be thankful for my husband’s return








I wasn’t expecting my husband to be back home before a week.

He works for a Human Rights organization and covers the Middle East and North Africa region, where he travels a lot.

After a stay in London and Lebanon, he was supposed to go to Iraqi Kurdistan for a week.

But he’s been called back right after Trump order blocked access to the US to people coming from the following 7 Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Thankfully, I didn’t know about it until my husband was home.

My friends, I don’t know what to say.

I took a moment to be thankful as my self-care act of the day.

And deeply appreciate the fact that he could make it back to his wife and kids. To his work and source of revenue. To his life, that is here.

I am thankful for that and I need to remind myself of it.

But since the ban was issued, so many parents, workers, wives, students and kids weren’t as lucky as we are.

Immigrants from these countries –who are outside of the US at the moment- will have to check at the US consulate of their countries to get a clearance to come back.

Some were abroad for the funeral of a family member; others took their first vacation after 5 years of non-stop work, others were there just to visit…

Imagining they might lose the right to come back, imagining their future lying in the arbitrary hands of a potentially biased consular agent breaks my heart.

My dear friends, in Act of self-care #34, I made the promise that I wouldn’t be scared, that I wouldn’t fear the future, that I would keep faith and hope and believe me, I will do my best to keep my promise.

But I won’t lie to you. It is hard.

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WHY IS IT SELF-CARE? “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others”. Cicero


The essence of this Self-Care is optimism.

In a difficult situation, if you want to cheer yourself up, try the following:

– Start by listing what is right in your life. Most of the time, you’ll see that overall, it’s not that bad.

– Imagine also how worse it could be. Relativity is a very powerful tool.

– Think about all the difficult situations you’ve been through and  how they’ve been sorted out. 

– Try to meditate or exercise to naturally increase the endorphins, the natural feel-good chemicals, levels in your body .

– If none of the above work, it’s ok. Sometimes, you just have to wait. Time heals.

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