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Know it by Heart

What with all these holidays and all, the emphasis heavily put on helping each other out, buying each other gifts and overall peace on Earth, it got me thinking:

What is the best present you’ve ever given someone? Store-bought, self-made or simply a gesture, what’s the most special thing you’ve ever done for anyone?

I am not 100% sure of this being the best present, but it sure was the most personal one:

When I first heard my unborn niece I. was not going to be a healthy baby, I decided to put all my sadness into creating something wonderful for her. So I gathered my favourite colour of wool and started knitting a baby towel. Nothing too fancy (the Universe knows I cannot knit that well), but I tried.

And for a while, it helped to pour my sadness into making something beautiful.

Then I. passed away even before taking her first breath and my knitting fell silent for a few months. I just didn’t feel like it, and can you blame me?

Suddenly, a good friend of mine told me she was going to be a grandmother again, albeit due to a deceitful daughter-in-law. Again, something wonderful was formed out of misery.

I saw an opportunity and picked my knitting needles back up. Eventually I finished what I like to call my Masterpiece of Knitting (seriously, this was tough labour!) and wrapped it up for my friend. She received the baby blanket shortly before becoming grandmother to a healthy baby boy.

It may not be the most beautiful, fancy or even classy baby blanket there is, but it was made with so much love and presented with so much affection, that I like to think this is the best present I’ve given anyone yet.

Of course, I am an expert in picking great presents in general 😉 But this one was special, both to me, I. and my friend ❤

 

 

 


What is the best present you’ve ever given anyone? How did they react when they received it?

Aside

Happy Holidays!

It’s Christmas 2018! And although I am worse than The Grinch around this “special time of the year”, I do want to take this opportunity to wish everyone:

Make today, and all other days, count, shake some stress off, take time to be with your loved ones and to cherish your best moments here on this planet.

Happy Holidays to you all! 😀

 

Letters to Life

Letters to Life (45)

“You have enough humour to notice your own absurdities and this prevents you from committing sins, except the ones that are worth committing” – Random Paper Wisdom


Dear Life,

The thing that kept my head spinning this week was scraping someone else’s car. I know I mentioned it before, Life, and I probably will again in the future. I can’t lie: it was impressive.

This chaotic night eventually led to some wonderful insights, Life:

1) I first checked the car I had hit for damage. And I was slightly relieved to see it wasn’t as bad as I’d thought. The tenth thought I had (or maybe it was the eleventh) was to check my own car. Until my heart had settled a little, this hadn’t even been on my mind! Ergo: I am not a selfish person.

2) I asked a neighbour if he knew whose car I’d scraped and rang that respective doorbell a few times. When nobody opened, I made sure to leave my contact info behind. And yes, for a good moment I played with the thought of just leaving. It would have been so easy, Life. But I knew I couldn’t do that. So I am proud to say I take responsibility.

3) Then, I took a leap and trusted the woman whose car I’d damaged. She asked me to settle things outside of insurance companies (red flag!) and requested a set amount of money up front (double red flag!). I asked my eldest sister for advice, although normally I don’t ever ask for help. And with her wise words still ringing in my ear, I decided to put my trust in a good outcome.

Of course I saved photos of the damage and chat logs in which the other person clearly states she’s “happy how everything was solved”. But still. Huge leap trust-wise.

Thank you for teaching me so many lessons with one single experience, Life. Although next time, you’re welcome to do it in a less impressive way 😉

 

 

 


What have you learned this week?

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About Endings Everywhere – Heart One (of One)

“The battle of getting better is never ending”Antonio Brown


As Autumn, and this year, are rolling to an end I couldn’t get myself to write another two-tiered post. Mainly because I don’t wish to either end or start out of harmony (did you honestly think I was capable of writing 50% of a story now and 50% next year?), but the excuse I will serve you today is that I don’t want to get you confused, not with the holidays coming up so soon.

You have better and more important things on your minds than my consisting-of-two-parts-posts I so long for you all to comment on.

Instead, I’ll write this one-piece-post about endings: the ending of Fall. The ending of 2018. And the ending of my innocence as a driver.

As a child, I never once questioned the seasons. My mind, however, saw the days grow shorter and so figured Winter started somewhere at the start of December. Say the first day of this month.

The thing is, I love Autumn’s colours and the weather getting colder and the smells when I go for a walk. But after the final leaf has fallen, my complete mindset jumps into Winter Mode. My idea of Fall is not one with empty branches, apparently.

And now Fall is really at its end. Winter is lurking at my doors and windows, eager to get in to, with quite a volatile relentlessness, freeze off my feet. Like it tries to every year.

Not being a real Winter fan, I can’t wait for the 21st, after which the days will slowly grow longer. I already yearn for Spring, wishing for the end of Winter even before it has begun.

Then there is this year coming to an end soon – in less than two weeks we’ll wish each other a “Happy New Year!”.

2018 was one heck of a ride, but, luckily, not near as terrible as 2015 or 2017 were. No casualties so far (except for that one car – but we’ll get to that). Instead, my self-confidence took a huge leap and I ended up with my own small business and my very first customer! An amazing trip to Finland saw one of my dreams come true and physically I couldn’t feel better. My old blog was successfully transformed into Heart to Follow and luckily I didn’t lose any of my readers or friends!

A big thank you to you all, for sticking by me, following me on my new adventures and inviting me to your personal space on the blogosphere in return! You all enriched my life, one by one, one way or the other. Thank you so much for that!

Then finally… As the daylight started to hide and I made my way over to my sister’s, I crashed into another car!

Nah, not really.

Apparently, even if I damage another car I do it delicately; as I tried to manoeuvre out of the way of three other cars coming towards me in a very tight street, I turned the corner too near to a parked car and scraped its front, causing light damage.

I left a note and found the other party kind and forgiving. We came to an agreement and things turned out fine for both of us in the end.

So all’s well that ends well. Or maybe all’s well that starts well.

Since this is the last main post I’ll be writing this year, I wish you all Happy Holidays and a marvellous 2019! May your conscious be light, your spirits bright and your heart happy and warm.

On to a great ending and a fantastic new beginning!

 

 

 


End of this Full Heart

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Heart Warmer

Play me a song, Mister Piano Man! ❤

Paul Barton: Musician, human, animal-lover.

Possibly saint.

Paul Barton took it upon himself to play the piano for elephants in a sanctuary in Thailand. Why? Because he feels the poor animals, who mostly ended up in the sanctuary after being rescued from torturous environments, deserve love and attention. They have, so Barton claims, worked so hard and endured so much, all he wants is to bring them peace.

The elephants seem to respond well to the pianist, according to one of their trainers/caregivers. In the image above you can see some of them gathered around Paul and his piano.

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – Mahatma Gandhi

If we were to judge a person by the way he treats animals, I’d say Paul Barton is a wonderful man! Therefore, he deserves to be this week’s Heart Warmer

I hope his kindness towards these gentle giants will bring a warm smile to your face. Have a good week, everyone!

 

 

 


If you want to read more about this extraordinary man, please go here.