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19 Life Changing Quotes & Poems by Najwa Zebian • Part 1
19 Life Changing Quotes & Poems by Najwa Zebian • Part 2

I fell in love with the writing of Najwa Zebian when, during my research on healing cultural trauma and filial piety, I stumbled upon her quote:

These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.
― Najwa Zebian

In 12 words, she had put into words my weeks of research. Put the mountain down. Climb it, not carry it! How many lives would be revolutionized if all women put the mountain down.

So here are 9 more short poems and quotes that will change your life too!


10. We deserve

"Don't listen to me just because I listen to you.
I listen to you because you deserve to be heard.
Don't be nice to me just because I'm nice to you.
I'm nice to you because you deserve to be treated right.
Don't show me that you care just because you know I care.
I care for you because your heart needs care
If your thoughts and feelings are not genuine,
point them in a direction other than mine.
If I only give you what you deserve,
at least keep me away from what I don't deserve.” 


11. Be the chooser, not the choice

"When you know what are you are doing
and have a clear vision of where you are going,
you will not need to chase opportunities.
Opportunities will seek you.
Happiness will chase you.
And, instead of being a choice, you will be the one choosing.” 


12. Don't break

"Don't break a bird's wings and then tell it to fly.
Don't break a heart and then tell it to love.
Don't break a soul and then tell it to be happy.
Don't see the worst in a person and expect them to see the best in you.
Don't judge people and expect them to stand by your side.
Don't play with fire and expect to stay perfectly safe."


13. Plan and change the plan

"You can draw a path for your life
and have all of your goals set.
You can change yourself as much as possible
and change things around you just to reach those goals.
Here’s the catch.
Never underestimate the power of fate.
It can knock down the highest of goals that seem guaranteed in your life."


14. Find a tribe that appreciates

“If they don't appreciate your presence,
they may never recognize your absence.” 


15. Speak up

"Stop blaming the world around you for wronging you.
ake responsibility for the nos you could have said but chose not to,
the words you could have said but didn't."


16. Debt free

"Don't degrade your self-worth
by demanding anyone's attention
even if they owe it to you."


17. Acceptance

"You must accept that
you being a good person
is not a good enough reason
for people not to hurt you."


18. To an ex-narcissist

"You destroyed me over and over
but I built myself back up into someone
you will never have
the honor of getting to know."


19. The soul speaks

Let it be that you've lost. We've all lost.
But do not you ever let what people think stop you from expressing yourself.
Let your soul shine through your words."

With infinite grace,

xo, Ella

Women who are free will set the world free

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Ellany LeaAUTHOR • When Ellany said yes to freedompreneurship, she had no idea it'd turn into a spiritual quest of reclaiming the 1,000 pieces of her soul.