Monday, 31 December 2012

Couldn't Agree more with Bob marley...

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life"

Monday, 17 December 2012

When I say ...."I am a Christian"

This is one of my favorite works from Maya Angelou... It describes me in so many ways....

“When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean living'."
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And need His strength to carry on.

When I say. "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace, somehow.”
Maya Angelou

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Take time off and laugh with your friends......

 So its been a while since i saw most of my friends....not because we fell out but more because life happened.... We graduated, got jobs, moved out of town, got married, had kids....pretty much everyone moved on. Such is life... I decided it was time i did something to bridge the gap that had been caused by our busy schedules, distance and life journey that had now reduced us to a simple "hi i was just checking on you" on whatsapp or "like" on a status or photo on facebook....or a retweet on twitter...

So i invited everyone to my house for brunch....and since i really hadn't celebrated my graduating with a masters i figured its a good excuse to get everyone together. and so i sent out the invites... got the R.S.V.P's did all the running up and down...who knew a simple brunch for 30 friends would be this much work.. But all in good faith and love for my friends, i put it all together. On Sunday, i woke up at six hit the kitchen to exercise my cooking skills. My mum was amazed at how much determination and love i had for my friends to wake up that early just to cook for them, seeing as i cook as often as it rains in the Sahara. 

Fast forward, friends arrive, food is served, sipping on some wine...and alas!! The bonding begins... You see i had invited all my friends with their various backgrounds...High school friends, Uni friends, Post grad friends, work friends, social friends....name them i invited them. So they all somehow got to knowing each other, started chatting away, arguing about the usual....Relationships, marriage and which sex is not to be trusted...lol

I sat back and watched as my friends almost brought the house down, laughter, cheers, heated arguments, opinionated views, and i thought to myself....Its been a while since we did this much bonding and catching up.... And then i went on to think how much fun we were having and wondered why i hadn't thought of this idea sooner???


You see life will always get busy, work, responsibilities, marriage, kids...all these things happen to us and slowly we lose ourselves in the process. We forget our friends, stop caring much about what they are up to, we stop taking time off to play with our friends, because we think we have outgrown it...but everyone needs some laughter in their lives. I can't remember the last time i laughed that much or had that much fun with my friends since My last undergrad graduation... Its not something am proud of but i can say that sunday brunch wasn't all about fun...it had a lesson to learn.... We all need to take some time off and play with our friends...be silly, explore the youth in us....express our opinions freely without fear of judgement...and also its a great way to network. Now all my friends know each other...if each friend had brunch and invited all their friends, by the end of the year imagine how many connections you could have.... Am seriously thinking of making i a habit.....Am glad my friends made an effort to honor my invitation to brunch, all those from up country and around.... I was humbled by the love extended to me... I hope we do keep up the spirit of togetherness. What am I saying...Life is too complicated to not have friends that you can just have a laugh with. So please take time off those busy schedules, Facebook, twitter, whatsapp, skype, email forwards, and see your friends have a little chat, catch up and don"t forget to Laugh.

Laughter can heal even the most broken soul, so dont underestimate the power of a good laugh.
So who's hosting the next Brunch????


Cheers

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