I am just Grateful
With all the sad news going around, I just want to pause for a moment and thank God for my life, for my loved ones, and just to let Him know that I am GRATEFUL. Many people lost their homes in the fires in California and others lost their loved ones to gun violence or sudden death. It’s been a horrible week for many.
If you are reading this and you have a home to go to tonight, or somewhere to sleep, and you are alive, just be grateful. Sometimes we just have to get grateful, even when sad things are happening around us..that’s all.🙏🏽
Believe it or not, I have regrets. My regrets are usually about not knowing enough about a decision I made. Or sometimes I regret not doing enough or giving my all. I never regret the experience.
Most of my regrets are about not knowing enough and about not doing enough. It is usually a regret after it becomes a lesson. After I know better.
The most important thing is, I don’t focus on the regret, I focus on the lesson. I use my lessons and my experiences and create happiness.
Upon our departure from India, our flight was delayed for several hours, due to a medical emergency with a passenger, who subsequently died. Due to this misfortune, our flight out of India was delayed, and we missed our connecting flight to Atlanta, with Qatar Airways. After learning of the reason for the delay, we felt sad, but it truly put our delayed flight into perspective. Afterall, we were alive and we now had an all expenses paid, unplanned trip to Qatar!
Qatar was everything and more. The ground staff at Qatar Airways made us wish we missed more flights😜. They were outstanding. Someone was waiting to greet us as we disembarked, to put everything in place, and ensure we did not feel dislocated.
We decided to explore the city for the day. I wish we had more time, but one day was enough to impress us. The food was amazing. We visited the Villagio Mall, which gives you the feeling like you are shopping outdoors, with a majestic ceiling, that looks exactly like the sky. There is also a man made river with gondolas at The Villagio.
I also made a friend. I call her “my Qatar friend”, who took us to the Souk or Souq, where they make the finest gold jewelry on the spot. We were able to have them “custom make” a piece of jewelry for us in one hour!
There were other vendors selling art, fabric and clothing. I loved the late evening atmosphere at the Souk. We stopped for tea, as there are several tea shops and restaurants.
It was an unplanned trip to Qatar, but one we certainly would not forget . We missed a flight, made a friend, and discovered another culture, all in one day. I was also pleasantly surprised to see a billboard with one of our Caribbean track stars, Yohan Blake, plastered on Billboards around Qatar.
P.S. We quite enjoyed the early morning entertainment at the airport and we hope to be back soon. There is so much to explore in Qatar. Add this to your bucket list if you have not experienced Qatar as yet. Special thanks to the ground crew and amazing flight crew, Souha and Slyvia, who took care of us🤩✈.
Qatar crew members Souha and Slyvia
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Take a look at a short video we made on our short stay in Qatar.
Your self worth will be challenged in every relationship you develop. People will always try and define your worth for you. In any relationship, personal or professional, your worth is defined by what you are willing to accept.
Who determines your worth? This is not necessarily your dollar value. It is your personal standard. What you will or won’t accept. The only way to establish self worth is to teach others how to treat you, by the way you treat yourself.
Many people rely on others to determine their worth, and complain when they come up with a ridiculous value. You worth is not determined by the amount of likes you receive on social media. It is determined by the premium you place on yourself.
Have a blessed week 🙏🏽
We live in world that has become closer with technology, but more distant with love. Most people prefer to like a photo than to call and touch base. For this reason, and more, it was so refreshing to have met my “Delhi Friends’.
My husband and I, with Indian Comedian Jeeveshu Ahluwalia and his fiancee, Sanjoni
Our travels would later lead us to many other cities that included, Kolkata, Thrivanthapuran and Chennai. My husband’s work assignments took him to many more cities than I visited. His reception was indeed different from mine, after all, he is a “famous Cricketer”, and this profession is the “passport of India” for racial differences to be overlooked.
My Delhi Sisters
After being in Mumbai for a few days, I was certain that I wanted to go home, until I got to Delhi. I met some people there, who I will forever cherish. They gave us the best memories of India and reminded me that even though we are different, we have the same needs and wants. Above all, the desire to be accepted and respected for who we are.
Me on the Tuk Tuk 🤩
I was told that Delhi is the most polluted city in the world. I would still return, as I had a wonderful time in Delhi.. Their hospitality will never be forgotten and it will definitely be reciprocated, if given the opportunity. They went out of their way to cook meals for us (more than we could eat), take us shopping, and to simply have meaningful conversations about life.Their appetizer course is a meal by itself. By the time we got to the main course, I was so full🙄. We were told that it was not polite to refuse food from the host. They just wanted to ensure that we were happy. And that we were.
Rice Pudding dessert made by Sanjoni’s mother
As I am writing this article , we are on the runway, and the plane is taking off and I feel a sad joy. I am seeing the pollution around me, but somehow I am not bothered. I connected with some really lovely people in Delhi, who opened their homes and their hearts to us. When I think of the time I spent in Delhi, I am reminded that, “people don’t always remember what you do for them, but they remember how you make them feel.”
So a special thank you to my “Delhi friends”. Thank you to, Sunil, Sunita, Jeeveshu, Sanjoni and the rest of your family. You are a class act to follow. You went out of your way to make sure we were happy.
Take a look at us dancing at dinner to “Chutney Music” (a fusion of the Indian and soca rhythm), from my home country, Trinidad and Tobago. They did not know about Chutney music, but once I played it for them, they started dancing, they loved it! We turned Delhi that night into “Deliwood”, #basiastyle.
We cannot blame the world for how we see it. We inform our thoughts by what we feed our minds. We have no control over some events, that may trigger sadness or joy. However, we have control our negative thoughts.
You can choose the way you see your life, and the type of day you are going to have. If you see an ugly person in the mirror, that is who the world sees. In other words, your thoughts deliver your outcomes.
What are your thoughts today? Are they positive? What are you feeding your mind. My soul strives on positive vibes. Positive energy produces more light in my life.
Diwali In Delhi
Diwali is the “festival of lights” celebrated by the Hindu community around the world. The Hindu festival signifies light over darkness, good over evil. Growing up in Trinidad, it was always a pleasure to celebrate Diwali. Needless to say, when my hubby revealed that we would be iin New Delhi, India during Diwali celebration, I was elated💃.
I was very surprised by the differences in the way we celebrate Diwali iin Trinidad and Tobago, than how it is celebrated in India. For starters, they serve meat and alcohol as a part of their celebration.
They also serve food very late, after 11:30 at night. This iis due to the fact that everyone has to say their prayers (Puja) by 10PM, and bless the food before dinner. It is also the tradition to play cards to bond with family and friends and for money. It is a time of prosperity, and is celebrated for 5 days. They worship the God of money, Lakshmi.
Our time spent iin New Delhi was wonderful. Thank you Sunil and your wonderful wife Sunita for hosting us. It was amazing. Take a look at our New Delhi Vlog.
And that’s a wrap 😎
Happy Wednesday all.
Wishing a Happy Diwali to my Hindu brothers and sisters, around the world, particularly in my home country of Trinidad and Tobago. Wishing you love, light and prosperity. In a few hours, I will experience my first Diwali in New Delhi, India.
Stay tuned for coverage on my Diwali celebration in India 💃♨️
Happy Monday Everyone!
Hope you are having a wonderful day. I am still in India. Please see My Kolkata Blog.
I wrote a book called, “Thirty Days To Lasting Happiness.” Whenever a friend, relative or acquaintance speaks to me regarding some form unhappiness, I share this book with them. Most of them do not read it😆. And that’s ok.
Most people enjoy being unhappy. They are addicted to unhappiness. In fact when they see someone experiencing true happiness, they are silently resentful, because their addiction has led them to believe that happiness is not really attainable. It is like sobriety for some people.
I trained my mind a few years ago, to find happiness in every situation, good or bad. I am happy with my spouse or without my spouse. I am not relying or anyone to make me happy. I feel that happiness is a state of mind that I must constantly create on my own, if I am to find compatibility in someone else.
I am happy when I have lots of money and when I don’t have much. In fact the happier and more grateful I am, money is drawn to me. Money does not make me happy, it makes me comfortable. However, when you are happy, you can truly enjoy spending your money.
You cannot find happiness in a negative situation. I am always happy to remove myself from a toxic environment, because in everything I do, the goal is to create and maintain happiness. My brain does not function unless I am happy, as I have trained my mind to constantly seek happiness. If happiness is not the end result, it makes no sense.
P.S. Don’t forget to purchase my Happiness Journal, “Thirty Days To Lasting Happiness ” on Amazon.🙏🏽❣
So many of us do not appreciate what we have, unless it is taken away. Many complain when they are healthy, but long for perfect health when they are ill.
Some people will steal money and as a result, they are sentenced to prison, then, they will pay anything to have their freedom. While for most, freedom has no cost.
The moral of the story is, don’t wait for bad things to happen, to appreciate what you already have. Most of us have what really matters, we just don’t focus on it enough. Some of us only appreciate what we have, when we have to pay for it, or when we lose it.