Surviving a Bad Day

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From personal experiences, “bad days” result in 90 % of the cases from minor incidents that add up and cause an explosion. Just like a neuron that needs a threshold amount of stimuli to be excited to fire an action potential. In this case, avoiding the explosion is a multistage process.

First, one would have to realize that he or she is having a bad day. Just by acknowledging this fact, the individual would have stepped outside the box and looked at the problem from a wider frame, or a different perspective. Then, go over each incident and try to estimate the impact it has left on your life and decide whether it was really worth all the fuss. eventually, the fury boiling within will drop and a feeling of serenity and internal peace is achieved.

However, we have to acknowledge the fact that none of us is in their complete senses during a wave of rage and fury. Thus it takes practice to reach a level of self-discipline and control.

Practice makes perfect!

Who we are

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We are what we do and what we intend to do. The impact we leave in this world is what counts, and what gives meaning to the lives we lead..leave an impact, leave a fingerprint…

This idea came to mind the other day while I was watching the news, flipping from CNN to Al Arabiyya to BBC to Al Jazeera and several other channels.

CNN was displaying a documentary about Olympic athletes of the Arab spring and how they managed to get through all the difficulties to train and secure a qualification to the Olympics. It got me thinking how much effort these people have spent to leave their own fingerprint, their own heritage, in the world, and how they will be remembered for what they achieved.

Al Arabiyya and Al Jazeera were showing videos of the destruction and death toll in Aleppo, Syria from the brutal fighting that happened during the past week between the current regime’s Syrian Army and the Free Syrian Army, and it got me thinking that no matter who’s right or wrong in this case, whether the regime is a tyrant or just fighting off terrorists, and whether the opposition/ rebels are actually freeing their country or working for an outside agenda to create chaos in the Arab world (These are the opposing views i gathered from the different news sources), the people responsible for the death and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and residents in Syria including Palestinian refugees,  tourists, reporters and multinational company employees and employers.

Those who are responsible will be remembered by what they did and how they changed the lives of people who entrusted them with their security and their families’.

Long story short,

We are what we do and what we intend to do. The impact we leave in this world is what counts, and what gives meaning to the lives we lead..leave a POSITIVE impact, leave a fingerprint…

WAAAUB 2nd Annual MENA regional conference

“Presentations by student representatives Rami Diab (final-year biology and Outlook editor), Mohamad Al Medawar (third-year medical laboratory and Outlook webmaster), Fouad Badaoui (final-year biology and president and founder of the Students Rights Club), and Samer Bu Jawdeh (third-year mechanical engineering and president of the Civic Welfare League) also prompted an animated discussion, which continued through the gala dinner that evening at the Four Seasons Hotel.”

WAAAUB Conference - Damascus

WAAAUB Conference – Damascus

DIGS-BB Fellow award reception

In recognition of scientific achievement in the first year of doctoral studies, PhD students in the Dresden International PhD Program, DIGS-BB, are awarded a Fellowship position for the remainder of their doctoral studies. After 2 selection rounds, i was fortunate to be granted the award.

DIGS-BB Fellow award

DIGS-BB Fellow award

Penrose Award Reception

At the American University of Beirut, distinguished students are often recognized towards the end of there academic degree. I was lucky today  receive the prestigious Penrose award in the Faculty of Health Sciences.In 1955 Mrs. Stephen Penrose initiated the Penrose Award in honor of her late husband, President Penrose.
This award is made on the basis of the best combination of scholarship, character, leadership and contribution to the University as a whole. The award consists of engraving the recipient’s name on a plaque which is kept on display in the Jafet Library.

The student’s Handbook describes it as:

“Non-cash honorary awards made to the outstanding graduate of each faculty on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership, and contribution to university life.”

News coverage of the award reception below:

The Penrose Award was granted to Mohamad Musbah Ryad Al Medawar, in recognition of the best combination of scholarship, character, and leadership, and for his contribution to the University as a whole.”

 

 

20 years ago, the first-ever website was published…!

I was born in 1990. A year later, 1991, the World Wide Web’s first ever Website was born!

So literally, I’m one year older than the Net, pretty awesome ey?!

Okay, enough with the jokes, can you possibly imagine that just 20 years ago, people had  no websites, blogs, facebook, twitter, linkedin, gmail, hotmail… you name it.

THE TERM “GOOGLE IT” DID NOT EXIST BACK THEN!!

“In fact Google search engine was launched in January 1996 as a research project for 2 PHD students at Stanford University, US.”

But can you imagine the countless number of websites that exist today? i actually typed this question on google and I got the following answer:

whois.sc says: 131,671,586 by august 7, 2011
news.netcraft.com says: 464,000,000 August 2011

Source:news.netcraft.com

and I am betting there’s even more including subsites from blogs like this one and many other possibilities!

so back to the 20th anniversary of WWW, the first website, http://info.cern.ch/, was proposed Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 and was conceived in 1991.
more info at http://info.cern.ch/

long story short, i wonder what creations of today will become the milestones of the future.

More importantly, I hope I can be part of a milestone serves humanity till the end of time 🙂

Cheers!