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Happiness exists to be shared: My story about how i turned stress into strength

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As a child, I was a daydreamer. I mastered the art of daydreaming. Many times I got slaps on my head, because I didn’t hear the adults calling me. But no sooner did that occur, I was back to building castles in the air. Growing up and many years later I confided in a lady-friend and asked why I was such a big dreamer and how I could get rid of it? She replied, “My dear child it is only when you have dreamt that dreams become goals and goals in turn become realities”. I am proud to say that I am today living my dream.

About 15 years ago, I came to Holland, a refugee, young, naïve, lonely carrying a bag of dreams. In the years that followed I did a lot of community work with the most weak in Dutch society: the elderly, the homeless, the handicapped, refugees and for which I received many recognitions. I have won medals and awards for doing so. I come from a country that is torn by war and disaster-both man-made and natural. Gaining respect, recognition and appreciation for your energy is always a phenomenal feeling. These awards enabled me to create publicity and awareness about the plight and the problems refugee children face in schools and in wider Dutch society. Such moments turn into a catalyst in creating positive, forward-looking, optimistic pictures in our mind and lives. Knowing that I can make a difference in this world is a great feeling, a great motivator that helps me decide what I want and decide what I am willing to exchange for it. As well as in establishing priorities and in earning success that is based on service to others, not at the expense of others.

I wanted to bridge gaps, bring alienating cultures to a common ground, keeping in mind the fact that the quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence regardless of their chosen endeavor and that one can do anything as long as one has enthusiasm, commitment, drive and passion for that endeavor. These awards have provided me with the unique experience and vital skill of leadership and that leadership is not a one-day thing. It is a constant commitment. A commitment to excellence. A habit. A daily practice. Leadership, i have learned through working with young migrants/refugees, is really about the ability to get extraordinary achievements from ordinary people. Its about creating a vision for and with them, articulating that vision, passionately owning the vision, and relentlessly driving it to completion. I believe It's never too late to be what you might have been. You will all agree with me that every single human being needs a sense of direction in life and a sense of belonging and sometimes we need a push in that direction. I am happy that I got that push and I am today even more happier to be able to give it to others.

Like mother Teresa said we are all called upon……….. to do small things….. with great love.

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Ana Dutra's picture

This is beautiful

I'm here in awe! Congrats, Sahro!!!

Sahro's picture

Thank you Ana!

Thank you Ana!

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Stella Paul's picture

Congrats

Dear Sister

Congrats on all the accolades you won.You truly deserve this. You filed the story a day late (19th was the last day for week 2 assignment), please submit your next one before 26th.

Best

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Sahro's picture

Stella i had arranged with

Stella i had arranged with Scott that i would submit my assignment a few hours/with a maximum of a day later. I am in Somalia, you guys are 10 hours ahead of us and we are facing a big internet connectivity. Thanks alot for your positive comments to my writings. Much appreciated. Sah

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gingerhooper's picture

inspiring stuff

" I believe It's never too late to be what you might have been." Could not agree more! Your cheerful character comes through in your writing. Wonderful to hear such optimism

Sahro's picture

Thank you very much for your

Thank you very much for your encouragement!

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Cali gal Michelle's picture

Agreed!

So powerful... 'never too late...' I love that! Did you come up with that line yourself? I want to borrow it! Thank you for the encouraging words.

Peace-
M.

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
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lspano27's picture

Motivating piece

Sahro - This was a very uplifting and positive piece - it inspired me to continue the daily practice and habit of leadership. Keep up the amazing work!

jackiesw's picture

moving piece

Sahro,

Thank you for sharing your story. You are clearly moved to live your life fully and this in itself is an inspiration. Continue to be true to yourself and the world will benefit in large and small ways.

Jackie

Sahro's picture

Thank you Jackie!

Thank you Jackie!

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mrbeckbeck's picture

Wonderful, Sharo!

I love that your voice comes through loud and clear from around the world in this piece. It is admirable that you keep dreaming, and keep reaching for your goals. I wish you the best in continued efforts to make the world a better place.

The world needs voices like yours!
Thank you,
Scott

Scott Beck
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Sahro's picture

Thank you Scott!

Thank you Scott!

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Ruun Abdi's picture

Inspiring post as always :)

Inspiring post as always :)

Sahro's picture

Thank you Ruun!

Thank you Ruun!

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