-------- "This is the time for action not only words, use your God given gifts to develop this country, dont be afraid to speak up, and feel PROUD THAT U R EGYPTIAN." -------- Mohaly, Feb 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

775) What is life without living?

What is a river without water? 
What is fire without heat?
What is a breathe without air?

What is wealth without money?
What is a city without streets?
What is a country without citizens?

What is a meal without taste?
What is a painting without colors?
What is a symphony without music?
What is a garden without flowers?
What is freedom without justice?
What is prayer without devotion?

What is love without passion?
What is a man without a woman? 

What is life without living?


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

774) Being Egyptian 2.0: Building a Generation !

Today in the morning, there was a traffic jam beside a school, and I starred at a mother who kept her eyes on her kids till they safely entered the school, and kept on looking back to be sure that they fine and didn't forget anything, then she left and her face and eyes looking to the sky as if she was praying for God to keep them safe.

I have always seen the relationship between the mother and her children a very unique and sacred relationship and I can claim that if we have healthy relationship with our mothers, the whole society will be much better even in Business & in-turn Economy. This relation is the basic unit for a successful community that our Country can't really develop without setting it right. If you don't believe me, consider the following story:

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision.
The director discovered from the CV that the youth's academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.
- The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?" the youth answered "none".
- The director asked, " Was it your father who paid for your school fees?" The youth answered, "My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.
- The director asked, " Where did your mother work?" The youth answered, "My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.
- The director asked, " Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?" The youth answered, "Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.
-The director said, "I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.
The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid. The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.
This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother's hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future. After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.
Next morning, the youth went to the director's office. The Director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes, asked: " Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?"
The youth answered, " I cleaned my mother's hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes'
The Director asked, " please tell me your feelings."
The youth said, 
Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not the successful me today. 
Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. 
Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.
The director said, " This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.
Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company's performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop "entitlement mentality" and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent's efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?

The most important thing is our kids should learn is how to appreciate the effort, experience the difficulty, and learns the ability to work with others to get things done, or else, the next generation of Egypt won't lead the real change that we are looking up to after our great revolution.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

773) Being Egyptian 2.0 :: Being Ants !!

I would like to dedicate this post to pay respect to one of the smallest creatures in the world, which I have learnt a lot from it, and I am asking you to join me in being one of its students; "The Ant".

Ants have taught me NOT TO SURRENDER. Ants never quit or surrender. I tried to stop it, and it never stops, it will always find a way or a strategy to reach its goal or DIE FOR IT!

Ants are always THINKING POSITIVELY. They are always looking for the first array of light to come out and enjoy the warmth even if it is an early summer day within winter. They keep thinking about Positive times during down times.

Ants are always PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE. They are all over the place during the summer working hard to achieve their targets for the winter. They know that there are good and bad times, and they act accordingly to keep the balance by not taking the good times for granted, and being ready for the bad times.

Ants are AMBITIOUS. They don't stop and say, that is enough work for this year. They are always looking to give more work and get more results (food). They enjoy achievements.

Ants work in groups and enjoy TEAM WORK. They believe that the power of the group will be much better results that the power of the individual.

If you think that the Ants are weak, then you are deceived big time. Ants can handle pressure that is relatively equal to whole house if carried by a human, and they can survive a jump that is relatively equal to jumping from Cairo Tower.

So ..
Please Don't Surrender ... Don't Quit.
Please Think Positive .. and Be Realistic.
Please Plan for the Future .. and Enjoy the Present
Please be Ambitious ... and Don't Stop.
Please Work in Teams ... and Maximize the Results.

Egypt (can't run away from thinking politics) needs this kind of thinking ... Egypt needs its people not to be quitters, needs them to be positive, planning for the future, and building the present, ambitious, and enjoys working together to reach the common goal that we all dream about no matter our orientation or believes are.

God Bless Ants & Bless the Egyptians :)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

772) The Tahrir Deja Vu!

I was so happy yesterday with the hundreds of thousands (over Million) protesters in Tahrir square. I was standing remembering the same feeling I had in the first Melyoneya on Feb 1st. But after I was back, I was shocked to see & hear about the sad attacks and the falling down of 1 person and 71 injuries. I couldn't sleep and decided to go and see myself as everyone was telling a different story .. by the time I arrived in Tahrir, the auwful feeling I had on Jan 29th ... same looks, same smell, same confusion... It was like a bad Deja Vu.

It is simply a total mess, and in all cases regardless of who did waht, the Military council has proven that can't be politically reliable. I am against breaking the curfew, but I can't be with violence, I can't be with leaving the senior thugs (Mubarak's men) free then having them as an excuse for attacking. I don't know who were in Tahrir, but I know for sure that the Military Council needs to be transparent and know that it is in power by the legitimacy of the people. If the council wants to continue till the drawn scenario of Dec 2011 presidential elections, then it must know that the strategy it has been following since the impeachment of Muabark will lead us to a dead-end, and opens a huge window for the old regime to come between the army and the people. But if they can't be accountable for what is happening (whether they are responsible or not), then they can call for exceptional presidential elections for a 2 year term president (or presidential council) who is elected by the people and has certain defined tasks (voted for with his election) that he has to accomplish within that time.

Our esteemed Council, we can't afford to work against each other, please have the courage of being transparent, and tell us what is really happening today, yesterday, and tomorrow.... and admit if there are mistakes, it is fine to ask for help ... but please stop treating us as if we are in your custody.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

771) Thawra Celebrities: The Unkowns !

25 Jab Revolution has shed light on many semi-known figures who became the starts of every night on TV and Satellite channels..In addition to the booming of some semi-known figures to be everyday celebrities,Jan 25th Revolution had created a tsunami of creative, sarcastic, weird and heroic figures. Out of which are the following:
1. The man standing behind Omar Soliman.
2. Bassem Show.
3. Facebook babe (her fame name, aka Casey Nabil).
4. The guy wearing galabeya in Zamalek match (aka Hozayfa).
5. The young man standing still facing the police water truck.
6. Admin of Khaled Sa3eed group (aka Wael Ghoniem).
7. Tamer from Ghamra.
8. Pizza and Kebab for actress Afaf Sho3eeb nephew & niece.
9. The smiling martyr.
10. The army general saluting the martyrs (aka Mohsen El Fangary).
11. Tahrir Square Lion (aka Magued Boulis).
12. Thawra Juice Show (aka Amr Katamesh).
and many others, it is a non-ending list...

Monday, April 4, 2011

770) I Won't Surrender !

I don't have much to say more than what I have said in my last post, but I have written these couple of lines to reflect what I feel right now ...

لن أستسلم لمشاعر الإحباط ... و لن أسمح بجلد الذات
فما قامت ثورتنا العظيمة ... من أجل حفنة دولارات
بل قامت لتبقى مشتعلة ... لإسقاط نظام الثلاث ورقات
و سأظل أجاهد لإسقاطه ... و لو كان فى العمر ساعات

محمد على ... مواطن مصرى