A Hungry Child Can’t Wait: Ask 5 for 5

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Guest Blogger: Sarah Lenssen from #Ask5for5

Family photos by Mike Fiechtner Photography

Thank you Mohammed Faizan, writer at Monologues of A Day Dreamer and nearly 150 other bloggers from around the world for allowing me to share a story with you today, during Social Media Week.

A hungry child in East Africa can’t wait. Her hunger consumes her while we decide if we’ll respond and save her life. In Somalia, children are stumbling along for days, even weeks, on dangerous roads and with empty stomachs in search of food and water. Their crops failed for the third year in a row. All their animals died. They lost everything. Thousands are dying along the road before they find help in refugee camps.

At my house, when my three children are hungry, they wait minutes for food, maybe an hour if dinner is approaching. Children affected by the food crisis in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia aren’t so lucky. Did you know that the worst drought in 60 years is ravaging whole countries right now, as you read this? Famine, a term not used lightly, has been declared in Somalia. This is the world’s first famine in 20 years.12.4 million people are in need of emergency assistance and over 29,000 children have died in the last three months alone. A child is dying every 5 minutes. It it estimated that 750,000 people could die before this famine is over. Take a moment and let that settle in.

The media plays a major role in disasters. They have the power to draw the attention of society to respond–or not. Unfortunately, this horrific disaster has become merely a footnote in most national media outlets. News of the U.S. national debt squabble and the latest celebrity’s baby bump dominate headlines. That is why I am thrilled that nearly 150 bloggers from all over the world are joining together today to use the power of social media to make their own headlines; to share the urgent need of the almost forgotten with their blog readers. Humans have the capacity to care deeply for those who are suffering, but in a situation like this when the numbers are too huge to grasp and the people so far away, we often feel like the little we can do will be a drop in the ocean, and don’t do anything at all.

When news of the famine first hit the news in late July, I selfishly avoided it. I didn’t want to read about it or hear about it because I knew I would feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. I wanted to protect myself. I knew I would need to do something if I knew what was really happening. You see, this food crisis is personal. I have a 4-year-old son and a 1 yr-old daughter who were adopted from Ethiopia and born in regions now affected by the drought. If my children still lived in their home villages, they would be two of the 12.4 million. My children: extremely hungry and malnourished? Gulp. I think any one of us would do anything we could for our hungry child. But would you do something for another mother’s hungry child?

My friend and World Vision staffer, Jon Warren, was recently in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya–the largest refugee camp in the world with over 400,000 people. He told me the story of Isnino Siyat, 22, a mother who walked for 10 days and nights with her husband, 1 yr-old-baby, Suleiman, and 4 yr.-old son Adan Hussein, fleeing the drought in Somalia. When she arrived at Dadaab, she built the family a shelter with borrowed materials while carrying her baby on her back. Even her dress is borrowed. As she sat in the shelter on her second night in camp she told Jon, “I left because of hunger. It is a very horrible drought which finished both our livestock and our farm.” The family lost their 5 cows and 10 goats one by one over 3 months, as grazing lands dried up. “We don’t have enough food now…our food is finished. I am really worried about the future of my children and myself if the situation continues.”

Will you help a child like Baby Suleiman? Ask5for5 is a dream built upon the belief that you will.

That something I knew I would need to do became a campaign called #Ask5for5 to raise awareness and funds for famine and drought victims. The concept is simple, give $5 and ask five of your friends to give $5, and then they each ask five of their friends to give $5 and so on–in nine generations of 5x5x5…we could raise $2.4 Million! In one month, over 750 people have donated over $25,000! I set up a fundraiser at See Your Impact and 100% of the funds will go to World Vision, an organization that has been fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa for decades and will continue long after this famine has ended. Donations can multiply up to 5 times in impact by government grants to
help provide emergency food, clean water, agricultural support,
healthcare, and other vital assistance to children and families suffering in the Horn.

I need you to help me save lives. It’s so so simple; here’s what you need to do:

  1. Donate $5 or more on this page (http://seeyourimpact.org/members/ask5for5)
  2. Send an email to your friends and ask them to join us.
  3. Share #Ask5for5 on Facebook and Twitter!

I’m looking for another 100 bloggers to share this post on their blogs throughout Social Media Week. Email me at ask5for5@gmail.com if you’re interested in participating this week.

A hungry child doesn’t wait. She doesn’t wait for us to finish the other things on our to-do list, or get to it next month when we might have a little more money to give. She doesn’t wait for us to decide if she’s important enough to deserve a response. She will only wait as long as her weakened little body will hold on…please respond now and help save her life. Ask 5 for 5.

Thank you on behalf of all of those who will be helped–you are saving lives and changing history.

P.S. Please don’t move on to the next website before you donate and email your friends right now. It only takes 5 minutes and just $5, and if you’re life is busy like mine, you probably won’t get back to it later. Let’s not be a generation that ignores hundreds of thousands of starving people, instead let’s leave a legacy of compassion. You have the opportunity to save a life today!

Pause for a Cause – The Art for Life Foundation

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Hmmm….where should i start from ;D! I met Anthony Knutson via Twitter as he began following me, expressing my plight on a rough day, Anthony rained down upon kind & wonderful words upon me which made me smile. Learning more about him, i came to know that Anthony ran a foundation by the name The Art for Life Foundation. Its message and its cause really touched me, i sent out a few Tweets for his foundation, but didn’t feel much, so i decided to write in a post about it, as i have been also supporting other causes on my page Causes I Support and Promote.

For over 13 years now, Art for Life has focused on creating programs that help kids who are undergoing physical, emotional or mental crisis to use art as a way of helping them work through and with their illness. They’ve been empowering kids from an early age through their teens to embrace art as a way of expressing how they feel during and what is a very scary and difficult time for them.

Self expression through Art has been a wonderful way to help these kids and has been a method used by Art For Life. Children’s Hospitals can be places of noticeable tension, where the struggles, fears and hopes of patients, families and staff make for a stressful experience at times of them. At a time like this, people realize that healing goes beyond curing the body, curing comes in emotionally also and that its very important. At various children’s hospital locations,

The Art For Life Foundation offers various arts programs to pick up where medicine stops to help guide patients through recovery. They also reach out to Children’s Hospices &
Juvenile Centers, Behavioral Health Centers, Children’s Houses and many more places
wherever these kids need any love & support.

Their programs provide inclusive, interactive, therapeutic art activities that help normalize the hospital experience for kids. All patients are encouraged to participate, regardless of physical limitations. The programs work either in a group environment or in one-on-one sessions with the objective to provide a nurturing and inspirational creative experience to every child. All the programs are not in children’s hospitals. They also work with a juvenile courthouse and with a childrens hospice/respite location, however all of their programs work with children using art as an effective tool – empowering them and often times their siblings and family members – to actively participate in their own healing process.

The Art for life Foundation runs a various number of amazing programs that makes these kids and teens smile, some of them are :-

Feeling Notes – The Foundations uses the soothing music of the harp to help the patients feels calm and relieved.

Art While you Wait – In this program the founder provides a variety of art & craft materials & projects to the patients and their siblings waiting for treatment in the Emergency Department – Located in 7 states across the US.

Vickie & Friends (Ceramic Painting) – Vickie Geistkemper, the program director and her friends have helped 1,750 children to paint Ceramics, they’ve got beautiful themes for these kids each month, for eg: bugs in June and Hearts in October. And also the family members of children are encouraged to take part so that the children feel the Love & Support from everyone around them.

Artfelt Memories – This program helps kids cope up with the death of a parent or sibling and parents cope with their loss of a spouse or child, they work with children, teenagers and their parent(s). It gives each family member an opportunity to create a ceramic memory piece in honor of their loved one. Giving them a way to create their own art as a way to capture their own unique memories of their loved one.

Painting Hearts! –  It as an arts program for children/young adult cardiac patients, their siblings and adult family members, as well as parents whose infant children are undergoing cardiac surgery and/or procedures. They’re given an opportunity to create their own unique ceramic heart with a question What makes your heart happy 😀 ?

And you know the best part, this is just beginning of some of the most wonderful programs that The Art for Life Foundation runs :D!!!

These various beautiful programs help kids to feel better, it takes their mind off the stress and tension that they face, these beautiful pieces of Art created by the kids themselves and by the volunteers become a symbol of healing of love, radiating happiness and joy in their lives and making that time an phase much more easier and comforting for them :D! It gives them an opportunity to help and create something out of their own hearts.

Anthony started this foundation 13 years ago with a dream of helping a few children, now it reaches over 18,000 kids per year. With its simple yet wonderful & profoundly amazing idea the foundation won prizes and achieved great recognition throughout the country. Which include – The Bertha Wright Award in 2004 –  Winner of The Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Competition and some more.

Anthony’s kindness, love, hard work and dedication towards his foundation has now made it a large foundation with an amazing reach, The Art For Life Foundation has 22 programs located across 8 states including Washington DC.

The foundation helps hundreds of kids to smile each day, it makes them feel happy about what they can create, it takes their mind of the pain and experience that they go through, not only that, but it gives them a positive insight about life that no matter what happens, everything in life is a learning experience, and that even when times are not so easy, we must always smile and release our creativity in different ways and forms, as it expresses our deep innermost emotions, the beauty, the love, the happiness and the innocence of these children can be seen in the wonderful pieces of Art that they create, not only providing them with healing emotionally, but also from their hearts and minds.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the foundation, then do please visit their website here : http://www.artforlife.org

You too can make a difference in the lives of these children, you too can add up to be a reason that they feel better and they smile, you too can shower upon them a small act of kindness by donation here : http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/anthony-knutson/the-art-for-life-foundation .

Here’s on how more you can help : http://www.artforlife.org/how_you_can_help.html

Here’s a Testimony from some wonderful people including Larry King : http://www.artforlife.org/testimonials.html

Their Facebook Page here : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-for-Life-Foundation/97280494045

And you can find them on Twitter as : @ArtforLifeOrg 

Concluding this post with some wonderful messages from Anthony himself :

Anthony Knutson ~ Founder, The Art for Life Foundation.

“Sometimes healing can come from the love & support of a volunteer artist helping to add a special finishing touch ~ Anthony”

“Children just don’t do Art, but they live within it. They take a crayon and a piece of paper and create a world that is real and in that reality find a place to heal ~ Anthony”

” It is important to create. It is important to Play. Art is the Rainbow that appears after every storm, reaching out, inspiring, transforming and reflecting back the love & life of everyone it touches ~ Anthony”

This Foundation truly inspires me, each time when i think of a child creating Art that makes him/her smile, it warms my heart, i remember when as child i drew or painted and when i saw my work, i know the smile it brought me and how Love flowed from the heart in every single line that was created and each drop as it touched the paper.

I Thank you all for taking out time to read this post and I pray and hope from my heart that May God always & always Bless This Foundation and Anthony with Lots of Love, Happiness & Blessings.

Challenges as we know them.

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Challenges…….what are they ? I kept on thinking as i saw many new things entering my life, and after going through a lot of things that went by and as i stood in a new view of clarity.

When we bring out the word “Challenge” usually its taken as something which is tough, something for which you need to put on your game face on and ram it with everything you have….BAM! So it was for me too a while ago, as i heard the word “Challenge” i tightened myself up and words came to my mind “Its Showtime!” or “Im gonna take this down!”

But i realized its not always so.

Recently, since i have been back to my normal, busy and at times really exhausting schedule, i felt things around me taking me to a wonderful ride. As things changed, because i was off for a month and before this break i had, my schedule was different and this what came forward to me being relatively new, i am all excited about it, yet, as it has started and i am implementing it. At times i’ve seen people say, “We don’t get time”….i’ve always wanted to say them, my friend, “We all have the same time, its what we do in that much amount of time and how we do it really matters. One thing i learnt in life, the moment you stop giving excuses, Your Life will go for an amazing change!

I saw myself falling into this new time constraint, things started tightening around, many many things to handle together, although i efficiently did a lot of things and had started to juggle some and ignore some, and my focus went out of track for a short while….wham!!! A new Challenge……..Take a break! STOP! i had to say to myself.

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What’s going on ??? What i realized was that i had to start focusing more on myself rather than the things i’ve gotta do, the more i build up and grow myself, the more the things i do will be done in a much better manner, i had to build a foundation, i had to be efficient, sharp, awesome, time bound, tactical, precise and strong. Focusing on each of the qualities one by one wasn’t the trick, i had to be clear, i had to be myself. Things happen in life due to which you get clouded, in these times, hold on to what you are and your true capabilities, the cloud passes away, always.

I saw that i didn’t have to fight the Challenge and win against it, but i had to flow with it. A wise man once said, surrendering at times is also the strongest thing to do. We can’t fight time or stop it, we must all flow with it, and make the best of what we have with us.

Life presents us with challenges at many many different levels, the amazing thing about challenges is that they are different, and each time when we face those different challenges we are in a different state of mind. They become like a stepping stone for growth for us. It puts us into this new state of mind/consciousness. Presenting us with moments of transformation & realization. Ways and ideas to go around, its like a new state of our minds, where our creativity and the potentials of our minds are released in this new way as new thoughts & ideas start pouring in.

What i learn’t after a few failures was that always Winning the Challenge isn’t important, what matters is how you dealt with it, what you learnt from it and how it helped you to grow, how it helped you to become better, bring out your true self, take you to another level, make your realize your true potential.

We all have the True capability of overcoming our Challenges (Image found via Google)

That’s the true meaning of Overcoming a Challenge.

What surprised me is the thought that some people are afraid of challenges, they dwell in this fear and limit their life to an extent where everything they are is undermined and so are they, due to which they are unable to harness the best out of themselves. That’s the worst thing to do, don’t ever do that, each Challenge is beautiful and has something to teach.

Some challenges might put you in a state of difficulty, or in a tight spot. But its during those times that focusing on yourself and the situation around you really matters, there’s always a way out, what matters is the Will. If there isn’t a way, then make one, but do your best, so that even if God forbid failure touches you, it will actually be a victory for you, you’ll know your true capacity, the limitlessness and the capabilities that you have.

They can be expected or unexpected, what matters is how we deal with those challenges, they can arise from anywhere, At work, with family, in our daily lives for eg. having problems with your vehicle and you’ve gotta make it somewhere and many of them.

Challenges, like pieces of a puzzle (Image found via Google)

Challenges are like an unknown puzzle, each time when we find a new piece and join it with the puzzle of our life, something new is revealed to us, something which we hadn’t seen, felt or understood before. Challenges not only create new perceptions till they last, but they also give us the idea to look through those perceptions later.

In all, Challenges are a phase in our lives, they push us to our maximum. They are beautiful as they bring out the best in us, so go on, never be afraid of Challenge, give it your best and all that you have, have a lot of fun in the process & most of all Enjoy :D!

I hope you all enjoy this post :D! We all have Challenges in our lives, i shared one of my own, what have your challenges been ? how has it been able to inspire you & help you to learn more, would Love to hear from all of you :D! A heartfelt gratitude to all for taking out your time to read my post and comment here :D!.

A Break to a Journey of Discoveries III of III

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A Long Road Ahead and The Journey Continues. (Image found via Google Search)

(This is the 3rd part of this post. My amazing & lovely regular readers already know about it, a Warm Welcome to my wonderful & incredible new readers, here are the links to the previous parts.  Part – I : http://wp.me/p1lE4S-3s And Part – II :  http://wp.me/p1lE4S-4N )

My Sister also reminded me about my creativity. You can do all the work you can and you want to, as a result of that, creativity starts building up and you need to release it, or it keeps piling up and as a result you might start loosing interest in your work slowly. I realized how important it was for me to bring out my creativity, work is necessary, but I also have to take out time for it, use every moment at its best.

Release Your Creativity - Image found via Google Search :D!

Never mind if you draw like a 2 year old or take pictures like an old man, just release your creativity in any way you might love, something you’d love to do. And it feels great, yeah you’ll feel proud of those things too…..Lol ;D!

Really, every single moment is wonderful , God did put me through this phase to evolve and to understand and to bring out my true self much more towards my work and be my 100%, because there will not be another me.

Mind, Body & Spirit - Align them and you'll feel the power of your possibilities (Image found via Google Search)

Well, my mind and soul aligned in harmony, it was time to take up my body. Its necessary that you keep your body fit & strong in whichever way you can and the convenience of time that you have no matter what it is , Push Ups, Jogs/Runs/Walk, Yoga, some form of Martial Art or anything else. It keeps your Mind, Body & Soul together as one, strong, firm, concrete and fixed towards your goal and tasks

With these 3 spheres together in an alignment, I m quite sure you can excel in whatever you take up to.

Whoa and, that smile….haha ;D!! Always wear it, its something that projects out a LOT of positivity and someone might just fall in love with it ;D!!.

Now, I really don’t need an alarm to wake up for what I want to do, seriously 😀 😀 :D!!! Its my dreams that wake me up and keep me awake, there was never a time that I woke up since 5:30 am and then couldn’t sleep until I did some work :D!.

There may be people that may say something and do something to make you feel down, don’t let anything from the outside affect you from the inside and it cannot, and they can never have any power over you nor you should give them the power to. The moment you notice or feel that there is someone trying to compete with you or something, that my friend, is Good News ;D! It means that you’re making a great progress and people around you are noticing it. Don’t be afraid of that and try to make a run for it and compete with that person, just go at the rate you are & you can , because jealousy and fear limit how much you can be yourself, so don’t let someone else’s jealousy affect you nor be jealous of someone, it’s a very base and low feeling and it blocks your greatness and ability to truly love and do something.

And also there will be people who love & know you, they may use harsh words, just to spite you so that you could feel that challenging spirit to prove them wrong. Its hard to notice them at first. But from the inside, they know what you are capable of and only wish and pray for your success.

Each event was step, on one of the final days i had a most wonderful experience, that feeling that it left me with has been incredible……..Okies, you guys wanna know about it 😀 ?? Lemme know in the comments below ;D!

Blooming to New Beginnings - Photo by Me (M. Faizan S.)

I’d first like to Thank God and then Thank you so much Sis, I m blessed by God to have you in my life and My dear & supporting friend, and all of you who are here :- http://wp.me/P1lE4S-1z  among them are friends, some people who I had a only a tad bit of conversation with, but they always spread kindness and happiness with their lovely words, wishes and Blessings, took out time to read & comment on my blog. Well, it was that little kindness of yours that twinkle like stars in a night sky and you’ve inspired me.

And a heartfelt Thanks to all my dear & amazing readers, Tweeps, Twiends & folks :D!

I Love all of You with all my heart.

It really sounds like a story, but its so much true and what all I’ve been through.

A Break to a Journey of Discoveries – II of III

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My dear & amazing readers, Thank your SO much for all your Love & Support. Here’s the IInd part of my post. If you haven’t checked it out yet, then here’s the link to “A Break to a Journey of Discoveries – I of III

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And also with me were the wise words of a dear and supporting friend, who said that, whatever God does is for our best, we might not like it, but its for our own good and we must trust His decision.

On the first day of my break, I started to work up to 5 times more than what I did normally, it was a feeling just so great.

One of the things that my Sis taught was Letting Go. These 2 words have a diverse meaning but, I had to let go off the things and events that took place in the past. Even though it was my success in the past that I had to let go because it could build up a sort of pride which would let me down. It was amazing, I went through a sweet & sour cocktail of emotions, but this all had to come out. I felt the emotions coming out, all that time, i was holding myself back, i felt my heart open up, it was ‘work’, but it was a circle of my life where my true self was hidden away for almost a year, i went through transitions of emotions in this trip, but it was all worth it. 😀 😀 :D!!!

We do make some wrong decisions and wrong choices, but everything that happens with us in our lives,  we learn from it. We can not change the past, so its something we should never hold on to nor its worth to holding on to.

Its that of our present, the choices that we make in the present and the reasons we make those choices forms a future which is up ahead of us and which is can be much more brighter  ~ M. Faizan

I started to enjoy every single moment of my work and my life. It felt as if the whole world had slowed down and I could so what I wished.  In 20 days I completed my work which was pending for 3 months. That spells a W-O-W!! But I know I can do much much more Life no more seems as a mess, but a wonderful gift.

I also had a great time. Family, malls, shopping, food and etc. Mmmm……i was pretty hesitant to write this one because I’d really sound so high schoolish saying this………….. but some people get your attention. I got a crush on a few random strangers LOL! Yeah, few, May God help me, sounds crazy, right! LOL :D!.

As I said, sweet & sour cocktail of emotions, so my mind was going through a lot of funny stuff.

Okay, okay, i know what some of you guys are thinkin’ now   ^_^…….its nothing like that at all………seriously :D!!!

How, what & all I don’t really know, but I got to learn more about myself from this, I thought what was it about them that got my attention ?? I was puzzled for a moment, but then I realized, they were themselves, that’s what I’d noticed. They had that genuine smile which projected out who they really were. When you see a genuine person, your heart brings out that BIG smile, i was in an amazement, awe & wonder, in these crushes, i touched my true being & soul again & again, it was a truly heart opening experience.

I had to follow my dreams and be my complete true self for my work 😀 😀 :D!!!

It truly felt like God was changing the circumstances around me, into believing in myself and my capabilities for my work. Even if there were negative things around me, the outside didn’t & doesn’t affect me. Everything feels like a learning and experience.

Then I learnt to believe in the words of my dear friend. Indeed many times God does things that we don’t like, but He does it for our best. I learnt that when some of my plans got cancelled, was unable to do a few other things I wanted to and I remembered how a different career choice had landed me somewhere I didn’t want to be at that time, but now when I look back, that was one of the best things that happened to me…………………

More of what my Sis taught me, how i implemented it into my life and another amazing event which became the final step of my opening, (I’ll be putting up that as poem before Part III) all of it more on “A Break to a Journey of Discoveries III of III”. A heartfelt Thanks to all for taking out their precious time to read this & comment on here :D!!!!

Weekend Chewbies

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Well, its weekend and I m off ‘work’ for a while, and its during these times I end up doing lots of crazy things, by crazy I mean something that don’t make sense at all. I’d written a quote of my own : An idle mind is not a devil’s workshop, but its his industry. You can explain I was able to chalk it up to a small scale industry ;D!!! Now this is what ran through my mind.

I lazed out like I’ve not slept, yeah bcoz on the Friday night till 3:15am I was lolling around Social Media and watching the game trailer for Batman : Arkham City, that was better, there are much worse things to do than that, like counting sheep ;D! And I peacefully woke up at 10:30 am this morning and THANK GOD the “Mornin’ Crow Alarm” didn’t arrive at my window at 5:13 am in the morning, and the only alarm on the whole planet that wakes me up at 5 am.

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Once I’d woken up early, I’d got dark circles under my eyes, due to insomnia. I looked like zombie with my hair all dredged up and making horn like shapes, so I stood behind the curtain of my window with a stick “Let that ‘kawing’ creature come, I m gonna scare his feathers off”

One of my very favorite things being growing a slight weirdly unkempt beard, with a frown like that of a true honor justice cop, yeah, at times I love to feel and be like a shady character, it amaAAAAzing to see people giving you the weird look, which they don’t normally do when you appear to be normal……hee hee. WoW!!!

Me in the Batman Cowl - Age - 5yrs

I did feel like a ninja Batman………ooh Batman’s a trained ninja, so pretty well ;D!!! They feel you’re weird, not only weird, I mean Willy Wonka weird, I never knew changing my look at bit would cause that kinda reaction, one of my friends ended up asking,” did your girlfriend run away or something or she ditched you ?”, I said “wha?? I don’t have one yet” phew!!! And I thought my mind was the devil’s industry.

I can't believe i had such fears....LOL!! Found via Google Search (Image is subject to the copyright of its owners)

Clowns……by clowns I got reminded of a Coulrophobia or fear of clowns which I had when I was between 5 & 7, I could give the credit of it to a Tv serial which showed a murder clown with magical powers & stuff and couldn’t be killed so easily, he used Voodoo and everythin’ else and a bunch of 7 morons who knew how to kill him, God, it scared the hair of my scalp. And in Dubai, where I spent the greater part of my childhood, there was an automated clown in a mall which started laughing when you went near it, I was scared, whenever I wanted to pass through the alleys I would go around that thing, as a fact that mall had 2 automated clowns, the other the climbed up and down a rope from the top to lower level of the mall and this one’s still there. A Major CROWNIES!!!! these people are so stinkingly nostalgic. I used to day dream of the clown attacking the mall folks and me being the hero and saving the damsels in distress, Thanks to God i found better career options :P!!!

When I was 17, well I was & still am a fan of comic book characters, I tried sporting a goatee like that of Green Arrow :D!!! And that too I’d done it myself, I was so proud and then as my Mom sees me “You look 30 or something!!! Get it off or a young lady might just end up calling you ‘Uncle’ ” I had that weird “Wha ???” look on my face because I’d thought that looked cool ;D!!!. Well so there it was for a single night.

And finally i started my Playstation 3 after almost 6 months, had probs. with it & work stuff mainly and a scene while replaying of one of my favorite games Uncharted 2 put me into a series of amazing & incredible thoughts which i may put up in a blog post.

I introduced myself to you amazing folks as a daydreamer, hope you enjoyed this little journey of my mind from the way i see the world from my inner childish self. And i also recommend that always feel and also be the child inside of you, it makes you really very happy, you’ll always be your 100% self, motivated, inspired, enthusiastic, excited and happy to learn something more or the other out of all the experiences and you can Love to your heart’s best when you Love like a child.

Concluding with one of my quotes : Love like a child, from your heart, beautifully, blissfully, honestly, truly, fearlessly, selflessly and endlessly ~ M. Faizan

P.S. Everything that i’ve written here is the truth and has been a part of my life :D!!!

Thank you So much to all of you for inspiring me to write more :D!!!

A Break to a Journey of Discoveries – I of III

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A Journey ~ Found via Google Search (Image is subject to the copyright of its owners)

{I first Thank God for everything he’s given me, also for all of my amazing readers here for their amazing & wonderful love & support who always supported me and inspire me to write more and a heartfelt Thanks to you all.}

Recently, as many of my readers know, I left for a break to another country i.e. my ex-hometown Dubai. To take out sometime for myself and to focus more on my work. I had been there quite a many times but this truly was one of the best breaks I’ve had in my life till now.  Well, but it came out to be a journey in which I discovered a lot more my true self.

Quite surprising, but that was one of the main reasons I left.

Had been through a lot, it seemed like just the right time to leave.

Until the last year, I was at the top of my work, excelled in every thing that I took up. But then all of a sudden I saw myself going down, living below the expectations of others but the most of all, myself.

I was myself with the others, but not my work. My work life was becoming a disaster, I’d stepped into the territory of laziness & time wastage, a LOT of it. I had lost interest in my work, I moved away from doing what I had to the most, it was a ruin. I had that miserable feeling running through me, all the time, I was becoming distracted, my priorities were haywire, people close to me started to see a change in me and how I was dealing with my work. It was a mess.

I had tried so many things, those motivations and inspirations lasted only for a short while, then I was back to it. It lasted for almost a year.

It was like my soul from the inside wanted something else, but my mind was going in the wrong direction.

But then something happened, Some wonderful people influenced my life. And some of them being quite special.

Okay I know there must be “eyebrows raised” ^  ^….LOL!

Yes, yes! there you go, you guessed it right, there’s a woman to it *wink*……hee hee ;D!, its someone whom I call a Sister, my elder Sis. Although not by blood, she’s but closer to me than one, she me helped in bringing out the real me, the person who I really should be for my work life. She never saw me as a mess or a disaster, which i thought i was, but looked into me and understood me for who I really am, making me realize that the reason I was feeling all the misery was that I was hiding my true self, this isn’t me, I m not a disaster, I don’t waste my time, people in my line of work know me for it. They were also shocked to see me going down this hole. It seemed like it was unending, well that was until God sent me her ;D!!!

What i do is something that i love doing and am great at it, its just what i want and would’ve wanted, Thank God :D!!! It wasn’t like it was something i didn’t love doing, that was main thing that came to the mind, and it bugged me too. But it just felt like my love for it had hidden away somewhere, in some deep dark corner of my heart and i never knew why.

My Sis taught me that what I felt and was happening around me was due to me not being my real person. I had embraced this new person who I really wasn’t for my work and certain small parts of my life and that’s what was holding me back from using my true potential. She made me understand the greatness, importance and relevance of becoming myself. She made me realize who i really am. She trusted me, my goals seemed crazy, but her faith and confidence in me, it felt just so great, so always said & says that i can do it, i have the ability to, no matter what the circumstances were. She told me she’d love to tell me a lot more, but she really wanted me to discover it myself………….more of what i learnt, how it made & inspired me into who i really am for my work and a cocktails of emotions, continued in A Break to a Journey of Discoveries – II