GRATITUDE

The keyword to life is gratitude; Gratitude for what I have Gratitude for what I don’t have to suffer Gratitude for what I survived Gratitude that it wasn’t worse Gratitude because it was lovely Gratitude, no matter how small – even if you have to search for it… …because gratitude grows, it fills your heartContinue reading “GRATITUDE”

All those little learnings add up

After each day I think about what I have learned. It’s important to me and I make it a point to learn something every day, no matter how small or mundane. The willingness to learn is how you learn, you start paying attention to both your surroundings and what goes on in your head. YouContinue reading “All those little learnings add up”

The difference between letting go and running away

The one thing I learned in my turbulent life was to let go – of everything. I was moved between countries, between homes, between schools and every time all was lost; not only friends and places but also things. My magic boxes full of little insignificant treasures, my clothes, my toys. The first time IContinue reading “The difference between letting go and running away”

THE MAGIC OF SMILING

“When you’re smiling, when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you” So the song goes and it’s absolutely true. Smiling is contagious; other people who meet your smile will start smiling as well. Isn’t that a beautiful thing – that we can light up our world with such a simple action. A smiling faceContinue reading “THE MAGIC OF SMILING”

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Or when did you last do something you usually do, but in a different way? Or when did you again do something you used to like but stopped doing? Habits tend to envelope us like a costume over time and as the years go by, the costume gets ever tighter until our thoughts and bodies becomeContinue reading “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

We are responsible for our reactions

I read a story somewhere that goes something like this: “A woman steps on the bus to go to work in the morning and the bus driver is very rude to her. Her good mood plummets, making her upset and angry. As she gets to work, her mood infects those around her, creating a badContinue reading “We are responsible for our reactions”

SILENCE & SOLITUDE

Tedious chores are good to do. It gives the mind the freedom to roam while the body is occupied by movement. Knitting, ironing, mowing grass…All the stuff that is usually “rented out” so we can stay even busier and faster, instead of giving ourselves time to ponder and at the same time feel pleased withContinue reading “SILENCE & SOLITUDE”

IN THE DITCH

Every now and then things go wrong in life – c’est normale! Question is how we handle it. Do we berate ourselves (and others) or do we look for solutions? “In the ditch” is about that; how we handle the negative stuff in life. This story was the first AHA-moment in this arena for meContinue reading “IN THE DITCH”

EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING

You know how little irritating things happen that might throw the day of course? Like forgetting your keys, taking the wrong turn or dropping a glass that explodes in one million shards… It’s really annoying and can put you in a bad mood for the rest of the day. I have been working on aContinue reading “EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING”

CHASE AWAY THE WINTER BLUES

To many people this time of year brings an all-time low. It gets colder and darker and our energy plummets. This is believed to occur because the hormone serotonin decreases when there is less light. There are plenty of ways how to bring energy and joy back into life as the nights get longer (andContinue reading “CHASE AWAY THE WINTER BLUES”