“I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.” ― Unknown
What is it about a smile that makes the worst of things a little bit better, a little brighter? A smile has the power to make a stranger a friend. The ability to lighten a difficult situation. Ironically, in this day and age, we don’t smile much. We’ve forgotten it is our best asset, and will remain so no matter what. We start a new day worrying about our commute to the office, current workload and who knows what else. Not me though. I choose to begin my day with a smile, irrespective of how it turns out. I try to keep it on when things get tough. I can’t say it always works, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
“What makes the desert beautiful,” says the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well.” ― The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
When you’ve lived in a desert for the most part of your life, you learn to adapt and make the best of the situation. It’s not always beautiful – quite the contrary, actually. The onus is on you to make a barren piece of land a part of you, your home – your identity. All hope is not lost though. It’s all about finding that hidden well like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said..
Graffiti ultimately wins out over proper art because it becomes part of your city, it’ s a tool; “I’ll meet you in that pub, you know, the one opposite that wall with a picture of a monkey holding a chainsaw”. I mean, how much more useful can a painting be than that? ― Banksy
Let me start by saying I’m no critic, and I refuse to believe any art form is less effective than others, but I have to agree with Banksy when it comes to graffiti. From Karama to Citywalk, some of you have probably noticed all the graffiti that has made a sudden appearance around the city of Dubai. Overnight this form of art and expression has become the city’s identity. And with it, people like us have blended right in – managing to relate to it and partaking in this movement. I for one have already said more than once to a friend “Meet me where Mickey Mouse has his hand out at Citywalk!”.
When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween. – Author Unknown
What is it about superstitions? Why are we always so quick to believe that sign about the breaking of a mirror bringing bad luck or an itchy palm for good luck? Let’s take the black cat for example. While it’s common belief that black cats mean bad luck, this classic Halloween symbol is looked at differently by each culture. The Scots, Brits and Japanese actually believe they are a symbol of good luck; but the Germans and Americans thought they were cursed if a black cat crossed their path. And the Egyptians? They worshipped black cats. They were so much in awe of them that Egyptian priests spent a lot of time studying each and every movement these cats made and interpreted this to a particular event happening in the future. Now I’m not here to tell you what the black cat should and shouldn’t mean to you. Whatever it is you do believe in, I wish you good fortune now and for always.