I blog for Change…

As I attempt to orient the windy and often treacherous roads that encapsulate life, here are some of my thoughts on the successes, failures and ultimately the hope and positivity in which I strive for a better world. I also hope that I can use this blog as a platform to elevate the social justice issues that are somewhat forgotten in the modern discourse of staying silent on issues that challenge. Sx

I give thanks

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I give thanks

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DAY 9: Share Something You are Grateful for with Someone

Well I feel that this task has been somewhat done as this is all I have been doing for the last 9 days, sharing my gratitude with all of you (or those of you that read this blog anyway!). However I thought today I would choose something a bit different, but for which I am forever grateful for each and every day.

I am grateful to be a Melburnian. This is of heightened importance right now considering that I am moving home next weekend after have whinged and complained for the last 2 and a half years that Sydney is just so NOT Melbourne enough for my tastes.

I am so thankful for the fact that I will now be able to have a decent coffee, for the first time in 2 and a half years I dare say (no offense to you Sydney, I fear us Melburnians have just developed a taste for excellence based on the coffee experience that makes our city awesome).

I am thankful for being able to change attires during the day according to sudden drops or elevations in temperature. How could it not be deemed perfect that when it gets too hot, it cools down within the hour. When the sun is shining a little too brightly, storm clouds will roll in. When the day is dark and gloomy, all of a sudden comes the light and the formation of a rainbow. How could one not be grateful for these instant mood changers?

I give such great thanks to the fact that us Melburnians are so true to ourselves and feel free and happy to express our sentiments and practice our talents in public, proudly and unapologetically.

And lastly, I give thanks to all the Brunswick hipsters out there, you above all make me smile so widely!


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DAY 8: Transform an Ungrateful Thought

The topic today is actually quite perfect for the mood that has taken hold in my being right now. I well and truly woke up on the wrong side of the bed today and from that moment on, I knew the day would be a struggle. I’m having a complete blah day so I am going to attempt to meet those ungrateful thoughts head on, in order to turn my day around.

I have been feeling extremely anxious today and I have let all those negative and destructive thoughts of the past creep back into my mind. They are indeed clouding my judgments and placing such a huge damper on the beauty of today. I keep thinking about the uncertainties of the future and picturing the worst possible scenarios in my head which is so ridiculous because I had a conversation with a good friend on this very topic not too long ago. To repeat my thoughts then and reinforce a sentiment which I have seemingly forgotten today; there is absolutely no point in envisioning things in the future and playing them out in your head. More often than not, you will shift into negative thinking which is driven by the fear of the unknown. We have this innate ability to foresee situations of doom and get so caught up in the worries of what if. The ridiculousness of that is endemic but apparently difficult to be seen on occasion. No one knows what the future holds and the idea of worrying about something that hasn’t (and may never actually) happen seems absurd beyond explanation.

So I suppose the message of today is, plan for the future yes but don’t worry yourself sick about it. All we can do is act in the here and now, take steps in order to make tomorrow great and continue walking towards the goal of being the best people we can possibly be. Then before we know it, wonderful things will unfold in the paths that greet us in the future.


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DAY 7 – Give Thanks to Yourself

Today, I give thanks to myself… what a difficult task indeed. It’s funny how as individuals we find it so much easier to give thanks to other people than to acknowledge ourselves and be thankful for who we are. However, I will do my best with this attempt.

I am grateful today for my strength. I have had my fair share of low points in my past, especially recently, however I somehow always manage to pick myself up, hold my head up high and face the day that is. There is just something inside me that doesn’t allow me to give up, an inherent hope and belief that life will get better and that the best times of my life are yet to come.

I give thanks for the empathy and compassion that drive my existence each and every day. I have been blessed with the ability to feel with others and to be moved by their struggles, which I then so often take on as my own. I am thankful for my ability to feel and love unconditionally.

I am thankful for my ability to trust. This is a big one, I often catch myself telling people that I have systemic trust issues. But if I truly come to think of it, I don’t have trust issues at all, not deep down. I simply have been burnt so often that I have tended to doubt first and then trust later (way later!). However, life can’t be lived with one or the other here, all that I have experienced and been through in life have taught me that a combination of the two is what is truly needed and that trust should be accorded to those who deserve it.

I give thanks to the person that I was in past, the lessons I have learnt and the traumas I have encountered. Because they have taught me that love is not to be found elsewhere, from other people or some far off belief in the perfect ending. Love is to be found within oneself. I will be the first to admit that is a foreign concept to me, however I am so very grateful that I have been taught this lesson at this particular stage of my life. I commit to working towards it and loving and being thankful towards my own being. So again, I give thanks to myself and all my little quirks, oddities and strangeness, for I am me and there is no one else like me in this world.