today I want to share with YOU one personal story, which I have kept for myself for 5 and half years. Memories from that time are frequently coming back to me these days and only after such a long time, I was able to understand how precious those moments were.
It was November 2004, when I have arrived to Dubai with suitcase full of books and heart full of hope. I was still a student in my last year of University, when I have got an opportunity to get 3 months internship in Dubai. I have been provided an accommodation in very nice small apartment located in a new residential area of Dubai. I was amazed by the facilities of the neighborhood: pool, basketball court (yay!!), gym, party room, barbecue spots and many other cool things. BUT I did not know a soul there, till…
Everything has changed after my first wandering around the swimming pool, when my eyes have met with the most amazing pair of eyes I have ever seen. Yes, I have met my “savior” and my buddy, who I was hanging out with ever since.
I was teaching him basketball tricks, swimming with him in a pool, I was going to gym with him, I was even introduced to his family (he lived with his niece and his sister). He was so smart, we understood each other without words. Merely looking into each others eyes was enough. <Gosh, I am having goose bumps even now, when I think of those moments> He did not drink alcohol, he did not smoke, he was spending most of the time with his family, he was was brave and he was ALWAYS optimistic. He was the most grateful person I have ever met. Simply the ONE ideal man!
Now, it might seems like I’ve had a crush on him, right? Well, who would not? Are you with me on that, ladies? 😉
So, who was this prince?
Bellow is a picture of me and him together with his cute niece (she must be a big girl by now). His name is Mohammed and he came originally from Iran.
Have you noticed something unusual on the picture? Yes? Are you not sure how to articulate it? Let me help you on that. Let me reveal it for you:
Mohammed was physically disabled, he had great difficulties with his posture, even walking was painful for him. He was often getting muscle crams, he could not talk properly and his hearing was limited as well. Those are just few of his life’s burdens visible by an non-involved observer.
And yet, he has taught me the most important lessons of my life:
1. Eyes are a window to the soul!
2. You can always share love no matter of how unfortunate your circumstances are.
3. Sincere gratitude is free to give away and it deeply touches those who receive it.
4. Happiness is a choice and way of being, not conditional state of if I have got X, then Y will happen.
5. If your presence can bring tears of joy into someone’s eyes, she/he will remember you forever.
try focus your attention to scanning the windows to the soul on people, NOT their wristwatch or their title on the business card. Then you might have higher chance to meet “your Mohammed” or to became life-changing pair of eyes for someone – yourself!
Have FUN and live life, which matters!
Mohammed’s life does matter!
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