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The Act of Giving

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LOVE IS GIVING

Good morning everybody!

First of all I’d like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for liking my blog.

I am lucky to have been given the opportunity to change many negative things in my life. The last weeks were a time of transformation and learning in the deepest of ways. I am always amazed at the precious lessons that just come when one is truly ready.

One of these is the act of giving. Are you a giving person? Or do you expect people to give first, before you do something in return? Think about it…And most importantly, does it come from the heart?

Growing up poor, I never had much, but I remember always giving everything I had. I shared gladly and never expected anything in return. When I look back, I think that is one of the reasons, why I received so much fortune in my adult life. However, over the years my attitude changed and somewhere along the way, I lost this incredible act of giving.

During the time when I was having what I call “my 5 minutes with cancer” (that my reference to it), I experienced an incredible amount of love and giving from friends, who gave without even thinking about it. Friends who bathed me when I couldn’t raise my arms, who stayed with me when I was afraid of being alone, friends that drove me to my appointments when I was weak or friends who took me to the hospital in the middle of the night, when I couldn’t breath. Those were acts of giving, that I will never forget.

This world has turned into a selfish one, where people are only thinking about what they can get out of any situation. It’s a “me, me, me” society. Few give without expecting in return, not knowing that that is the key to living a plentiful life. When you begin to make giving a part of your life, just for the act of giving and not for the act of receiving, your life will take a dramatic change. Why? Because when you give from your heart, you make lots of room to receive. It’s like if you have a handful of peanuts in your hands. If you hold on to them all the time, then you will never have space to receive more peanuts. I know it’s a simple example, but that is just they way it is.

So today’s challenge: Do something nice for someone you care about, just because you want to and just because your heart tells you to. Whether it’s a phone call with loving words, some flowers or maybe baking them a cake. I’m sure that you will feel wonderful because you’ve made someone smile and feel special…and that my friends is one of the most incredible feelings, you can experience living here, right now on this amazing planet.

Much love,

Daisy

Did you ever hear about Mesothelioma Cancer?

Well, here I am helping out a fellow blogger on spreading the word about the cause of this type of cancer. My father suffered many years from the effects of asbestos. Maybe you can help us in getting the word out there too. Those who wish to learn more about mesothelioma can get more information at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance www.mesothelioma.com. Thanks and much love!

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One Year After My Diagnosis

Hi Guys!

Here I am reporting to you one year after my breast cancer diagnosis. First of all, I want to express my deepest gratitude for still being here on this wonderful planet, on this wonderful journey that keeps getting more and more interesting as time passes by. So many emotional, soul touching experiences and changes.

Wow my hair is so long now! 

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In this one year I have become another person. When I look back at what this journey did to me, I can truly say that I don’t regret one single moment of this illness. If I wouldn’t have gotten it, I would still be in the same situation and doing the same shit I did for many years and this, my friends, was stressing out myself as well as my loved ones. Planning my life, worrying about what could go wrong and making everyone responsible when things didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to be.

I got upset about things, that today seem so insignificant and so small. I sowed the seeds of self-hatred, dissatisfaction and self-destruction and then passed them on to others. Of course, the whole time not being aware of the damage I was doing to my body and soul.

Getting breast cancer was the only way to get the message thru to me. I guess. Because of this experience, I was given a new chance. A chance to see life thru a different set of eyes. Now I can stop and smell the daisies. I can enjoy the sun caressing my skin and the wind kissing my face. I can feel life pulsating thru my whole body and for this I am so grateful.

I can leave the dishes in the sink, an unmade bed, the crumbs on the floor, the water spots on the mirror and the messy pillow arrangement on the couch and guess what? Life still goes on and everyone still loves me exactly the way I am. Can you believe this? Well, sometimes I can’t because just one year ago, I thought that if I wasn’t perfect, then nobody would like me. What a ridiculous thought! But, yes, that is the way it was back then. And because I wasn’t perfect, someone had to pay for my unhappiness.

Right now I feel so blessed and although I don’t know, if I will be there in one year, what I know for sure, is that I will go on taking in every single moment of this precious life. I won’t waste one second of my time living in the past or in the future. I will live right now in this moment. I will live in the present and suck in all the beauty and all the magic that this wonderful life has to give. I will be good to myself and to others. I will share and enjoy the love and the patience and the understanding that came to me at the moment when I let go of my old self and embraced a new me.

Much love!

Daisy

P.S. Happy Birthday Dad. Wish you were here!

Why do we wait for others to make us happy, instead of doing it ourselves?

 

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Yes, I know you might have the kid and husband thing going on and maybe working that full-time job is keeping you busy. You don’t seem to find the time to do the things you want or that fun stuff that makes you smile. Maybe, you think that other people have to take care of these needs and buy you flowers or heck, just say nice things to you, so that you know that you are a great person. Well, I’m here to shake you up and tell you something else. You are a great person. Actually you are and should be the most important person in your life!!! “Huhhhh, but why?” I hear you asking. Well yes, because no one is really responsible for your happiness except for yourself!

I know, I know….we hear this all the time. And maybe, you are aware of this principle, but can’t seem to kind incorporate it into your life, because it’s just damn work or it’s hard. Fact is, that when you rely on others to bring you happiness, then you are on the road to disappointment. People can do nice things for you and of course, one should always be grateful for such people in our lives. But in the end, true happiness comes from being at peace with oneself from the inside. From knowing that you are wonderful (no matter what you think of yourself) and that you truly deserve to be treated like a goddess (or a god). You should treat yourself exactly how you would want people to treat you. That’s the first step. And I’ll repeat again: To treat yourself exactly how you would like people to treat you. Why? Because you are unique and special and no one on this earth is like you!

So why not start today with little things like buying yourself some flowers or getting that pedicure or just sitting in the sun and eating your favorite ice cream, which you used to eat when you were a kid. And why? Well, because you’re worthy and deserve it? Do things that make you smile. Things that make you feel good. I can almost guarantee you, that when you start doing this, after a while things will automatically change. People will treat you differently. You’ll just emanate joy and good vibrations from the inside and people will feel this.

When you are the one that takes good care of yourself and are constantly making yourself happy, no matter what it is that you are doing, then you will, eventually, get rid of the exceptions you put on others in being responsible for your bliss. As a result of this, you’ll experience less and less disappointment in others, because now you don’t expect others to bring you, what you are giving yourself.

Be good to yourself every moment of your life! Because you truly are worthy of it!

Daisy

Why do we spend so much time in the past?

If you are going back over your life, focusing on the difficulties of the past, you are just projecting more difficulties into the now. If there’s one wonderful thing that you can do for yourself now, then letting go of the past would have to be it. Yes, I know how difficult this is because I’ve been there.

foto.jpg Spending my time lamenting, hating, being in a state of anger at people or events or even regretting things I didn’t say in the past. What I realized over the years was that doing this prevented me from enjoying this moment and from seeing the little but wonderful things in life. If you are spending most of the time reliving events of the past, you are missing out on what’s going on in front of your face. Also, if you are holding on to negative feelings or blaming someone, then you are taking it all with you into the present and harming yourself. Think about it!. Maybe this could haven been a moment that was important for you, a moment that would have given you a clue as how to go on, or maybe to change something. Maybe someone smiled at you, but you didn’t see it, because you were mad about the past. So, you just missed it. Isn’t that a shame?

How do you start? Well, how about right away, knowing that I truly believe in you! I started reminding myself every single day to remain in the present and since then everything changed for me. At first it was hard and I often had to bring myself to this moment like most of the day. But, as time went on, it became easier and these days I’m living about 90% in the present. I now see and am so grateful for the many splendid things that where there before, but I just couldn’t see. Simple things, like finally seeing the true color of  my friends’ eyes or the beautiful daisy’s growing just across the road. Funny enough, they were always there, waiting for me to take in their beauty. They waited patiently for me. Life is wonderful!

Why are we so afraid of death?

It is because we’ve lived a life full of sin and are afraid of judgment, when we come to the pearly gates? Or because we want to hold on to the people or to material things that we now have? It is because we haven’t done everything we planned? For of religious reasons? Whatever the reason may be, I’m here to tell you that it’s time, to let go of the fear and the negative feelings associated with it.

We all know that eventually everyone has to die. That’s a given. Change and death are the only sure things in this life. So why not accept it as something totally normal? Like brushing your teeth everyday. I know that what I’m saying may sound hard for some, but if we accept what is part of life, then we can let go and enjoy the time that we have left. We all know that we don’t necessarily have to be sick to die. This can happen at any time, any day in the presence of lots of different circumstances.

A dear friend of mine was clinically dead after a heart operation. Fortunately, the doctors brought her back and she was able talk to me about it. She described it as one of the most beautiful experiences she’s ever had. She also saw this light that people talk about and felt incredible feelings of warmth and love. We’ve all heard about these experiences sometime right? This was a breaking point for me in my life. I realized that when we accept it, then the fear starts to disappear.

I also knew a guy, who drowned 3 times while she was deep-sea diving. He also described the experience as being wonderful. He had always said, that if he had to die, drowning would be the way. Sounds horrible! But no, for him it was a wonderful experience. I remember the feeling of peace that vibrated out of him as he told me his story. He said that he saw his life flash through his eyes, also saw the light and had feelings of utter peace and love.

I’m really fortunate to have these people in my life, because they showed me that there is absolutely no reason to be afraid of dying. Of course, we will miss out on a lot of things and won’t see the people we love anymore. Can I share a secret with you? We do remain alive and that is in the hearts of the people who love us. So we won’t be able to eat chocolate and drink wine or see the sunset again. So my question now is: What the hell are you waiting for? Do these things NOW!!!! Do the things that make you happy. Meet the people who make you smile! Give someone a hug! Stop thinking about the past or about the future. Invest your energy and time in the NOW. For that’s the only thing that you’ve got.