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Attaining Balance In Our Lives

Salwa Patricia Khalil AISB Communications & Alumni Coordinator / Editor
Patricia Khalil
Patricia Khalil

“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.” – Leo Buscaglia 

The focus of this issue of the WORLD Magazine is balance, and the idea that by regularly engaging in activities that help us attain balance in our own lives, we are not only supporting ourselves, but those around us through the ripples of our actions.

Those activities could include service to others, education, or sports, which tied together, reflect an overwhelming pursuit of personal passions that help us to better ourselves and positively impact the lives of others. 

Our cover interview tells the story of Andrei Roşu, a father who, at 33, decided to be the best role model he could be for his children. He thus embarked on a continuous journey to build a better version of himself and now holds a World Record for being the rest person to have
run 7 marathons and 7 ultras on 7 continents; a truly inspiring story that he shared with us via telephone whilst on a casual 15 kilometer training run on a hot summer’s day in Bucharest.

Fatima Waheed ’09 shares her passion for education through her teaching philosophy: the role of an educator is not simply to show up for work, rather, teaching is a method through which you help others realize their own potential. In the same way, Ioana Balu ’07, of Flavours Food Design, tells us about how her hunger for quality has developed into the leading catering and events solutions enterprise in Romania. The Flavours touch has inspired thousands, including those at Stradale Carnivale on the AISB campus.

Over a decade ago, hundreds of communities were destroyed by a natural disaster that took over 230,000 lives. By far the most moving piece in this issue, our feature shares 

the story of a group of AISB students and teachers who set o to rebuild a few of the communities devastated by the ensuing tsunami. On behalf of the AISB Alumni Association, I thank those who embarked on this sel ess and noble project to support a community in need; you teach us that no matter how old you are or where you are from, you can truly positively impact and change the destinies of others halfway across the world.

On behalf of the editorial team, I’d like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who let us peek into their worlds, giving us the opportunity to experience balance through their lenses; thank you to our contributors and interviewees who dedicated a little bit of their own time to enriching the lives of those who will pick up this issue.

And to our readers – I do hope you will let yourselves be inspired by the stories in this issue of the WORLD Magazine. 

Read the entire WORLD Magazine Fall 2016 edition here.


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