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Think On These Things #27 (April 23, 2013)

I haven’t had a Think On These Things Post lately. Today’s is fitting because of recent circumstances in my life. Surrender doesn’t mean giving up. It means trusting that things will unfold as they are meant to and that it will be in the greatest good of everyone concerned. This is not something I always acknowledge and often I actively fight it. I like to allow myself to believe I can control everything. What heartache and suffering this creates. Instead, I remind myself today to surrender to the reality that it is what it is and to do my best to make the best of it and realize that all states are temporary. True for good and bad.

In the words of Brave Girls’ Club:

We learn really good things when we are stretched, pulled, whirled and twirled. We learn things about LIFE, but mostly we learn things about ourselves. We learn that we are pretty darned tough, pretty darned awesome and pretty darned smart.

And when we know that stuff, we know we can do anything.

And then we don’t have to be afraid. We can just live, and do good things and be happy and pull others up when they are down. And then, we realize it was all worth it

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Daily Gratitude – April 22, 2013

April 22, 2013 – I am grateful for a quick change in situation. Proof that surrender works and that shifting perspective can change an entire situation. A good lesson for me with respect to my need to be in control and to orchestrate everything. Sometimes things work out better if I sit back and let if all unfold. Grateful.

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Daily Gratitude – April 21, 2013

April 21, 2013 – I am grateful to be stepping out of my comfort zone and dreaming about possibilities. And now to put dreams into action.

You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Daily Gratitude – April 20, 2013

April 20, 2013 – I am grateful for a fun night with old friends. It’s incredible to think back to when we all met and to see how far we’ve come and to know we can always count on one another wherever life takes us. PPL, my bought-and-paid-fors. πŸ™‚

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Daily Gratitude – April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013 – I am grateful for stepping out of my comfort zone and embracing fear. Who knows where it will lead. I just know it beats being stagnant. Ending today with a feeling of empowerment and relief.

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Daily Gratitude – April 18, 2013

April 18, 2013 – I am grateful for my parents’ health. Here’s praying for a long and healthy life for them. I want them to get to see their grandkids grow up. And I’m extra grateful for E&N tonight since as much as it is a big commitment for my parents to help raise E&N, it is this very responsibility that contributes to my parents’ overall good health because it keeps them active and engaged.

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Daily Gratitude – April 2 – 17, 2013

Life has been fairly topsy-turvy the past few weeks. Hence the silence on the blog. And now I have two weeks of backlog for my gratitude posts (not to mention an unintentional and long hiatus from blogging). I’m back…and starting with a gratitude catch-up.

April 2, 2013 – I am grateful for friends who are more like family because they care so much. Kirstie, Laura, Jan, Theresa: this one’s for you.

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April 3, 2013 – I am grateful that E has inherited the trait of sheer determination. He makes me proud beyond belief.

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April 4, 2013 – I am grateful to know when patience is required. As a friend said, I may have lost the battle, but I haven’t lost the war. Time will show all. Now to make it through the days with patience and faith.

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April 5, 2013 – I am grateful for new friends who care and provide support. Deb, this one is for you.

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April 6, 2013 – I am grateful to trust that the challenges of today will make me stronger in the future. And mainly because I know I can’t punch in the face those who are causing grief. (I’m working on the return to positive me.)

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April 7, 2013 – I am grateful for spirituality. It really does help ease burdens.

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April 8, 2013 – I am grateful my nephews help me accept and adapt to change. Even when it involves them.

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April 9, 2013 – I am grateful to have some semblance of my positive attitude back. I feel much more empowered in this state of mind.

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April 10, 2013 – I am grateful for powerful role models for when I need words of wisdom from someone whose struggles have been much greater.

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April 11, 2013 – I am grateful to trust everything happens for our greatest good. This is what’s getting me through the days.

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April 12, 2013 – I am grateful for unwavering love and support from Craig, my mom, and forever friend Kirstie.

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April 13, 2013 – I am grateful for a day of pure, unbridled fun with the loves of my life: E&N &C

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April 14, 2013 – I am grateful to know true love.

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April 15, 2013 – I am grateful to know I am making a difference and hence the smile. Screw the certain someone who thinks bonds like these can be broken by insecurity and jealousy.

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April 16, 2013 – I am grateful for friends who remind me of the things I can’t see. How fortunate I am to have friends whose love I can feel no matter the distance. Susanne and Kirstie, this one is for you.

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April 17, 2013 – I am grateful for people who stand by me to help me take the important steps on the path of change. Susanne, Kirstie, Maureen, Laura – this one’s for you.

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Worth a Read

I am posting a link to a blog post by Marc and Angel because it was the exact reminder I needed. Which means someone else is in the same boat. Here it is: 6 Reasons You Aren’t Dead Yet.

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Daily Gratitude – April 1, 2013

April 1, 2013 – I am grateful for a great day with my nephews – breakfast (along with mom/grandma), homework (yes, even on holidays), Easter egg hunt (belated), snowshoeing (thanks Jan and Laura for lending your snowshoes so the boys could enjoy the beautiful weather), visit with the baby nephew (who is already fiercely independent at not-quite 17 months), shopping (N needed new rain boots – my nephews are growing like weeds!), creative play (spy game Hot Wheels, and building wooden race cars), and yummy supper (with C).

An extra dose of gratitude today for having some really good people in my corner: Kirstie, Jan, Laura, and Theresa – special shout-outs to the four of you for your love, support, and friendship. I am blessed.

And in addition to a quoto for this gratitude message, I am also sharing a Makes Me Think story:

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It’s a Small World After All – Cayman Islands #1 – Thursday, March 2, 2006

I took last week off to prepare for my Organizational Behaviour final and this meant that I neglected my blog. Yesterday, I caught up on my daily gratitude posts from the past week and decided to hold off on a travel babble message. It’s a new day and a new month, so here’s the first post for April.

Hello all! (yes, another long travel e-mail from Narmin…delete it or skip through whatever bores you.)

I arrived in the Cayman’s yesterday afternoon. I was on the red-eye flight to Toronto on Wednesday morning (Tuesday night) 12:25 a.m. and there was a woman with a two-year old in the seat behind me. The two-year old CRIED FOR FOUR HOURS STRAIGHT. Another experience that makes me think “NO KIDS!!!!” Personally, I woulda given the crying toddler some cough medicine or something to knock her out (and she did have a cough so it’s not like I’m promoting medicating kids unnecessarily!) I was dead tired by the time we landed in Toronto at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday and my flight to Grand Cayman was not until 10:00 a.m. so I walked around like a zombie and tried to sleep in airport chairs – NOT comfortable. The woman with crying child was on my GC flight, too. Thankfully she was many rows behind me this time, and I slept for most of the flight. I was sitting near an Italian family that lives in the Caymans. The couple had two kids, a two-year-old and a five-year-old. Near the end of the flight I told the woman, Sylvia, that she had really well-behaved, and more importantly, extremely QUIET children and she told me that she and her husband have trained their children well and that the kids have been traveling with them since they were three-months-old. I told her about my TO flight and she was horrified that the mother hadn’t done anything ( i.e. cough medicine) about her crying child.

The whole point of the long story above is that when I landed in GC and Michael met me at the airport, he had already heard about my bad flight to TO – Sylvia’s husband was one of Michael’s patients (he’s a physiotherapist) – now I know first-hand about news traveling fast in a small town/island. The woman with the crying child is also Caymanian so she’ll probably hear all about my complaints, too. Michael and Christine have lived here for several years (Michael four years and Christine two years, since she and Michael got married) and they say they are pretty much used to the fast-travelling-news – but it made Michael laugh to catch me off-guard.

So Grand Cayman…did you know it is not pronounced Kay-mun…it’s Kay-Man (like Jamaicans say “Man”) I never knew that until I heard the locals (natives) say it today. Weird.

GC is very different than the other beach destinations I’ve visited. First off, everything looks shiny and new. Hurricane Ivan happened just about two years ago so a lot of buildings are new as a result of near-total devastation by Ivan. But, GC is also a pretty affluent place, so I’m guessing it always looked “new”. It’s also a very clean island – I have not seen any garbage lying around and the streets are clean and well-kept. I didn’t think an island of 40,000 people could have a traffic jam but Michael dropped me off in town on his way to work today and I got to experience rush hour, traffic jam and see how a small fender-bender can block the flow of traffic the same as an accident on the Whitemud would. People drive on the “wrong” side of the street here and Michael and Christine say there’s no sense of traffic rules but after spending time in India, most places seem to have an orderly flow of traffic, even if they really don’t. And pedestrians have some semblance of right of way here, although not always, so Michael and Christine tell me.

I spent the morning out by the pool 10 feet from Michael and Christine’s back door. It was very peaceful and relaxing – I am definitely getting in my RnR so far. Then I spent five hours at the beach. Cayman Islands are surrounded by the Carribean Sea. I am so glad I took swimming lessons leading up to this trip – I still can’t swim well but I felt comfortable being in the water (BY MYSELF) and even went in as far as neck high, floated (it is WAY easier to float in salt-water than chlorine water…but I bet all of you knew that) and I even swam a little bit but didn’t go too far out (cuz that’s still a bit too scary). But YAY me. To really appreciate this you have to know that up until four months ago, I was too afraid to go more than chest-deep into any water and had only played in the ocean with Janet by my side – six-foot-tall Janet who would save me if the big, bad waves got too scary πŸ™‚ The water was very calm, hardly any waves at all (well no big ones, anyway) and a beautiful, clear, blue-green.

During my lazing around in the sun, I read almost 200 pages of The Chronicles of Narnia; I think I missed all the religious overtones when I read the books as a kid. Having said that, Narnia is awesome beach reading and I don’t remember a lot of the stories so I am enjoying it even more.

Wayne/Lorette/Cory – how did the Hobbema announcement go? I was thinking of all of you, and especially Wayne, between 10 and 12 today (we’re two hours ahead here) and hoping that everything was going alright. Honest! Oh and funny, but true, story…I took my token with me on the plane and it’s on a mini handcuffs (really, thumbcuffs) keychain and the guys at airport security had to go through my bag to ensure I didn’t have any other “dangerous” stuff in my carry on. They didn’t confiscate them but told me I should probably put them in my checked luggage on the way back. I know it’s cuz I’m brown. πŸ™‚

And no, I haven’t checked if I can access my work account with the token but I will at some point.

Tomorrow I am going to check out the fitness centre that is part of the amenities at Michael and Christine’s complex and then it’s off to explore George Town a little bit and then probably head to a different beach for the afternoon. There’s seven miles of beautiful, white sand beach here. The theme of this trip…RnR. Michael and Christine are great hosts and have made me feel really at home at their place and they are even better hosts for discouraging me from filling my days with tours and events. So on that note, I think I will now call it a night.

Narmin

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