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Coincidence or Fate?

I’m going to relate a few happenings and you as the reader can decide whether it is a coincidence or fate.

A young man 20 years of age or perhaps younger met an older man at a party and they started hanging out and sharing a drink or two together. In the conversation the younger man asked the older man if he had daughters. The older man then told him, “In fact, I have two daughters.” The younger man’s response was, “I hope you don’t mind if I marry one of them.” The young man received a chuckle from the older man and agreed to this thought spoken out loud and presented in jest. A few years later the older man and his family moved into the same area where the younger man lived with the drunken conversation long forgotten, especially by the older man.

The daughters of the older man were travelling on a bus together when one of his daughters noticed a young man on the bus that she admired. She then pointed out to her sister that in their circle of acquaintances in their new neighbourhood she’ll take him, and that her sister can have the other good looking one that they have just met in their new neighbourhood.

One of the sisters got married many years later to the man she pointed out on that bus that day. Her sister married the young man that was pointed out to her in conversation on the bus that day. It is also happens to be the young man that was with the elderly man at the party that day relating in jest how he will marry one of his daughters one day.

Was this meant to be? Today, the one sister is married for 18 years and the other for 25 years.

Do you think that the above happenings are coincidence or fate? Both coincidence and fate are two things that cannot be controlled by humans. The key difference between coincidence and fate is that coincidence is accidental and unplanned whereas fate is considered to be predetermined or planned (by a divine power).

On this day 25 years ago, we saw rain in the clouds, the sun in the sky and the rainbow of hope bringing blessings, happiness and love. Happy 25th anniversary my love.

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Grateful For the Shade

Grateful thoughts can be likened to the shade on a blistering hot day

The thought ‘grateful for the shade’ comes to mind as we’ve been experiencing such harsh and burning times! When I find myself wanting to groan and moan, I remind myself to be happy for the shade, the so much needed shade. I hark back to that feeling of finding the relief and embracing the shade after exposure to the scorching sun. I often find it easier to complain, especially on days when we have a copious number of things to do. I try to imagine the day when we cannot do and ponder if I would still complain. I want to be grateful for the shade and embrace a world filled with appreciation, contentment, and thankfulness.

When you hot and bothered,  

 life burning and scorching with problems

I hope you can find relief and embrace the shade

When you feel troubled and facing difficulty,

You also overwhelmed and facing sweltering issues

I hope you can find comfort and relief in the shade of a tree

“Gratefulness will enhance your life as you learn to appreciate the love, beauty and wonder in your world” 

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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