I am grateful for a Homemade Meal. It means so much to me. My mom has instilled this in me. She always wanted to make sure she could provide us with a fresh, healthy, Homemade Meal. We barely ever go pick up food somewhere. We sometimes go out to dinner – say like once a week – which she used to consider as her day off from cooking. But now I’m back home, I take over cooking, which gives her a great breather and a chance for her to enjoy dinner, without having to spend hours in the kitchen for it. And I absolutely love cooking, so it’s definitely a win-win situation. As I said it means so much to me to have a Homemade Meal, because I love the time you spend on it, knowing that you create something for the people you care about. Cooking is a great way to express your love to someone. The fact that it’s Homemade, makes that you know exactly what’s in it and that you can decide just how (un)healthy you want to make it. Like today, I went to the store and made up this dish. A turkey schnitzel (in my case obviously a soy one) on a bed of tagliatelle tossed with broccoli, onion and red bell pepper and all of this topped with some yummy ceps. Delicious! I love Homemade Meals. Love cooking them, love eating them. They just make me so happy!
I am grateful for The Sun. Besides being the source of life, it is also often the source of my happiness. My day completely changes with or without sun. Everything seems different. The Sun has always meant a lot to me. Not only to me. Generations of cultures have worshipped it as the source of their existence or the highest force in their hierarchy of mythology. As a kid I absolutely loved learning about it and enjoyed comparing Greek with Roman and Egyptian mythology. There is so much to learn about it, because so many people have done research on it or talked about it. Anyway, bottom line is that I have always been fascinated by it. It even got to the point that I decided to tattoo one on my back. You see, the sun is more than just the source of life in general, for me it means the source of life of my mother. When she was diagnosed with cancer and her thyroid was taken out, she was completely dependent on medication. Even with all the radiation she was getting, the doctors were afraid that she wouldn’t be able to make it, that she would get too weak and that her entire hormone system would get out of balance. Before this happened to her, I never even knew about a thyroid and how important it is to our body. Neither did my mom. I guess I can say we learned about it the hard way. So now, for the rest of her life, my mom is dependent on all kinds of medication to keep her body running the way it is supposed to run. There is one exception though: The Sun. The Sun helps her feel better, helps her get a natural portion of Vitamin D, which gives her a lot of energy. This always caused this personal internal dichotomy for me: My mom is one of the hardest working people I know. She as well as my dad have always worked hard and in doing so inspired me to do the same. I realize now it has become one of my key values: Honesty, Passion and Hard Work. It is something I want to live my life by, but not in a forced way, it just comes very naturally. However, with my mom’s health it was crucial for her healing process to rest a lot and to spend a considerable amount of time in The Sun. Laying in The Sun obviously seems the complete opposite of working hard. Yet I know how important it is, how much value it has. The Sun is an incredible thing. And even though I know it is her body that’s creating that vitamin, it is still being instigated by The Sun, just like it instigates the growth of nature. It’s actually just a magnificent big ball of gas, still it’s nature’s work of art. I am impressed by it’s invisible beauty day after day. And one of my favorite things is to feel how it caresses my skin. I love the Sun. I am so grateful for it’s existence. Without it my existence wouldn’t be possible. Thank you.
I am grateful for The Daily Love. It is an incredible project, which was created by Mastin Kipp. There is so much I could say about it, but I suggest you go check it out yourself at thedailylove.com. All you have to do once you get to the page, is signing up to receive a daily dose of love. This dose of love will come to you in the form of a daily newsletter with quotes, visual art and affirmations. It is a great way to start your day and it assures you will start it with a smile and a feeling of love. Two of today’s affirmations for instance, were “Life loves me.” and “I am 100 % Self Approved.”. The Daily Love does make sure that you get your daily portion of love and it is a great spark to start a day filled with love. There is never too much love. And thanks to The Daily Love you get a daily reminder to start loving life more and to start living more lovingly. Thank you for the joy you bring to so many people, Mastin. May your life be filled with love.
I am grateful for Grateful Pieter. Yes, this actual project, this blog, is what I am grateful for on this special day. Day 100. A hundred days of gratefulness. This project has showed me so much, taught me so much, made me feel so much. I’m only on day 100 and I already feel the difference. I am so much more grateful for life. I am so much more amazed by it. There are so many tiny wonderful things to be grateful for, things I often took for granted. I still have 265 days left and I am excited to see where this project will take me next. If I just scroll down and look back at all the posts I’ve written so far… It is so amazing to see what all came to me. I actually enjoy rereading my blog. It makes me happy over and over again. I honestly have to smile when I see all those pictures and read my abundant excitement put into words. It’s the best thing. I am so grateful for this. It almost sounds funny, but I am grateful for Grateful Pieter. So much. Let’s see what comes next…
I am so grateful for A Healthy Breakfast Hors d’Oeuvre. Here in Mexico breakfast consists of more than just one course. In Belgium I would just eat a sandwich or a bowl of cereal or oatmeal. Here we start our breakfast meal with A Healthy Breakfast Hors d’Oeuvre: Every day we first eat some fruit, whatever it may be. This morning I savored this lovely plate of fresh banana, papaya, mango and figs. Delicious! And that’s only the beginning of our breakfast. I followed it today with some yummy sopes, tamales and hummus with raw mushrooms. It is always a party and such a great way to start your day. I know that I’ll always have my vitamins for the day and I just feel the difference. I love combining it with some nice juice, like this combo of orange and grapefruit. Or this afternoon I had a sweet combo of strawberry, mango, papaya, pineapple and coconut. Mouthwatering! Yay for fruit and yay for having it on a daily basis as a Healthy Breakfast Hors d’Oeuvre.
I am grateful for Difficult. It is Difficult that shows me what I’m worth. It’s Difficult that makes me fight. Difficult makes me work harder. Difficult shows me my determination. Difficult proves me time and again that I am not someone who gives up. Difficult shows me my limits and makes me get past them. Difficult makes me feel good. Difficult doesn’t mean that something is impossible, it means that I encounter something that doesn’t happen just like that, but that I have to make it happen. I know that there’s a way out. I just have to find it. And yes, it might take time, effort, tears,… but I will get there. No matter how difficult. I will. In fact, I don’t think I would like it to be easy. There’s no fun there, no challenge. If I know it can be done easily, I often have a harder time finding the motivation to actually get it done. But getting something thrown at you that you know you will have to do your all to get it done, to know that you have to give it your all and use everything you have to get there, now that’s what makes it worth. Difficult does something to you as a person or also a group of people. It brings people together. Put people in a difficult situation together and they will – possibly after much frustration, discussion or tears – bond over it. They will join forces and see their value as a human being to get the job done. That’s team building right there. And in the case of doing things by yourself, I think I would like to call it character building. Through Difficult you get to know who you are, what you’re worth, what your values are and how far you would go. Because how far is far? And how difficult is Difficult? I guess that’s a difficult question to answer…
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein –
I am grateful for Inspiring People To Start Their Own Grateful Blog. Since I started this blog I’ve found such bliss in my life and I notice how I’m starting to look at things differently. Not only has this been beneficial to me, I have been getting messages and e-mails from friends, family members and even people who just happen to end up on my blog, telling me how much they appreciate what I do and how they start thinking about what they are grateful for in life. It makes me so happy to write this blog, but receiving these messages doubles the joy. Moreover, it has been brought to my attention that some of you have started their own Grateful Blog. I am so grateful to know that I got to Inspire People To Start Their Own Grateful Blog, because I hope it will bring them the same insight and happiness it brought me. Two examples I want to share with you, are the blogs of my friend Celiana and my host brother Aldo. I am so happy with their determination and I feel honored that they decided to write about me. Thank you so much, friends. Thank you for taking up the challenge. Thank you to everyone else for the messages and the e-mails, I really appreciate it. You give me another reason to be grateful for this project. From the bottom of my heart: Thank you.