It’s been a few months since I’ve done any blogging, in those months I reflected on whether or not I should keep my blog going. I’m now working from home, having both daughters at home during that time after all Universities here went from Face2Face to online studies didn’t help much because when I wasn’t working a huge chunk of my time was spent, proofing, editing and assisting them in research, which left very little time to do anything else. The WordPress upgrade didn’t help much either because it meant having to work my way through learning the new set up. The initial purpose of this blog was to help motivate me to write more, however, in the past few years, I haven’t written much, except for my books, which I’m still plodding through, and a few bits of poetry, here and there. But over the years my blog grew into something beyond being a motivational tool into a space where others also found motivation, inspiration and reflection as more and more people started following my blog, many of whom have reached out to me at some point to say how much they enjoy my blog. I appreciate you!!
Clearing out my inbox and going through a few of those emails made me realize that this blog was not just about me. It’s also about the people who take time out of their day to read what I have to say and hopefully what you read resonates you in someway. So many times we go through life without a second thought about anything or anyone who are not in front of us, we ignore the unseen and at times forget that the world exists outside of the bubble we’ve created for ourselves. During the busyness of the past few weeks, I was reminded that the people who cross our paths, whether virtually or real life are by their own rights, extraordinary. Those extraordinary people can do and say extraordinary things that can have a drastic effect not only on their own lives but also the lives of those they’ve touched. To anyone reading this right now, you are extraordinary and I appreciate you! I may drop off the radar now and then but I am still here, reading your blogs and your comments.
There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible. ~ Maya Angelou
Racism is learned behaviour no one is born a racist and for whatever reason, some people cling to it like they do religion, maybe it makes them feel safe. Maybe it makes them feel superior in some way. I’ve had people say to me, “Oh I’m not racist” yet they clutch their purse just a bit closer whenever a person of colour gets on the same elevator as them or they move a few rows down when a Muslim gets on the same bus. WE all have our own unconscious biases some more extreme than others but they’re undeniably there.
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
~ Henri Nouwen
Today I am in deep reflection on how drastically life has changed in the past few months. The world is realigning, we are being forced to revert to a more simpler, gentler, and conscious way of living.
Be the celebrators, celebrate! Already there is too much—the flowers have bloomed, the birds are singing, the sun is there in the sky—celebrate it! You are breathing and you are alive and you have consciousness, celebrate it!”
My rule of thumb is, if you haven’t used it in the past six months, then you don’t need it,. However, when we moved last September, there were a lot of stuff we had to give away because there was not enough space in our new place to fit everything we had accumulated over the past few years. It was difficult sorting and resorting and deciding what to keep and what to give away. However, enormous the lot seemed, trust me, it was nothing compared to the stuff I had to wade through before leaving The Bahamas six years ago This time around there we very few things that I hadn’t used in six months but there were lots of stuff I had bought for those special occasions, that only came out on those “special occasions!”
“So many things are possible as long as you don’t know they are impossible.” “Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” “Turn your obstacles into opportunities and your problems into possibilities.”
This poem was posted in a group I’m in, it speaks about the world which offers many levels to us while revealing our inner selves. There is still 24hours in the day and though a lot of us are currently going racing into work each day, our days are still pretty much brimming over with things to do. For me, life is the same as it has always been if one thing stops, there’s always something else starting.
“Fear robs you of your freedom to make the right choice in life that can bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. On the other side of fear, lies freedom. If you want to grow, you need to be brave and take risks. If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not growing.” ~Roy T. Bennett
In keeping with my Anti-Covid post, I’m sharing a few videos that I’ve either been tagged in on Social Media or emailed to me. I hope they bring you just as much inspiration as they did me.
“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” ~Shannon L. Alder
For the past few weeks, we’ve all be inundated with the Coronavirus. We’ve chatted about it with Family and Friends, we’re still keeping in touch with. I must confess, there have been times I felt myself on that brink of a meltdown, it’s not the staying home part that’s pushing me to the edge. It’s all the paranoia surrounding the pandemic, people are really letting their fear get the most of them. It’s not being able to do something as simple as grocery shopping. It’s the constant battle to remain sane when the world seems to be on the edge of insanity right now.
Rainbows are full of love, peace, dreams & hopes. ~Anthony T.Hincks
Looking around my neighbourhood I can see many photos and handpainted posters of Rainbows stuck to windows, a wonderful tribute to all the hardworking men and woman of our National Health Service. Rainbows are a symbol of peace and a promise that all will be well. They’re often visible after a storm when that first light breaks through those dark clouds signifying that the storm is over. They may have a different meaning to different people, some folklore says there’s a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, some see rainbows the same way they see shooting stars, cross your fingers, make a wish and that wish will come true but for the most part, rainbows are a symbol of hope!
“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” ~Roy T. Bennett
Like most of you reading this right now, I’m in lockdown. While I value the time I get to spend with my family, I worry about my family who is not with me and my friends who are currently still working. The hours have melted into days, days into weeks and before you know it weeks will melt into months. As you transition your lives to accommodate the changes set before you, you should not allow yourself to become overwhelmed by the feeling of fear! Rather invite that of gratitude!