To me salvation is doing a good deed that salvage (rescue) your self. If you do something good out of genuine good will that would be payed back to you unexpectedly in a moment of need.
The key is do good for the sake of good, that’s how you get payed back!
Do no harm is good in itself.
Whatever happens to you in this world, no matter how carried away you are with your daily chores, routines. No matter how hectic things can be in your life. Try to hold on to your dream, the thing you imagined doing and made you happy. It’s only when this dream gets flushed away in the drain of life, you start ageing and reality starts biting you.
Hold on to your dream.
“It wasn’t life that mounted to nothing, but rather nothing which brimmed with life itself.” Parvis tanavoli, a quote written under a piece of art in the British museum.
Questioning the point of what we do, why? What’s the point? Is dangerous. It’s very close to questioning the point of our existence.
What we do, does it contribute to our existence.
What is existence and how is it going to pay us off?
We all live, we either live good lives, really good luxurious lives or bad really bad lives, but we all die at the end. Is this world enough to satisfy our desire for existence.
Time flies quickly, yet certain moments just sounds like they go on for ever this makes us think that life goes on for ever until we reach our fateful day.
Our existence what is it and are we supposed to do with it.
It would be painful if our existence is nothing
Our is existence means that: live it right, just do what is right, do no harm, have good intentions, always think of mighty GOD who brought us to existence and gave us the choice to our actions. So we would better live well because we
are going to be resurrected and we will live for ever after either in heaven or hell.
Controlling your thoughts needs power , power is in your thoughts ,your thoughts have to be under constant supervision ,to keep a thought from going stray.
Bad thoughts are like free radicals they can have bad influence on your peace of mind.
If you get upset about something ,think what’s the worse thing that can happen as a consequence ? Is it taking you a step back? May be getting there on time might not be in your favor!
Just think and imagine what’s the worst thing that can happen.
Do you have to do what you are doing or you just got into the habit of filling your daily life with things to do and blindly ticking the boxes.
Just sit back and think what’s the worst thing that could happen and if it did is it that bad! Could it be an opportunity ,is rushing going to help , I am not encouraging hesitation ,but just to sit back, relax and meditate.
“Patience is the key to relief ” that’s the translation of the words written up behind the beautiful girl in the picture.
This is a very famous Egyptian idiom , patience is a virtue , we can be as patient and persistent as Tim Robbins in shawshank redemption.
Some people’s journey in this life can be as hard as the prison wall that Tim Robbins carved his way through for 15 years until he made it outside the prison walls.
A colleague once told me that she feels like Tim digging her way out the prison wall.
What kind of prison she were living in?
It’s hard life ,difficulties , the hardships of our training ,lack of resources and independence, this is prison and there are so many people digging their way out of it. But one have to get out in the right time otherwise be like Morgan freeman who gets free and doesn’t know what to do with his freedom.
Every corner radiates this ancient sensation, I guess the warm weather plays a role in keeping and preserving the original vibes .It holds on to vibes that were released by its original owners , the events that were taking place, even chaos and neglect can not obscure these vibes on the contrary it gives it a rush a crazy rush just by standing there as a contrast .it gives you the pleasure of digging up diamonds and gold nuggets in dangerous messy mines.
One can spot an Antique shop every now and then and my mum can tell which Antiques are genuine and which are not. She can just look up the piece and then for some reason decide to defy the seller and tell him cheekily :”nice piece of art , c ait été imitation” , she is Franco phone ,she speaks french very well , because in the past upper middle classes used to send their children to french schools like the mère de dieu , frère and jésuite and in these French schools usually it was the nuns who teached.
I love antiques and everything that is old ,probably because I spent so much time in the family villa when I was a kid , and when I speak of family I mean the roots I mean my mum’s grand father the woman he married and his eight kids and his grand kids and when I say his villa I mean an old Victorian house with a big Garden surrounding it with olive trees and other oriental exotic trees I don’t even know their names in English.the whole neighbourhood was made up of similar houses, but every thing has changed now every thing has gone.
Yes gone ,I did ask how far would anyone go In order to preserve his identity , I don’t know the family house is gone and I think the only person this place has ever evoked feeling in, was me , the high Victorian ceilings , the summer night chats of my mum’s aunts in the veranda and me dozing off while listening to their voices talking about people I can hardly imagine my connection to them. In the background was the cool refreshing summer breeze the enchanting voice of the curlew which I never heard it’s voice except in in Egypt ,the night breeze hustling around the leaves.
This was about the warm feeling this place has evoked in me at that time when I was a wild child . As for the physical pain there were the mosquito bites and snoring of aunties.
So while strolling in the streets of Alexandria a city very dear to my heart there are antique shops every where and my mum has a taste for art she lived in France for years but she has a genuine taste of art. She stopped at this shop in nabi Daniel street (prophet Daniel) named after one of the Jewish prophets and looked at paintings of these beautiful women one of whom had a PICTURE WITH IN A PICTURE with the word PATIENCE written up in it.
The painting is for sale
And the seller’s phone is wale and his phone is
Email : email@example.com
“She is beautiful but her beauty is appreciated when you look closely at her”this is an expression I heard from someone but he was not talking about Egypt ,but the description fits her perfectly.
There is an ancient feeling emanating from its earth , there is a story in every corner, she has witnessed so many events and adventures, there is a sense of danger about her people , you fear them , yet they can be very kind and genuine , her people have a very rich genetic pool , just like the states , that’s what our physiology professor used to say about our genetics , we have been occupied by so many civilizations or cultures for over 3000 years, before that we had our unique hand made stone wall carved identity , and this identity was tarnished by some and polished by other invading civilizations, yet nowadays we are considered so powerful , and we are a strong player in the game of power balance in the world ,especially between States ,Middle East golf counties ,Europe and Russia ,our power doesn’t stem from arms but from us as people it’s called SOFT power ,so they say! I was surprised when I heard this expression , I heard them repeat this many times , well they have but rather we have our way of looking at life , every nation has it’s way at looking at things.
Every nation has it’s own perspective about things depending on its history and experience weather it has been invaded or an invader well it depends, but a common thing about all ancient countries is that this deep believe in the supernatural plus or minus submission to it or submission in general.
Submission comes from control and control is either physical or mental.
Ancient countries doesn’t need too much physical control.
There is something enchanting in every corner , so many intriguing stories full of manipulation , deceit ,passion anger and any feeling or attitude you can think of.
But the question is how far you can go to maintain your identity to and preserve it , we have a famous idiom “a trait extends to 7th grand father” meaning that you might have a trait tracking back to your great great grand father.
If there is anything real I want to say , is that there is a jewel hidden underneath all this dust and traffic chaos.
I missed the 25th of January appraisal I wasn’t there , it was a huge historical event and it was huge because of the so many people involved ,millions stacked in such a medium sized square ,the Tahrir square .
At the beginning I had a lot of scruples for missing such an event ,of not being in such a big square with the millions of people around.it’s like missing a big Gig ,but it is unfair and even cruel to compare it to a gig because so many people got hurt during the event so I can not speak of it or even refer to it lightly GOD bless them.
But when i am there I try to look for any signs of fighting of people who were there. I didn’t walk in the square ,but when I am ridding in a cab I look around and I hardly imagine that millions of human beings were squeezed in this square,
there were huge blocks at the end of the street leading to square and USA embassy,they are gone now ,and the street looks much more better than it was just after the gig but still there are few iron walls built around the parliament and couple of governmental buildings.
But a true reminder of what happened that day was the burnt out building on the border of the Nile the head quarter of the democratic national party the party that ruled Egypt for 30 years, i never viewed it as a real political party, even the parliament I always viewed at the parliament as a play and all those national democratic politicians as players , all playing a lousy play an underrated play,they were persistently playing this play despite the audience loosing their interest and even BOOing at them and throwing them with tomatoes and eggs.
We needed change we needed a new script fresh players.
We don’t mind plays.
Shakespeare once wrote:”life is a big play”it is indeed.
So this building is now burnt out deserted and home for stray dogs.
It was situated next to the Egyptian museum ,this buildings shouldn’t have been there in the first place ,it should be taken down ,because it’s in the way between the museum and the Nile , although the high way is still there.
Any ways Egypt needs a cartographer an A* just like out first ancestors or any one with a good sense of beauty.
Someone once told me that Cairo is like a woman whom you won’t appreciate her beauty unless you look closely at her.