I just started reading, one of my Christmas gifts, “The Book of Joy” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. I am extremely thankful that I can read, have the privilege to write here, that I can experience many more fulfilling, uplifting moments of life and that I can continue to live and to hope. I would like to share the following from this book: “The ultimate source of happiness is within” Dalai Lama. “We grow in kindness when our kindness is tested” Desmond Tutu.
First detected in Wuhan, China
You affect the entire world
With your rapid virulent spread
WHO says that you will
Create havoc in society
And suggest new protocols like social distancing
And continue to plead that you can be avoided
Through applying old hygiene practices
Like washing your hands
There is no cure for you
But there may be a vaccine
To wipe you out
In the meantime you’re destructive
And you destroy by taking
You take man’s life, his health
Even his mental state
You affect economies
And further take man’s livelihood
You take, you take and you take…
New Year’s resolution? According to Wikipedia a New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behaviour, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life.
I don’t have or don’t specifically do New Year’s resolutions. I do however have plans that I put into place at any time of the year as often as required. I also find myself working at or striving to be better in everything I do. For me it is always good to do introspection and it’s always a time to reflect on the good and the bad. I know I come short and that I can always show more kindness and compassion towards others. I continuously try to aspire to do so and even show more kindness and compassion towards myself in order to continue to be able to give to others. Always try to celebrate successes and just live life in general.
My wish for all is that you may accomplish the goals you set for yourself and that you may keep striving to live life to the fullest. Further, I would like to wish everyone a prosperous New Year! May we all find ourselves in a world that overflows with good health, kindness, love and blessings.
A time to rejoice
A time to love
A time for peace
A time to be happy
Merry Christmas, wishing you all peace, joy, happiness and blessings!
As we approached the end of the year, it’s really a good time to reflect. I decided to reflect by looking at my 22 blogs posted previously.
Some of us bloom more than others
Or you perceive things that way
Some now and then
And some not
Take care your time will come
And don’t compare
Maybe it’s today,
Maybe it’s tomorrow
Your time will come,
Wait and take care
As it’s not your season to bloom
For now is the time to care
For now is the time to prepare
For now is the time to sow seeds of hope
For now is the time to water thoughts with positivity
For now is the time to feed your soul with that,
‘Tis the season to be jolly …Wishing you all a beautiful holiday season, happy holidays everyone!
When describing myself the thought of ‘persistence’ comes to mind. Sometimes I’m patient, I can continue with tasks at hand and I love how words like tenacious, persevering, continuing, constant, patient, diligent are all similar to the word persistence. So, I want to aspire to be more persistent, but always to be persistent in a positive way.
I have been writing blogs, persistently over five months and hope that through my persistence in writing that I have brought some inspiration, even if it is only to some. I am aware that writing these blogs persistently could be annoying to some people (hopefully not) but I comfort myself that there is a choice and one can choose not to read my blogs. To be persistent in finding fault, to nag and just being negative all the time is definitely not what I want to aspire to. I do want to be positively persistent in aspiring to inspire.
Imagine a world where everyone is persistent in showing gratitude every day. This made me realise that I can start with myself if I want to see ‘persistence in gratitude’ in this world. I can start by being persistent in showing gratitude every day. I hope by being persistent in showing gratitude that I’ll be able to connect with my inner wisdom that can but only help me to live a more fulfilling life.
I understand that life happens, but being able to stick to practicing gratitude especially during these challenging times is positive persistence personified. Blessed are those who persistently find gratitude in everyday life!
I am thankful that I’m still able to persistently write these blogs and I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all for reading my posts and for your considered comments.
Isn’t it lovely when you feel uplifted, great and full of energy? It is not always like this though. We find ourselves doing all sorts of activities and gestures to get to this great feeling of love and happiness. Maybe we can try and create this feeling of upliftment for others and in return we feel their happiness. We can also, in our interaction with others, interact with love. Love is explained as complex. A mix of emotions, behaviours and beliefs associated with strong feelings of affection, protectiveness, warmth, and respect for another person. Certain aspects of life are quite challenging, but what if we could get through it by always considering “what would love do?”
A question to ponder. ‘What do you choose?’ A simple statement and yet it could be difficult to answer. The quote by Paulo Coehlo rings loud and clear in my ears as everything seems to happen all at once during this time: “Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.” We had so much time to think and introspect during the lockdown we had to endure. Then as the lockdown regulations eased it seemed that everything was happening all at once. The recent resurgence of the virus has once again reignited fear as some countries are effectively in lockdown again.
After much introspection I have realised that during this time I allowed the pandemic to take control of my life. The entire world has been in the grips of this pandemic causing panic to set in as we as humans were trying to make sense of something way out of our control. For most of us this pandemic was unimaginable. I find myself saying numerous times “not even in my wildest dreams could I imagine such a dreadful thing.”