Hear the music

Posted on June 11, 2012


As written for and published on Nabbesh.com – 11/06/12

A few weeks ago, I listened to an interview on Dubai Eye with Loulou Khazen, the queen behind the scene at Nabbesh. ‘Brilliant,’ I thought, ‘what a genius concept.’ And so I wrote to her and told her so.  Fast-forward a few emails and this morning the first of many guest blog posts was published.

Loulou asked me what my theme would be and the answer seemed to fall off my tongue.  ‘LIFE at play’ I said.  Finding that balance between work and play, pursuing and even identifying your passions, developing your career around what you love and an injection of daily fun and adventure won’t only make you a happier, more rounded individual, but will directly (and positively) impact your performance at work. It’s an approach I try to embrace day in, day out but one that many others struggle with.

I guess it all boils down to facing each and every day with passion and gusto.  It’s about identifying where your priorities lie and how you want to spend your days, your weeks, your months, your years.

For my first post, I took the unusual approach (unconventional? me? never!!) of borrowing the words of someone else, those of child psychologist David L Weatherford.

You see, the words in this poem sum up what ‘LIFE at play’ is all about and when you read it, I hope you’ll find it in you to make small changes where change is necessary. Be bold and remember always that the only rules are those we set on ourselves!


Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,

or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,

or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,

time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,

when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,

with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,

time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,

and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,

’cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,

time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,

you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,

hear the music before your song is over.

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