Posts Tagged With 'life'

  • Jul
  • 28
  • 2011

Count Every Blessing; Relish Every Moment

Posted by Katherine Stott In Thoughts & Concepts | Comments Off on Count Every Blessing; Relish Every Moment
Count Every Blessing; Relish Every Moment

I’m having one of those weeks where I find myself contemplating people, love, life, emotions and all the little ingredients that mix together to enhance all of said contemplations. I know that with Finn being inside me, my emotions are definitely heightened, but certainly not erratic or in any way out of control. In fact, I’d like to think that they are more in tune to what is happening around me, what I’m feeling inside me. Pregnancy is kind of like a harmless hallucinogenic for my emotive state, enhancing everything I feel, all that I love… making it deeper, brighter and so much more “coherent”. I don’t know that everyone experiences this in pregnancy as I’ve come across some first class emotional terrorists. And perhaps I wasn’t always like this, because I do remember being quite bleak in the beginning of my pregnancy with Finn.

It is with this attitude that I’ve decided to construct a little list of all that I’m grateful for. It actually came about after reading a fabulous email from a  fellow Quirk colleague entitled “33 Ways to Stay Creative”. I thought it was so cool that I printed it out and stuck it on the wall next to my desk. And now, sitting eating my lunch, my eye happened to land on number 21: Count your blessings. I have so many, but I never take the time to actually sit and think about them or even “be grateful” for them. So that’s what I’m about to do.

I’m a blessed being because…

  1. I am married to my dream man. Truly. I always dreamed of this tall, dark stranger who would serenade me with his acoustic guitar and hold me in the most comforting, protective embrace whenever I needed it. Enter Michael John Stott and my dreams have been realised.
  2. I have the most incredible, loving, compassionate children who already understand the value of love. Without them there is nothing.
  3. I am blessed to be pregnant with my 3rd baby and so look forward to meeting my little Finn Patrick Stott.
  4. I’ve been one of the fortunate beings to be born into a family who loves me, unconditionally, and expects nothing less than for me to love my life and live it.
  5. I’m surrounded by people that I love and who love me back with all intention and intensity.
  6. I can feel my connection to the Earth and its’ beings. It’s an amazing feeling to know that you are a part of this beauty that surrounds us… a lot of people miss that in their constant quest for material satisfaction.
  7. I have an incredible job working for one of the foremost digital agencies in South Africa – #quirkrocks. We have the most exceptional team of talented, awesome individuals who make work an absolute pleasure, not a task.
  8. I love what I do for a living and I’m good at it.
  9. I have more than enough of everything to be happy and content. Abundance is beautiful when it is made up of the right things.
  10. I have no doubts about my abilities or my place in this world.
  11. I have a beautiful collection of furry friends who are always pleased to see me and will drop whatever they’re doing to come and snuggle up with me.
  12. Mike and I have a beautiful home which is slowly becoming our dream house. I’m so grateful that we’ve got the money to fix it up the way we want to… a work in progress, it is slowly morphing into our own creation.
  13. I have wheels. Some people don’t. I watch them on freezing cold Jozi winter mornings and feel proud for everything I’ve accomplished; albeit very sorry for them out in the cold.
  14. I have faced death and destruction through my experiences and thus have so much perspective on what is truly important in this life. I feel so many people obsess over trivial little things that mean nothing in the grander scheme of things.
  15. My life is full of potential. Opportunity comes in all shapes and sizes and I’m able to recognise it every time it crosses my path.
  16. I’m healthy, in every way I can be.
  17. I have full control of all my senses. I can see the beautiful day, I can smell the sweet jasmine, I can feel, I can taste, I can hear music… without which life would be colourless.

There is more. I know there’s much more and if I sat for long enough I could write a book about it. For now, I know that every second is an opportunity to make a change or have the time of my life. I’ll never take that for granted. Count every blessing; relish every moment, because you never know what is waiting for you in the seconds that are about to follow.

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  • Jan
  • 26
  • 2011

Perspective is Like a Cup of Tea

Posted by Katherine Stott In Thoughts & Concepts | Comments Off on Perspective is Like a Cup of Tea
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We decide how we want it to taste, we decide how we want it to look… We make it just the way that we like it, the way that we are used to having it. But certain factors can change the perfect cup of tea; it goes cold from sitting for too long, it tastes weird because the milk is going off… There are many external factors that can influence the final outcome of our fresh brew.
The perspective that we choose to have on life is not far off from the perfect (or sometimes, not so perfect) cup of tea. 
  • We choose how we want it to taste; every experience that we savour is born from our own decisions.
  • We choose how we want it to look; life’s beautiful portrait is ours to paint, with whatever elements of colour and substance we want to have in there.
  • Milky, straight-up, sweet or not; our perspective on life is perfect because it is our own creation.
There are a myriad external influences that impact on our “perfect perspective”… Be it negatively or positively. Friends, family, work, stress, traffic (mmm…. loving that). What we choose to let in to sway our perspective is again, of our own choosing… But then we mustn’t be surprised when the tea is too sweet, or it has that familiar and unwelcome undertone of sour milk.
Sometimes a different taste is a welcome change; sometimes we learn to enjoy our perspective from a different angle until it becomes the norm. And sometimes all we want is what is familiar… even if it is bad for us. In saying all of this, my mom will argue that all we need is a good cup of tea to change our perspective.

Ok, I’m all “analogied out”. Good night, world.


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