Humanity is

What makes

A man Human

Not beast.

A man deformed

Is a man without



Humanity is a collective

Concept that unites

People not divide.

A common ground

For all our children

To grow safe and

For all societies

To flourish & thrive.


Humanity is the dream

The present, the past.

It is the drive

For compassion to bring

Us together, reach out

For each other to live

Continue living and survive.






The elusive word

Everybody claim they’ve got;

Yet, the truth is but one.

The truth should be sought

A privilege gained,

Not used and abused

To gain something with.

It is outside of the ego

In spite of it

Not for it, but rather

A whole independent

Entity all by itself.

Truth is the measure,

The reference, the source.

Truth is costly, lives can be

it’s price. The trade is fair,

for without Truth, there is

Nothing but injustice, ignorance

Misguidance and worse.  Without

Truth there is darkness that engulfs

All… Truth is The Light.




Time travelers©

Time travelers©

We are all time travelers

To a destination unknown.

We travel through time and space,

There are many paths to take, many roads to conquer

The unseen engulfing us

Like an unpenetrated veil!

Yet, we push through

The sand dunes, the valleys

The mountains, and space.

Where there are goblins

To fight, trolls on bridges

We have to pay a toll.

Yet, we push through

Where there are heart breaks

Triumphs, and dreams come true.


Those who cannot

or refuse to pass through time

They lay still,

Or cling to the past

The time passes them by

Anyway, …until

The end.


Happy memories©

Happy memories©

Happy moments glide by as smooth,swift, and magical like skating on ice; yet it stays with us as clear and engraved in our memory as strong.  At times of sadness we recall these moments with a rush of nostalgia that paints a smile on the lips and warmth that melts the heart.  More often than not,sad memories are swept under the rug and happiness prevail.




Understanding Your Teenager!


I’m just sharing a beautifully inspiring article I read @Emotional Geographic.  It is so heartwarming and very true.  If only we read between the lines, decode the others’ messages, especially those close to us, beyond the acts or words they’re doing or saying…there will be much less fights and much better communications.


'I hate you Dad!  All you've ever done is throw your time and love at me - you've never given me enough money.'

The Letter Your Teenager Can’t Write You


Finding My Soul©

Finding My Soul©

I was cast away from the trees

Away from the pine trees

And the Oak trees

And the fresh air breeze.

Away from my friends

The birds, the horses, and the deer.

The forever green, the sparkling light

Sprinkling diamonds betwixt the leaves.

The society of Nature, the harmony,

The freedom of spirit, the peaceful company.

Whatever original sin that was committed, I

Am repenting to redeem myself worthy.  One

Day I will be back to the midst of the circle of

Trees, my soul will know its way back to me.

There, here now, I am alive again and free…free…free.



Education & Critical Thinking©

Education & Critical Thinking©


None will grasp the message but men of intellect? Quran (2:269)
Most certainly the worst of animals in God’s sight are the deaf, the dumb who do not use their brains. Quran (8:22)
Behold in the creation of the heavens and the alteration of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of intellect. Quran (3:190)

Critical Thinking—What Education Must Be All About!

According to Wikipedia “Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits.”1

As an educator, I asked myself: What is the purpose of education? I find the answer to be elusive and varies according to each and every teacher. No matter what the curriculum, every teacher has a vision and a goal based on his/her belief and/or agenda, and will wield the curriculum to implement this vision into the minds and hearts of the students.
What Is the Purpose of Education?

“What is the purpose of education? This question agitates scholars, teachers, statesmen, every group, in fact, of thoughtful men and women,” Eleanor Roosevelt wrote in the 1930 article, “Good Citizenship: The Purpose of Education,” inPictorial Review.
If you were to ask even a relatively small group of teachers, administrators, students, parents, community members, business leaders, and policymakers to address the question of purpose, how difficult do you think it would be to reach a consensus?
You might have better luck asking, “What is the meaning of life?
In the United States, historically, the purpose of education has evolved according to the needs of society. Education’s primary purpose has ranged from instructing youth in religious doctrine, to preparing them to live in a democracy, to assimilating immigrants into mainstream society, to preparing workers for the industrialized 20th century workplace.
And now, as educators prepare young people for their futures in a world that is rapidly changing, what is the goal? To create adults who can compete in a global economy? To create lifelong learners? To create emotionally healthy adults who can engage in meaningful relationships?”

The Golden Key—Critical Thinking
Regardless of the various goals and purposes of education and the numerous curriculum—the basic purpose behind it all is to prepare the individual to obtain knowledge to serve his/her goals of success in this world.

“The most significant skill [young people] can develop in the 21st century is the same skill that served them well in prior centuries: a mind equipped to think, the most important work skill of them all.”

Critical Thinking—Definition
Making reason judgments that are logical and well thought out.

“Disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.” (

A Definition

“Critical thinking is that mode of thinking — about any subject, content, or problem — in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism.”3

Why is critical thinking important?

The internet has brought the world closer, and in order to achieve success in the modern world, one has to acquire the skills to deal with multiple cultures and a vast array of social, political, and religious backgrounds.

“The Problem
Everyone thinks. It is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or downright prejudiced. Yet, the quality of our life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must be systematically cultivated.”3

Education should enable the learner, the student, to be valuable to his/her environment and community in order to achieve his/her goals. An educated person should have the cognitive skills for decision making. Researches have been made to find out how to develop and improve these cognitive skills through the learning process.

“Anne Helsdingen from the Open University of the Netherlands and her colleagues studied an interesting issue about critical thinking in decision making. They wanted to know whether teaching critical thinking skills can improve judgment and decision making in general.
Helsdingen and her team define critical thinking as reasoned thinking with a purpose. They also describe some core critical thinking skills and abilities, such as being able to:
• Appreciate that your own opinions may be wrong
• Accept statements as true even when they conflict with your own views
• Temporarily adopt an initial position with which you disagree, and then reason from that starting point”4


A successful individual is not the one who has the most information- google can achieve that by a click of a mouse- rather, it is the individual who has the critical thinking to reach the right decision to achieve his/her goal or the goal of the company one represents.
According to Health and Physical Education Online:

” Importance of critical thinking
Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum (1999) defines critical thinking as “examining, questioning, evaluating, and challenging taken-for-granted assumptions about issues and practices” and critical action as “action based on critical thinking” (page 56).
By adopting this definition of critical thinking and applying their learning in education contexts, students can:
• become broad and adventurous thinkers
• generate innovative solutions
• use their reasoning skills to analyze and evaluate
• plan and think strategically”5

It is important for educators and curriculum developers to create curriculum that encourages and implements the cognitive skills for critical thinking and decision making. The global society would benefit from such educated individuals with the broad mind and the professional skills for the betterment of their societies and for the goodness of humanity in general.

“Logical reasoning and critical thinking techniques have many positive effects, including:
• Improved cognitive skills;
• A foundation of logical decision making on which you can draw, even in stressful situations; and,
• Higher academic and professional achievement.” 6

Critical Thinking is Essential Tool in The Learning Process:

“For students, learning to think critically and to take critical action will include:
• learning to take responsibility for analyzing and evaluating information
• giving each other feedback about their analyses, evaluations, and actions
• questioning and challenging each other’s assumptions in a non-threatening manner
• learning to identify any inequalities and power relationships within contexts in health education, physical education, and home economics, focusing on how these positions are sometimes reinforced through organizational structures and through certain forms of language
• reflecting on people’s assumptions, beliefs, and behaviors, taking into account a range of factors
• generating alternative solutions and accepting them or critiquing them in a sensitive manner
• developing the confidence to work with others in taking critical action
(The list above is based on Smyth (2000), page 507.)” 5

The Objectives of Critical Thinking:

“A well-cultivated critical thinker:

Raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely
Gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively
Comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards
Thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as needs be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences
Communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.”3



“Critical thinking will teach you an entirely new way to look at the world and can do wonders for your abilities as a problem solver! As a critical thinker, you’ll be better equipped to face the challenges presented by an ever changing world and you’ll be well served in both your personal and professional life.”7


It’s About Perspective.

It’s About Perspective.


“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty.
I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.”
George Carlin

“Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.”
Shannon L. Alder

“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, “What else could this mean?”
Shannon L. Alder


Let Us Dream Again. Let Us Hope!©

Let Us Dream Again. Let Us Hope!©

I painted a life for myself

Outside my picture

And colored it with dreams.


In this life I see myself

Truly as I am

And what I would like to be.


In this life the tune of voice

That I hear

Is peaceful and gentle to my ear.


The smile I see on my face

Reflects how I feel

Contentment in my heart and soul.


The spoken words in this life

Are utterly a cheer

Of kindness, of understanding and love.


It is give and take gracefully

And give again

And take without being bragged.


Respect and class are the colors

That I choose

To paint with and light the hues of this pictured life.


I draw the sun that shines on me

And fills me with

Its warmth, the color of happiness and bless.


Next to it there is the moon shining

Silver lining, and stars

That never dim, gentle beams of security.


Then I came back to my picture,

and saw all what needed to be done.

And colored it with hope, brighten it

with dreams, light, energy for change.


February 5th, 2008