Thursday’s Thought 

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed. 

– Blaise Pascal

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Joining the Band Wagon

A few weeks ago, I was reading a blog by Weird Weekends. He’s a creative writer who blends his weird interests with clever humor. He recently revealed a secret obsession (check it out here). This post drove me to want to jump on the band wagon. Weird Weekends is interested in getting readers from all over the world. Personally, I had never thought of that. However, being new to the blogging world, his post taught me about the WordPress feature that allows you to view where your readers are located throughout the world. Given my love for communities and cultures, Weird Weekend’s post soon became my obsession. I have now checked my map each week. So, what does it look like? Here you are:

map_readers

The yellow represents areas where readers of the blog are located. The orange represents the country with the most readers.

As a result of this new band wagon stolen obsession, I would like to invite you to send your friends from around the world my blogsite (ahmeli.com) as we join together to add more color to this map. Over the past month, several countries have visited my page and this has driven me to research some new countries and recall fond memories of friends from other, more familiar, countries. I must agree with Weird Weekends, it is VERY exciting to see a new country added to the map/list. There are currently 35 different countries represented on this map as having people who have viewed Ahmeli. We can surely find readers throughout more of South America and Africa. Netherlands is one of the top viewers, and I have since read more about life over there. Beautiful place! I was sure to tell my friends from Greece that someone in their country is representing. And I was interested in seeing countries such as Pakistan and Czech Republic join the list over the recent days.

A quilt I made from fabric sent throughout the world. The blue patch (located on the back) states the countries that are represented. This was such an exciting adventure as we collected fabric from around the world and visually displayed how beautiful and unique diversity is, especially when brought together.

Okay, this is a short post today, so that gives you some extra minutes to reach out to your friends and help me reach the goal of getting the whole map yellow! Thanks in advance for your efforts! Leave a comment below that tells us all one interesting fact about your country (EVEN if your country is already listed). Shhh…. perhaps we can even beat Weird Weekends pace. 😉

 

Ahmeli… that this map turns yellow, but more importantly, that people are drawn into the blog and become regular readers/commentators as we join in growing through learning from one another’s unique experiences.

If you like this post, please follow Ahmeli by submitting your e-mail (to the left), sharing on social media, or adding a comment below as we strengthen our tomorrows. Thank you!

 

 

Drive…Drive Far Away

Looking around the world

wondering what’ll happen next.

Reading the news, watching the clips, seeing the images…

wondering, “When will it end?”

I just want to drive … drive far away.

 

Attacks during 2016 in

France,

America,

Turkey,

Mali,

Tunisia,

Indonesia,

Iraq,

Burkina Faso,

Yemen,

Kurdistan,

Bangladesh,

Kazakhstan….

the list goes on and on.

I want to drive… drive far away.

 

Societies are crashing.

Governments are failing.

Money is controlling.

Education is depleting.

I want to drive… drive far away.

 

Hatred is flourishing.

Love is missing.

Honor is deceiving.

Kinship is dividing.

I want to drive… drive far away.

 

Is it the rise of a terror group?

The capabilities of social media?

A path away from God?

Or nothing new at all?

I want to drive… drive far away.

 

The pain, agony, hardship, murders, anger, hatred, frustration, shouting, blasting, greed.

I want to drive… drive far away.

 

But then I stand here…because driving away will not change the mindset of a country, a nation, a culture, a religion, an ethnic group, a disturbed mind, a government, a neighbor, a family.

 

No; driving away will only separate the temporary from the reality. I know this. I see this. I feel this. I acknowledge this.

 

Yet still… I want to drive… drive far away.

 

Ahmeli… that instead of driving away, we come together as a society and work towards bettering our world.

If you like this post, please follow Ahmeli by submitting your e-mail (to the left), sharing on social media, or adding a comment below as we strengthen our tomorrows. Thank you!

Drive