I Missed All the Signs

“I was at a wedding yesterday and it left me feeling a bit sad.” She told me. In her voice I could hear the strain of a person forcing back tears. Her cheeks had started to turn rosy. Her eyes were water. She did not shed a tear.
I was caught by surprise.
That was not how her sentence was supposed to end. Continue reading “I Missed All the Signs”

I want You Now

I don’t want you when you’ve figured it all out. I want you now. I want you when you’re naïve and young and lost. I want to be beside you while you struggle to stand on your feet. When you’re still stumbling and losing your way.
I don’t want you when you’ve mastered the basics and established your path. I want to hold your hand when you can’t seem to figure things out. I want to Continue reading “I want You Now”

The Reality Is, People Die

The reality is, people die. (Photo credit: ecstaticist)

Things don’t always turn out the way we expect them to. Sometimes the unacceptable, the unimaginable, becomes the reality. And that which we assumed would be the outcome suddenly gets thrown right out the window. It doesn’t matter anymore once the moment has passed, and travelling back in time is not a viable option.

The reality is, people die. Continue reading “The Reality Is, People Die”

Feel Good Wednesday: Laugh A Little

Laughter… (Photo credit: leodelrosa…)

Whenever we feel rundown, stressed or simply exhausted, laughter can be quite uplifting. At work I find that even when I am having a particularly challenging day, laughing with my colleagues always makes things easier to deal with.
We’ve repeatedly heard varying quotes and sayings stressing the importance of laughter.

  • Laughter is the best medicine.
  • Charles Dickens a renowned author once wrote, ‘There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.’
  • Hugh Sidey an American journalist who worked for Life magazine stated, ‘A sense of humor..is needed armour.’
  • Andrew Carnegie an extremely successful Scottish-American Steel industry entrepreneur and philanthropist in the 19th Century went as far as to say, ‘There is little success where there is little laughter.’

Evidently, laughter has the ability to cheer, comfort and bring people together.
To the best of my knowledge no solid research has confirmed that laughter presents potential health benefits. But if you ask me, being in a good mood and getting along with family, friends and colleagues due to a great sense of humor pose a fairly healthy environment.
Laughter enables us to have a positive attitude. This then gears us to approach scenarios positively. Also, it is common knowledge that smiling is infectious. When a complete stranger smiles while we walk by, it boosts our spirits and we go on to boost another’s spirit, and on and on.
Therefore, there is no harm in smiling and laughing.
How about we pass the smiling virus on today.
Smile a little, laugh a little!
Happy Feel Good Wednesday everybody! Laugh
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I Hope You Dance!

A close friend of mine has for several years repeated that life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, that it is about learning to dance in the rain. Well, I know even she borrowed the quote. It is however a motto by which she lives her life, one that I attempt to mimic. Life is not a bed of roses. We all know that; we hear it all the time. I find that Jenna’s philosophy to enjoy life’s simple pleasures despite the challenges to be an extra ordinary plan. I agree that we should strive to make the best of what we have been able to accomplish while at the same time  giving ‘faith a fighting chance’ as Lee Ann Womack puts it in her beautiful song, I hope you dance. I have found myself on several occasions in the past procrastinating, planning to complete a project, intending to hang out with family and friends or even simply watching a movie at the cinema. Now I realise you cannot simply live one part of your life and hold off another for later. We must learn to dance in the storm, to make it through our hardships and emerge stronger and better and that even when we lose one love we can rejoice in the hope of a brighter future.
And finally, take a moment to listen to my inspirational song for the week, Lee Ann Womack, I hope you dance.