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Be happy with what you already have and really OWN what you HAVE

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Although I do not live in the US, and do not have tradition to celebrate Thanksgiving on this day, I can’t help but feel the excitement over this holiday from the Internet. In my country, we have a day, similar to Thanksgiving, where we ask for forgiveness and show our appreciation to the people in our lives. However, I do not believe in having just one day like this. We should be thankful for what we have, and who we have in our lives EVERYDAY! 

I am especially concerned about the possibility of not-being thankful for the people we have in our lives already, and dismissing them if they do something wrong, or if they change in any way. It’s the mentality of our new generation, to “buy it new” when the old one is not working, instead of trying to fix and upgrade what we already have

Yes, I am talking about broken relationships with family, friends, partners, colleagues, neighbors. The relationships we have forgotten of; the family we do not like because of their religious or political beliefs; the neighbors we do not say Hi to and hide from because they smell of Sauerkraut every time we see them; or the friends that became depressed since they got fired and make us depressed when we talk to them.

You can have many people in your life, I’m not talking about not being friendly or communicative to others. No, I’m talking about cherishing the ones you already have in your life! I’m talking about understanding where they come from, and helping them in their journey. I’m talking about not giving up on the ones who feel lost or confused. I’m talking about LOVE! Unconditional love to everyone that are a part of your life!

So often we say “Oh, we are not in touch anymore, I don’t know what happened, but she just lost her way and I can’t be around people who are lost!” But we don’t know the whole story. We don’t try to help. We don’t remember all the good times and make sure they remember it as well. Sometimes, people need to hear the positive. Sometimes, all we need to do is smile! Sometimes, all people need is LOVE!

So, I beg you, at least today, don’t dismiss your grandparents, or your aunts and uncles sitting at your Thanksgiving table; don’t roll your eyes when they ask you questions you don’t want to hear; don’t be nervous or wishing you were sitting with someone else in that moment. LOVE YOUR FAMILY and FRIENDS and the ones who are spending their time with you. Don’t give up on them, because, if it was the other way around, you wouldn’t want them to give up on you!

 

I read this somewhere on Facebook, and I thought it would fit in this post. I hope you’ll be inspired and more thankful for the people in your life today!

Brad Pitt about his wife:

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My wife got sick. She was constantly nervous because of problems at work, personal life, her failures and children. She lost 30 pounds and weighted about 90 pounds. She got very skinny and was constantly crying. She was not a happy woman. She had suffered from continuing headaches, heart pain and jammed nerves in her back and ribs. She did not sleep well, falling asleep only in the mornings and got tired very quickly during the day. Our relationship was on the verge of a break up. Her beauty was leaving her somewhere, she had bags under her eyes, she was poking her head, and stopped taking care of herself. She refused to shoot the films and rejected any role. I lost hope and thought that we’ll get divorced soon… But then I decided to act. After all I’ve got the most beautiful woman on earth. She is the idol of more than half of men and women on earth, and I was the one allowed to fall asleep next to her and to hug her. I began to shower her with flowers, kisses and compliments. I surprised and pleased her every minute. I gave her a lot of gifts and lived just for her. I spoke in public only about her. I incorporated all themes in her direction. I praised her in front of her own and our mutual friends. You won’t believe it, but she blossomed. She became better. She gained weight, was no longer nervous and loved me even more than ever. I had no clue that she CAN love that much.

And then I realized one thing: the woman is the reflection of her man.

If you love her to the point of madness, she will become it.

Brad Pitt

What? Who? Me? Seriously?

When Rachael Charmley, who blogs at Rachael Charmley filling it with  lovely writing, left a comment on my blog, telling me that she is nominating me for the Sunshine Award, that’s what I said : “What? Who? Me? Seriously?” . I was just waking up and it made me smile and opened my eyes wider than ever (and if you know me, you’d know that my eyes are big anyway!).

Sunshine award? Sunshine? That’s what all my friends call me! I felt as if a friend is sending me some kind of a teaser on Monday morning. Well, since I’ve already begun sharing my nickname with you, let’s continue with ten more things you don’t know about me:

1. Every year, I have to visit a new place. Country, city, lake, river, historical place, national or international, doesn’t matter. But I have to be able to explore something. Expand my view.

2. Speaking of expanding my view: Love roller coasters!The spinning, turning, rush, all of it! I’m always that person who asks if we can go to the scariest, most thrilling ride at the beginning of the trip, and than, later on go over and over and over to that one, with whomever I can find! When I went to the Disneyland Paris, I went over and over to the Space Mountain, that the guy ushering you to the carts became my friend! Bonjour Monsieur!

3. I paint and draw. Usually, I start with the blank canvas in front of me, developing my idea, which in my head looks amazing. I tell my friends and family, they get all excited and happy. But than, I mix the colors, stroke my brush on the canvas and suddenly, I have another idea! That color, that vibe, it means something else! After a week or so, my canvas looks nothing like what I told everyone I’m making and they look at it with their concern faces and say “Oh, um…what is this?” I always say, “It’s not finished” and carry on. At the end, the end of the paining, the end of all my energy and feelings, the end of the paint I have bought for the painting, my tarp is filled with layers and texture and it can mean whatever you see in it.

4.I was a biochemistry major. I still glance over to the equations, liquids, the systems of the human body. I still read the label of the food I’m buying and recognize the ingredients. What became a habit of mine is reading the label of the shampoos and cremes I use, while in the shower. Afterwards I Google some unknown things online…which often leads to me not using the entire brand anymore! It’s so hard to find something natural these days!

5. My biggest accomplishment- Starting my own NGO! It’s an organization with a purpose to improve the social and professional status of all citizens. I recognized the need for it. I have volunteered my entire life, so I was familiar with the volunteer view, but founding my own, was a really new experience for me. However, I did it, it felt great and it’s still is amazing! All the wonderful people I meet, the versatility of the projects I do but most of all, managing to fulfill the dreams of the members of my organization is a fueling inspiration every single day!

6. I am interested in so many things, I have three blogs I regularly write posts on:

Scripting Happiness (this one, that I am constantly scripting something on)

Morning Angel (I am a morning person, but I’ll tell you about that later)

In1weekend (every weekend, I try to do something new, different, and exciting)

7. Reading books saves my life every day. I really mean this. Whatever happens during the day, and we all know that things can and often do go wrong every day, I can open a book, dive my thoughts into it and let it clear my head of all the negativity out there.

8. I am the biggest morning person you know! That is what everyone knows about me. I’m up at 5 am every day, sometimes even before 5, with just my internal clock waking me! I do have alarms, but I wake up before them and turn them off. Feel kind of Sheldon-like there 🙂 However, I am the happiest person in the world when the others (friends, family, dogs, whoever) wake up early with me!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LItCoE9zhY

9. I was incredibly anemic for my entire life. As I got older, the anemia started to affect my every day life, couldn’t walk , stay focused, constant headaches, depression, almost every symptom there is. I’ve tried every medicine there is, but as I am intolerant to iron supplements, well, it didn’t do any good. Eventually, I started practicing nutrition and cured myself with food!

10. I guess I write a lot as well. But it’s not that personal, as you can clearly read it through this post 🙂

Now, for the fun part: 10 awesome blogs, I know you’ll love as much as I do:

1.Rethinking Life

2. Gardening vix

3. Baker italia

4.Kale and butter

5.Olive to run

6.Masterness of big Z

7. Multifarious meanderings

8. D.

9. Cassie

10. Butterfly Mind

Check out every blog on this list! They are all unique and inspiring, completely deserving the award they are nominated for!

Again, thanks for the nomination and motivation to Rachael Charmley !

Have a great day, everyone!