Count your Blessings, Instead of Sheep

Christmas has been and gone, and now it is almost the New Year, that time when we must say goodbye to the past and start welcoming the future.

I have been thinking about my New Year’s resolutions, and in all honesty this is the first year in a long time that I am looking forward to starting. If everything works out, next year will hopefully bring some exciting adventures and new beginnings.

Hopefully (I Pray)  in 2015 I will graduate university. After 3 amazing years, it will all come to an end. Yet with that, I will start a new path in my life’s journey and who knows where it will take me.

The biggest lesson that I learnt this year was that you cannot plan life, it just doesn’t work that way. You could plan everything down to the littlest detail, and then suddenly the universe will throw something at you which you just did not expect. Life suddenly then becomes a game, and you haven’t been given a rule book, you have to figure it out on your own.

Despite all the ups and downs that happens I honestly – hand on heart – believe that life resets itself, sometimes different from the way it began, but it does always work out in some way.  The beginning of 2014 wasn’t the greatest, and this year has been a roller-coaster of emotions and events, but I made it through, which I never thought I would.

The other day, I watched the film White Christmas with my mama, and in this film, Bing Crosby sings the most simple, yet uplifting song ever called ‘Count your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)’ and I think this is the best advice ever.  Often in day to day life, we become so overwhelmed with stress and negativity and all the things we don’t have, that we forgot to look around and thank the heavens for what we do have.

As this will be my last blog of 2014, I have decided to count my blessings and thank the universe for one big blessing in my life; the Old Pharmacy.

The Old Pharmacy is my family’s new home and it is beyond beautiful. One of the oldest buildings in my small village, this house has harboured many a family and has silently watched Solva grow and evolve with the times. This building has been a home, a pharmacy, a restaurant and hopefully soon a tearoom, but to me it will always be a miracle.  I am aware that ‘miracle’ is a very dramatic word to be used in reference to a house, but I think it all depends if you believe in fate and universal signs…

We all have blessings in our life, and sometimes they are big and other times they are small.  So, for 2015, my resolutions will be to count my blessings and thank the heavens that I have them to count, because often I have forgotten them.

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
I fall asleep counting my blessings”

– Bing Crosby, White Christmas

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been reading my blogs and keeping up to date with them, I am truly grateful and I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

Tick Tock Goes the Clock

They say that patience is a virtue. I never used to agree, but now I starting to wish that I had a little more of this quality.  I am not a patient person. When I want to do something and most of the time I rush doing it, and once I have done it, I panic about the consequences.

But thinking about it, it is just the culture we live in nowadays.

Everyone is rushing. In modern day, when someone wants something, they want it at that exact moment because waiting is just too long. When we want to know something, we look on Google; when we want an item but don’t have the money, we buy it anyway then pay it off on a credit card; and when we want someone, we add them on Instagram or follow them on Twitter.

It can’t be denied that waiting is annoying, but I am starting to change my mind because time really does move so fast.

I can remember my first day of University like it was yesterday, and now today, I am 6 months away from finishing. Honestly, it feels like it has all gone by in a blink of an eye, and although I really want to get my dissertation done, at the same time I really don’t want this whole experience to end.

Waiting reminds us not only to be patient, but also to appreciate life. It is in the wait for things that we see what hard work really means, and it is anticipation which makes us excited for the future.

I bet those who have limited time don’t ask for more money or a new house, instead they wish they had 5 more minutes; 5 more minute to see a sunrise or 5 more minutes to kiss the one they love. As dramatic as it sounds I bet this is true. I will admit that there at times that you have to jump at a chance, and make hasty decisions, but don’t do it simply because you feel like you are going to run out of time, but rather, do it because you feel in your heart that it is the right time.

We are all controlled by time, it rules over lives – as depressing as that does sound – but something can only have control, when you let it have control, and I have decided that I don’t want to be controlled anymore. I don’t want to rush into something with high hopes, just to see them crumble and fade in the huge fall down.

Instead, I want to sit back and watch the hands of the clock tick-tocking its way around and smile.

I want to wake up in the morning and embrace time, instead of trying to outrun it.