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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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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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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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Life is a Journey

Life is a journey, isn’t it? Some of us have chosen the road less travelled, others are approaching life like they plunging into oncoming traffic! We desire to live opulently, some may already live this way. For many it’s a longing that seems out of reach and it might feel as if there’s an influx of travellers blocking their way. Along life’s path there’s also interruptions as obstacles are placed along the way, some expected and so many unexpected.

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What Next?

BTS Quote J-Hope 

“Even when this rain stops, when clouds go away, I stand here, just the same.”

A year ago it would have been unimaginable, our world we found ourselves in. We were forced to face a number of challenges. So if you are reflecting on the year that was or contemplating the year to come, how do you approach the “what next?” For me, the “what next” is to live life and hopefully follow the “mantra” of my blogs “Finding Inspiration in the Gifts of Life” I know that it is a crucial year to rebuild and that I have to continue finding the inspiration to do just that. I find myself uplifted in the good that others do and it’s so much easier to also follow and contribute to the positivity of life in general.