Naush’s list of being grateful for ….

Today is my 200th birthday. Amazing how much has happened in my short life, one day Perhaps I might even write a story on my less-than-adventurous life !


I’m a list fanatic and  I promised myself that I would write down and share some of the things that I am grateful for.


Gratitude is often a practiced emotion. It is an attitude we can train ourselves to step into more often. The more you can cultivate gratitude in your life, the more good things you’ll automatically attract to yourself.  It will help keep your mind focused on positive things. Instead of constantly complaining, you will find that you’re more on the look-out for positive things to write down. Those things that bother you will become petty as you look around and notice that you’re doing pretty good already as it is.


Hopefully my list will serve as a reminder to some of you of things that you are grateful for but have overlooked


1.      I am grateful for my husband

I am the luckiest woman in this world coz my husband is the kindest, most loving and most cooperative man I know of, He has a fantastic sense of humor and is a great father. He also knows how to “handle” ME !!! 

2.    I am grateful for the fulfillment of Motherhood

I have three absolutely gorgeous boys aged 9.7,6  They are the second best thing in my life after my husband and my life revolves around them. They make it possible for me be happy and  to pursue my creative dreams.

3.    I am grateful for the rewards of good health.

 Although I abuse my body with cups and cups of coffee. I am relatively better off than most women.

4.    I am grateful that I have a roof over my head.

 This is our dream home that we bought 3 years back. It is my little piece of heaven on earth.

5.    I am grateful that I was born in a family where My grandmother loved me, supported me and had unbelievable faith in all I did. My small card company is known by her name Amina, Sadly she passed away five years back. I am grateful that she got to see and play with all three of my boys.

6.    I am grateful that I am staying in Dubai, since last 17 years, we have virtually seen it grow in terms of construction, economic growth and tourism, It is one of the nicest and safest places to live in inspite of the high cost of living.  

7.    I am grateful for having my sister so close to me.  Thankfully we are more friends than sisters.

8.    I am grateful for having been blessed with a creative streak. It has been an extension of my personality without which I would be so incomplete.

9.    I am grateful for having been blessed with the unconditional love of my cats. Keiki and Pepper.

10.             I am grateful for having my parentslove and faith

11.  I am grateful that I drive the car I once could only dream off, GMC Yukon, thanks to my husband

12.            I am grateful for being able to Spend Money without Counting the Cost

13.            I am grateful for being able to take annual Vacations in Interesting & Exotic Places.

14.            I am grateful for having a few but friends I can rely on Judy Sauliha, Onaiza, Omer, Shabbir, Philip.

15.            I am grateful for the years I spent working at jobs I did  They have allowed me to learn to work with a wide range of people. That has taught me tolerance and patience with people from different cultures and nationalities.

16.            I am grateful for all the people that I have met on different jobs both colleguaes and clients

17.            I am grateful for each day that I am allowed to share with everyone.

18.           For Being Able to Wake Up at Any Time I Choose.

19.           For the Reassurance of Family Ties

20.           For the Chance to Celebrate another Birthday.


I am grateful that the ALMIGHTY HAS MADE ME THE WAY “I AM”:

  • For My Sense of Humor.
  • For Being Able to just Be Myself.
  • For being frugal.
  • For Not Sweating over the Small Stuff
  • For the Happiness of Helping Others.
  • For Every Setback that Made Me Stronger.
  • For the Courage to Admit When I’m Wrong
  • For the Courage to be Persistent but Not Overbearing.
  • For Standing Up when I Stumble and Fall.
  • For Being Able to Stand Up for My Rights.
  • For Being Able to Reflect on My Greatest Weakness, and Realize how it is My Greatest Strength
  • For the Release of Closure and Moving On.
  • For the Love Lost and the Love Won.
  • For Not Being too Proud to Learn New Things.
  • For Being Able to Learn New Things Each and Everyday.
  • For the Love of My Loved Ones.
  • For Being an Open, Caring and Sharing Person.
  • For Not Giving Up.
  • For Being Able to Support Worthwhile Charities.
  • For all the Good Things I have Done in My Life.
  • For seeing the Positive in a Negative World.  
  • For the Great Many Things I am Going to Do Tomorrow.
  • For Living the Dream.
  • For the Blessings of a Great Career and Business.
  • For the Opportunity of Doing Something New.
  • For Being Able to Cry when I’m Happy.
  • For Being Able to Cruise in My Car.
  • For All the Mistakes I Made, which made me none the wiser.
  • For All The Little Blessings I Take For Granted.
  • For embracing my faults and allowing them to become assets
  • For the Promise of all My Tomorrows.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. The exercise has allowed me to remind myself that I have many, many things to be grateful for and I am sure, So do you. 


F O U R    W O R D S
A king called all of his wise men and counselors together for a meeting. He addressed them and said, “I want you to go and think, read, and research. Consult the wisest and most learned men in the land. Spare no expense.”
“I want you to find the ONE statement that will get me through all situations in life. Whether I am on top of the world or in the pits, find that statement.” 

“I don’t want to learn long and complicated philosophies. I want one simple statement. Find it or write it; I don’t care, just bring me the statement.”

The men left and consulted for months. They finally returned and handed the King a scroll.

The King unrolled the scroll. On it was written four words.


That was it.

The wise men explained.

When you are on top of the world, that is but a fleeting moment, things change, always remember, this too shall pass.

When you are in the pits, all nights are followed by day, at your lowest moments remember also, this too shall pass.

All external circumstances and material things change.

No matter what your circumstances, remember,

The wise men reminded the great King that this would get him through his earthly things but the truly wise knew there were things beyond this earth and life. . .

Things that were eternal.

True wisdom they reminded the King was in the ability to recognize the fleeting temporal things of the material world from the truly eternal things.

O Great King they said, “Most of the things that you worry or gloat about are temporary and our four words apply.”

For most of your situations. . .



When the going gets tough ..

Sometimes, we are so absorbed by our own trivial and big issues that we forget to be grateful for what we have been blessed with, taking it for granted, like we almost “deserve ” what we get ! 

Although I felt today could not get any worse, but then it had to happen. Eman my little son .. hes only six but its his tiny fragile fiqure that worries me, he fractured his right arm.  When Samie was back with the kids, upon noticing Eman’s arm, my panic button was suddenly switched on … there was a rush of anxiety and I think more than anything else, I had that strong sense of Deja vu !! I was nearly 10, when I had fractured my right arm too. Now It almost seems like it happened in a different world ! But I knew, exactly how Eman felt when we fled with him to The American hospital ! I learnt from my own sad and lonely experience, that he was primarily very scard  not knowing what was en-store for him, the pain was excruciating but the anxiety was overwhelming .. I was constantly assuring him that it was not his fault .. He was so brave not to shed a tear thru it all.

 Both his bones are fractured. Still I thank the Almighty, it could have been worse, this is only just a tiny inconvenience compared to the hundreds of unfortunate events we hear happening daily to little children. Upon explaining his medical condition to him, Doctor Ali asked him if he had anything to ask him, my little charmer. thought a moment and then asked if the cast would stay on “FOREVER” , when the doctor assured him, he asked if he could play the remote on the play-station !

Needless to say, his misfortune has turned lucky for him, both his elder brothers have finally given in to giving him ” extra time ” on the games !

Quotes on teachers or teaching

Some of the inspirational quotes are on teaching I hope to categorize most of these quotes alittle later.

 What you give for the cause of charity in health is gold; what you give in sickness is silver; what you give after death is lead.

 “If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere” – anonymous

 “It isn’t the load that weighs us down – it’s the way we carry it.” (Anon.)

He who dares to teach must never cease to learn. – Anonymous

All learning begins with the simple phrase, “I don’t know“.

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. John Ruskin

“They may forget what you said, But they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are endless. ~ Mother Teresa

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.–Alvin Toffler

It is not so much what is poured into the student, but what is planted that really counts.” – Unknown

“The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you learned this afternoon.” – Anonymous

“One father is worth 100 schoolmasters.” – George Herbert

“By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.” – Latin Proverb

“If the student fails to learn, the teacher fails to teach.” –

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”

“To teach is to learn twice.” – Joseph Joubert

Challenge of the day : Find something good in everyone. – Unknown

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.” – Henry Ford

“Teach a child how to think, not what to think.” – Sidney Sugarman

“When a teacher calls a boy by his entire name, it means trouble.” – Mark Twain

Teacher : The child’s third parent.” – Hyman Berston

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Ward

“I touch the future. I teach.” – Christa McAuliffe.

“To teach is to touch lives forever.” – Anonymous

“Good teacher is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.” – Gail Godwin

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” – Bob Talbert

I Believe

I believe .. .. ..

I believe-that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I believe-that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I believe-that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I believe-that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I believe-that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I believe-that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I believe-that you can keep going long after you can’t.

I believe-that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I believe-that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I believe-that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first,

the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

I believe-that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I believe-that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I believe-that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I believe-that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down,will be the ones to help you get back up.

I believe-that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I believe-that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

I believe-that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I believe-that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I believe-that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I believe-that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,but we are responsible for who we become.

I believe-that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other And just because they don’t argue,it doesn’t mean they do.

I believe-that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I believe-that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I believe-that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.

I believe-that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you you will find the strength to help.

I believe-that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I believe-that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

Wisdom from William Gates

  1. The Wisdom of William Gates===================


    Most everyone I know is struggling to get more money,even the well off.


    Far too many struggle just to make ends meet.


    Bill Gates is the world’s richest man. A lot of people don’t like him just because he is rich.


    These are a few of Bill Gate’s quotes. Whether you like him or not, I suggest that you heed wisdom from the world’s richest man.


    • Life is not fair, get used to it.


    • Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.


    • Every day were saying, “How can we keep this customer happy?”
    • How can we get ahead in innovation by doing this, because if we don’t, somebody else will.


    • Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.


    • Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.


    • In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone.


    • If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.


    • It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.


    • If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.


    • Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.


    • 640K ought to be enough for anybody. I’ve said some stupid things and some wrong things, but not that. No one involved in computers would ever say that a certain amount of memory is enough for all time.


    • Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they’ll give you as many chances as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING.
    • Often you have to rely on intuition.


    • I realized about 10 years ago that my wealth has to go back to society. A fortune, the size of which is hard to imagine, is best not passed on to one’s children. It’s not constructive for them.


    • Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.


    • If you’re asking whether I intentionally mess up my hair, no, I don’t. And certain things, like my freckles, they’re just there. I don’t do anything consciously. I suppose I could get contact lenses. I suppose I could comb my hair more often.


    • If there’s one cultural quality we have, it’s that we always see ourselves as an underdog.


    • Microsoft was founded with a vision of a computer on every desk, and in every home. We’ve never wavered from that vision.


    • If you get health, then you have opportunity for literacy. Health first, then literacy. Once you have literacy, then you have a chance to bring in the new tools of communication. Let people reach out and have access to the latest advances.


    • My value is still so much higher than I ever expected it to be by a factor of about 50. So the fact that at one point it was say, a factor of 60, well – that wealth is all going back to society anyway.


    • There will be ‘two societies’ in the future: high-paid knowledge workers and low-paid service workers.


    • I’m committed to one company. This is the industry I’ve decided to work in.


    • I’m in the same traffic as everybody else. I’m in the same airplane delay as everybody else. I sit in the same coach seat as everybody else.


    • I keep bumping into that silly quotation attributed to me that says 640K of memory is enough. There’s never a citation; the quotation just floats like a rumor, repeated again and again.


    • I don’t think it’s constructive to grow up having billions of dollars. The idea that I will take a sizeable portion of my fortune and have them inherit that, I don’t think that would be to society’s benefit or to their benefit. I’ve spoken out about this before… my philosophy of giving back my wealth to society.


    ~William “Bill” H. Gates~


    Bill Gates was born 64 days before I was. He has accumulated a huge fortune. But so have I


Quotes for my sons to remember


We make a living by what we get,   but we make a life by what we give. 
 ~~Norman MacEwan

“You’ve got to stand for something or you will fall for anything” 

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. 

Most look up and admire the stars. A champion climbs a mountain and grabs one.  ~~Unknown

 Risk more than others think is safe. 
 Care more than others think is wise. 
 Dream more than others think is practical. 
 Expect more than others think is possible. 
 ~Cadet Maxim, USMA, West Point, NY 

 ”If a man hasn’t found anything he will die for he isn’t fit to live”

 Choice not chance determines ones destiny.

 “I never thought i always knew i’d look back on my tears and laugh, but i never knew i’d look back on my laughter and cry” 

 Time.. alas.. there is no way to recover lost time, but you learn to make use of what is left once you realize what you have lost…
 ~Yvonne Hugli 

 The best way to predict the future is to create it

 A wise women once said: ” No one can help everybody, 
 but everybody can help somebody.”

 To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path and don’t worry about the darkness for that is when stars shine the brightest.

 What’s the difference between a hero and a coward? Nothing. They’re both afraid of getting hurt or dying, but it’s what the hero does that makes him a hero, and what the coward doesn’t do that makes him a coward.

 When fate closes a door go in through a window. 

 Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important
 –Unknown — 

 “Silent and listen are spelled with the same letters!” — 
 –Unknown — 

 “If your chair is broken … FIX IT”   -Victoria Froeer – 

 “People say “it will take a life time” to do a certain task .. but don’t we have life time!”     — Erin Skeen — 

 “There are winds that blow against us no matter where we go. but the baseball players look at that and says “maybe it will help the ball over the fence in the left field.” ” –Ben Sumner — 

 “While pursuing our endeavors for tomorrow, we dare not forget the prospects of today.”  –Unknown 

 “Do Not Go Quietly Into The Night, Rage, Rage, Rage, Against The Dying Of The Light”   – Dylan Thomas 

 Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself. 
 –John Dewey 

 “There are always two choices, two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it is easy.”  –Unknown 

 Work like you don’t need the money,
 Dance like no one is watching,
 And love like you’ve never been hurt.

 “The way to do is to be”
 — Lao Tzu 

Having a dream that you don’t pursue,  Is like buying an ice cream cone and watching it melt all over your hand!

  “Its better to be silent and be called a fool than to speak and remove all doubt!” 
 — Anonymous

 “Faith isn’t faith until it is all you have.”

 Succeess is peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming” 
 –John Wooden 

 It’s hard to lose your footing when your on your knees

 Don’t walk in front of me,
 I may not follow
 Don’t walk behind me,
 I may not lead
 Just walk beside me
 and be my friend.

 It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.
 –Eugene Ionesco 

 To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed that can make life a garden.

 The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
 –Charles de Gaulle 

 Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and  know that everything in this  life has a purpose, there are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings  given to us to learn from.
 –Elizabeth Kubler-Ross 

 Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
 –George Eliot 

 Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  Henry Ward Beecher 

 “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” 
 — Derek Bok Ex-president of Harvard 

 I don’t know whether the world is run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.

 If it’s IN you to climb you must–there are those who MUST lift their eyes to the hills–they can’t breathe properly in the valleys.
 — L. M. Montgomery, _Emily of New Moon_ 

 The music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
 –Walter Lippmann 

 “My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.”
 — Elaine Maxwell 

 “What’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right.”

 We are a product of the choices we make, not the circumstances that we face. 
–Roger Crawford 

 Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional
 –Roger Crawford 

 “Your thoughts become your words.
 your words become  your actions.
 your actions become  your habits.
 your habits become your character.
 your character becomes your destiny.”

 “No one can make you inferior without your consent.”

 “If you want the rainbow you have to put up with the rain.”

 “The past is history,
 The future is a mystery
 and now is a gift.
 That’s why we call it the present.”

 “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.” –Marcus Garvey 

 “Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.”
 –Robert M. Pirsig 

 “Life is like a grindstone – whether it grinds you down or polishes
 you up depends on what you’re made of.”

 “Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. “Indeed, it’s the only thing that has.”
 –Margaret Meade 

 “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to death your right to say it ”

 “People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told
 that sorrow knows how to swim.”
 –Ann Landers 

 “Gray hair is God’s graffiti.”
 –Bill Cosby 

 “We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them. ”
 — Titus Livius 

 “From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared or feared rather than loved. One might perhaps answer that we should wish to be both, but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved. ”
 — Machiavelli 

 “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. ” — Robert Louis Stevenson 

 “Even the boldest zebra fears the hungry lion. ”

 “We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees. -”
 — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Letter to Viscount Halifax, June 19, 1941 

 “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. ”
 –Anthony Robbins 

 “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten”
 –Anthony Robbins 

 “The past does not equal the future. ”
 –Anthony Robbins 

 “All people have fears, but the brave put down their fears and go forward, sometimes to death, but always to victory.”
 –motto of the King’s Guard in ancient Greece 

 “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
 –Carl W. Buechner– 

 “When we think of failure; Failure will be ours. If we remain undecided; Nothing will ever change. All we need to do is want to achieve something great and then simply to do it. Never think of failure For what we think, will come about.”
 –Maharishi Mahesh Yogi– 

 “Where the determination is, the way can be found.”
 — George S. Clason 

 That which doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger”
 –Fredrich Nietzchen 

“Old age and treachery always wins over youth and skill!” 
 — Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings (lyrics to a song) 

 “A friend is someone who knows you as you are, understands where you’ve been, and still invites you to grow  –Unknown 

 Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. 
 –Mario Andretti, Italian professional race car driver 

Patience…patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.  Benjamin Disraeli

Opportunity…Some go through a forest and see no firewood.  English proverb

Experience…Experience is not what happens to you;  it is what you do
with what happens to you.  Aldus Huxley

Empowerment…Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can
change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  Margaret Mead

Adaptability…Today, loving change, tumult, even chaos is a prerequisite
for survival, let alone success. Thomas J. Peters

Inovation…Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old;
seek what they sought.  Basho from ‘Little Zen Companion”

Renewal…Out of every crisis comes a chance to be reborn.  Nena O’Neil

Imagination…When the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no
art.  Leonardo Da Vinci

Spirit…If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be
written upon the heart; the spirit should not grow old.  James A. Garfield





The Art Adventure begins .

Although it seems long ago, its not so long ago,   I took to my father’s habbit of filling a dairy,  religiously reporting any and all special events of the day .. then somewhere between, growing up and growing older (not wiser), that habbit just disappeared .. life today is so full of constant change and fast paced, there’s hardly any time to get chores done let alone detail them at the end of the day.. but then, occasionally I would jot down special emotions and disappointments in my word diary .. and now this ! where have we landed !

Eversince I can remember, I loved to draw or paint or write stories, play with dough or spend hours together with my tiny toys creating acts for an imaginary drama .. ( TRUE CANCERIAN ) I love to mimic and love to play puppetry.. but like so many other things my creativity too took a back seat, occasionally popping up only for solutions not really for creating .. until like many pregnant women, only with my third baby’s pregnancy did my creativity juices start to “OVER FLOW”  My mind was always racing with wild ideas to fill a canvas or model an art project.    

The little study desk at the corner of my bedroom, gradually started bulging with tools and supplies,  until ofcourse my darling husband, put some more shelves to carry my load of rubberstamps and cutters and what not ! 

Initially I was simply creating crafty little decorating items to hang around the house and since I’ve always been so passionately  involved with recyling, naturally my neighbours and friends were surprised how I could transform household trash to such usable items… lots of encouragment and applause later, I actually decided to have a craft party for my oldest son’s birthday, Bilal, who then studied in School of Research Science in Dubai. Oh yes, my four year old then and now 5 years later, still fancies “Dinosaurs” the theme came naturally, so it was .. from the invitations to the thank you cards to the winner cards .. EVERYTHING was planned and executed by lil o me. Oh boy ! there were times, I wondered what got into me in the first place to accept such a challenge with 2 toddlers and an infant at home !! but in the end, it was all worth it.  3 games + 3 crafts + dino gift packs and a lounge room which looked like a volcano jungle, later … the fun had just begun, I had calls pouring in for party organizing  !!!!   Wow … Where we land !