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What carpe diem means to me

The beach always inspires me and gets my mind whirring. Today I was thinking about how our time on Earth is filled with moments that can be sad or happy, painful or pleasureful. We tend to welcome the good and shun the bad but without one we cannot have the other. We need failure to appreciate success, right? It has taken me years to appreciate this but the realisation has changed my life for the better and helped me become more resilient, able to bounce back from disappointment, face fear and live my dreams. I’m learning to live as if each day was my last – appreciating the miracles around me – but more importantly planning for the future with purpose and passion. Truly living with heart and soul – this is what ‘carpe diem’ has come to mean for me. What does it mean for you?

Diani Beach, Coast Province, Kenya

Sand and stone – a story of forgiveness

Sand and Stone, Author unknown

A story tells of two friends who were walking through the desert.

At some point during the journey they had an argument and one for the friends slapped the others face. The man who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything he wrote in the sand “Today my best friend slapped me in the face”.

They kept walking until they found and oasis where they decided to take a bath. The man who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and was drowning… his friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning he wrote on a stone “Today my best friend saved my life”.

The friend who had slapped and saved his friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The other friend replied: “When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand, where the winds of forgiveness can erase it, but when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone, so no wind can ever erase it.”

Learn to write your hurts in the sand, and to carve your blessings in stone.

Turning enemies into friends

“To successfully deal with an enemy, one must learn patience. If patience is a virtue, then our enemies have done us a favour. From this perspective, I believe we can find the kindness needed to turn our enemies into our friends.”

– thought inspired by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, in his book “Kindness, Clarity, and Insight