Eating Us Away

Have you ever sat and looked out at nature on a sunny spring day? Have you ever noticed how peace lurks in every corner of that image?
Have you ever walked into a forest, between the trees shadowing the sun and noticed the small intricate details of life breathing, moving and developing around you?
Have you felt the peace as you look out into the night? lights of the city painting a beautiful canvas of colors and abstract shapes on the sea? The small sudden breeze touches your skin and caresses your soul? Have you ever felt as if nature is thanking you for a touch of your face, a smile into your heart with every second you spend in admiration of its beauty, its complex yet simple magnificence? Have you ever looked from the mountains towards the lights of the city in the night? The shining, cloudless sky above filled with small glitters of stars holding you like a mother wearing its best jewels in celebration of your existence?

And have you seen Lebanon lately? Looked around at a country not sure of its own state of life? Its destructive lifestyle taking over these simple beauties we have been made to respect, enjoy and admire. Have you seen the concrete killing away the most intimate melodies of life, these small mushrooms blooming in every green corner left in a country where your normal road is a labyrinth of unexpected surprises.
Have you looked at the city on a sunny day? Noticed this dark cloud over the buildings? Like a virus holding on to its prey feeding on its own selfless destruction?
Have you ever noticed how we all talk about the problem, eating away the life and beauty around us then just sit there wondering how we're supposed to be making our next million or getting that Louis Vuitton bag?

We have risen my friends to a new level of shallow thinking, shallow living and indecency in a place where everything looked and meant something, where beauty was lurking everywhere. We took it from our own selves, sold ourselves to the "devils" all around us. From the young poor taxi driver taking his innocent daughter to a "Prince" for "a night" to the beautiful setting we used to have our kids play in on the dreaded Sunday night. We used to have these moments of peace spent on the balcony after a long day at work, looking away into the horizon, our  breath taken away by a view of the sea, city and surrounding mountains. You're now trapped in your cage with walls of these other cages surrounding you. These structures filled with incomplete lives and shattered dreams. These areas so grey, slowly eating away the lively spirit in your heart. And at the same time, look around you at those deserts slowly growing with life, green spaces and nature blossoming at every possible corner. I'm not saying they shouldn't, but if a desert is being turned into a paradise, how come a once paradisaical land cannot be preserved?

How I hate this grey area we now call our country. Unsure, unknown and under developed. Built on fake promises and shattered pieces of words. Grey....faded color of sadness now surround a once vibrant piece of Earth. We're eating away the green around us for a little green paper in our pockets...but is it really worth it if its taking our lives away? I guess we did sell ourselves to those "devils".

Its eating us away, we're eating us away.

They Wonder

 “Right now, there are people all over the world who are just like you. They’re lonely. They’re missing somebody. They’re in love with someone they probably shouldn’t be in love with. They have secrets you wouldn’t believe. They wish and they dream and they hope, and they look out the window whenever they’re in the car or on a bus or a train and they watch the people on the streets and wonder what they’ve been through. They wonder if there are people out there like them. They’re like you, and you could tell them everything and they would understand.

And right now, they’re sitting here reading these words, and I’m writing this for you so you don’t feel alone anymore.”

“Dreams are always crushing when they don’t come true. But it’s the simple dreams that are often the most painful because they seem so personal, so reasonable, so attainable. You’re always close enough to touch, but never quite close enough to hold and it’s enough to break your heart.” ~ Nicholas Sparks

“I have noticed that if you look carefully at people’s eyes the first five seconds they look at you, the truth of their feelings will shine through for just an instant before it flickers away.” ~ The Secret Life of Bees

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Louis Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, and Albert Einstein.” ~ H. Jackson Brown

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”