“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
So I take out my pink-white striped wallet and pay for her hot chocolate, my matcha latte with almond milk and two deeelicious macarons, using a 20$ bill, green and friendly as the country it belongs to (god praise Canada).
Here is what she says.
“Can I see it? That’s the first time I see one.”
“You mean, that’s the first time ever you see a 20$ bill?”
“I’ve seen nana using 5$ and 10$ bills before, but never a 20$ one.”
After that we changed the coins her nana gave her and the 5$ she got from her grandpa to her first own 10$ bill! You should have seen that smile…
I recently started volunteering with an organization in Vancouver where we as volunteers – I love how they call it – coach vulnerable kids for the game of life.
Every week, me and her spend some quality time together. We go iceskating, to the aquarium, or like on that day, play a board game or cards in a cozy cafe.
In moments like this, I realize – how much of a difference I can make just by taking out this adorable girl to places she hasn’t been before and showing her the world.
These few hours we spend together might mean a small thing for us in our busy-minded life, but they mean the world to kids like her…
Originally I started volunteering because I was seeking for compensation to my 9-to-5 office job and – of course – giving something back to the society.
Definetly a win-win for both of us, I thought. I love all the activities we get to do together.
But it’s way more than that. I didn’t expect how much I could learn from a 8-year old girl.
Not only that this smarty-pants corrects my english grammar mistakes, she makes me climb on trees, draw pictures of Helen, the dolphin in the aquarium, spend 2 hours watching and feeding fishes and play hide and seek in a fancy shopping mall.
Kids like her teach us what some of us might have forgotten in our fast-paced world – to stop to think, enjoy the moment and smile.
With this being said I just want to remind us all that there are so many opportunities to give something back to our society just by spending some quality time with another person – no matter the age or background.
Let’s not forget about the power of time and attention, we can make a big difference in somebodys life.
And in the end, we realize how much we earn in return.
Just something i most do For future Always knew that it would be Just so I’d be counting the days And i won’t get use to away Before I sail away I want you to know Why I must go I promise to come home someday And all these loving memories I promise to keep with me Misery’s end is on your lips But please don’t say don’t go away from me You know I’m just a breeze Coming into the trees Before I sail away I want you to know That when I go I try my best to phone daily Remember no news is good news And the good news is, “I love you” Before I sail away I want you to know That when I go I come back home to you safely And when I return I hope you pick me up in baggage claim C You know I’m just a breeze Skipping over the sea
Words of wisdom by this wonderful lady Brene Brown. She couldn’t find a definition for authenticity, so she just made one up
Authenticity is a choice and needs practise.
Authenticity is the daily practise of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we actually are.
Choosing authenticity means cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, expressing compassion that comes from knowing that we’re all made of strength and struggle and nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe we’re enough.
Authenticity demands whole-hearted living and loving even when it’s hard.
Even when we’re wrestling with the shame and fear of not being good enough and especially when the joy is so intense that we’re afraid to let ourselves feel it.
Mindfully practising authenticity during our soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy and gratitude into our lives.
This was an extract out of an audiobook that I highly recommend to anyone, called “The power of vulnerability”, Brene Brown
It’s one of the best and funniest audiobooks I’ve listened to!