I’ve been reading a lot, the words of Mother Teresa, who was always on a mission to help others, teaching us that there is more to life than merely ourselves. Today I share with you a few words of inspiration from her… words which I believe give hope to those in despair and encourage us to LIVE!

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.”

– Mother Teresa


April 2011

To say that the month of April was challenging, is certainly putting it mildly. There were many moments of closed eyes, deeps breaths and admittedly, sporadic teary episodes when frankly I didn’t know what else to do!

On March 31 I went to an assignment for work. This followed a previous event I had covered, and it should have been a quick ‘in and out’. I wasn’t even there for two hours, however when I walked outside to leave, the spot where I had parked my mother’s car was empty. I’ve never felt such a feeling in the pit of my stomach… and it was with good reason, for in the trunk of the car were all my worldly possessions – netbook, camera (my livelihood… the way I make my living), my purse with my ID cards, credit card, ABM cards, too much cash, that I was to have deposited in the bank that day, and my passport (for my impending visit to Cowboy). *BIG sigh*

At this point it seemed that my world had come to an end.

But it didn’t.

And this was the reminder that was constantly drilled into my head, for in fact, the outcome of that event could have been very different.

In attempting to replace all my lost documents, I learnt several very valuable lessons. (You wouldn’t believe how difficult it is to get anything done in Jamaica by the way. I don’t wish the loss of of a licence, passport or visa on anyone!)

  1. Prayer calms you… when you feel like there is absolutely no one else to turn to, TRUST ME, HE is there!
  2. I am not alone – I am SO grateful for the great friends that I have, who were extremely helpful to me along the way.
  3. NEVER underestimate the kindness of a stranger. I can’t tell you the number of persons who have offered their assistance… people who don’t know me, are not my ‘friends’, who simply wanted to be helpful and asked for nothing in return.
  4. Faith is what gets you through each day; it gives you the encouragement to know that things will work out just the way they are supposed to.
  5. Never do anything in haste. You may not see the reason in things, but sometimes it’s best to let life run its course. Que sera, sera.
  6. Be patient – this is not my forte, but what else am I to do? Yes… I found solace in #1 🙂
  7. I am loved, and people care.
  8. Give thanks… ALWAYS.

Since my ‘heart-breaking’ incident, I’ve replaced all my documents. The final piece, my US visa should be ready for collection this week. A ‘friend’ bought me a new netbook, and all that I need now is to replace my camera so that I may pursue my new love, my new career as a photographer.

All was not lost when the car and my things were stolen. In fact, much was ‘found’ in the aftermath. I’ve discovered that I possess something more valuable that cannot be measured for its worth…

My sincerest thanks to Tara, Sharon, Kim, Kat and Gary. And Kurt, I appreciate you more than you know…

What began as a seemingly devastating moment in my life is now in the past, and the future offers nothing but promise.

People can take away material things, they can do all they can to try to hold you back and get you down, but they can’t take away your talents, your will to succeed. I am still in control… I have my hands, my mind, my heart. My boss said to me that the Lord never gives you more than you can bear… and now I’ve overcome this hurdle and I’m ready for the next.

Still Living & Loving…

Photo: Gary James

Day 11 – Lovey-Dovey

Since it’s the night of the Super Moon, I’ve dedicated Day 11’s post to Love 🙂
I always say that I hate people… or rather, don’t like people. This is somewhat true, however I often contradict myself, because in fact, I actually love people… very much.
Sure, you’ve probably read that before in this blog, but it’s true. I’m a real softie, and not afraid to talk, tweet or blog about it!
I love to give hugs and kisses… to console, to counsel, to help find resolutions.
With that said, I’ll go one step further and share with you that I fall in love easily… or so I’ve been told.
I’ve loved a lot in past relationships, which has led some people to believe that I’m more in love with the idea of love, rather than the person I’m supposedly in love with. This couldn’t be any further from the truth.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no pushover and neither am I naïve. But I AM very open to love, and being in love.
I simply feel that the only way to find true love is to welcome it, without fear of being hurt.
Hell, I’ve been hurt so many times… but the fact is, you get over it eventually – you learn, you mend, you move on.
If you’re always sceptical in your relationships, whether intimate or social, I’m telling you from now, they’re destined to fail. You have to trust in the relationship and in the other party. And above all, you must trust in yourself.
Sometimes I’ll pretend like I don’t care, but I live my life with an open heart… and to me, that’s pretty awesome.

…knowing that I’m enough

It’s been a rough couple of weeks…

Besides the fact that I’ve been super-swamped with work, I’m also kind of getting over some heartbreak 😦

You know, I met someone who’s right for me… the problem is, I don’t think he thinks I’m right for him… the fool. LOL!

The situation has nothing to do with whether I’m a nice girl, ambitious, intelligent or beautiful – he already ‘gets’ that I am these things and more. The problem is, we live 581 miles (935 km) apart. Maybe I’m a fool, but I have faith in the long-distance relationship… it’s just kinda hurtful that he doesn’t/didn’t have faith in me… in us.

Many a night I sit wondering if there’s something wrong with me… why I couldn’t be enough. But, you know what? How do I beat myself up over something so wonderful? ME!

If he can’t/won’t see it, I know someone else will. After all, it won’t be long before someone else takes notice of my absolute awesomeness! Hahahahahahaha!! (Yes, you’re allowed to roll your eyes)

And maybe then, I’ll be enough – whether miles apart, or side by side.