“These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.”
Najwa Zebian is a poetess who represents modern young women going beyond cultural boundaries connecting women around the globe through their strong emotions. Her writings are so powerful that they can touch anyone’s heart whether belonging to her country, religion, language or not. She gives hope to all those going through tough times in their life. This young lady wasn’t a popular name till a few years back. What made her famous all over the world are her beautiful poems expressing her heartfelt emotions of pain, love, loss, sufferings, survival, hope and her strength. Her poems heal broken hearts and make people believe in themselves. Najwa was born and raised in Lebanon. While visiting her family in Canada while she was a teenage girl, war broke out in her home country Lebanon due to which she had to stay in Canada. Najwa felt alone and isolated in a foreign land away from her motherland and her people. She used to be poetess from her early childhood. But when she had to settle in Canada, in her anger and depression, she tore pages of the diary and burnt all her writings. But Najwa Zebian went on to complete her education and became a teacher and earned a Doctorate in educational leadership. Her students, who happened to be refugees like herself, made her write down her feelings once again. Najwa began to heal her own sixteen-year-old self by writing her feelings and encouraging her students to write as well.
Currently, Najwa Zebian is a world-famous author, motivational speaker, and educator. She has been passionate about language from a young age. She started with Arabic poetry and novels. After settling into Canada she mastered the English language and started writing in the same.
Najwa Zebian self-published her first collection of poetry and prose in 2016. Since then, she has been inspiring people worldwide. Najwa has become a strong voice for women in all countries and cultures. She was named by the New York Times and CBS News among inspiring personalities. Based on her own experiences of displacement, discrimination, and abuse, Najwa uses her writings to encourage others to build a home (a safe place) within themselves; to live, love, and create boldly.
My Favorite Quotes By Najwa Zebian
Some of my favorite lines from heart-warming poems by Najwa Zebian are here:
“To the heart in you, don’t be afraid to feel. To the sun in you, don’t be afraid to shine. To the love in you, don’t be afraid to heal. To the ocean in you, don’t be afraid to rage. To the silence in you, don’t be afraid to 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. Life is about giving and taking. You cannot expect to give bad and receive good. You cannot expect to give good and receive bad. Does it happen? Yes, but don’t make that an excuse for you to keep doing what you know is wrong. Don’t blame life for what you do. That is so selfish and ignorant on your behalf.”
“Here’s the thing about people with good hearts:
They give you excuses when you don’t explain yourself.
They accept the apologies you don’t give.
They see the best in you.
They always lift you up, even if that means putting their own priorities aside.
They will never be too “busy” for you.
They make time, even when you don’t.”
“And you wonder why they’re the most sensitive people, the most caring people, why they are willing to give so much of themselves with no expectation in return.
You wonder why their existence is not so essential to your well-being. It’s because they don’t make you work hard for the attention they give you. They accept the love they think they deserve
– and you accepted the love you think you’re entitled to.
Don’t take them for granted.
Fear the day when a good heart gives up on you.
Our skies don’t become grey out of nowhere, our sunshine does not allow the darkness to take over for no reason.”
“A heart does turn cold unless it’s been treated with coldness for a while”
“You don’t need to explain why you’re protecting your soul from harm. You really don’t.”
“Don’t see the worst in a person and expect them to see the best in you.”
Just as you can’t deny that you can feel love and hate, happiness and sadness, anger and ease of mind, or tiredness and relaxation, you can’t deny that you have a fate that, sometimes, you can’t control. That doesn’t mean that it takes control over you. You can’t deny that you have words that need to be spoken. You can’t deny that you have a choice. You can’t deny the ability that you can say no. You can’t deny the ability that you have the freedom to make a decision and defend it. You can’t deny injustice when you see it, unfairness when you feel it, oppression when you witness it. Stop blaming the world around you for wronging you. Take responsibility for the nos you could have said but chose not to, the words you could have said but didn’t, instead of wrapping your mouth with your own hands and remaining silent against what needed to be addressed. Take responsibility for the choices you could have made but restrained yourself from making.”
“Reflecting is essential, but regret should not ground you in the past. It should make you grateful that you have a conscious mind that realized right from wrong. It should give you strength to wisely use your present to make your future better.”
“I broke my soul trying to mend yours.”
“You were my home
for so long.
Now I realize that humans
If homes can leave,
then they are not
“If you gave them
the love that they did not
they will come back for more.”
“Being a leader is about leading your own mind’s logic and leading your heart’s reason. Be cognizant of the decisions that your mind and heart make, and your life will be much more meaningful and rewarding.”
“I fell in love with you
the day you showed me your soul.
And I spent days,
and a year and
part of a year
realizing that you covered
your soul again
because you could not handle
that I was touching you
“How can a mother sacrifice years of her life, put her career aside, make her dreams wait, without waiting for a paycheck at the end of the month? Would a paycheck bring her the same kind of happiness anyway? Not. Even. Close. We don’t make ourselves compassionate; we are born compassionate.”
I know you too must have fallen in love with this wonderful woman healing broken hearts. Wishing Najwa all the best for all her future endeavors. May she keep writing her motivational poems for all of us to make us believe in a better future.