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Smile and the Whole World Smile With You

I’m exhausted because of the busyness I have been experiencing these past few days and perhaps even weeks, months and over the past year. I am however so thankful for it all and this just brings a huge smile to my face. I’m a day late writing here, but it feels so great being able to express myself and I’m sure many a one can relate. 

I smile as I hear the gentle sound of the rain,

Bringing calm to my inner self and mental state

I smile when I smell the earthy scent,

Produced by the rain as it touches the dry soil,

I smile because of the gentle reminders,

Reminding us that the soil is earth’s fragile skin

I smile because rain brings along hope,

The hope for new life, new growth,

I smile as we embark upon spring

I smile as the earth seems to come to life again

I hear the happy sound of children,

Experiencing freedom after indoors for a very long time

I smile, knowing happiness is contagious, and the only

Outbreak will be more laughter and happy screams.

I smile as I welcome the contentment of family and friends 

The ripple effect is happiness, peace, and more smiles

I smile as I’m inspired to reach out in love

Love that will bring hope and smiles to the world.

And of course, I’m humming along to When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) – Louis Armstrong

What are you smiling about 🙂

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Life can be Cold, Bleak and Beautiful

Our well-being is important and yes, it should be! We do things daily to take care of ourselves. Some of us take care of our natural body by eating well and perhaps exercising too. We do various things for our health, our body, our mind, and our personal well-being. Thinking of well-being, our brain affects our thinking, our mood and how we feel. How are we doing in this time, are we anxious or perhaps feeling bleak and depressed?

Ever heard about the vagus nerve? The brain and the brain stem is where the vagus nerve begins its route. Within the brain, this nerve controls anxiety and depression. Studies show that it could be responsible for providing the gut instinct that could be fear or stimulating anxiety that makes you feel sick to your stomach in certain situations. This causes some form of communication with the brain that is carried back and alerts one to dangers that may be occurring.

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My Heart Overflows

My heart overflows with joy

Longing for this feeling to be unending

Satisfied, contented, and so pleased

Fearing that fatigue could ambush

I’m preparing to swap it with zeal

Forcing my heart to beat faster and stronger

I hold on to happiness and wish for no pain

Knowing that sorrow is a reality

I pray for comfort to overshadow

Cheering for calmness, peace, and harmony

I hope that love will drown out anger and hostility

Imagine this world filled with no hate, but kindness

Can you imagine?

Let our hearts be filled with love, leaving no place for hatred.  HensBlooms

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Cheers to Celebrating Life!

I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mom, an aunt, and yes, I am a woman.

I celebrate my birthday soon and looking forward to celebrating life.

Born on August the 9th, a Leo according to zodiac signs, describing the following:

Strengths: Creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorous

Weaknesses: Arrogant, stubborn, self-centred, lazy, inflexible

Leo likes: Theatre, taking holidays, being admired, expensive things, bright colours, fun with friends

Leo dislikes: Being ignored, facing difficult reality, not being treated like a king or queen

Some of the descriptions might be true and some I’ll say not. I honestly think that we as an individual have control over who we want to be and who we become.  Yes, circumstances mould us too, but we still have control over who we choose to be.

“When you strike a woman, you strike a rock.”
(Zulu saying used during the protests of 1956

Here in South Africa, we also celebrate women’s month in August, so double celebration for me. I know I love celebrating life, but I feel that it’s only worth doing so if we also celebrate one another.

I’ll start celebrating all the amazing women in my life. Mom, aunts, sister, daughters, nieces, family, and friends (including my online friends). I love you all and I hope to always bring joy and upliftment as well as sharing in your joy.

If you don’t feel included in the above, don’t worry I still celebrate you! Cheers to celebrating life!

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Live and Be Content

“When you are an optimist, life has a funny way of looking after you.” – Simon Sinek

It’s winter over here and it’s blistering cold

Although the weather reports the cold

You still feel unprepared bracing the cold

On such days you wish for the comfort of warmth

Life can be unpleasant, like the cold

We are faced daily with trials and tribulations

Many a day it seems almost impossible to survive

As you listen to reports filled with doom and gloom 

Like in unpleasant colder days, we look forward to warmer days 

So we have to hope for better and brighter days 

Look forward to the happier ones

This can help us to live life to the best of our content

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Hope in the Face of Humanity

I see the face of our dear beloved Madiba, the father of our nation, Nelson Mandela. As South Africans we celebrate the former late President Nelson Mandela’s birthday in July. 18 July has been declared Nelson Mandela International Day. This affords me the opportunity to heed the call to encourage us all to make a difference. As South Africans a call goes out to give 67 minutes of your time to any act of kindness on this day. 

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Onward and Upward

As we hit the “third wave” in our country, the word “wave” comes short in describing the devastation of this pandemic. The word “tsunami” sounds more accurate in what’s really happening right now! I cannot help but worry about the uncertainty brought on by this pandemic. I know that I will have to keep pushing onward and upward to survive this “tsunami.”

I know by pushing onward it will certainly help in alleviating these unpleasant experiences. I’m using this platform to share a bit of positivity that I have experienced this past week. Please let me know in the comment field about your positive experiences too.

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Autumn, Fall into Winter

Farewell  autumn, I say farewell as you remind me you not here to stay

I must say I enjoyed autumn a time for fall, falling of leaves

A time also to really listen, listening to the wind shaking down the leaves 

As they hold on, holding on and hanging on that tree

I will surely miss your beautiful browns, yellow and reds

Reminding me of hope, renewal and growth

The trees blown down bare, almost naked

As we get thrown into winter, winter that’s often unexpected 

My breath taken away as I gasp in the blistering winter air

So cold but thankfully we can generate some heat

Producing the warmth formed by fire or perhaps a hot stove

A cooking stove with steaming soups and stews

Creating that homely atmosphere

As we cuddle under blankets

Enjoying the love, the love from a very warm heart

Winter, a time to embrace the cold through the promise of warmer days to come

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The Power of Love

This past year had many unexpected  challenges and it certainly had me searching for solutions to my personal situation. I find myself like many others social distancing, wearing masks, sanitising and taking good care of my health to avoid positive test result.  I do however want to be positive in mind,  knowing that it will contribute to good mental health. It is said that love affects our health in so many ways. It contributes to happiness and the euphoric feelings and power of love can improve physical, emotional, and mental health.

I imagine this world a better place, everyone wishing everyone well! I believe like everything else, it starts with me. I have to do and action my thoughts, otherwise it will all be in vain. I start by sending good thoughts and good wishes to everyone today! In doing so I believe this will be returned my way. Besides my personal gain, it can but only create a great, positive ripple effect for everyone. 

What the mind knows the heart don’t always follow but what the heart knows, the mind will do.

With these thoughts I envision…

I envision the Power of Love

That will allow our hearts to overflow with all that’s good

The good that exchange hate for the Power of Love

If we allow love to be the driving force

The driving force that will allow our mind to action 

To action kindness, care and consideration towards others 

I envision there’s really no reason to wait

Choose love and fill our minds with power, the Power of Love

The Power of Love have no boundaries

Give unconditionally and receive boundlessly

Envision and commit the Power of Love into action!

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Who’s Cheese is It Anyway?

There is constant talk of economic recovery and the economy bouncing back. I read reports stating that the nominal repo rate for our country is at its lowest in 48 years. Consumers are being sold the concept that we are being helped in these very challenging times. I, however think that we as consumers are always paying the price. Here, I must admit that it is very difficult to remain positive in the many frustrating times we face. “Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.” – Bo Bennett