Hope is essential to life and living – that’s what I keep realizing.
It’s 11 : 37 AM on day 2523 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Psalm 119:28, have breakfast and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – raised to $2 875 only $9 625 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot .
Recently I’ve look at the state of my country and felt deeply disappointed but I still have hope for a better day if only because citizens like myself are standing up and speaking out about issues that are of concern to us (feeling disappointed sometimes is okay but it’s not okay to throw your hands in the air and quit rather stand up, speak out and do something no matter how little that something may be).
Gandhi was right actions express priorities – that’s what I have realized.
It’s 10: 31 AM on day 2296 of my journey towards independence and I managed to -pray, read Matthew 2: 11-12 and work on my 25 Smiles Campaign – yesterday Joubert Botha donated $50 and Tony Seifart also donated $50 (thanks guys 🙂 ) which brings the total raised to $9 461.04 only $3 038.96 more to raise to reach my second goal of raising $12 500 for Smile Train before Jan 10 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far ).
Today making a phone call to someone I realized that people will always and forever matter more to me than money, power, prestige or things.
Actions and not titles make leaders – that’s what I keep realizing.
It’s 12 : 11 PM on day 2031 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Revelation 8, learn one new thing –Dogs belong to the taxonomic family Canidae (canines) which is divided into two tribes: those related to wolves (Canini) and those related to foxes (Vulpini). A couple of canine species lay outside these two tribes, but hyenas are not canines.- have breakfast, hang out outside and work on my 25 Smiles Campaign – Beverly donated $25 (thanks so much Beverly your ongoing support means a lot to me always ) which brings the total raised to raised $4 146 only $2 104 more to raise by 10 Jan 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far ).
Yesterday some things happened in South African politics that made me realize yet again that actions and not titles make leaders.
People who really love you don’t just say it they also show it in a million different ways– that’s what I keep realizing.
It’s 12 : 30 PM on day 1655 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to pray, read Ezekiel 15 and publish my Disability of the Day feature, learn one new thing – Uranus has at least 27 moons.All of the Jovian planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) have large numbers of moons. Some of them are very small, asteroid sized objects that are difficult to detect. So the exact number of moons is unknown, but at this time 27 are known to exist. watch the Australia vs. India World Cup match, exercise, feed myself bran flakes for breakfast and promote my Educate Generations campaign– $2 558 raised so far 🙂 .
Today I realized people who really love you don’t just say it they also show it in a million different ways I know with a hundred percent certainty that some people in my life love me and would do anything for me while others just show up on special occasions or use me to pass the time I try to focus on the people who love me but it still hurts when you realize that the people you would do anything for wouldn’t do the same for you.
Sometimes the good you try to do does you no good – that’s what I realized this morning.
It’s 12 : 32 PM on day 1619 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to stretch my hamstrings (because I have Cerebral Palsy and can’t walk my hamstrings have to be stretched to keep my tendons the right length it is a painful but necessary exercise which I’m supposed to do every day of my life), brush my teeth, pray, read Jeremiah 36, publish my Disability of the Day feature, learn one new thing –The space between your pointer finger and thumb is called the “purlicue.” – feed myself egg with bread for breakfast and promote my Educate Generations campaign – $1 900 raised so far I have to do something different I was thinking maybe I could make a video asking Taylor Swift to check out my page but I’m on the fence about it because I don’t want to be one of the millions of people who are trying to use her.
This morning I realized sometimes the good you try to do does you no good I say and do most things I say and do with the best intentions but some people act like I say what I say and do what I do with the intention of hurting others it hurts but it’s okay God knows my intentions and sees inside my heart in the end that’s what matters most.
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
–Luke 6: 27-31
It’s 5 : 58 PM on day 1455 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to pray, brush my teeth, go back to sleep, read Psalm 143, publish my Disability of the Day feature, publish my Kid of the Week feature, go to an Indian church service – fasting was mandatory by the time we got to the church I had already been awake for 7 hours and the service ended 3 hours later I was starving I had never gone that long without eating I can’t help thinking of people who go without eating every day I couldn’t do it for 10 hours I can’t imagine what it would be like to go without food for days or weeks – and brush my teeth again.
This morning we had to fast before receiving Holy Communion strangely enough I didn’t feel more Christian because I fasted before receiving Holy Communion which made me realize it’s the kind of person you are not the things that you do that make you Christian the priest said as much when he said to be a child of God you have to bless those who curse you and pray for those who mistreat you.
Words may lie but actions do not – that’s what I keep realizing.
It’s 12 : 09 PM on day 1295 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to pray, brush my teeth, read Job 29, publish my Disability of the Day feature, feed myself bran flakes for breakfast, promote my Eradicate AIDS campaign – no donations so far today but three people promised to donate soon – practice sitting up straight to strengthen my core muscles, stretch my hamstrings and continue promoting my campaign – still no luck.
This morning I was thinking about people who lift me up with their words and let me down with their actions people say I’m amazing and inspirational (I don’t believe I’m either of those things I’m just a girl trying to change the world) but when I ask for their help most of them disappear faster than Houdini just goes to show words may lie but actions do not. When you’re trying to figure out if someone cares about you or not do you listen to what they say or look at what they do?
Actions speak a lot louder than words– that’s what I’ve come to realize.
It’s 1 : 42 PM on day 1252 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to pray, brush my teeth, read Nehemiah 9, feed myself All Bran Flakes for breakfast, publish my Disability of the Day feature, publish my Kid of the Week feature, promote my Eradicate AIDS campaign – my brother’s so sweet he placed 4th in a chess tournament yesterday and offered to donate his winnings to Eradicate AIDS but I couldn’t take his money because I knew he probably wanted to use the money for something else.
Last night my mom and I were talking about how some people are all talk and no action some people pat you on the head and tell you how proud they are of you and all that you do but when you ask for their help suddenly they can’t get far enough away from you it’s so frustrating sometimes I feel like screaming at people WHAT MATTERS IN LIFE IS HOW MANY PEOPLE YOU HELP NOT HOW MANY PEOPLE LIKE YOUR FACEBOOK STATUSES OR HOW MANY FOLLOWERS YOU HAVE ON TWITTER. Do you get upset when people build you up with their words and let you down with their actions?
Being Christian is more important than doing what Christians do– that’s what I realized today.
It’s 12 : 13 PM on day 1182 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to pray, brush my teeth, read 1 Chronicles 15, publish my Disability of the Day feature, publish my Kid of the Week feature, feed myself All Bran Flakes for breakfast, go to church and listen to music.
This morning I really wanted to go to church and we did but not before going back and forth about whether or not we should go before we made our final decision to go I told my mother it’s okay even if we don’t go because I realized doing what was easier for my mother would be more Christian than going to church. Are you Christian or do you just do what Christians do?
See the intention behind the words and actions of others – that’s what I keep learning.
It’s 1 : 29 PM on day 1103 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, feed myself All Bran Flakes for breakfast, pray, read 2 Samuel 6, publish my Disability of the Day feature, tweet about my campaign – I am not able anything to do much of anything today I feel awful it’s so unfair I eat right, I exercise and I’m still left feeling sluggish meanwhile others eat all sorts of junk and they are still fine the next day – and go pick up my new wheelchair – it’s like my old one except this one’s lighter.
Two days ago something happened which made me realize I should take the words and actions of others as they were intended when people say stuff like you are in my prayers my first thought is something along the lines of just because I’m in a wheelchair doesn’t mean I need extra prayers meanwhile I’m sure they were just trying to be nice I hate the fact that I tend to add layers to the words and actions of others hopefully I’ll grow out of it someday. Do you try to see the intention behind the words and actions of others or do you always take things the wrong way?