My motto is ‘being too blessed to be fully stressed’. To be a diverse people living in our beautiful twin-island republic is even more of a blessing. As a people we are famed the world over for our diversity and this post is dedicated to celebrating our diversity. To be diverse is to be different and we are in every sense unique. We are in every sense, what Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes as a ‘melting pot’ of cultures and races who live here as one. Our ancestral origin stems from all over the world and we sing it in our anthem, written by Mr. Pat Castagne, “Here every creed and race find an equal place…” Look around- a cosmopolitan country, varying races, varying cultures, varying ethnicities, various traditions, varied music, an abundance of food types and delicacies.
As the melodious voice of Natasha Wilson echoes, “Sweet T&T, is my country, I want you to know that I love you…”
How many of us celebrate nature? Stopping to take a moment to celebrate nature is a blessing in itself- look around- our beautiful country, the sun, the sky, the trees, the beaches, the animals and all other things that make up nature! Celebrating them does not hurt one bit! Here are some pictures I took! This is my way of celebrating nature! Happy browsing!
Brother Resistance’s words resonate with me for this celebration of existence. Please check it out:
Celebrating existence involves being thankful. Am I thankful? Indeed I am and I cannot celebrate existence and appreciate it without being thankful for what I have. Why do I celebrate me?
Today I got up to see a new day and I got through all that came my way thus far.
I am a child of God and I am blessed because God takes care of me.
God has blessed me as a daughter to my parents who have played a major role in making me who I am, a sister to my younger siblings, a happy wife to the man who married me, a daughter-in-law to the mother-in-law who accepted me as her daughter, a sister-in-law to my brother’s wife and my husband’s siblings, an aunt to my handsome nephew, a niece to my aunts and uncles, a cousin to their children, a granddaughter to the parents of my parents, and a friend to the many I have met in my 31 years of existence.
I am a teacher and a student. I am fortunate for my job, what it teaches me and for being able to not only to teach them, but also learn from them.
I have many other people around me who take care of me and who love me. I value each of them.
I have risen thus far in the face of all adversities (With health for example, I am like a phoenix rising from the ashes)
I have achieved a lot-academically, physically and emotionally.
I have been able to find positives out of negatives.(How? My motto is Carpe Diem! Que sera sera! which translates to Seize the Day! What will be will be!).
I am who I am also because of what my experiences and society have taught me.
True enough celebrating existence may mean different things to different people. To me it is a means of celebrating so many things: celebrating me, celebrating my life, celebrating others, celebrating successes as well as being thankful, being reflective and counting blessings. It comes from feeling safe and sound, being able to celebrate you as an individual and then celebrating all else that is existence.
I believe sometimes these are things we take for granted as we get lost and often times caught up in life and all the challenges which it offers. Celebration can be equated to as being a dance off! It goes hand in hand with this song and video:
Please tell me: What does celebrating existence mean to you?