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Once upon a time

My son,

Here’s a story I want to tell you about a country called ‘Lebnen’
God loved it so much they said that He made it look like a jewel
So beautiful that countries all around it would be so jealous they would want a piece of it…
Its people were to be the brightest minds of the Middle East…
So entrepreneurial and so creative yet often very short-sighted
They took for granted the beauty and for the sake of so-called patriotism offered their minds and creative ideas to the political few who until now promise to lead into victory what alas seems to be a non salvageable country.
There was no more room for us to dream and since we don’t belong to any of the political scenes we decided to leave… Hope of a better tomorrow lived elsewhere!
Here now is a place where you can see the full picture and understand that there is something bigger out there beyond the egos of the political few.
It seems Lebanon is at the brink of another civil war. Having lived through the first one, another war is the last thing I would wish for you to witness, my son. The images of death and destruction still haunt me till today. Believe me NOTHING in the world is worth the thousands of lives that are lost in wars every day.
One would hope that in the year 2013, men would have found another language to communicate with but it seems the EGO prevails leaving no room for love, empathy or unity.
I always wanted to change the world. As the years went by I realized that I will probably not be standing at a UN podium addressing the masses and begging the world to change direction. But I know I am changing the world every day through the conversations I have and the lives I touch. And I hope that one day, you’ll be changing the world too… Wishing that by 2044, when you are the age I am today, men would have finally found a peaceful communication method beyond war zones and death.

Here’s to the brilliant minds and the open hearts out there. May you always see beyond the obvious and may your heart always lead you to where life’s opportunities are ever so abundant. My son, I pray that you always carry the love and kindness I am teaching you in your heart and you remember that it takes courage to be vulnerable and brave. You CAN change the world! Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.

4 Responses

  1. Debbie Niloo says:

    What makes writing compelling is ‘raw-ness’ – raw beauty, vulnerability and emotion….this blog has it all! Thanks for sharing your inner-most desires in words that strip us of any ludicracy and leave us in a place of connection. Thanks Rawan!

  2. admin says:

    Thank you Debbie for your wonderful comment. It means a lot to me especially coming from a great author like you:)

  3. Hi Rawan,
    I can only imagine what you’ve been through and admire your and your husband’s bravery to escape and start a new life. Thank you for sharing your story and for being you! You don’t have to stand at the podium at the UN to change the world. Every act of kindness makes a difference and you’re instilling that in your son. I just read a blog of another friend in Canada who had attended a convention for kids called We Day with Craig Kielberger, founder of Free the Children and Me to we. There were 8,000 kids attending who had all done something for charity… I think there’s hope for this world yet! Here’s the link to the post: http://alisondelory.com/blog/2013/11/27/shameless-idealism-displayed-at-we-day-atlantic.html. If you drop by, say Hi to Alison for me! I think you’d really like her blog (and her too)!

  4. admin says:

    Thank you so much Anne for your kind words and your encouragement. I will definitely check out the link and the blog. Yes there is hope in this world! I totally believe it.

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Within 8-10 weeks there was a complete turnaround in my outlook towards life. The whole approach towards dealing with every lacking aspect in life was phenomenal. I have started enjoying every bit of it. All thanks to Rawan for her hard work and commitment.

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