Friday, August 20, 2021
Just hung up the phone. On the other side of the line, was a friend I haven’t spoken to for years. They’re interesting to have, these impromptu catch-up calls. You chat after a long time, look back, see where the waves of time took you…
Only it wasn’t that kind of call. Not exactly.
I stumbled upon a short TV report about her mother. It left me in shock. I reached out, we talked. The waves of time weren't waves; they were laser beams cutting through the fabric of hope. …
Tuesday, 17 August, 2021
I’ve been looking for water bottles for over a week now. And it’s been a nightmare. I called the minimarket around the corner, and they’re out of stock. I downloaded an app and ordered a pack from a bigger market. The order comes back to me with the suggestion to replace the pack of 6 bottles with something else. Like what? Wine? Gum? Seeds and nuts?
So, I waited a couple of hours in the hope that they would refill their stock. Made another order. Same problem. …
Monday, August 16, 2021
Good morning from the land of uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, and volatility. The amps and volts and watts are in place; the norm has become a strange surprise. Surreal.
Had a guided meditation for stress relief. HAHAHA. A very calm voice told me to drop the judgments and the stories I tell myself about situations that are outside my control in order to uncover the truth. No, what works is that I actively look for solutions to mitigate the detrimental power cuts, not that I sit in front of a candle and contemplate the truth of…
Friday, August 13, 2021
I had three minutes of electricity around 7 AM. And then back to nothing.
If it’s anything like yesterday, “nothing” will stay until 12:00 PM. I have a meeting at 10:00 AM… The optimism! Some never learn, right?
The optimism of a Lebanese living in the unknown. Would today’s unknown be in favor of productivity?
A question only answered by the generator guy, the Electricité du Liban — or what’s left of it.
Just called two coffee shops to ask if (1) they have electricity and (2) their internet connection doesn’t…
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Every now and then, you send messages with capital letters to your friends, let off some steam, and then, when you have a zoom meeting with your collaborators, you put on a Hollywood-worthy show. But you’re so involved in the show of your unaltered professional life (or the seemingly unaltered, at least momentarily, while Tesla throws his magical electrical stardust), that eventually, as the good actor — excuse me, professional — you are, you fall for the narrative. You believe in your energy and you share it everywhere. Like the actor who played King Aragorn…
On February 7, Bassel, Lucy, Maria, and Marina started a 7-day journey called The Sleep Experiment, a project designed by someone who struggled with sleep for people who share the struggle.
Motivated by his desire to fix his encumbered sleep schedule, Bassel set out to design a life-in-times-of-lockdown outside his pajamas. Maria, who tried many a way to get back control of her rest time but to no avail, found in the challenge a way to reconnect high productivity with high energy and enough rest time. Marina had never really tried any tool or strategy to give structure to…
You are standing in front a big black box.
You know that what’s inside can completely change your life because others have bragged about opening theirs and, as a result, are living a life of fulfillment.
But the box seems unreachable.
It is locked and you don’t know how to open it. Is there a key? If so, where’s the key? What does the key look like? What if it’s a code? But where to put it? And most importantly, how can you even reach the box?
Quite frustrating, isn’t it?
This scene happens more frequently that we’d care to…
Shattered. Crushed. Crumbled. Pulverized.
That’s Beirut after a capital-wide explosion that even Cyprus felt, more than 200 kilometres across the sea. As a result of the blast of August 4, more than 100* people have died and 4000+* were rushed to hospitals. 300,000 are now left without a home. The early estimate is up to 4.2 billion USD* in economic loss.
*Update: more than 210 people have died, 7500+ were injured and the later estimate of economic loss surpassed 12 billion USD.
Digging through the rubble. Bodies lost at sea. Families searching for their loved ones. Thousands of wounded…
When uncertainty befalls upon us, resistance entraps us. And it seems like a more serious threat as the world around us changes at a pace faster than the speed at which we can make sense of what is happening. New technologies appear with rising frequencies, reinventing how individuals commute, how music lovers listen to their favorite playlists and how doctors perform surgeries. Pandemics can cover the span of the globe within days and put all humans of the world in a self-quarantine that forces them to do things differently.
Uncertainty and change are not things we can simply eradicate.
Are you up for a quick test of your creative divergent thinking? Stop everything you’re doing and try this:
How many uses did you come up with?
I tested this exercise with members of my mastermind and my students, the…