• Özlem Özkan


I explained everything.

I checked one more time if everyone understood what they had to do.

I wished them good luck.

And off they went.

They started their exam.

I looked for a moment on my computer.

Then I saw her hands just in front of her chest, palms facing the ceiling.

Her head was slightly bowed towards her hands.

Her lips were moving and she was whispering some words that I didn’t understand.

She noticed my eyes gazing at her.

For a split second, we looked in each other's eyes.

She brought her attention back.

She closed her eyes and continued.

Eventually, she put her hands over her face and started the exam.

This prayer was something between her and something ungraspable.

Something no one could go in between.

And who was I to go in between?

Maybe no one believed in it either.

Yet, she did!

She went on, did her exam, and left the room!

  • Özlem Özkan


I recently finished Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

Viktor was a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. While he describes the days in those camps, he powerfully tells us about identifying a purpose in life. No matter what you experience in life, even a Nazi concentration camp, your purpose can make you “live”.

And the beauty of it is, you choose your own purpose in life.

Choose one, that makes you “live”, no matter what circumstances you go through!

  • Özlem Özkan


When did we say the last time to ourselves, “I love you”.

Okay, I mean not only say but really mean it.

Did we really embrace ourselves?

For only one moment, forget what we are not.

Not good enough.

Not smart enough.

Not beautiful enough.

Not wealthy enough.

Time is now.

I love you, all you are!