funds, reaching my fundraising goal next time and provide the support that the SSO needs to continue providing such vitally important and life saving services.

I have always had a passion for helping people and doing something like today’s fundraising event is just so fascinating. I truly found the walk I did this morning very refreshing and more fulfilling than anything else and I felt that I was truly making a difference even by doing something small like that. All day today, I kept hoping to be able to inspire as many people as I can through my walk to support the SSO to continue their counseling and community programs and their research, etc. for those suffering a lifetime of schizophrenia!

I kept in my mind all day that, charities rely on the goodwill and generosity of the public to keep running and that is what kept me going through the day despite the challenge of my team not being able to raise much funds but I realized that the Peace of Minds’ walk is fortunate that so many people support it in many ways especially to be there on location on a Sunday morning with their children to walk and raise money for those in need. The park we walked through was packed with couples, people, children and whole families who joined to walk together hand in hand to help support those suffering with schizophrenia.

Having the opportunity to feel that you are part of something rewarding and charity-related that really does make a difference to society and to people’s lives is truly something very special and worth committing to.

A picture worth a thousand words! 02/19/2012

Posted by DreamSharer on February 19, 2012

Yes Indeed a picture is worth a thousand words. My heart goes out to all those homeless children out there and I hope with all my heart that we can make a difference in this world!

Today’s Quote

Posted by DreamSharer on February 8, 2012

“The veil of confusion gently falls away,
Like the dank mist on a dull autumn day.
Revealing the path that lies there before me,
To step forward or not, what will it be?”

~Gabriella Goddard~

A Picture worth a thousand words! 02/07/2012

Posted by DreamSharer on February 7, 2012

Sometimes people don’t need words…all they need from you is a gentle touch…A hug…To know you love them and that they have your full support!

A Hug is worth a thousand words!

A friend is worth a whole world!

who am I?

Posted by DreamSharer on February 5, 2012

I am like day,
you can find me near the river any day,
and you can make almost anything out of me.
who am I?