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Day 57 – I love the emotion: Pride

Today is the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, being hosted in London. Boy, I wish I was there!

I remember going to a rugby match when we lived in Wales. The Welsh were playing South Africa at Cardiff Arms Park and the place was stuffed! My Dad and I went – him in his Welsh jersey and scarf and me in my Springbok gear.

The atmosphere in the stadium was so charged with excitement that you could literally feel the electricity in the air. The Welsh are a nation of song and the amazing sound that comes out of a stadium full of welshmen singing at the top of their voices is one of the wonders of the world as far as I’m concerned. Both of the national anthems were sung (…and by this time I was really blubbering). And when the two teams came out onto the field the stadium went absolutely wild!

It was one of the best experiences ever!

I can only imagine that the people who are attending the ceremony today will be feeling many times more than what I did. What a great opportunity to show pride in your country, in the athletes who are giving of their best and in the coming together of so many nations in friendly competition.

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Another ‘Florida Essential’

Frans came running in from the sea and called me to come look at the sea and to bring my camera with me. This is what I saw:

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Lisa

Day 55 – The Little Things

Isn’t it funny how little things can have such a huge impact on our lives?

There are tons of little things that affect us and here is a selection of the little things that happened to us today…

Little things that make you happy

– We woke up this morning and the sun was shining which really lifted our spirits because it’s been raining for days. A little thing that brightened our day

Little things that make you laugh

– Frans went swimming in the sea and he found this old hat. It had become home to hundreds of little things who had made a whole new home out of it. As he brought it out, a gentleman walked past and said a little thing ‘I wonder what happened to the guy’ 🙂

Little things that drive you nuts

– We came back from the pool and heard a little ‘beep’. 30 seconds later we heard another one. And then another. Turns out the battery is going flat in the smoke detector but it can’t be fixed until tomorrow morning as it’s connected to the fire system in the whole building. It’s a little noise, but it’s causing big irritation

Little things that make you smile

– A piece of Key Lime Pie – the bestest, most scrumptioustest pie on earth 🙂

Little things that quench your thirst

– Watermelon – sweet, juicy and delicious

Little things that warm your heart

– There was a youngster surfing all by himself this morning. A group of boys were surfing close to him and the lone youngster kept on looking at them wistfully, just wanting to join in. He fell off his board when a particularly big wave hit and one of the other boys held his board for him until he got his footing back. Simple kindness and inclusion – just amazing.

Little things that help you

– It’s been quite humid today and the fan we got from Walmart for a mere $17 has kept us nice and cool

Watch out for the ‘little things’ that happen all around you every day. They really can make a big difference.

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Lisa

Day 53 – A Question of Phase

Frans & I took a walk along the beach today. The rough weather over the past few days has washed the beach beautifully clean of all the old seaweed that washed up during the last storm.

Because of this a big drift of shells has appeared. Frans is totally fascinated by the different shapes,colours and patterns on the shells and loves to take photos of them.

Once he’d finished, we decided to walk back to the condo. By this time the drift of shells was between he and I and I didn’t want to step on the shells and break them.

He turned and looked at me and said, “But you’ll be helping them become part of the beach like they’re supposed to”

It was then that I ‘got it’. How we behave in a certain situation should be determined by what the situation actually requires and not what we suppose it does.

I thought I was crushing the shells and making them ugly and thus useless. But, in fact, that phase of their life cycle was already over and now they were in the phase where they were to be broken down to become part of the sand. I was acting towards them as if they were still in the former stage and thinking what I was doing was a bad thing. Whereas, in fact, it was a good thing, completely relevant to their current stage. So, I was helping and not hindering. Doing a good thing as opposed to getting in the way.

Wow!

What an interesting perspective! I’ll be looking out for ways to apply it in what I do every day.

Is what I am doing in this current situation good and relevant to the phase that I’m in?

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Day 52 – The Beach

The Beach – A fascinating, entertaining, scary, exciting and inspirational place to be.

I woke up early this morning and God invited me to come for a walk with Him. We left out of the front gates and walked alongside the road as people walked, cycled and drove to get their early morning exercise and fetch the Sunday papers.

We walked all the way to the first beach access and out along the lifeguard jetty. Ever the information gatherer, I took these two photos. The information on these boards has probably saved countless lives.

As I walked, I got this revelation

…and this insight

Once I’d come back home and settled in, looking after Frans as he fights off a cold, we suddenly heard a real rush of noise from outside. This is what happened…

So, all in all, the beach is a fascinating, entertaining, scary, exciting and inspirational place to be!

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Another ‘Florida Essential’

The plastic bag stops the sand from getting into your camera when the sea sneaks up behind you when you’re trying to take a photo and whacks you over the head with a huge wave 🙂

 

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Day 15 – Believing is Seeing

Today we got:

  • Beaten up
  • Doused
  • Bullied
  • Dumped on
  • Somersaulted
  • Scraped
  • Scared
  • Ignored
  • Toyed with

…and all of this in the name of fun! 🙂

We took the dinghy out into the sea today. I jumped in the front while Frans positioned us to catch waves that we could ride all the way to the beach. It was absolutely hilarious and we had so much fun.

In the process though, all the things listed above, happened to us. The sea was getting a little rough and really showed us that we were no match for what it could do. We had waves crashing over us, completely turning my body so that I was doing somersaults as I got washed out of the dinghy – head first under the waves and legs flailing in the air. Frans thought that one was hysterical, until a wave caught him by surprise and took him along the sand, scraping gouges into his knees! We got so much salt washed into our noses that it felt like we’d swallowed a salt shaker.

It was all a lot of fun though and by the time we’d been in for a while, we were both exhausted from trying to keep our footing and avoid losing our shoes, caps and breath.

Here’s to you faithful little dinghy!

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My favourite … revelation of the day

I was looking through my Facebook Newsfeed this morning and saw a post by my cousin Craig. He’d posted this comment:

~Put your trust in those things you feel, not just see. Your intuition is all about you, all of the time. Follow that God given internal gauge that is your best re-source always. Gigi Galluzzo

In reply, I posted this one:

~ Some people say ‘I’ll believe it when I see it”. I say “Thank You God that I can believe for way more than I can see!”.

This got me thinking about when I first came across that thought. The old saying “I’ll believe it when I see it” really gets turned on its head when you choose to believe in God. Often, faith is seen as something that is difficult to do, but when I heard this said, I got really excited.

Imagine what a privilege we have as children of God! We actually get to believe for, and in, things BEFORE we get to see them! That means that our imagination can be let loose and we, in partnership with God, can believe for amazing miracles!

What a spectacular mindset to go around with. LORD, I don’t need to see it before I believe it – I choose to believe before I see and watch as You do amazing things!

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Question of the day

What fun things do you do with the ones you love? 

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Day 12 – My life nearly flashed before my eyes…

I know right?! Frans and I went down to the beach this morning and I swam in the sea for the first time since we’ve been here. It’s much rougher than the sea in Miami, but just as much fun.

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After returning our beach chairs to the storage locker, Frans excitedly came to tell me that he’d found a little blow up dinghy that we could test out after lunch.
We blew it up, taking turns before we passed out (:-), and then went out into the sea. I jumped in and Frans was holding onto the back of the dinghy, kicking so that we could go further out. We saw two young boys on the beach and they were yelling ‘Come out you guys”. We looked round and saw two other youngsters who were fishing and assumed that they were talking to them. We went deeper and were having a fab time, until we heard another voice yelling “Get out now!”
A woman was waving at us and shouting for us to get out because a shark was spotted swimming right behind us!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH MY WORD!

We scrambled ashore as fast as we could and heard that the shark had been seen swimming along the shoreline and that they were systematically evacuating the beach. It’s not a stretch of public beach so there are no shark nets for miles
Once we got back into the complex, we decided to swim in the pool. A lady there told us that a woman had been swimming in waist deep water, just a little bit south from where we are, and was bitten by a Bull shark not so long ago and had to have emergency surgery.

Needless to say, this will not stop Frans from swimming in the sea. I think we’ll just be a little more watchful from now on!

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My favourite … pictures posted this past week

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