I Couldn’t Find a Suitable Title for This Story

Last month was my Daddy’s 63rd birthday. I thought of pleasing him with a surprise visit. I ordered a homemade “caramel & chocolate” cheesecake. My friend — the baker — advised I should get it the same day. An appointment has been made at 8 am.

On my way, I saw something lying on the street. When I was close enough, I was horrified by discovering it was a dog. I stopped my car and ran to check in on him/her — it turned out to be a “her”. She was almost motionless. Her eyes were open and her tongue outside her mouth to the left. I became hysterical crying and screaming while asking for help. I was in front of an English academy. The security guards came in my direction. They told me that the monster who crashed her didn’t even try to stop his car. I felt so angry and disgusted, but I cared more about saving her life at the moment. The guys were sharing some suspicious looks. One of them decided to speak up, eventually:

You never witnessed an animal dying before, did you? I’m afraid it’s too late for her… Her soul is transitioning.

I couldn’t accept it and kept asking him to help put her in the car. I saw a change in his facial expression. There was a girl behind me. She gently made me stand up while informing me she was gone… It was far more than what I could handle! I probably spent 15 min shaking, crying all the tears of my body, and cursing in the arms of the lovely girl who didn’t stop reassuring me that everything was going to be alright.

She was my muse sent by the Universe when I needed it the most!

When I calmed down, ultimately, one of the school employees who joined us after a while told me, “you didn’t mean to kill her; you have nothing to be afraid of; God will be merciful, my daughter.” Before I could reply, everybody told him it wasn’t me. His facial expression was saying, “I don’t get it! Then, why did you have such an overwrought reaction?”.

How would I explain my feelings to a person whose only concerns are their first circle, no matter what it is?

Honestly, I sympathize. It has never been easy for people following my re-birth to understand my “exaggerated” feelings — everything being filtered through our lenses. I don’t try to make them get it. It would be a lost cause, anyway. How would I explain my feelings to a person whose only concerns are their first circle, no matter what it is? How would I describe the unconditional love that I unleashed with re-writing my program for myself, pure strangers, and the whole universe? Most importantly, even if I could find a way, the question is, “would it be worth it?”. It seems to me that, when we are not interacting with like-minded and light-hearted folks, deep and real discussions would be draining instead of being nurturing.

To come back to the story, I couldn’t help but add a brief comment, “my reaction is fueled by how wrong and cruel what happened was. I believe that having a conscience should be our compass instead of the fear of punishment.”

Before leaving, I made sure she would be taken care of and granted the right to be buried decently. I am still not sure how I could drive. Luckily, I had some time before reaching my parents’ place.

By the end of the day, when going back home, I collapsed. It felt like after three sleepless nights. I dreamed of her. I struggled with writing about the incident the whole week.

Today, I decided I needed to heal by getting it off my chest. After all, I owe it to myself. I spent a few hours writing those limited lines, reliving the memory and all the overwhelming feelings. I will have lunch and dinner combined. I feel exhausted and will probably go for a long shower.

Most importantly, I feel honored, as always, by sharing my heart and deepest thoughts with all of you, dear readers, who decided to stop by and give this piece some of your precious time!


Myriam Ben Salem
Myriam Ben Salem
I am deeply passionate about everything life has to offer. Writing has been my very favorite means to educate my audience, captivate their attention, talk to their emotions, and make them relate and take action. I have been honored by working as a columnist for BIZCATALYST 360°, an Award-Winning life, culture, and biz new media digest, serving as the global hub for enhanced performance and well-being, during 2020. Also, I am a contributing author in Mayhem to Miracles: True Stories of Courage, Triumph, and Peace. I am so in love with writing that I have a peaceful smile drawn on my face whenever I start visualizing the books I will be writing for whoever will be tempted to discover an inclusive philosophy breaking with all the stigmas! I was born in Tunisia, a small country in North Africa. I did pretty much everything earlier than the average: walking, talking, singing, dancing. Promoted throughout my entire education, I was also the leader of every end-of-year party. At some point, after working several years for multinational companies as an engineer, team leader, project coordinator, and product owner while always being a top performer, I figured out I was feeling miserable despite the 'perfect external image'. That marked the starting point of an existential crisis followed by an episode that triggered my re-birth and the beginning of the most rewarding adventure of my whole existence: re-writing my subconscious program and reconnecting with my true self. I was saved at the last moment through an out-of-body experience making me see all the lies, realize this gigantic Universe was not revolving around me. Most importantly, I was able to visualize I was here to leave a legacy like all of you, no matter how big or small! The butterfly took time to emerge though. Today, I identify myself as a Universal Citizen. Like-minded and light-hearted people are what I call home. I am deeply passionate about everything life has to offer, and was granted the edutainer qualifier: a combination between education and entertainment! I educate on the importance of healing unsuspected traumas, seeing our limiting beliefs and biases with honest lenses, finding one's purpose and a principled mission that goes beyond the self, and unleashing the hidden potential so that to leave our legacy for the generations unborn. I have been using a panoply of means that could vary from explicit ones such as mentorship, speaking, and writing, a skill that emerged naturally during my self-actualization process to implicit mediums like storytelling, how I daily show up in the world and model servant leadership! Writing is my very favorite and most preferred tool deployed for my mission. The topics I explore are in the nexus of stoic philosophy, psychology, neuroplasticity, epigenetics, and pretty much any topic involving human behavior. Common denominator? The quality of the subconscious program. You may have a look at some of my works published on my website; Set Yourself Free.

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    • Indeed, my dear friend Larry; it was very spiritual… Despite the huge pain, I am glad I was with her when she transitioned. That was my purpose in the moment. She was not alone because of me… Thank you so much for stopping by and for your beautiful feelings! It means so much to me… Sending my deepest gratitude in your direction!

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