FOOD FOR THOUGHT BLOG | It Is My Stick I Lean On, by Asmahan Al-Atrash

May 16, 2023

FOOD FOR THOUGHT BLOG | It Is My Stick I Lean On, by Asmahan Al-Atrash

Once upon a time, I witnessed an interviewer conversing with a job seeker who was down on their luck. The interviewer urged the individual to look for work, but the job seeker responded with a heart-breaking “I have no skills.” The interviewer replied, “You can learn any skill and get a job.” This interview left a lasting impact on me, which is why I’m inspired to share this blog with you today.

In life, we all need support from something or someone. It’s like having a stick that you can lean on when things get tough. This stick could be a person, an idea, advice, or a belief system. We need this support because life can be difficult, and sometimes we fall down. But if we have a stick to lean on, we can get back up.

This stick could be many things, like our parents who support us, a friend who cares about us, or a degree we worked hard to get for our dream job. It could also be a skill we learn and master, like English or computer skills. Having this stick can help us achieve our goals and make our lives easier and more enjoyable.

As a doctor and as a parent of six children, I used to face a lot of stress and pressure both at work and in my personal life. However, I discovered an important skill that helped me overcome these challenges: time management. By managing my time effectively, I was able to balance my responsibilities and take control of my life. But it wasn’t just time management that helped me. When I had to leave my home country, Syria, during the war, I realized that being flexible was crucial. I had to adjust to a new environment quickly. Now, I know that I can adapt to any new environment I may face in the future.

It’s important to remember that we all have our own unique strengths that help us push forward in life. For me, it’s my ability to manage my time and be flexible in new situations. And for you, it could be something entirely different! Don’t underestimate the tools and skills you have that keep you going and help you overcome challenges.

Sometimes, we may receive feedback on our work or our efforts, and it may be discouraging. But it’s important to remember that feedback can be a powerful motivator to improve and become even better at what we do. For example, when I receive feedback on my blog writing, it inspires me to work harder and write more. So, keep moving forward and don’t give up on yourself. Remember your strengths and use them to your advantage. And if you receive feedback, don’t be discouraged! Use it as a tool to improve and become even better.

In conclusion, I believe that God wants us to constantly interact with each other because we all have weaknesses and need support from others. Just take a moment to reflect on your life and you’ll realize that there are lots of sticks you can rely on to help you. Fill your life with those sticks that will help you succeed!

By Asmahan Al-Atrash

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