“Stay strong through your pain
grow flowers from it
you have helped me
grow flowers out of mine so
however you need
– Rupi Kaur
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat
“Every picture has its own story. And this one says, ‘I’m still standing”
“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.”
“From here and there you are
From here and there you lost
From there you found it
From here you don’t want it
From here and there you have
wasted your life.”
– Aziz Gattoufi [26-06-19 3.25 pm]
I love gift baskets especially those made from bamboo/cane. Since the beginning of this year, I had collected five baskets that were abandoned on the roadside in four different locations. I believe these baskets were meant for me and each carried a meaningful life-lesson.
The Green Basket
I found this basket about 50m away from Shaye’s school. This is a basket of nature. The colour of this basket may have faded but it is still in purrfect condition. Just like this basket, growing older is inevitable. Though taking care of our outward appearance is important, we must not neglect what’s going on in our hearts and in our minds. We need to focus less on ourselves and focus more on enriching the lives of others. May we all grow old gracefully!
The Twin Basket
I saw these twin basket a few blocks from my home. I was rushing to send Shaye to school and I did not have time to turn back and pick up the baskets. I told Shaye I will collect the baskets on my way home if they are still there. Well, the baskets waited for me alright.
The baskets were exactly how I found them as shown in the photo. It’s looks like a mother protecting her young child. It shows a mother’s important role in nurturing her child early in life. It is a reminder that children are young only once and we cannot turn back the hands of times.
I am a full time mom and a freelance event planner and banner/backdrop designer. Honestly, I do not make much but I believe in investing my time in my daughters’ lives. And I look forward to the day they are mature and independent and I can humbly say, “I have made a difference in their lives.”
The Brown Basket
This basket waited for me about a kilometer away from Sydelle’s school. In life, there will always be troubles and challenges. This is a basket to put all our doubts, worries and fears away. We have to focus on the positive and possibilities and make the right choices to overcome our problems.
The Red Basket with Gold Lining and Yellow Lily
This is the last basket I collected two days ago somewhere near the place where I found the green basket. The colour red signifies strength and courage. But we need to be careful not be carried away by these traits or we will become egotistical and self-righteous. After all, there is a thin line between self-confidence and selfish pride.
The gold lining on the basket is a sign for us to remain kind, compassionate and generous. And just looking at the yellow lily on the handle brightens my day and made me smile. Don’t you think this would make a beautiful Christmas gift basket?
That’s all folks! Perhaps my next story would be the case of the missing baskets.
I’ve decided to make myself strong.
As far as I can tell, that’s all I can do.
– Haruki Murakami
[Pics from Pinterest]
“Go within every day and find the inner strength
so that the world will not blow your candle out.”
― Katherine Dunham
“Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.”
– Og Mandino