In the name of crisis, let us reflect..

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These past couple of weeks have been bleak and dark on my little island. On March 16, we pulled the curtains wide open to see Seňora CRISISuela flaunting at us, decked with austere colors and imposing financial measures, which led to the closure of at least one bank, freezing life savings while spreading panic, grief, fear, frustration and uncertainty.During this time of adversity, I personally experienced all of these emotions, though at times I felt numbness, as if I wanted to stay still in time and go back in motion again like a jubilant ballerina once Cyprus recovered fully. It is during this stillness that I managed to reflect on my life, as well as my country, more than ever…

A little over a decade ago, Cyprus was blossoming as a result of the stock market boom, followed by the property boom along with an escalating foreign investment. Scores of Cypriots enjoyed soaring salaries, which allowed them to build bigger houses and holiday homes, buy luxury cars and enjoy frequent shopping sprees for designer brands and haute couture.

It seems to me that, for years on end, many Cypriots- not all- invested graciously everywhere except their heart and soul. Isn’t that how one loses the true essence of life? That image of perfection, fabricated beautifully with all that money can buy, disappeared when the masks dropped. Corruption, bad management, irresponsibility… and the list goes on- prevailed, until that vibrant bubble burst and Seňora CRISISuela emerged.

In the name of Crisis, let us try to reflect on the true essence of life and re-evaluate our purpose on this life path. And, during this process, let us invest in the real treasures within ourselves and life itself…

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About Mahi S

I was born on the island of Cyprus in 1971. For years, I lived the life of a nomad: I grew up in the Arab Gulf, finished high school in Cyprus, then went to the U.S. for five remarkable, life-changing years of study and work in public relations. With every change of home, I was confronted with the challenge of separation and the issue of identity, but ultimately the rewarding experience of interacting with people of different cultures has informed my life ever since. It inspired me to create an ideal setting wherever I found myself, to live meaningfully and use passion as the main ingredient in my life. I run to keep myself motivated and to fire the kind of creative thinking that keeps me balanced and content. But it’s also an ongoing challenge: since 1999, I have completed 17 half-marathons, which I try to run in a different city every time. In fact, running and travel are the two pillars of my life philosophy: “Travel is fascinating, whether it’s about a series of mesmerizing destinations or a journey within myself”. “Running keeps me sane, motivated and focused!” Right now, I am focusing on promoting my new book, ‘A squirrel in your kitchen’ an e-cookbook with quick, easy and delicious recipes (and anecdotes) from dearest friends around the world. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYXN500. I am also hoping to experience the fascinating challenge of a full marathon in 2016; in Athens or New York. We’ll see!

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