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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 to.

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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

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Nothing Comes from Nothing

“Ex nihilo nihil fit” or “Nothing Comes from Nothing” is a famous quote by the Presocratic philosopher Parmenides. Even though in life things happen out of doing something, does one dare to dream to do nothing?

I also thought of the lyrics Maria (Julie Andrews) sings in the Sound of Music “Nothing comes from nothing. Nothing ever could. So somewhere in my youth or childhood. I must have done something good.”

I yearn for the day to do absolutely nothing

I suddenly find that minute of nothing

And don’t like the feeling at all

The feeling of nothing is not great at all

Especially not when you waiting in anticipation

Waiting for news for so many things

You tell yourself it’s fine

To appreciate life, life in itself

 Even in the moments of nothing

In the moments of nothing, you still breath

In the moments of nothing, you are alive

You are alive with possibilities!

Cheerio Gardens

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If I knew what tomorrow holds

I started blogging during the pandemic and felt the relief of being able to do so, especially in a time when my thoughts where racing in so many directions. It helped me to keep up with the acceleration of my thoughts. Writing here is very therapeutic and somehow brought calmness to my world. It’s also a platform that allows me to share and wonder about many things, like what will tomorrow hold. Everything seemed like we’re stuck in the now, yet more than a year later we are still living in the pandemic world.

If I knew what tomorrow holds

Will I hold onto the past, to yesterday?

If I knew what tomorrow holds

Will it best to forget about yesterday?

If I knew what tomorrow holds

Will I worry as much as I do now?

If I knew what tomorrow holds

Will I live in the moment, live for right now?

If  I knew what tomorrow holds

Will I care like I care today?

If I knew what tomorrow holds

Will I love like I love today?

If  I knew what tomorrow holds

Will tomorrow be what I wished for?

If I knew what tomorrow holds

What will my tomorrow be?

“Tomorrow, today will be yesterday, and tomorrow will be today. By the nature of time when tomorrow will shift to become today, we demystify the notion that we are powerless in the face of the future, as the future will become the present moment naturally. On the basis that tomorrow will also eventually become yesterday, we can fundamentally note that time converges through yesterday, today, and tomorrow to where the essence of our very existence converges in the present moment.”― Forrest Curran

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Just Give a Little Love

Give a little  love

So that you can feel the joy

The joy of living!

Give a little  love

So that you can practice thankfulness

And appreciation for life!

Give a little  love

So that you can encounter kindness

A life of love and kindness is never wasted!

Give a little  love

So that you can feel blessed

To live a life with blessings in abundance!

Whilst writing this poem I thought of the lyrics “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and I was also humming along  to this catchy song. Lyrics by Hal David, sung by Jackie DeShannon and by Dionne Warwick

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No not just for some, but for everyone”

May you all find yourself surrounded by love and experience the joy of giving in return.

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Somewhere In The World

Somewhere in the world there’s a person just like you. Perhaps you think about appearances, I’m however thinking of life experiences that have moulded them to you. Perhaps it’s not just one but many that can say, “that’s me, I have experienced that!” What you are going through right now, someone else experienced it before or perhaps are facing these experiences simultaneously to you.

Somewhere in the world there’s a person just like you, overcoming obstacles and fighting battles too. Facing life’s up and downs and wishing for the ‘ups’ when faced with mostly ‘downs.’  I wish that when we face the downs we find that we surrounded by hope that allows us to hang on and survive.

Somewhere in the world there’s a person just like you. I want you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE and there is help and support.

I want to leave you with a few lines from a BTS song “Not Today”

“If you can’t fly, then run.
Today we will survive.
If you can’t run, then walk.
Today we will survive.
If you can’t walk, then crawl.”