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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 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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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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Reasons to be Hopeful

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.

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What Would Love Do?

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?”