A wave of warmth washed over,
when an unsolicited letter arrives,
to answer your unasked questions,
and cheer you up.
It was a great day. The kind of day anyone would like to have everyday.
1. I got onto the train successfully without being squashed up.
2. I had my favourite matcha latte from EAT and discovered ham and egg sandwich wrapped in croissant tasted fantastic!
3. I collected my driving license within a short time.
4. I lit up two candles in a wonderful quiet church in a busy city. Received peace.
5. During lunchtime, I received a pleasant surprise after I left my lunchbox in the microwave queue and went to toilet. My kind colleague put my lunchbox in for me for 2 minutes and it was ready when I got back 🙂
6. My colleague asked me two questions about work and I had ready answers with a smooth delivery.
7. My colleague who sits nearby bade me farewell when he left for home(in a good mood). He is usually quiet and seldom speaks.
8. My colleague thanked me for the chocolates I left on his desk last week which I had forgotten all about.
I am grateful for this day when surprises happen and things were fairly smooth. Aside from losing one earring, it was one of those perfect days when I feel that I could say: Smile and the world smiles with you. Thank you.
Lying on the bed,
looking up to the ceiling,
I say, thanks for the roof over my head.
As the cold draft sweeps in,
the radiator quietly made its presence felt,
I say, thanks for keeping me warm on a chilly night.
My stomach smiles in fullness,
the taste of dinner faintly felt on my tongue,
I say, thanks for giving me food.
I continue to lie on my comfy bed,
relaxing, breathing in and out,
I say, thanks for providing a warm nest.
Here I am, living a dream,
doing and learning things I enjoy,
I say, thanks for my family’s support.
Little things pass by silently and quickly,
so routine, so minute, we forget,
that each fraction of a second counts.
Close your eyes,
Hold your breath,
Skin tingling in the light breeze,
the sound of the returning birds,
your heart vibrates with the air waves,
in sync till you feel,
the sprinkling of magic dust drop on you.
Make your deepest wish,
take a deep breath,
and now release, trust and give thanks;
for there is magic in the evening’s spring air.
Have you ever panicked before? And the mind went all blank and broke down not knowing what to do?
While waiting for the arrival of help, I have enclosed myself in the nice hotel room after the loss of my valuables except for the mobile and passport. And surprisingly, I have to pat myself on the back by not panicking throughout the entire process. Ok, I lied. I did panic upon the first discovery that I lost my money and card – aka becoming peniless.
But after panicking, I
I received the nomination from The Lonely Recluse – a blog which I have been following keenly for the past year. Originally I wanted to nominate him back but it felt a little silly to go around in cirlces. Instead, I would simply tell him – Thank you very much, your blog has been a wonderful source of inspiration and thought and I appreciate your sharing of thoughts.
So going on next are my nominees for: My Blogs of the Year 2012.
I would like to nominate the following people for their writing. I have been reading their entries for at least a year or more and their creativity, humour – wrapped around beautiful stories and poems cheers my heart and touched me deeply. Even challenges in life described in such gorgeous ways lighten the load behind them. Pieces of art delivered in numerous format and could be interpreted in 101 different ways – brought colours to my life. I just read somewhere today that the invention of each word was driven by an idea. It made me appreciate more the beauty of words combination as it not only shares ideas but also invokes heartfelt emotions as well.
I want to take the opportunity to thank them and hope they will continue to touch the lives of others with their work. If you have time, do take a visit to their blog and join in their journeys. Trust me, it will be worth it.
Jyoti – from Bhopal and currently a student. Her works on life – sharing meaningful quotes about life and expresses her views through poetry(sometimes it almost sounds like lyrics to a song) . It made me start seeing ‘life problems’ in an alternative positive light.
Kate – from Ireland and currently residing in Germany. She shares her thoughts and adventures in a humourous way that never fails to provoke thought. Her detailed description and the unique way she views the world inspires me. I have persistently suggested to her about the publishing of her stories and she is still pondering about it.
Leo – from Banglalore amazes me with his words of arts. Soothing and heartfelt – it could be a simple Haiku – illustrated by a picture; or a short touching story or more. From him, I feel that we are living in a world of hope where good things are always happening around us. We just need to open our eyes to see for ourselves and believe that dreams will come true.
I went to Paradise Wildlife Park today. It appeared on the Groupon advertisement and intrigued me. In addition, I have not been seeing any wildlife for a year. Hence I promised myself a trip to the wildlife park located in Hertfordshire.
Totally amazing. I have to thank the people whom I met along the way who made it a smashing day out for me.
1. The lady at the foodshop – she smiled and patiently kept the sandwich for me while I went to withdraw some cash.
2. The man at Bouxbourne station who was helping to guide passengers – he enthsiastically kindly offered various transport suggestions when I missed the shuttle bus to the park.
3. The driver of the park’s shuttle bus – he was very friendly and even apologised for not noticing me before he drove off earlier. I attributed it to my inability to run after the bus with a coffee in my hand. I had a friendly chat with him to and fro and was very appreciative for his friendliness.
4. The lady at the entrance of the park – extremely friendly and even told me the total number of visitors for the day.
5. The lady at the park cafe – kept up her friendly demeanour throughout serving me.
6. The lady at the Bouxbourne station – who provided some guidance when she saw me hesistating at the gate.
I have never realised how people on the trip can make a journey so much more enjoyable. Those people were just doing their jobs but nonetheless, every little bit of kindness and friendliness plays an important role. And of course I did realise I needed to do my part as well -to be appreciative and smile and speak kindly. It’s an important cycle. Pass it forward, I call it. When I smiled and thanked the ticket office lady for her service, she lit up and smiled. I wasn’t expecting it, hence I was surprised. But it came to me that no matter how the other person feel or treat you, do not take it personally and just do your own part: Smile sincerely and light up the world.
My Dear Friend,
2013 is finally here. I never thought I will be welcoming the year in this manner, never dreamt I will be in this country, never thought I would have come so far. It’s been a long long journey and you have played an important supportive role in my life. You – you know who you are – the one who shared in my joy, the one who cheered me up when I was down, the one who spur me on to chase my dreams, the one who supported me when I was lost.
I would not be here without you today. Without any questions, without doubts – a simple go for it, simply how are you going to get there. No matter how far-fetched the dream might seem, no matter how unreachable it looks. You trusted me, had faith in me and in turn I believed in myself, I was filled with hopes and determination to pursue, to hold on, to push forward.
My strength and optimism would not have lasted as long without you – my dearest friend. I cannot find any other words to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for your presence except –
“THANKS for being by my side” and “Cheers for our friendship”.
With much love and hugs,
Your loyal and loving Friend
I have just received 200 LIKES for all my posts to date and I am very delighted that I have a great bunch of followers who have been supporting and sharing my thoughts. It is definitely very motivating for all writers to know that we have readers who enjoy our works.
Thanks very much everyone and I would like to take a bow and promise all of you – I will try my best to produce more art to colour the world. If you could share any thoughts or comments as well, it will be very appreciated.