It was in 2016, I stepped through the doors of the Sharjah Expo center. The Children's reading festival was in its 9th year. As the directory was filled with countless names, it was a session on art I chose to attend. I should say that my confidence was not high when I presented my first book, '' Animals'' to Mr. Bird. But the interest he took in it uplifted my spirits beyond expression. "Keep writing, you do it well" I remember him telling me with a smile. The rock we live on travels through the emptiness of space when the existence, intelligence, and presence of animals make it shine brighter than a supernova.
It was in the World Tolerance Summit I had the privilege of meeting with Dr. Hoffmann, Chairman of The World Security Network Foundation. "Tolerance is Love", it leads us to accept shortcomings of humans. Dr. Hoffman was explaining his views on a diverse topic we had a common interest in. Meeting egalitarians, is few and far between. Congratulations Dr. Hoffmann! I am delighted that you are one of the winners of Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award 2020.
From time to time, we hear of stories. Many enjoy listening to a tale in which a superhero saves the Earth. Living in a world susceptible to fiction, Did I say that I cherish meeting someone who had a true story of his own?
It was an honor meeting with the chief guest for The World Tolerance Summit 2019.
“Acceptance and openness are core values that define who we are.” - His excellency Dr. Hamad, The Chairman of the Higher Commitee - World Tolerance Summit. “I like what you do-Keep at it” were his kind words during his tight schedule.
A gesture of appreciation sharpens one's attitude.