Living Life


In memory of Desmond Tutu – “It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul.” – Desmond Tutu

Looking back, I realise that my CV showed no record of what I did for the past year and a half during the pandemic as we lived under very strict lockdown rules. This was certainly not because of no activities on my side, even though there was no income. I’m currently working on contract, and I’m reminded that I should update my CV with all the activities during the pandemic. Most of my time was taken up with cleaning and disinfecting of almost everything. I also volunteered as a Counsellor at a non-profit organisation, and further kept busy posting on Instagram and posting blogs.

I had lost an income but gained so much through these unpaid activities. The cleaning and disinfecting part was no fun but did help in keeping my sanity. I lost my business and income and learned humility. Eating humble pie and realising at the same time how fortunate I am, helped me to see the world from different perspectives. I learned from others, how they dealt with life and many uplifting stories was shared generously. My work as a Volunteer Counsellor brought about tremendous fulfilment in helping others.

Feelings of desolation when the entire world hurts

Grieving for what once was and are no more

Feelings of optimism especially in difficult times

Knowing that you’ve lost much yet gained more

Feelings of happiness as life continues

Caring and reaching out to others, brings

Feelings of happiness and love that’s unassumed

By HensBlooms

I believe in God, love and life! Married to my friend, mentor and rock. We have been blessed with two beautiful girls. My personal journey provides opportunities for me to empower individuals to lead better lives. I have had a real desire to work with people for a long time and have always been fascinated with human behaviour and understanding how the mind works.
I love the following quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. “Remember that children, marriages and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get”

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That’s true Henrietta … I have lost a bit of touch of what happend the past two years (not just with myself, but also with others). How wonderful, that the ‘fulfilment of helping others’ is something that can be added to your “CV of life”.

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Thank you for sharing!!.. you haven’t lost the past, it has just become a memory so you can move on and create more memories and one day, just like today, you will recall those memories when you wish to… “Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come”. (Author Unknown)… 🙂

Until we meet again….
May your troubles be less
Your blessings be more
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door
(Irish Saying)

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Hi, Hen, the pandemic has changed my perspective of life, as well. We had no income for a couple months and had to relocate our business twice, in addition to some other “big” changes. But internally, I am much more cognizant of my blessings and the selflessness of beautiful souls like you who are committed to helping others. Blessings to you for continued outreach & optimism! 🌞

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Henrietta, I am so sorry for the two years’ income that you have lost. It seems that everyone has suffered losses of some kind during the pandemic. Many of us have also had some gains. Blogging has helped me to deal with the isolation imposed by covid and given me helpful feedback on my writing. I think that your volunteer services must have been a godsend to many people. You can take great satisfaction that you have helped others when they most needed help. Kudos to you! 🙂

When you update your CV, I hope you will give ample space to your very admirable volunteer work. Wishing you all the best in your vocation as the pandemic comes to an end and normalcy returns. ❤ ❤ ❤

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