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The grass is greener where you water it…

I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently and the same theme keeps reoccurring- appreciating each day for what it is.

Easier said than done.

After my move to Kampala in August I was constantly questioning whether or not I had made the right decision in moving here, constantly imagining what I’d be doing had I stayed at home. This thought process resulted in me feeling hugely unsettled and unhappy and not making the most of the beauty and opportunities around me.

I’m coming to realise that maybe there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ choices in some decisions. I’m realising it’s about making the most of the path you’ve chosen, and not wishing to be on another one.

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Here are a few snippets of books/blogs I’ve been reading:

“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.” Paulo Coelho

“If we view today as less than tomorrow, we choose to live in the imagined picture of a story that hasn’t happened, sacrificing joy and adventure that could be ours in the present.”

“No matter what you would change about your current circumstances, there are advantages, freedoms and joys that will be gone in life’s next scene. Don’t miss today because you are imagining that tomorrow will be “better.”

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/whole-life/life-won’t-begin-your-next-milestone (Thanks Ash Fulton for sharing)

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow has enough worries of it’s own.” Matthew 6 v 36

“Happiness, not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour.” Walt Whitman

So here’s to 2014.  A new year for new friendships, new adventures,  mysteries and challenges. I’m going to try to appreciate the everyday, the ‘ordinary’ and the beauty of the circumstances I find myself in daily. Because…

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Worth living through every up and down!

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“The most wonderful time of the year…”

December is Kampala is odd. Go into the supermarket and you’re surrounded by Christmas trees, lights, commercialism, Christmas music etc. I could almost be tricked into thinking I was back home.

Step outside, and hit 30 degree heat. Meet everybody going about their lives as normal. Even in school, to date, not one of my children has mentioned what they are getting for Christmas. In fact I don’t even think the word ‘Christmas’, ‘santa’ or ‘presents’ have even been mentioned. We are marking the occasion with a ‘celebration of lights’ party next Friday as being an International School we are not encouraged to ‘celebrate’ religious festivals.

It’s odd.

There are of course things that I miss- I can’t wait to get home in a few weeks time and get wrapped up in my winter woolies, sit by an open fire surrounded by Christmas decor, spend quality time with my friends and family and eat my weight in food.

However a part of me is also glad to be missing part of the Christmas ‘rush’. It’s given me time to sit back and actually think.

It seems crazy to me the amount of money spent over this ‘religious festival’.

Children in Northern Ireland have an average of £115.89 spent on them at Christmas.

According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. There are 2.2 billion children in the word. 1 in 2 of these are in poverty (below 1 dollar/day)

A Christmas dinner will cost on average £118 per family. One in ten adults will eat a monumental 7,000 calories due to eating two Christmas dinners on December 25 to keep their families happy.

1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.

The consumer’s total average spend for Christmas DAY in Northern Ireland is an astonishing £619.89.

80 percent of humanity live on less than $10 a day.

Statistics, to most readers are just numbers on a page. And this post is by no means a guilt trip. Speaking for myself, I’ll probably finish writing this and go back to finishing my Christmas shopping online, return home in a few weeks and spend crazy amounts of money ‘celebrating Christmas’.

If you’re reading this, you are therefore among the 5% of the world’s population that own a computer and have access to the internet.

I truly do wish you all a wonderful Christmas. Have fun, be merry and be grateful for what you have.

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