Saturday, August 23, 2008

Bring it on!

Did you ever have days when everything seemed to pale in comparison with what you were feeling inside? Perhaps you were having a terrible morning and somehow missed seeing how that little rosebud you have been watching for some time now has finally bloomed into a beautiful pink rose. Or how brilliantly dazzling blue the sky was and how the sun seemed to shine straight at you as if putting you in a stage with a spotlight. People were sending you smiles but you were sending it back with a huge frown of worry in your face.

I have had those days myself. And at the end of each one, I realize that things were not so bad, I often regret how I wasted those precious moments being upset. I will be celebrating my birthday in a few days and I looked back and saw my life has changed a lot since my last birthday.

Aside from being another year older, I have realized that I am more courageous now to meet life head on. Before I thought life is just around the corner...waiting...for me. I was wrong. Life does not wait for no one. It's a choice you make everyday. So today I am changing my blog title. Hope you agree with me when I now say...LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT.

Let me tell you a story of how someone's life changed because someone helped him see.

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"

The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." What he had written was: "Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it."

Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing?

Of course both signs told people the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively.

Live life with no excuse and love with no regrets. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

Sometimes the most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling! And even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it!

John Maxwell once said, "Your attitude determines your altitude." Obviously he was on to something.
Happy weekend to all of you.


akanksha said...

Well...very well written.I agree to u in all aspects out there!
Life is what u make it! :-)

Anonymous said...

I agree with your thoughts...very beautifully written & put across...indeed we should celebrate every moment of our life!

louann said...

There you have it, another thought provoking post.

I think you have a big big heart Sophiagirl. Continue to be a blessing to others =)

Rajesh said...

Hi Sophia gurl...dropped in frm akanksha's....i wonder what made me not visit ur blog all these days..

loved reading....beautiful!!! astounding!!! I thotoughly enjoyed..keep writing...m waiting 2 read ur works..

P.S: Do visit my blog...hope it interests u

Sophiagurl said...

@@@Akanksha - thank you dear. So many things we could talk about life and it sure makes it worth waking up for each day.

@@@Kalyan - yes, life is worth celebrating each day. I am glad you agree with me. and thank you...happy that you liked my post.

@@@Louann - and blessings to you too dear. Congratulations to baby number 3! Children are such blessings...they sure give color to our lives.

@@@Rajesh - =)you surely put a smile to my face with your compliments, I feel honored that you liked my post.

I hopped on over to check out your blog and left a comment...hope to see you back. Have a great Sunday!

Rajesh said...

thanks 4 ur nice comments...jus posted 1 read it n temme if u liked it

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Great post dear!Indeed,it is not worth fretting over mundane issues and letting it affect our peace of mind.There is much more to life,and we have a lot to be grateful for.

Advance Birthday wishes sweetie :)

God Bless You.Hugs!

This Eclectic Life said...

I like your new blog title. And, I loved the story. Excellent as always dear. I hope your "New Year" is one of many possibilities and no regrets.

Our Love Story said...

oh my, this is so inspiring! i agree that life is what we make it...
let me share this...

God made you in such a way that when people of the world is sitting, you are standing; and when they are standing, you stand out; and when they stand out, you are outstanding; and when they dare to be outstanding, you will be standard!

thanks, girl for this very inspiring write up! it's true, we waste a lot of times when we could have made it better! but life is having no regrets... "it is our light, not our darkness that most frighten us!"

take care!!!!

Rashi said...

nice being here. b'ful way of expression...

Our Love Story said...

girl, just dropping by to say... have a stress-free weekend with your hubby and beautiful kids! take care

Our Love Story said...

hi girl, i kinda miss yah and your post... been busy lately? anyway, just hopin your fine! relax and have a stress-free weekend! take care always! Godbless you and your wonderful family! : )

Sophiagurl said...

Rajesh, Sami, Shelley, Rashi, Jen - thank you sooooo much for your messages. I apologize for not being able to reply individually to your comments...I have been busy and to top it all off my internet connection was bad last week. Arrghhh! Now it's back and hopefully I get to post something soon. Missed you all.

Our Love Story said...

missed u too, girl! have a blessed day! take care!

Impressionist said...

u have a way of explaining things lisa!
ur kids sure are lucky and im sure they will grow up to be like u!


Our Love Story said...

have a wonderful weekend with your kids and hubby! take care, girl! godbless!