The year of 2017 – (Blessings received and Trust lessons learnt)

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Here we go again…..the end of this year looms and it is the time for reflection of the year gone by.

This has been a good year mixed in with the bouts of hardships but all in all I have no real bad reflections on the year of 2017.

I have been blessed with a new granddaughter and had the joy of being able to hold her and sing to her (even though it sounded like a cat’s choir). She is a true tiny warrior in all the senses, she fought hard to be here and she knows that she is truly loved by her parents. She has grown in leaps and bounds and is full of joy and bubbles with happiness.

I was blessed to be able to be around to celebrate the 1st year of my grandson. He is truly a gorgeous handful, full of life and a bundle of love. The splitting image of his daddy (my son) with all the naughty bits included.

I had success with the small home business I had started and earned enough to help us through the tough times and filled our bellies with sustenance.

I have walked a mile in the hardships of humility and have come through it a better and stronger person with more appreciation for what I have and those around me. I had my faith and trust in the Lord tested hard but I am grateful to say that I have pulled through it with my trust and faith stronger than before. I have learnt that Faith and Trust walk hand in hand and that just having faith alone is not enough but had to learn to trust in the Lord as well as to walk in faith.

I am thankful for the man in my life, who is a pillar of strength and with his quiet demeanour and wisdom I am able to take on whatever the world throws at us. I have learnt the true meaning of Praying together to overcome and to receive His blessings in abundance.

So, yes, the year of 2017 has had its ups and downs but then again Life is about the messy bits, isn’t it………

We live, we love, we hurt, we fall, we stand up, we smile, and most of all we learn.

Say thank you every night for the day that we had, to look for the small miracles around us, to be grateful and humble.

Finally say thank you every morning to be able to wake up and experience a brand new day full of adventures.

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It’s astounding….. Time is fleeting

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Where has the year gone to?

It seemed only yesterday we were starting out with the New Year. Time seems to travel way too quickly the older we get. Soon the shopping centres will be sprouting Christmas decorations and the sounds of Christmas Carols will be belting out of the sound systems. Not that I don’t love Christmas time, it just makes the “fleeting time” more real and there is just so much I still want to do with this fragile life of mine. But I have put in my request with the good Lord to allow me the privilege of being around for another 40 odd years, which would take me deep into my 90s (deepest sympathies for my children).

I love Christmas time really. I love seeing the decorations going up, hearing the carols, seeing the joy on a child’s face at all the possibilities of new toys. I love hauling the little Christmas tree out and sorting out the decorations that go with it. I love going to buy new decorations for the house and tree. Filling up where the tired ones have been put out to retirement. The memories that are brought back of the Christmas Past and the making of new ones for Christmas Present.

But yes, this year has gone by in a flash. There have been good times and very hard times but most of all I am blessed to have been around for the birth of my granddaughter and to celebrate the first birthday of my grandson. To be able to see my children all sorted and settled in their lives. To be blessed with a man in my life that is so gentle and yet so strong. He has been my positive shining light in the hard times, my tower of strength.

To have made new friends.

To be thankful for the roof over my head and food in my belly. Thankful for the opportunity to have started a small home business of my own. But most of all thankful for the Love and Grace of my Lord who has watched over me all the time, for being my strength in our time of need.

Yes this year has flashed by but I do not regret any part of it. The hard times has made us stronger and more secure in our faith and trust. The good times have been the cherry on top and the good part is there is still a few more months left before we all get to sing Auld Lang Syne.

A gift called Life

A gift called Life

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As we get older we tend to be a tad more philosophical I think. Well, I seem to be, anyway. I tend to look back at my life and see how the threads of all the trials and tribulations, all the meetings and events seems to all collide at a central end point. All the lessons learnt through it all. All the wisdom that I can depart onto my children and to those who want to listen and learn by my mistakes and take the shortcut through theirs.

Life is about the messy bits in life. I like to think that life would be extremely boring and bland if we didn’t have it.

Would I change anything in my life? Maybe just one or two things but on the whole I would not change anything. I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I wouldn’t have all the knowledge, wisdom and empathy that I have now.

Life is exciting with all its knocks. To look back and see the reason behind all the trials and tribulations is amazing. Not nice to go through it at the time but it makes us stronger should we allow it to.

I start each day with a “thank you” to our Creator for allowing me another day.

Life is a blessing, a gift and we must never forget it.

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Past vs. Present

 

Today’s life is fast and furious, like the movie. Full of fast cars, fast foods and a furiously, hectic lifestyle, ever changing in both fashion and technology. Just when you think you have got the hang of a new computer programme, it changes. Cellular phones are forever becoming smarter and children have seemed to forgotten how to be children. The people of today think that they are entitled to almost everything. Respect and discipline have gotten lost along the way. The true meaning of life seems to be almost forgotten.

The older generation seems to cling to the “old way” of doing things. Trying to keep the principles alive and to instil them in the young generation who just seem to ignore it. Given, there are those of the younger generation that seem to want to revert back to the easier times of The Past and I salute them.

In our days, life seemed to be more simple, more at ease. Children played in the streets with each other, games that did not include any technology were the rage. Folk sat on the stoep (front porch) in the evenings, watching the kids at play and chatting to your neighbours. Respect was earn in the workplace and children actually listened to their parents. Dinner was home cooked and eaten around the dining room table not in front of the Television. Weekends were the “fast food” times as a treat. Families were units then. No cellular telephones as yet and when you were out nobody could disturb you. No text messages, no sitting with a cell phone in hand at restaurants. Rules and regulations were adhered to.

Life was slower……. Then it all changed when technology burst into full existence with a vengeance.

Past vs. Present……. Being of the older generation I yearn for the days of old…… much simpler and much more restful.

What is the true meaning of a Legacy?

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The general meaning of a Legacy is either money or property that is bequeathed to you or for something handed down from one generation to the next.

I was lying awake the other night and wondering what I would be leaving as a legacy then it dawned on me……

My legacy is my children and grandchildren, what I have instilled in my sons will be passed down to their children just as what my mother instilled in me that I had passed onto my sons.

The same as “putting down roots”, I have been living a gypsy type life and have moved around quite a bit from house to house and have no set roots regarding that but my boys are my roots. They are strong and secure and even though they may also move around a bit they are a part of me.

So when I pass onto the Higher Plain of Life one day in the far future I have peace of mind now knowing that I have made an impact on this world albeit only through my sons and grandchildren and what they have taken out of what I have taught them about life.  To be strong and compassionate, to respect others and life. To live life to the fullest and never have any regrets. To take the chances given to you and never be ashamed of who you are.

They will pass it onto their future children and so my legacy will grow over time.

Simple Pleasures

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A hot cup of tea between cold hands

Hot toast with melting butter

Peanut butter and syrup sarmie

The first bite of a decadent dessert.

Smell of freshly washed sheets containing the sunshine in there fibres

Fragrance of a freshly cut lawn

The sound of a child’s unbridled carefree laughter

A soft warm blanket on a cold night

The feeling of a small child’s arms around your neck

Puppy breathe

Sunrises and sunsets

The sounds of rain falling on the dry ground.

The sound of birds around you

The sound of pure silence

A Hug

A Smile

The sound of laughter

The sound of the ocean

Sinking into your bed at night

A Hot bubble bath by candle light

Oh the list can go on and on………

What to Speak or what not to Speak……that is the question?

 

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How many of us realise that we speak Spiritual Death over ourselves nearly every day? Words like “I am dead tired”, “I could have died with laughter”, “You kill me”, etc. How many of us speak ill of ourselves and so speak low esteem and insecurities over ourselves? Or even when you talk bad about another person, do you realise what you are speaking over their lives?
Most of us don’t even realise it. Calling yourself “an idiot”, keep on saying “I am tired”, “I am poor”, “I am ill”, etc. you are actually speaking those things over yourself, over your life. Calling your children lazy, stupid, failures, etc. is speaking low esteem and insecurities over their lives and will follow them into adulthood.
We need to heed our words before they leave our mouths. We need to think before we speak. We speak death over ourselves every single day and we wonder why we are the way we are. You start to believe what you are telling yourself.
You need to stand in front of a mirror every day and tell yourself how awesome you are, how fantastic you look, how smart you are. Tell your children how clever they are, build them up instead of breaking them down. Stop the hurtful words before they leave your mouth, once out there they can never be retracted and words can hurt more than the breaking of bones.
Stop pulling yourself down and start to Build yourself up.
Stop listening to what others say about you.
Words can inspire you, create you, feed you but can also harm you, pull you down and break you.
Words can kill as well as bring life.
So build up and stop breaking down.
Be positive
Be happy with who you are.
Smile
And love yourself.