<![CDATA[Rula Zein-Iddin - Thoughts]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:20:55 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Success]]>Sun, 25 Dec 2011 01:46:02 GMThttp://rulazworld.com/5/post/2011/12/success.htmlSuccess.  A word that is guaranteed to make the most courageous heart quiver in anticipation and self-doubt.

For who defines success?  If you allow others to set the bar then you are destined for the stress and disappointment of trying to please others; a path that inevitably leads to heartache and despair.

If you take the onus upon yourself to define success then what is the measure? Is it financial, physical or spiritual? Is it defined by your income or by how many friends you have?

Having burned out successfully in the corporate rat race of the 21st Century I can safely attest to the fact that success for me can never be defined by material gain.

As sanctimonious as it may sound, life has proven time and time again that true wealth is gained from how you treat others, and thus the only bar you need to set is how you yourself want to be treated.

If you want respect, value others. If you want to be recognized, give credit to others. If you want to be generous then a kind word, a warm gesture or a sincere smile are worth more than any cash donation.

Life is fundamentally simple, we humans just have a tendency to over-complicate it.

If you are ever in doubt about this just take the time to observe and listen: watch the sky, feel the sun & hear the birds.

These things have not changed but by getting wrapped up in the "survival of the fittest" mentality, we quickly forget that we need to connect to the basic gifts of life. We owe ourselves as much.

<![CDATA[Tick-Tock]]>Thu, 22 Dec 2011 08:36:23 GMThttp://rulazworld.com/5/post/2011/12/tick-tock.htmlAccording to the Mayans, this time next year the world as we know it will either be transformed or extinct; hopefully the former.

Without getting overly morbid, the old cliché that “none of us gets out alive”  rings true; so we can take it for granted that we are all up against a clock with finite time regardless of whether that time will run out for us together on  judgment day or our own individual curtain call or even on 21/12/2012.

Which begs the question how are we utilizing that precious limited resource we call time?

Are we so wrapped up in mundane routines and the small-mindedness of material gain that we fail to see the bigger picture?

Even more importantly in our “me” culture are we oblivious to our obligations to our planet, fellow man and future generations?

As a strong believer in second chances, it is imperative that we should capitalize on every wake-up call we get.

On the off-chance that  the Mayans’ simply ran out of ink or papyrus let us acknowledge that worrying about the past is useless for we cannot change it.

Living in the present is vital for that allows us to be truly conscious as we experience & appreciate every moment.

But above all else feeling responsible for the future ensures that we live each day having the awareness that the actions of today will impact ourselves and others.

So make the most of your gifts and live knowing that each of us is here for a reason and that everything we do counts.