Rule 1 How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we. Rule 2 The path to the... Continue Reading →
“The old cobbler had believed in something he called "the signature of all things"-namely, that God had hidden clues for humanity's betterment inside the design of every flower, leaf, fruit, and tree on earth. All the natural world was a divine code, Boehme claimed, containing proof of our Creator's love.”
Random question: If someone acts in a certain way which contradicts with your ethical and moral framework, would you hold it against them? Or would you factor in that not everyone's views on these issues are the same and that perhaps what is taboo to you is less taboo by many others? Hence, would the fact that... Continue Reading →
Not to sound insensitive, yet I feel there is an overwhelming fixation in Cairo with the idea of dying for something. I recently lost a good friend so a bit melodramatic in that regard. Yet putting that aside, kindly observe the extent to which death is always dragged into the discussion. Fanatics and regular Joe(s)... Continue Reading →
Hey, This is an attempt at using this blog's limited readership base to make some magic happen. I am dying to teach university in Cairo. I would love to teach economics, public policy or intro to consulting. I am flexible on the University. If you can help please do!
For the majority of my tween years I abused a John Nash quote like a mantra. "To find a truly original idea, it is the only way I will ever distinguish myself, the only way I will ever really matter." Yet, what if John Nash had it wrong? What if the ideas are only as... Continue Reading →
Bassem's departure has me obsessing about my own mortality, my own life choices and my own legacy. I find myself circling the drain with regard to the topic of bucket lists, circles of influence, legacies and impact. So I decided to dust off and update my old bucket list. The last update of the list... Continue Reading →
This is for me. I would have loved to claim that it was for him. Or for all of you. Yet this is for me. To cope. To believe. To survive. Bassem Sabry is dead. You have all heard. The tragic news has spread across social media like wildfire and has depressed friends, fans and... Continue Reading →
3 years later. We are pretty much where we were on the economic front. Outlook remains shady yet the recommendations remain constant. I still wish there were more consistent efforts by the economic community to spread awareness and to educate.
Kindly check your political views at the door.
Many of you have been calling and e-mailing asking for my “economic” view on what’s happening, forecasted impact on the economy and what can be done.
I would much prefer to focus on the last point because worrying and fretting about impact is a useless exercise while exploring what we can do might actually have some good.
1) Regarding the campaign to invest 100 LE in the Egyptian Stock Market. In my humble opinion this is a minimum impact exercise, the only ones who stand to really gain are those seeking to currently exit the market and the brokerage companies. The money you invest goes into the pockets of previous owners of that stock, the company itself (whose stock you are buying) does not benefit. This money will not result in production or job generation, let alone any impact on the real…
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My mother, the most awesome being alive, is unwell these days. Prayers are highly welcome. Hence in tribute to her divine existence and in an attempt to sooth my frayed nerves and avert a panic-attack, I am sharing a post from 2006 in remembrance. I echo these prayers today. “May you all never have to carry keys to your homes.”
“This harmless bunch of shiny objects doesn’t include a key to our house. Yet that is so symbolic of my life as a whole. My conditional independence. My parents over-protectiveness. My general lack of responsibilities. A total care-freedom. Most of all, its a reminder, that anytime I get home, no matter what my arrival time is, there is always going to be someone there. That all my family are well, that my mother or grandma are going to lovingly open the door, ask how my day has been, feed me and tell me about theirs. May I never have to carry a key to our door.”
Do you believe objects have memories? That day to day mundane objects that you carry or that lie around the house in fact remember where they’ve been. Could it be possible that the secrets of history and the way we used to be are locked up embedded in wood and stone, completely unaccessible.
It sits there on my desk, even as I type this, it seems it is forever around, if somebody was ever to write my biography it would be such a good source, if only it could speak. Most of you have already seen it, the massive bunch of things that constitutes my “keys”. Yet calling them keys is really a lie, for its just one key and a bunch of chains.
It’s funny, I never purchase key chains when I’m abroad. I am a firm believer that travel is a gift in itself, the sights and sounds…
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If you were to select a song to represent the human being that you are; which song would you feel most does you justice?
I am in no way expecting this to go viral or to turn into some sort of campaign. I am writing this down because the thought behind it has been haunting me all morning and I feel absolutely obligated to document it and act upon it. Dear Former Boss/ Mentor/ Professor, I know we do not... Continue Reading →
Pre-revolution I had reached the conclusions that the things we need most in Egypt are tolerance, awareness, self growth and serenity. This still holds true now as 2013 has come to a close.
Yet for 2014 I just wish you all peace of mind. It is the one thing I have missed the most in 2013 and which I’ve seen people struggle with the most. Peace of mind with all it entails. The courage to do the right thing. The maturity to know what the right thing is. The faith not to struggle with the decision once it has been made. Peace of mind.
- Courage to start over.
- Freedom of want/need.
- Cool bosses, productive subordinates and fun coworkers.
- Time to smell the roses.
For a wordier list of wishes, see here.
In an attempt to revive this abandoned fluff of cyberspace, bringing back an old tradition of mashing up the year's review with a hit that stuck with me throughout it. Lately I been, I been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be But baby, I been, I been prayin' hard Said no... Continue Reading →
Hmm, so I went through with it. Best decision I ever made. Would love you input on my attempts. You can check out the makeshift portfolio here: http://500px.com/InjiAmr
These days I’m finding myself increasingly attracted to the idea of a semi-professional camera. I don’t believe I have an innate talent for photography. Whatever decent shots I’ve taken, I’ve taken by pure dumb luck and due to the fact that mother nature is so overwhelmingly beautiful at times, that it is impossible to take a bad shot.
When you think of someone, especially someone you know well, the mental image that you get of them, that’s who they are in your eyes. It is the time you feel they are most genuine or most themselves, or perhaps the best possible version of themselves. They are probably moments you’ve captured and retained from real life. From a smile over a cup of coffee who’s odor made someone beam with happiness. Or the image of them smiling a certain way, using a particular hand gesture, saying a particular phrase.
For instance to this…
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At the end of 2006, Time magazine declared the reader, the individual, the average Joe; the Man of the Year. It was a testament to the overwhelming growth in user-generated content that took the world by storm during that year. Social media platforms were empowering individuals, like me and you around the globe to become... Continue Reading →
I guess what most people fail to see when they shift careers 5 - 7 years into their work life is how difficult starting over truly is. You would be amazed at the amount of knowledge, skills and basic understanding that becomes irrelevant or which must be chucked at the door. Welcome to a new... Continue Reading →
Updated! Since Nerro asked. Here is my take on http://www.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1149794 While I think it is nice that the business community is excited about contributing I have some concerns about the format. 1. As far as I can tell, it is a privately set up fund. I am yet to hear any commentary from the transitional government in... Continue Reading →
"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even... Continue Reading →