The Wise Bedouin and his 50 children

One evening, I had the privilege to meet and dine with Yasser Akkaoui the managing director and editor in chief of the Executive Business Magazine.

During our dinner, I asked him:

Yasser, so with all the companies you run, responsibilities and family, how do you manage your time?

Yasser replied:

Let me answer you with a story I heard once. This is how I manage my business.

What follows is the story as shared by Yasser:

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Image courtesy of Britannica online encyclopedia

Once upon a time, in a small village in the desert, a wise Bedouin was living there and was known to have fathered 50 children.

His words of wisdom made him famous throughout the other villages and even his wisdom and reputation spread to tourists that were visiting other villages.

One Western reporter was intrigued by the stories he heard about him, so he decide to visit his village and ask him a difficult question and experience his wisdom firsthand. It was not easy for the reporter to come up with such a question, but after days of reflection, he thought he figured a hard question he could ask the Bedouin.

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Seeing with equal heart

I don’t remember when exactly I came to learn about the Bhagavad Gita, probably during my second trip to India back in 2007. The Bhagavad Gita spoke to me directly, along with the hidden gems in the Mahabharata epic.

When I was still living in Belgium, I visited Radhadesh and befriended a Brahmachari. We both enjoyed each other’s company. He offered to help me while I study the Bhagavad Gita.

While I have not read the Bhagavad Gita from cover to cover, I usually open it at random and learn from it.

It has nice illustrations to explain some of the verses in the book. The picture you see in this article talks about the humble sage that sees everyone with equal vision.

I decided to call this article “Seeing with equal heart” and not “Seeing with equal vision” because I believe that vision, spiritual vision, takes place in the heart where we can choose to look at things as they are or with a mask of judgement.

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9 Important Facts to Remember as You Grow Older

Today I received these funny words of wisdom through a chain email. They are funny and insightful, enjoy!

wisdomNumber 9 – Death is the number 1 killer in the world.

Number 8 – Life is sexually transmitted.

Number 7 – Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Number 6 – Men have two emotions: hungry and horny, and they can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.

Number 5 – Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.

Number 4 – Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.

Number 3 – All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

Number 2 – In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.

Number 1 – Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today might burn your ass tomorrow.

And, as someone recently said to me: Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last that long.

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And then what?


Today I am going to share with you a story about life, work and happiness.

One day, John was walking in the street and he saw Mike, the neighborhood guy that sits around and relaxes all day long.

  • John then told Mike: Mike, I see you here everyday sitting and doing nothing. Why not get some chewing gum and put them next to you?
  • Mike: what for?
  • John: Like this, people will stop by an buy from you so you can make some money.
  • Mike: and then what?
  • John: with that extra money, you can then not only display chewing gum but also some chocolate and potato chips
  • Mike: and then what?
  • John: with enough money from that you can open a small kiosk and sell more stuff and beverages
  • Mike: and then what?
  • John: you can then open a small grocery store and make more money
  • Mike: and then what?
  • John: from that small grocery store, you can expand to have a bigger shop
  • Mike: and then what?
  • John: you can then aim for a supermarket
  • Mike: and then what?
  • John: you can then buy a house and let the business run itself
  • Mike: and then what?
  • John: you can then sit in your house, relax and worry about nothing
  • Mike: But John, I am already doing that! Can’t you see I am sitting here and relaxing everyday!

— Story heard from: Jihad Naaman


And so my friends, often times we keep participating in the rat race, always aiming for more when the simple things are often times already within our reach.


The Thirty Imperishable Stars

The Thirty Imperishable Stars are directives and hints to help you attain the divine presence.

I received this parchment below when I joined the Fellowship Of Friends back in 2006 for a period of two month.


The meaning of each work item or directive (as I like to call them), may not be evident to you directly, however, reset assured they contain deep meaning and lots of instructions to help you achieve and maintain presences and awareness (as the Buddhists’ call it).

I will dedicate future blog posts to expand upon the meaning of each directive and how the whole set work in unison to help you achieve the divine presence.

Stay tuned.

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