Day 2319: Changing of mind

It’s okay to change your mind sometimes – that’s what I realized today.

 

It’s 11: 45 AM on day 2319 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast, Habakkuk 3:19 and work on some of my 2017 Goals .

 

This morning I realized that it’s okay to change my mind sometimes (once I make up my mind I seldom change it which is awesome in some ways and horrible in others).

Day 2318: My Life Wish

I have a life wish and it is to live and not merely exist – that’s what I’ve realized.

 

 

It’s 12: 22 PM on day 2317 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast,  read Isaiah 26: 3, go get my face waxed and haircut with my sister (the things we women have to go through to look halfway presentable are ridiculous #JustSaying) and go grocery shopping – when it’s just the two of us doing grocery shopping my sister and i use the wheelchair as a trolley it comes in handy (everything is the way you choose to look at it).

 

Today I realized that me doing all these adventurous things is all in aid of fulfilling my life wish to live and not merely exist (most of the time although I’m so grateful for the health of my body I  feel a bit trapped in it adventure sports makes me feel free if only for an hour or two).

 

Day 2317: A Simple Exercise For Goal-Achievement

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar

 

It’s 11: 53 AM on day 2317 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast,  read Psalm 46:1-3  and work on a few of my 2017 Goals (can’t go into details till everything is fully finalized but i can say i’m so very excited about things to come).

 

Recently I’ve started writing down my daily goals and posting it on my social media accounts I check on my goals occasionally throughout the day and by the end of the day I find that I’ve achieved most, if not all, of my goals for that day it’s a simple exercise that has made a big difference in my life.

 

Day 2316: The Book of Joy

“We create most of our suffering, so it should be logical that we also have the ability to create more joy. It simply depends on the attitudes, the perspectives, and the reactions we bring to situations and to our relationships with other people. When it comes to personal happiness there is a lot that we as individuals can do.”

― Dalai Lama XIV, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

 

It’s 11: 52  AM on day 2316 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray,  read Isaiah 41:10 and have breakfast.

 

Yesterday I finished reading The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams it’s a profound yet simple book about the keys to having joy and living a joyful life (I love that both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu emphasized that being of service and looking outward from one’s own suffering were at the core of living a joyful life (it’s so true)).

 

 

Thank you superhero Catherine Constantinides for sending me the book I will treasure it always because of the wonderful lessons in the book and because of the beautiful inscription you wrote in it.

Day 2315: Love and Sacrifice

Love and sacrifice are inseparable from each other – that’s what I realized yesterday.

 

It’s 11: 21  AM on day 2315 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, do my first ever Facebook Livestream – that was cool 🙂 – read Jeremiah 29: 11 and have breakfast.

 

Yesterday I realized that love and sacrifice are inseparable from each other  sometimes the people we love make sacrifices for us that we will never know about because they don’t want us to feel like we are a burden to them (blessed are those who love us in ways we will never know).

Day 2314: Compassion and Me

We must have compassion for the fact that people can’t fully understand an experience they’ve never had – that’s my message to the world.

It’s 5: 10  PM on day 2314 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray and read Deuteronomy 31:6, go to the doctor to get a note to go paragliding in April (i got the note so yay) and go to the mall

This morning I was annoyed that people don’t understand what I go through then I realized they really don’t most people don’t know what it’s like to be so physically dependent on others as an adult because they’ve never had that experience it’s not their fault it just is the way it is and I’m beginning to have great compassion for that.

Day 2313: The Good in Every Day

There’s good in every single day– that’s what I’m realizing.

 

It’s 10: 12  AM on day 2313 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray and read Isaiah 43:19 (will be working on my birthday project benefiting Miss Earth South Africa and Jumping Kids -unfortunately only those living in South Africa can participate in this project (apologies to my friends overseas).

 

Recently I started writing down one awesome moment of every day which is making me realize there is good in every day we just have to pause and reflect to find it.

Day 2312: The Key to Life

The key to life is to keep moving and striving regardless of whether you’ve succeeded or failed – that’s what I’ve realized.

 

It’s 8: 48 AM on day 2312 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray and read Psalm 40:3 (today i’m going to start working on small campaigns for two South African organizations [i’m going to go about it semi-quietly because it will be hard for people outside of South Africa to participate]).

 

This morning I realized that the key to life is to keep moving and striving regardless of whether you’ve succeeded or failed (if you feel like you’ve succeeded it’s your responsibility to build on that success and if you feel like you’ve failed try, try and try again until you succeed… no matter what just keep moving).

Day 2311: Mornings after my campaigns

Striving to outdo yourself brings with it a lot of pressure but it’s better than not striving all ― that’s what mornings after my campaigns have taught me.

 

It’s 9: 45 AM on day 2311 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray and read Psalm 100: 1 ( maybe i’m going to take a break today and start working on my 2017 goals tomorrow).

 

This morning like all the other mornings after a campaign I feel a little lost even though I have big goals for the year a tiny part of me (that I’m trying to surpass) is always afraid that whatever I do next won’t be as big as all the things I did previously although I guess there’s no rule that I have to do outdo myself it’s just what I always strive to do.

Day 2310: 25 Smiles Campaign Over. Thank you all

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca

 

It’s 10: 45 AM on day 2310 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast, read Proverbs 16 : 9 and end my 25 Smiles Campaign – yesterday aunty and uncle donated $62 and Samantha And Kev donated $250 which helped end the campaign on a high note with  $10 317.04 [enough for 41 smiles] (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign ).

 

Today marks the end  of my 25 Smiles Campaign benefiting  Smile Train  ninety-seven people (including me and my family) have made donations to this campaign and between us we’ve donated $10 317.04 which is awesome considering initially I only aimed to raise $6 250 (enough to sponsor 25 cleft surgeries) i’m so so thankful to everyone who has supported this campaign and me. Thank you Sneha Abraham, Frank Burns, Gaynor Young and Barbara Royce, Justine PerryMadalyn Sklar, Catherine Cook, @Maewmb, David Boutin, Sarah BrittenJim Mahar, Nancy, Rema aunty, Paul and Juliet Merrell of Big Planet RadioBev Bern, Julie and Don Faughnan, Amit Abraham, Benjamin and Amelia, Athira Issac, Liesel, Priyachechi, Joubert Botha, LA Janssens, Anatoli, Arun Babu, Stan FarynaMy Paper Parties, Happy Odd Girl, Adam Butler, Deepuchachen, Tinuchachechi and Jerynchachen, Duane, My Paper Parities 2, Joyce Childers, Jacqui Mackway -Wilson of Go Social SAKevin B (on behalf of Lesley), Meg Guegan, Susanchechi, Reshma Jacob, uncle Abraham Matthew, Debbie McMannis, Anish Krishnankutty, Ellyn Harris, Zak Ebrahim, author of The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of ChoiceJoseph John, Reshma Ravi, Wayne Mansfield, Jinuchachen, Samuel Kochukanayathil, Laura, Tim Fargo, author of Alphabet Success – Keeping it Simple. My Secrets to Success and founder of Social Jukebox, Shari Mason, Benjin Thomas, Bruce Sallan, Nithin Yohannan, Juliana Mullan, Fireman Max, Yusuf AbramjeeNisha Kotecha, Deepthi Abraham, Jiya, Seema, Anush Alex, Daleen Bernard, Teresa Williams,  Stacey Chassoulas, Maddie, Nay731, MJ Merk, Eapen family, Preethachechi and Tonychachen,  Linda Mastroianni, Dr. Ann Abraham, Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour , Eapen family, Bithun Babu, Sherilchechi, Tony Seifart,  Benedict Joson, Ashwell Gleason, Jacqui Cooks, uncle and aunty. Samantha and Kev  and everyone else who chose to donate anonymously for your generous donations. Thank you uncle Abraham Matthew, Jacqui Mackway-Wilson, Stephanie Young, Susannah Schaefer,  Sue-Ann Allen, Caryn Gootkin, Britt Michaelian,  Lakshmi Pillai, Akhil Tomy, Thara, Anjali, Sherin,  Pamela Eapen, Good News Shared, ViralFlashGoodThingsGuy, 52 Feminists, Smart ZAR Girls, Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour,  Catherine Constantinides, Nicolette Human, Mireesha Narsai, Nk Obi, Kerri Stein, Beverly,  Andrea, Kalay Maistry and everybody else for helping spread the word about this campaign.