Look around us, in our country, don’t we see evidence of multiculturalism? Look at our buildings, our way of dressing, our food, and a basic thing as our calendar! It surrounds us and it is us! It is who we are as a people! As a people, we should be proud of it and we should celebrate it! Let’s celebrate it! Let me paint the picture and you enjoy looking at this story unfold!
Look at these links to paint a more vivid picture:
Are you having a bad day? Did you have to drag yourself out of bed this morning and is today just one of those days you can’t just wait to get through? Is it taking everything within you to just get through it? I’m no motivational speaker, and don’t endeavour to be one. I’m just a simple soul on this journey called life- a simple soul who believes in treating others as you would want to be treated. Our journey continues and so does our celebration! What is our focus? To celebrate!
To celebrate what? To celebrate your courage! What does ‘celebrating courage’ mean? Firstly, let’s look at what courage means!
according to Oxford Dictionaries it means “Having the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery” & having “Strength in the face of pain or grief”.
Courage= those you stand up for their rights
Courage= those who stand up for the rights of others
Courage=those who stand up for their beliefs
Courage= those who stand up for the beliefs of others
Courage =those who fight to survive
Courage=those who are resilient, unwavering, determined
Courage= our leaders (past and present); our ancestors; our parents;
Courage= You= “Finding strength in face of pain or grief” & doing stuff that frightens you but you know you need to do
Courage= Me=”Finding strength in face of pain or grief” & doing stuff that frightens me but I know I need to do.
Celebrating Courage is dedicated to celebrating your bravery and celebrating your strength, be it mental strength or physical strength. It is dedicated to celebrating your bravery in circumstance be it love, or adversity; loss or gain; as it applies to getting through today, that journey over the years to where you are now, bravery to fight the fiercest storms and weather the toughest battles.
Celebrate your courage in overcoming whatever battles have been in your way! Celebrate your courage in getting through today! Celebrate your courage to get through tomorrow and all the other ‘tomorrows’ that follow! Celebrate the courage of the people in your life too! Today I celebrate you and your courage whether you are a friend, family member, colleague,COMM 350 classmate or happy reader happy to visit my blog! Today I celebrate the courage of loved ones, family and friends, both yours and mine. Be strong and keep taking it one day at a time, one hour at a time and one minute at a time. If that’s too much take it one second at a time and know bit by bit it will be over and you will get through it, and you will be a better you because of it!
I am like the phoenix that rises from the ashes, who are you?
Listen to these words from The Wanted, enjoy the beat and celebrate your courage and the courage of your loved ones, your family and friends and those whose actions are courageous! Thank you for reading!
Celebrating Life! Yes, it’s a critical part of celebrating existence so let’s do it! Today is a new day and yes, it presented us with a new dawn! Let’s celebrate life individually and collectively!
Let’s not make the unfortunate blunder of putting off what we can do today when we know time waits on no man and very few of us know where we will be tomorrow or what we will be doing. Time is fleeting and uncertain! Do we and if we do, how often do we celebrate life? Or is it that we as humans wait for Birthdays and new born births to celebrate life? Or is it that we wait for death to celebrate life? Hopefully not as it would represent a sad state of affairs and a horrid mind set. Look around you- we are surrounded by life, not just by the people around us, but also via the animals and plants, whether we choose to accept it or not.
Remember that saying that the grass is always greener on the other side? They add variety, they add beauty, they add value and they sustain us! They rely on water and nourishment just as we do! My celebration of life is via the flora and fauna I have highlighted!
What’s next? Sing and dance and thank God for today! Let’s celebrate life for all that it represents! The song dedicated to this post is Lord Pretender’s “Never Ever Ever Worry!”
Thank you YouTube, thank you Lord Pretender and thank you Brother Resistance!
This is the song I dedicate to our relationship and love story:
Crazy? Maybe! A plain romantic! A bit spontaneous? Surely! Here I celebrate our union by sharing parts of a letter to my husband that was written so many years before meeting him as well as some songs that capture what we share! In short, it’s a dedication to our growing bond and growing romance as we build it chapter by chapter! I am nervous as this is sharing something I kept with me and to myself for years before actually sharing it with Shiva. I believed that there was someone for me to share my life with and I asked God as I continually do, to keep him safe. It’s a literal case of loving someone before meeting him. My relationship with him and what we share is proof that it was meant for him.
Date: 11 October, 2002
How are you? I hope that you’re fine, happy and in the absolute best of health. Look at the date on this thing will you? Anyway I shouldn’t be bothered because I imagine that by now you’ve grown accustomed to my occasional spark of spontaneity, crazy, sheer fun and need to be out of the ordinary and anticipated. If you haven’t you’re probably wondering what on earth I’m talking about. I guarantee you there was a spontaneous flare to Rachael Ann Thomas. Hence the reason you’re reading this now and hence the reason it is being written so long before it has any possible chance of being delivered. Truth be told, I’m not really sure but it feels like the right thing to do because to me, this is so partly, a moment of reflection, in terms of where I’ve come from and where I am as well as my mind set.
I’m confident of where I am as an individual, where we are and where we may be in years to come. It’s symbolic of my faith, determination and my courage to persevere regardless of what troubled waters, or even brewing storms may lie ahead. I’m not going to be a “Runaway Bride” or chicken out when the going gets tough. Hey I may not need to let you know this because you probably know it already! Anyway, on with the letter right?
That’s right, I was just getting into letting you know that by the time you read this I’m confident in who I am as an individual, my place in society, my role in your life and who we are as a pair. This may sound totally crazy, but hey, I’m only just beginning. For as long as I’ve remembered, I’ve been meeting people and learning from them and about them. Added to that I conjured up a picture of what my life would be like in years to come. That picture continued changing as I grew older and I think I can owe all of that to a combination of maturity, reality and circumstances in terms of my health which has played a dominant role in my life and my experiences I’ve had as well as the challenges. They have been numerous but one thing which has been apparent is that I don’t give up easily. This letter is a testimony to that because though I’ve had quite my share of the ‘bad and ugly’ or felt I hit rock bottom a part of me knew someday things would get better.
My‘Dreamguy’ if I can call him that has always been a realistic figure and not some Prince Charming that comes out of Cinderella and goes in search of a fair maiden who has lost her glass slipper or a Prince who wakes Sleeping Beauty up. Of course, I can choose to borrow the phrase “Prince Charming” because this is what I see my Dream Guy as being. That is how I see him and this is what he is to me in every sense of the word. Or better yet, let me rephrase that, I can borrow “Prince Charming” to describe you because of the way I see you and because of what having you in my life means. Let me see- he ought to be someone who:
listens to me
someone that I can talk to freely and comfortably and in addition to this,
he ought to be able to make me laugh
make me happy
make me feel safe and secure
be generally wonderful and pleasant to be around
believe in me
be honest to me
comfort me when I need to be comforted
tell me the truth even if I don’t want to hear it
accept the challenges my health has imposed on me
a shoulder that I can lean on.
Even though I would feel rather privileged to find all of these in my dreamguy my greatest joy would be in being able to do the same for him regardless of what eventuality may present itself. The fact that you are reading this is proof that you exist and I found you.
In short my “Dreamguy” is someone who can be at my side in spite of the circumstances and can rest assured I will readily do the same for him. That may be easier said than done for some but even if you underestimate or doubt me, time will tell. Obstacles and challenges are inevitable but we will deal with them as they come.
Imagine loving someone before you meet them, loving them all the more when you actually meet and loving them more with each passing day. I’m glad we found each other and you prove me right. I’m not giving up on you and I never will. I’m grateful to have you in my life and I’m excited about the stage that we are in our relationship when you read this. As we write the pages of this new chapter of our lives, I am ready and willing to accept all that is yet to come, as I am sure you are. Let’s make the most of it and let us continue to make memories that will stay in our hearts and the hearts of our loved ones for years to come.
I can see you, I can hear you, I can feel you and enjoy being with you because of the blessings showered on me from above. ¡Yo te quiero! ¡Te amo y hasta luego!
–All my love, hugs and kisses…. With all my heart,
Celebrating the marriage of Shiva Jeremiah (son of Mrs. Rajkumarie Jeremiah and the late Mr. Paul Jeremiah) and Rachael Ann Thomas (daughter of Mr.Ranjit Thomas and Mrs. Doris Thomas)
Wedding Ceremony: 17 August 2014
Venue: Coromandel Shiv Mandir, Coromandel Village, Cedros Yes folks, I’m celebrating our union that began on August 17, 2014 when our families came together to witness our marriage ceremony at the Coromandel Shiv Mandir. The Coromandel Shiv Mandir is on the main road in the village I grew up in and lived all my life, up until my marriage in, Coromandel Village Cedros, and Coromandel Village Cedros is on the main road on the way to the rest of Cedros. Though just a few days short of our 2 month wedding anniversary this post celebrates the day when our bond was sealed and Shiva Jeremiah made me, Rachael Ann Thomas, his wife and a new chapter began in both our lives. It’s a day we were looking forward to for a little less than the time we have known each other. On that day everything was in place and everyone was in place. The pictures I add to this post will show exactly what I mean. His journey to Cedros was approximately two (2) hours and though it was a long journey for my groom he was on time.
We both had the love and support of our family and loved ones and that is always been something we have been happy about. From day one I have described Shiva as my blessing. Those who may hear me say it may wonder what I am talking about and if I really aware of what I say but this is exactly it- Shiva is indeed my blessing.
Believe it or not years before I met my husband I wrote a letter to my future husband, and trust me, though it may sound crazy it is true. Initially I planned on giving it to him just before our wedding but I was able to share it with him after our wedding.
A memorable day- yes most certainly!
The start of a new chapter. The start of a new journey.
Come what may, we will take it one day at a time, one lesson at a time and celebrate each moment that comes our way!
Some people can spend all their lives complaining but I can’t. I’m not angry about that. I accept that that’s what makes us diverse and true enough “Celebrating Today!” might be easier for some than it is for others. Additionally people may celebrate today in different ways. Those who know me and I mean really know me would know what some days can be for me. I prefer to be positive and realistic rather than negative and unrealistic.
Of course, I am human so yes, sometimes I may be bogged down, tired and drained, but generally I prefer to be unmoved and press on. I do what needs to be done and make a positive out of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”. If you cannot remember it, listen to this:
I can celebrate today because:
I am writing this blog now- today-(Oct. 12, 2014, a day which is here today but gone forever tomorrow).
I got up to see a new day. Some people did not.
I can make my COMM350 classmates smile.
Visitors to my blog are happy. The comments are proof of this and the fact that we have reason to celebrate.
I completed Course 1: Foundations for Learning 1: Introduction that I did as part of my professional development with the Commonwealth Education Trust ( If you are interested in finding out more about them, please visit, https://class.coursera.org/)
My grandparents got to do Puja today. (My grandfather is 80 and just a month short of 81 and my grandma is in her 70’s- that in itself is reason to celebrate).
I was able to touch base with family and friends and let them know that though I am busy, I enjoy being able to keep in touch and appreciating them.
I was able to get through with some outstanding stuff.
I was able to keep up my pace (life and studies).
12 Oct. 2014= Productive + Positive + Enlightening + Enjoyable= A Definite Reason to Celebrate Today!
Generally my lines are:
God does not give us more than we can handle.
Look for a positive from every negative.
God looks after His children and I am a child of God. Similarly as a child of God, God will look after you.
Everything happens for a reason.
Every experience is a lesson- either we learn from them or we do not.
I am like the phoenix- I rise from the ashes.
For years these words were on my desk at work when I needed that extra “push” and that “pick me up”. For quite some time it was my ringtone. My modus operandi is getting stuff that resonates with me and that reflect my mood and my personality. Thank you Nickelback and thank you YouTube. The words I refer to are Nickelback’s “If Today was your last day”. Here is the link:
From one friend to another, from a blogger to her audience, I urge you, Let’s Celebrate Today!
This post continues the second part of my celebration of others. In my last post, I dedicated it to COMM 350 classmates. As you saw these blogs are individualistic, even though the fact remains that in some cases, topics were the same. Similarly, I dedicate this particular post to the other bloggers in the class, COMM 350- Communication via Social Networking with Mr. Kayode James.
Indeed I take time to reiterate that for some of us it is harder while for some of us it is easier, for some of us it is fun and enjoyable and hopefully more of us are having fun with it as the weeks go by. As the posts add on, I hope that as we persevere it is less of a project but more of an avenue for expression of our respective topics and of ourselves- the topics we are passionate about and what we would love to share with our respective audiences. Nonetheless, at this stage we are all making progress and we are sorting and adding to our respective pieces. Our topics overall are many and they are topics which are varied. Whether it’s art, health, nutrition, learning a new language or another interesting topic, each of our topics adds to the diversity of the class and the ideas which we brought forth. Today I celebrate this group of individuals and I take time to mention your particular blogs.