Today’s diary

In my camera roll…

More beautiful cakes seeing in Vienna, coffee beans that make plain candles smell good, my beautiful mama and me by the Danube in Austria !

 

Listening…

To the noises of the fridge and the fan. How melodious ^^ But nothing says home like the “white sounds” you only hear there right ?

Starting…

Arabic. Last week, I met a Korean man who spoke Arabic ten times better than I do, and it encouraged me to start writing and reading in my mother tongue ! Youtube videos are so convenient (I watch “Learn Arabic with Maha”, which is really good by the way)

Feeling…

Grateful for a safe arrival in France after a week in Vienna; for the beautiful memories I made last week. And thankful for my blog

Wanting…

I need a new computer after 5 years with a decent one that is too heavy to carry around, so if you have any suggestions of computer under 600 euros/dollars (i.e, no Macbook for me now) let me know !

Planning…

The three last days of my internship; my registration for my master’s degree that starts on Friday; calls I have to make before leaving the hospital

Anticipating…

A productive school year, God willing; a life free of clutter and more minimalism when it comes to buying, organizing and lifestyle in general.

Laughing…

My parents missed the plane because they thought theirs was on Sunday while it was on Saturday. I should not be laughing, I know.My mom is usually the most organized person when it comes to traveling, a plane is like a second car for her yet my parents and my sister managed.to.miss.their.PLANE. Is it not SO EPIC ?

Highlight of the day

A very interesting conversation in the plane (which I did not miss as you can see ^^) with a lovely lady who now has my blog adress so if you are reading this HELLO 🙂

 

 

 

This week’s thoughts and happenings

  1. I have sent, a few weeks ago, a handwritten letter to a 16 years old young girl. Her answer landed in my mailbox this week and I learned a lot of things through that. She thanked me because I called her “My Princess” and she told me she was really touched because I thought of her, because she was on my mind. Her letter brought me a lot of joy and it made me more conscious of the fact that we, older women/ladies, can be mentors and friends to younger ones. What a pleasure, too, to receive a handwritten letter ! It is SO much more personal than a mail or a quick “hello” on Facebook Messenger…
  2. It’s almost the end of the year. I have two exams left ! It will be my last year of community pharmacy before, God willing, I start my Master’s degree in immunology next year. I can’t wait !
  3. My friendship with a Muslim fellow student, whom I dearly love, taught me a lot of things. My parents are Syrian and Lebanese so through language and culture, I think it is easier to talk to a Muslim-still, I learned that you might be the only Bible a Muslim will ever read. Arabs are very, VERY attached to hospitality and I remember, when I invited this lady for supper along with other friends from the faculty, that she was touched that I had planned a meal that was suitable for her to eat. She was also surprised that my choice of dressing modestly came from the Bible’s teaching; so I am learning that hospitality, and obedience to the Lord in our daily acts can open a door for a discussion about the Gospel.
  4. Often, we don’t know. That very classy girl dressing in Chanel might have no friends at all. People, at the end of the day, no matter their backround, are in need of the Lord and of love. And we are in society where girls are experts at gossiping and making fun of each other, sadly. Be a lady of integrity. Be known for not having that tendency to gossip, and to divide frienships.
  5. Singleness is not an inferior status. In the past, singleness, for example in Corinth, was sometimes seen as something superior spiritually, and in our times, we often, even in the church, pity singles. I think there is a problem with both approaches. And to be honest, it can lead some who were content with their status to start wondering: “is there anything wrong with me ?”-no. You are not odd. It’s ok to be single, you are not suffering from leprosy, it’s perfectly fine. And I am tired of seeing society and even some Christians depicting marriage as the ultimate goal. Sure it is a good thing. Sure longings to share life with someone are good. But you know ? Marriage won’t last forever. In heaven, we will all be singles. And marriage is temporary, and might be very short ! I have a friend of mine, who after two years of marriage, and one or two msicarriages, her husband died and it made me think: her marriage was “made in heaven”. Madly in love, with each other, and with the Lord. And it ended after two years. As beautiful as it is, as a God given institution, will not necessarily look Pinterest-y and is not guaranteed to last 60 years. I read today, on Desiring God, that, “Christian hope is the confidence that an amazingly good future is securely ours”. Thanks to Christ, that good future is secured. We might not have all what we wish here on earth, but we have received, in Christ, the greatest Good. Eternity is bigger than anything.

A week without my Iphone

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This week, I was Iphone-less. My parents came to visit me and accidentally, my mom, or my sister maybe, took my phone charger and therefore, I was left with a little red battery with 10% left on the top right corner of my phone, which was soon followed by a black screen.

It was probably one of the most amazing week I had this year. Not that something special happened: I just realized, in the bus, that I was thinking deeply, meditating and analyzing things, even inventing poems without my thoughts being “fragmented” due to the constant interruption of that flat little black box. It made me rethink my priorities. It gave me space. I just loved it.

This week, I blogged, I cooked, I thought a lot and deeply, I read, I wrote a letter, and- I started to sew ! One of my friends is so good at sewing she could be a seamstress, and sewing things like little pillows, bags, crocheting scarves is something I always wanted to learn.

Today, I was thinking about something. I just, 15 minutes ago, came back from a bagel/coffee shop where I went to study with one of my friends. As I bit into my salmon-cream cheese bagel, I felt I was really enjoying the moment, without feeling that “urge” to share it on Instagram and the need to post on Twitter the following :”Goodness, that was the best bagel I had y’all ! Yum !”. As I left the coffee shop, said goodbye to my friend and jumped in the tramway, I did not feel as I missed something by not making my evening a public event on social media. I just had a good time. A time I was thoroughly enjoying, because I was not constantly interrupted.

And now, I’m seriously thinking of trading my Iphone for the most basic cellphone I can find.

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”-CS Lewis, The Weight of Glory