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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Moment of epiphany

I got this thought provoking email from my Father. It really got me thinking. I hope it does the same for you.

It goes like this.... One day all the employees reached the office and saw a big advice written on the door.

Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. You are invited to join the funeral.

In the beginning, they got sad for the death of one of their colleagues, but after a while they got curious to know who was the man who hindered their growth.

Everyone thought: Well at least the man who hindered my progress died!

One by one the thrilled employees got closer to the coffin, and when they looked inside they were speechless. They stood shocked in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul. There was a mirror inside the coffin and everyone who looked inside could see himself.

There was a sign next to the mirror that read: There is only one person who is capable to set limits to your growth...It is you. You are the only person who can influence your happiness, success and realization.

Your life does not change when your boss friends or company change.....your life changes when you change...you go beyond your limiting beliefs and you realize you are the only one responsible for your life. Its the way you face life that makes the difference!

If an egg is broken from outside force....life ends but it is broken from inside force life begins.

Great things always begin from our inside.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Who were you yesterday?
Think about that for a minute...hey that was not a minute.
Okay, now who are you today?
Hopefully,  there is one thing you did today that you didn't manage to do the day before.

I think if I keep this up for at least a week, eventually it will be a month, and then another month and so on.

And then I won't get to the end of the year and realise that I didn't manage to do anything that I planned to do at the beginning of the year. Sounds simple enough...here goes!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A note to my daughter on self worth

I love nothing more than to watch you sleep. It is in these moments where I pray for your future, a future I pray to share with you...God willing.  You are too young to read any of this now, but I know how quickly time passes. So while I still remember to tell you, please read this note from your Mom.

My dearest Tumi

When you were born, I used to panic about what I could possibly teach you about self worth, self confidence and being assertive, when I struggled with all of this myself.  I thought if I could just be a little more perfect, a little more assured- then I would be ready to be your Mother...but I've finally accepted that it isn't my job to be a perfect Mom. I can only promise to be present, loving and honest.

People think that just because I have been on TV since I was 14, it automatically means I have oodles of confidence or that I am used to people complimenting me and telling me how much they love me. Quite to the contrary actually; I grew up around people who thought it would be better for my character if they pointed out my faults and failings, rather than emphasise my achievements because they believed that this would prevent me from becoming big headed.

As a result of this,  I trained myself to shrink back and blend in. I deliberately dressed in a way that would ensure that I never stood out, I never raised my voice or my hand in class. I feared my own potential and I even pretended  that I didn't have an opinion about most things.

I  promise to do my best to teach you first to love yourself; second to not pursue perfection, it is a fallacy and third to know and truly believe that nobody can define your life, you define that for yourself.

You are destined for greatness.

Love Mama.