This quote is one that I make conscious effort to live by. It’s the one quote I often use when I’m feeling down and even when I’m feeling like I’m ontop of the 🌎.
It actually comes from one of my all time fav fairytales!
And it goes:
Have courage and be kind.
How beautiful. Short and sweet!
Being courageous does not mean you have to be mean, disrespectful or proud.
To have courage and also to maintain humility and kindness for me, is something so beautiful and can sometimes be so difficult to get the both right. Hence the beauty.
Once you find the balance, Only then I say, can you shout out loud: MAMA I MADE IT!
Have courage to work through the tough times and lows that life can sometimes throw and then be kind enough to share the little you have, even when being kind seems like the hardest to do. Kind enough even when you have everything that your heart desires.
Everybody’s at war with different things…I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.
We sometimes get so consumed with the things going on in our lives and around us that we tend to forget that everybody else is walking through their own struggle; Be it business, personal or spiritual.
When we get so consumed with our own issues, it becomes very easy to feel entitled. We expect people to be sympathetic or empathetic towards us and our situation and can sometimes disregard what others may be going through. It’s human natureI suppose.
I’ve learned that there’s always somebody out there in a worse situation than I.
I keep this thought current in my mind which helps me to be more compassionate and kind towards those that I come accross and helps me to feel less entitled.
This is one of the beauties in our struggle. Being able to give even when you’re in need.
Be kind always, you never know if it will be the only breath of fresh air for somebody!
Happy Thursday almal 😊
An attempt to spread love and light through word, from just an ordinary girl
It’s that time of the year again where I show gratitude to everybody who wished me and Mik well.
It was a first for me this year, not taking leave for Boy’s birthday. And even I underestimated the support I would receive.
My dearest famo and friends. Thank you all for the beautiful messages of well wishes for my boy and strength for me. The profile picture updates. The constant check-ins. With friends and family like you guys , no burden is too heavy. Shukr to Allah!
My work fam, the beautiful card and bag of goodies brought on the tears even more. I appreciate you guys so much. You guys made my day at work all the more bearable. I only hope that I am given the opportunity to be there for all of you like you have for me.
My family; mother, sister, cousins. I appreciate the wishes from China. My mum never misses singing for her grandson even if she’s on the other side of the world. My sister for the kind wishes and cousins for thinking of me.
Stephz, you were there for me the actual day I lost Mik , you made sure you tracked my number down and called me. Years later, and I still get messages from you on Miks birthday, thank you my friend. I love you tons.
Lamz, you called first thing in the morning and had his pic up. You and layla and the kids really made it special. Appreciate you in so many ways.
My ex in laws, I appreciate the messages sent. Thank you (:
My trishy, thank you for coming home and cooking me supper and just existing with me. I appreciated that so much! You really are a special kind my friend.
It feels like just the other day that I wrote this. Its now 4 months that im apart of the Bright Stars mentorship programme and it has been nothing less than life changing.
I was a little sceptical in the begining; having been given a 12 year old, I often questioned if I’ll be skilled enough. I mean I barely can make sense of whats going on in my life lol.
It is amazing how just showing up, every week for as little as an hour can change you and the life of another human being!
We draw, write, read, colour talk about music, have picnics, play games etc.
My mentee is an absolute star. She is a bright little 12 year old that loves reading, and loves Maths and Life skills. Her ambition in life is to become a social worker. When asked why that, she says: ” to help children like me”. I was in awe.
I went into this initiative with the intention of helping….but she’s helped me in ways I cant even begin to explain. I am adored and loved unconditionally. What more could any human being possibly ask for?
These little gestures; this was by birthday present: a Card, a gift she had received from her previous bday and an award ahe received last year…all she had but she gave it to me.❤
I told her about some of the hardships I’ve been through; the loss of my son a few years ago. She cried and opened up about some of her tough times. And on mothers day, this was my card.
I love writing and so we’ve kinda got into the habit of writing each other letters or cards from time to time.
I was hospitalised for about 3 weeks in April and couldnt make my weekly visits with her. She sent this with one of my fellow mentors.
Some time back she was having an issue with her Maths, we worked on it and she’s doing alot better now. We read almost every week and she loves it. I started taking my nieces with me coz i believe they must grow up with the mentality of sharing. With a willness to help and be helped. They enjoy her company and she adores them. We even went for a picnic on the beach.
In trying to teach her that she can be anything she wants to be, it has ignited a spark in me that has been dormant for way too long. A spark that doesnt know mediocre. I have the urge and will to make a difference, one act of kindness at a time. One person at a time…Change starts with Me.