Atop of London

I’ve always loved London. Either being there as a student, when visiting friends, or even as a tourist.

Nevertheless, I had never been on the London Eye, since I considered it to be extremely “touristic”. To my surprise, on our last visit to London with my little daughter, I was asked to try it and there we go!

The photo is from atop of the London Eye, on a relatively clear, winter day. The view is spectacular. It has been captured as panoramic photo from an iPhone.

And you know what? I really loved the ride! The feeling was magnificent. When you have the chance to get up that high, you get an amazing view of this wonderful city. You get to see things clear, from a different angle.

Just loved it!

So, this is my contribution to the Daily Post Weekly Challenge.

Atop

A proud mum

Being proud as a mother can be traced in small everyday moments.

Before having a child I thought that life was full of big events, milestones that a parent would evaluate as being important in a child’s life, i.e. Graduation Day. But now that I have some experience as a mother I must admit that I was completely wrong.
A mother can feel proud for so many reasons because her reality is full of tiny, giant incidents of evolution
– a baby’s first smile / first step / first word
– first day in nursery school
– first card she gets on Mother’s Day designed by her precious
– first time a child writes its name by itself
– the first time breakfast is prepared and served by her child
– the first school performance
– participation in an athletic contest
– participation in a music concert
-….(endless reasons & incidents)
Therefore, we as parents we shouldn’t neglect the value of small things. On the contrary, we should look out for them.
Because after all, it is the casual, tiny things that brighten up our lives and give as all the strength and happiness to continue our daily battle!
Children everyday make little steps towards success, independence, knowledge, self esteem, courage, towards designing their own,bright future.
We should always stand by them; encourage and reward them with our smile, our hug, our positive words, our support.
Besides, we are all so proud of them!

Positive thoughts on a rainy day

We all face bad moments in our lives. But we must never give up. The antidote is to “Live, feel and most important of all…smile. We all have so many reasons to do so”.

When you are in your thirties – or around there- it is almost definite that you have experienced sorrow, difficulties, defeat, separation, sickness, death, loss.

You wake up in the morning feeling somehow depressed. Everything around you stinks and you are usually worried, skeptical, with no good mood.But stop for a moment and think. Where do you stand?

You are still here, you are alive, you are healthy, you have a companion, you have a family, you have friends who care for you, you have a job (or the potential to find one), you have a pet, you have enough money to buy food everyday, you have a house, you have access to water & medicine, you have access to education for you and your kids, but still you are complaining every single day about your life!!

Don’t you think it’s about high time to stop doing this to yourself?

Stop whining about your misfortune. You are lucky for so many things…and you deserve to feel so and live this way!

The solution is not winning the Lotto and be able to live as a millionaire. The answer is inside you.

Stop and feel the rain coming down on your face on a chilly winter morning, take a minute to watch the sunrise while you prepare breakfast for your kids, take a glimpse at the sunset from the window of your office (no matter that you are still there).

Get out in the weekends; explore the countryside, or your city like a tourist. Organize a Sunday family lunch. Meet with your friends. Knowing their lives through Facebook and texting them in WhatsApp is not the solution. Call them, get out for a coffee/drink, discuss face to face.

Live, your life to the fullest extent.

Make changes now, so that you will have things to recall when you grow old, stories to tell your grandchildren. Make memories that will make you smile, even when you are alone.

Live, feel and most important of all…smile. You have so many reasons to do so.

After all, you have to struggle for everyday and for all your dreams to come true, but do it with a positive attitude. You are among the lucky ones on this planet 🙂

I vote for H A P P I N E S S

I am just bored of all the bad stories on the news, the bad projections on our economy, the everyday misery that is like a cloud following us constantly.

I want to look at things from another perspective.

I want to be the optimistic in this everyday equation.

But what is happiness? Happiness is so subjective. It is a feeling, a gesture, an attitude. It is what I believe. You can decide to look it up as a definition or you can just try to search for it.

Because happiness is…

…the mornings kiss from your companion

…the smell of fresh coffee early at 7am.

…a hug from your kids

…a bouquet of flowers

…being the lucky one to get a new job

…fresh made lasagna for a Sunday lunch

…opening a bottle of red wine with your friends

…cycling in the countryside on a sunny day

…taking your dog for a walk

…finally getting the promotion

…booking your summer holidays

…picking a gift for a dear friend

…watching a movie and eating pop corn

…fitting in your old pair of jeans

…calling your parents just to see how they are today

…going for drinks with a friend

…singing in your bathtab

…bumping into a class mate after decades in the supermarket

…reading a book

…having a new haircut

…listening to your favorite music

…take a dive into the deep, blue sea

…the rainbow after the rain…

…and the list is practically endless!

Pick the ones that make you really happier and go after them. Find your self -confidence, wear your best smile and let the new dawn be the beginning of a wonderful day!

Have a lovely day people 😉