Category Archives: living

Gratitude makes us happier and life is a gift, now it may not always feel that way sometimes, but why trust these feelings as they can be fleeting, right? So I had a weekend of pause about things that I am thankful for. No explanations needed here. I am thankful for blue skies, birds and time spent by the seaside. Oceans and rivers hold such deep secrets. I am thankful for the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Amazing how one can find beauty in the unexpected if you look. I am thankful for love, health, laughter, bath oils, oysters and fancy cuisine. What would life be without these? There are two ways to live. “One as though, nothing is a miracle. The other, as though everything is a miracle.” We have a choice? I think yes. Lastly, I am thankful for books and quotes like “God only takes…

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Everything answers to a name

Few things identify someone as much as a name does and sometimes we get to hear a sweet story behind the designation. After several miscarriages and a hard time getting pregnant, a man takes his wife on a much needed vacation to the Italian Riviera. On this particular night, there is a full moon and he asks his wife to make a wish. Nine months later, they have a child and call her Luna, after the full moon.   Luna’s story inspires. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other…would smell as sweet…”  William Shakespeare. Call a rose by any other name, the flower smells just as sweet. So much beauty and sweetness, you could never tell just by looking at the thorns. Flower power! Jesus endured a crown of thorns. His name inspires, so He says “follow me and I will make you.” Be inspired!…

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Fishing Community, Accra

Three bricklayers were asked what they were doing as they tried to rebuild a church that had been gutted by fire. The first replied, “I am laying bricks.” The second responded with, “I am repairing a wall.”The third answered, “I am building a cathedral.”  That last response! Enthusiasm shines through those words. He already saw the beauty they would create and bricklaying did not seem like work anymore. Talk about goals! Ever watched children playing outdoors? Do you feel their passion and energy in the way they engage one another? Makes me think I never want to do anything I am not excited about.That may just be the way to live life sustainably. Happy people tend to live longer. Yes? Are you able to mix passion, enthusiasm and work?  Quite the skill to have right there and yes, perspective is everything. Selah! Ah, Reuben? A housemate’s cat and you should see…

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  Writing this on April Fools’ day, I cannot help but think about pranks.Some pranks are hilarious and good-natured. Others not so much. A classic prank is a friend getting into your phone and changing the language in settings. Yikes!   A dad heard his daughter scream from the garden. She was being chased by a bee. He ran and grabbed her. She felt him tense and relax.Then he said, “it is alright now. Bees do not sting twice.” The bee had stung him. That was not a prank. Lot tried to warn his sons-in-law of danger. The world as they knew it was going to be destroyed. Sadly, they supposed Lot was jesting. It was not a prank. ..and too late to rewrite the script. “Be Prepared” is a famous scout motto. It helps to be prepared to make the right call every time, and when all is said…

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Isaac and Rebekah. Esau and Jacob. A generation of smarts, it is almost uncanny. I made notes. Esau was a wild, love-the-outdoors kind of guy, skillful at hunting albeit a tad reckless with important things, he traded his inheritance for a bowl of lentil stew and had wives that made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah, his parents. Jacob was quiet, lived in tents, a family sort of guy, quick, clever and took advantage of his brother Esau in a moment of weakness.  Makes me wonder, what is lost in moments of weakness and if perhaps we could make better choices. Ah, Rebekah had strategy! Her role in orchestrating the blessing in Jacob’s favour over older brother Esau was well thought out. Perhaps, she felt that blessing Esau over Jacob would mean endorsing a bad legacy of poor choices and taking important things for granted? Who adorns a pig with…

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  When asked what makes us unique, we typically highlight our strengths, hoping to impress. Nothing wrong with showing off our strengths, however, we can be endearing and connect as humans when we are vulnerable. A boxing glove is ineffective and without a hand in it, it is weak!Put a hand in it, make a fist and punch the air. Now we see what difference the hands made to the power of the glove. Do you relate with the struggles of the boxing glove? It is vulnerable and has to find the right fit AKA the right human or be doomed, maybe.  The hand -in- glove idiom making better sense yet? No man is an island! We connect when we dare to be vulnerable and given time make formidable teams. But it takes getting past the limiting fears.Yours truly struggles with the fear of rejection sometimes. Maybe you can relate and…

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  Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, you probably never heard of her until now, neither had yours truly prior to this story. She saved a life when she changed what had been written against a name on a list of supposed criminals and traitors. “Pardon impossible, to send to Siberia.”Maria had changed it to “Pardon, impossible to send to Siberia”. She saved a life by switching up commas. We all have gifts and can make a difference in our interactions. Best part is even the little acts of kindness go a long way. This month of March is special.    It is six months since starting this blog in September, 2020. It is both fun and a challenge to write and post every week. Super grateful for the opportunity to share experiences and I am thankful to you for coming along on this ride. So here’s a thought to mark March. Relax…

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  The story is told of a king who placed a boulder right in the middle of a street and watched out of sight to see who would move it out of the way.  Some people walked around it complaining about the king’s failure to maintain roads well.  He watched as a man came along and moved the boulder. It took him a while but he did and now others could walk freely too. He was rewarded when he found a bag stuffed full of treasure where the boulder had been. The king had placed the reward there. Often, opportunity is masked as a challenge. Will we find it?Helping others makes us happy. Does compassion drive it? Bees work twenty-four hours, seven days a week with out sleeping or resting. They have a short lifespan of just three months.  They are really making the most of the life they have…

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I am intrigued by King Solomon.  Here was a king with power, fame, wisdom and a good lineage.  The queen of Sheba visited him and observed that his workers, numerous in number, I imagine were happy. Wow!  That says a lot about the character of the man and he had influence with God too. Amazing! Makes me think indeed, great wealth is divine and a perfect fusion of the natural and the supernatural.  Just like his father David before him, Solomon had it all. Then he lost it all and an inheritance from past generation is also lost. Someone dropped the ball. Where did Solomon miss it? He was warned of this happening to be honest. (1 Kings 11) His relationships, diverse and eclectic, became distractions and turned his heart away from what mattered most.  The heart is where it all starts, right?  A wise man (or maybe a woman?)…

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