Posted in Celebrate Today, Celebrating Existence, Life, Love and Blessings

Celebrating You- what you need to do for you!

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Can anyone walk in your shoes or feel your pain? Truth be told and in all honesty, they cannot! Life is full of experiences and you can agree, that more often than not, we walk forward, not the other way around. It may be baby steps but it is still a step forward. Look at a flame- which direction does it go in? Upward, right?

Being real and being practical is always important! Do not let anyone make you think otherwise.

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Do not expect that what we want is what we will get. We get what we deserve and sometimes what we do not. Every time someone says something harsh to you, they are ignorant of the pain you feel or the hurt it causes. Clearly they know nothing about treating others as they want to be treated and it is not your loss. Instead it’s theirs!

I am not lecturing but always be proud of your achievements and your sacrifice. Be proud of the time you put in and the obstacles you overcame. Be proud of the fact that you had the courage to face it!

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If you need help please use what I call the scissors of life. According to this method it means cut out negative people and cut out negatives in all form and fashions.

Say for example people throw negatives your way- it does not mean you return it. It means keep your faith and don’t give up. Trust that God is always with you and will help you through every situation.

Remember it is not tit for tat. That doesn’t work. Hold firm to your beliefs and be unwavering in your stance.

No matter how small your success may be to you, celebrate it. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Celebrate all the effort and energy you put in to accomplish what you have and know it will in essence make you stronger and it will make you a better person.

As I always urge, it is yours for the taking! Be your best friend and do not be your worst enemy. Do what is right though it may not always be easy! Make today count and celebrate every moment!

Posted in Celebrate Today, Celebrating Existence, Life, Love and Blessings

Celebrating Today Every Day!

Celebrate today! Why should you do this everyday? For starters you should celebrate it today because you are alive and you are reading this! Consider too it is a new week, new month and look to each new day with hope and faith that it brings you one step closer to your goal.

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For those who may think that there is nothing to celebrate, let us focus on what there is to celebrate- life, the ability to make decisions for ourselves, the ability to chart our individual journey, the ability to see things for what they are.

I urge you to take the time to read this post which I wrote in 2014. Here is the link: https://rachaelathomasj.com/2014/10/12/celebrating-today/

As we celebrate today let us focus primarily on now and let us focus primarily on you. What should you be happy about? Let’s see:

• You just opted to make some time for yourself.

• You didn’t get to start worrying about tomorrow

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The truth is both are important. Firstly you should always make time for yourself as it is a key component of loving yourself. Neglecting yourself means losing out on an opportunity to have the things you need to grow and to be a better you. For example it is what you need for your peace of mind. Have you ever observed what happens to something when you neglect it? Now ask yourself this: What will happen if you neglect yourself? Let the answers you come up with be enough to encourage you to make time for you! Do the things you love, do the things you want to do but even more so, do the things you need to do.

Secondly, why worry about tomorrow when tomorrow is promised to no one? For those who can recall these are three things I always urge you to do:

  1. Always focus on what you are sure about and that will help you deal with each situation. It will in essence help all the pieces fall into place. In short, it will help you to get clarity and figure out how to move forward.

  2. Always give your best. When you give your best there is no room for self doubt. It will help you deal with past actions and it will also help you move forward.

  3. Keep your faith and your belief. Accept that you are unique and you are specially made. If you have no control over situations worrying can only serve to do negatives- you overthink, you increase your blood pressure, you make rash decisions, you may lose your ability to analyze and assess. If you believe in God and in His greatness how can you not trust Him to set your situation right? Once this is done, breathe and celebrate.

What is there to celebrate? There is a lot. Your life, your family, your friends, your experiences, your successes, your challenges, your disappointments, the people who don’t like you, the money in your pocket (no matter how little it is), the hardships you faced, the struggles you have overcome.

With some asking why you should celebrate negatives like challenges, disappointments and some of the other things I have mentioned, I will gladly explain. Challenges and disappointments make you stronger and they help to develop your drive and your determination. It fuels you to persevere and helps you assess whether it is really worth it. By that time you realize how much you want it.

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Celebrating people who don’t like you is not something you should invest a lot of time in. What it means is that you should realize that people who don’t like you either inspire you to work harder or they are not meant to be in your life. That’s where the ‘scissors of life’ concept comes in. Cut out the unnecessary baggage and the unnecessary people.

Agreeably too we can agree that not everything can be celebrated and I maintain that no one can tell you how to feel unless they are in your shoes. Some circumstances are very different and change us forever. I would never ask you to celebrate death but I would ask you to celebrate life and celebrate each moment you share and have shared with your loved ones. Let that be your comfort and let it help you smile.

Don’t give up!

Don’t ever think you are alone because you are not!

Never limit yourself but challenge yourself!

Make every moment count!

Live without regrets!

Use these pointers everyday! Let it help you be a better you and let it help you manage the challenges each day brings.

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Celebrating Life…Surviving Depression!

In this post I am not professing to have the solution but it is my sincere hope that the information shared here will be of help to someone.

Celebrating Life-Surviving Depression

Depression is a reality many face. It is also a reality many suffer silently from. It is not something to laugh at or frown upon but it is real and it is something that should encourage us to help especially if we really care.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around the world over 300 million people suffer from depression. To some it may be a harsh reality but it is a stark truth many face and need help with overcoming. It affects the quality of life, the ability to function and the ability to be the best one can be.

Depression can be the result of many causes. Key among them are traumatic experiences and a feeling of loneliness. The question that arises is, how do we help someone who is depressed?

  • Be there for that person
  • Remind him or her that there is a lot to live for. Give them practical examples (e.g. family, things to try that they always wanted to do)
  • Encourage that person to eat, eat on time, eat balanced meals and do their best to be physically active
  • Make that person laugh
  • Keep lines of communication open and do your best to always be there for them
  • Be patient
  • Listen and don’t be dismissive
  • Encourage them to go out and be in the company of those they love (e.g. mall, lunch/dinner, movies, shopping, grab a snack, watch a sunset or go to the beach)
  • Encourage them to listen to music

I am urging you to do this and make a conscious effort to help someone who is depressed because they deserve the help they need. It is heartbreaking to see those you love and care about hurting but what is even more heartbreaking is being helpless. Caring is a ticket to empowering yourself and empowering someone who is depressed.

Make every minute count!

Make every smile help that person walk the extra mile!

Help that person survive! Let that person remember they are alive and deserve the best quality of life possible!

Let it be LOVE, CARE, MEET and Repeat!

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Let it be CARE, GREET, SHARE and Repeat!

Let us help as best as we can!

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Commemorating the One Year Anniversary of Celebrating Existence!

Today marks the one year anniversary of this blog, Celebrating Existence. I have been looking forward to this day so much I cannot believe it is nearly over. I am thankful, so very thankful!!!

This blog has grown so much and trust me when I say how grateful I am for all the support it has received, all the comments, the views and all of the feedback.

The nervousness I experienced when I started is one I would never forget as I wasn’t sure how it would be received. Today, 47 posts later it has been viewed in 37 countries  around the world 1,903 times.

  • Here is some information you might be interested in:
  • Most views: Trinidad and Tobago, then USA, India and Canada
  • Some stats you might be interested in: Top 10 posts:
Title Views
Home page / Archives 406
Celebrating Spirituality: Celebrating His Holiness Pujya Sri Swamiji Ganapathy Sachidananda of Mysore India 254
Celebrating the life of my grandfather, the late Mr Ramlal Dookie! 122
Celebrating our Union! 117
About 79
Celebrating Family! 44
Celebrating Love: My Grandparents & the bond they shared! 44
Celebrating Courage! 42
Celebrating ” What’s your Childhood Memories?”- Celebrating the artist behind the creation- Diana John! 35
Celebrating Me! 30

Allow me to remind you of some of the posts that have been shared via these links:

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/what-does-celebrating-existence-mean-to-me/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/about/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/celebrating-me/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/celebrating-nature/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/celebrating-our-diversity/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/celebrating-others-part-1-my-comm-350-classmates/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/celebrating-my-comm-350-classmates-part-2/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/celebrating-today/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/celebrating-our-union/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/celebrating-life/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/celebrating-life/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/celebrating-courage/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/celebrating-multiculturalism/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/celebrating-growth/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/celebrating-ms-gayle-simmons-and-lets-learn-mandarin/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/celebrating-life-part-2/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/celebrating-music-what-is-the-beat-of-the-drum-who-is-krystian-garner/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/celebrating-spirituality-celebrating-pujya-his-holiness-sri-sri-sri-ganapati-sachidananda-swamiji/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/celebrating-existence-looking-within-what-does-celebrating-existence-mean-to-you/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/celebrating-childhood-memories-celebrating-the-artist-behind-the-creation/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/celebrating-comm350-classmates/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/12/25/celebrating-christmas-2014/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/2014-in-review/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/celebrating-2015-a-new-dawn/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/celebrating-my-existence/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/celebrating-daily-living-what-does-it-mean-to-get-through-a-day/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/celebrating-vidya-jeremiah-pettersson-who-is-she-whats-the-story-behind-her-success/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/celebrating-good-corporate-citizens/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/celebrating-love/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/celebrating-maha-shivratri-2015-at-sri-sachidananda-yoga-ashram-in-penal/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/celebrating-spirituality/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/celebrating-family/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/celebrating-the-life-of-mr-ramlal-dookie/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/celebrating-my-grandparents-and-the-bond-they-share/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/celebrating-rama-navami-2015/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/celebrating-hanuman-jayanti-2015/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/celebrating-easter-2015/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/celebrating-entrepreneurship-featuring-wired868s-lasana-liburd/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/celebrating-san-fernando-teaching-hospital-level-16-ward-12-suite-5-doctors-nurses-support-staff-on-duty-from-feb-23-2015-mar-19-2015/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/celebrating-mothers-day-2015/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/celebrating-love-laughter-and-life/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/celebrating-fathers-day-2015/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/celebrating-life-every-minute-matters/

In case you missed any along the way. here’s your chance to enjoy it now! Thank you for your views, your feedback and your support. I look forward to continuing to share information with you, inspire you, give you courage and faith when they are needed, and to Celebrate Existence every step of the way! Let’s take it day by day! Enjoy this moment and celebrate it!

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/celebrate-spirituality-part-3-his-holiness-dr-sri-ganapathy-sachchidananda-swamiji-and-his-three-3-world-guiness-records/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/09/15/celebrating-another-day-of-existence-celebrating-you/In

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