One of the things I have learned in organizing public programs is that you have to be willing to let go of your reasons for starting the project. When I discovered there was some push back against one of my core reasons for starting this particular project, I was reminded of the lesson I learned… Continue reading Anxiety and insomnia never were a good mix.
This afternoon, as I was trekking my way back to my car, I almost got run over. Apparently, the driver didn't realize he had to make a full stop at a stop sign at an intersection of a university where there are people crossing pretty much during all hours of the day. Sure, it was… Continue reading Ruminations on mortality
Last night I had to face the cold, hard truth that even though I certainly feel different after coming back from Hajj, I am still me. I still have my weaknesses. I still have my deficiencies. I still have the same anxieties. Week One after Hajj was pretty good, I would say. Work was not… Continue reading Why does this keep on happening? Because there is a lesson I have yet to learn.
After a co-worker mentioned yesterday that the weather this weekend would be great for a run, I told myself: "I gotta do it. Now or never." Inertia is strong within me. Unless I need to use the restroom or my stomach yells to me that it needs food, I can sit in one spot and… Continue reading Getting back into it
You know, when you start a project, you want it to go well. (Um, why would you start one hoping to fail, Rafia?) I know failure's a fact of life, but no one ever starts a project with the intention of failing. When things, however, don't go according to plan - and you're answerable to… Continue reading My ‘Duh’ Epiphany of the Day: Making Decisions is Hard for An Indecisive Planner