Image

CatchLight- postcard

Postcard worthy beauty surrounds us, so when we finally take our noses out of our smartphones (any other devices), we’ll realize that it has been there all along. One of my biggest take-away from nature is not to worry about whether other people validate me or approve of me, and realize that I’m (good/pretty/smart/add adjective) enough all along.

Peace & Love

xo

Advertisements

Of Birthdays and Lessons Learnt…

Fresh off the celebration of turning another year older (yes, Yesterday was my birthday !!! Yay !! πŸ™‚ ), I can’t help but take stock of my life. If I’m honest with myself, I am not exactly where I want to be (Are any of us ? Ever…..). But I’m not completely off the mark either (thankfully)..

Professionally, I’m doing exactly what I had always hoped for.. Being good at what I do, its a pretty great gig with a world renowned organization, its pretty perfect !

Personally… oh well, the lesser I talk about this, the better I feel… Lets just say, its not exactly what I had hoped for. And I am not ready to confront it yet… So for now, its status quo.

There are certain lessons I have learnt and re-learnt along the way, during my stint here.. And obviously, I would love to make a list of those now in no particular order.. πŸ™‚

Lesson #1- Quality over Quantity

This pretty much applies to EVERYTHING… Friends, Food, Music, Relationships,Fitness, experiences in life, just about everything in life.

Β Lesson #2- Family Over Everything else

Enough said… πŸ™‚

Lesson #3- I wasn’t put on this Glorious earth to please anyone..

This has got to be the most Liberating lessons ever !! The day I realized that I am here for my own unique purpose, to live my own unique life, and not for the purpose of pleasing anybody, I was able to accept my life as MY own… My choices, my consequence… MY LIFE..

Lesson #4- My ability to love

So this is possibly the most universal lesson yet its also most unique, my ability to love another person who is the family my heart has chosen, the depths in which I love him, never ceases to astound me. (yes, I am talking about my Gombe)

Lesson #5- My BIGGEST strength is my Love for myself

The day I completely fell in love with myself was the day I felt like I can’t imagine my life any other way… Of course, I still get a little insecure from time to time, I try and change myself so that I can keep getting better and better… But that unconditional love and acceptance I feel for myself has changed my life !!

Lesson #6- Life is too Short…

No, this isn’t just one of my favorite things to say, its the fact of life… Before we know it, time races past us… And the only thing we can do, instead of feeling terrified is to just Live… Breathe in and out, take in all our experiences, find beauty in each moment, for no two are alike (WOW, that isn’t only true for snow flakes)…

Lesson #7- Money doesn’t always buy Happiness ?Β 

Well, I have my own version of this.. Yes, Money is very important, it buys us a good life, luxuries,comfort, and yes that does make me happy as well… But it doesn’t buy Love, Loyalty, Manners Character or Class. (And many more things, I’m sure, but I cant really think of more at the moment). And the lack of these doesn’t make me happy either…

Lesson #8- You can’t change people….

So here’s a dirty little secret, You can’t change ANYONE. Not your parents, not your significant other, not even your kids (even though you brought them into the world)… You can only love them.. or not :P. You can only choose to accept them as they are or not… Either way, it is exactly as they are… If you try to change someone, Its already a Ticking count down of the disaster that is sure to happen.

Hmmm so I guess those are a few lessons that I count important enough to be shared… I hope there are lessons in there are you can relate to, or learn (painlessly) from… And if it affects you, in a positive way, I’m glad…

Until Next time…

I’m just grateful I’m still here.. ❀

xo

If the world was gone tomorrow…

Life’s value lies in its uncertainty. The past week has been a mixed bag for me, it started off by being about the celebration of my mum’s milestone birthday, and that obviously meant a lot of shopping, eating and celebrations at home.and as the week progressed, as the week passed by, I started a detox therapy, which is more spiritual and emotional than physical, contrary to what I expected it to be… The week ended rather sadly with the passing of the mother of one of my friends… Very sudden. Very unexpected… And after the moment of shock had passed, I couldn’t help but say a silent prayer to keep my loved ones safe and out of harm’s way…

This poem I read last night seems quite apt for my present state of mind…

While we break down, the world is turning

And while we run, it turns as well

If we’re at peace or if we’re burning

There is no way the world can tell

 

And if the world was gone tomorrow

Then I would spend tonight with you

It’s one last night that I would borrow

Which otherwise I’d never do

 

I know I stunned you with my actions

I know I broke you with my words

Since I’m not sharing your affections

I cannot know how much it hurts

 

Wish I could love you every minute

I do agree my heart is dumb

I wish you were completely in it

I wish I didn’t feel this numb

 

Now you’re alone with all your sorrow

And there’s nothing I can do

But if Β the world was gone tomorrow

Then I would spend tonight with you.

 

-G Smith

The beauty of life is that we only have NOW, tomorrows are never promised, and when we get them, the least we should do, is be grateful. So all we can do is grab life by the balls and live the hell out of it… πŸ™‚

Have a safe and joyous weekend..

xo