Always grateful

ImageI was having a conversation with my best friend quite a while ago, telling her about this diary entry of mine that I have to show her. It was an epiphany, I guess? A real moment of clarity and peace. She suggested, why not put this on your blog? And here I am (albeit a few months later !) ! This somewhat follows on from my previous post.

I have always had a roof over my head, no matter where I was in the world.

I have always had the love and warmth of my parents, sometimes it might not have seemed like it to me, but it was there.

I have almost always had my best friends, no matter where, no matter when , be it night or day.

I have always been protected, kept safe from harm.

Had life been made somewhat easier (in most instances) for me.

Had education, no restriction to broaden my horizons, to seek knowledge. Always had the freedom to express myself.

The protection and support of loved ones, while also having the freedom to follow my path, of my own choosing.

Thus the point of all of this is simply that I have an abundance of wealth, not materialistically speaking, but as a human being.

I ask the Universe for forgiveness for all the times I have complained, cried and been angry for the things I did not get, I lost, the condition I have, the “no boyfriend at this age” complaint etc. , because I realise I have everything for a happy life, right now.

Some people ( children, babies  and adults) do not even have a fraction of all this and still continue living their lives.

I will someday for sure help them. I want to give, share what I have so generously always received from life, unconditionally.

And thus ended my simple and humble epiphany. It was probably always there at the back of my mind but never came to me so clearly and simply. Maybe because it was early in the morning and so quiet around me?

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Introspection

Today I felt humbled… This world has amazing people who are an inspiration. We get so caught up in the little things in everyday life that we  sometimes forget the important issues. How insignificant some things can be, like not being able to go to a concert, not being able to afford Tiffany jewellery, not being able to eat everything, not having designer bags, not being able to work up the courage to do things… and so on… Image

I am not saying they are silly but in the bigger scheme of life…they are… Not being able to afford these things while there are people, children, babies in the world who do not have basic things like a roof over their heads, running water or clothes. As for not being able to eat anything, there are people out there who do not eat for days, cannot afford a meal and even cannot feed their babies or children. Courage? Their are little children who have to start supporting their families, walking miles to get water or food, have to survive in the most dangerous environment, do not get education and often do not make it into adulthood despite all their efforts.

How can I complain? Can I not make a conscious effort not to? Can I , knowing all of this, not strive towards becoming a person who will help these people? The answer.. quite obvious, yes! This does not mean that I cannot enjoy the things I do have, but maybe giving up a treat or luxury a month to contribute to these causes, however small, makes a difference. It is a start and is what I can currently do while working towards becoming that person who can help all these people.

The trigger to all these thoughts? Simply put, browsing the CNN website and coming across the CNN heroes 2012. Here are links to the articles that really inspired me, not to say the others are not equally inspiring, but for some reason these stood out;

http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/2012.heroes/malya.villard-appolon.html

http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/2012.heroes/catalina.escobar.html

http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/2012.heroes/pushpa.basnet.html

Inspiration, chocolate and digestive biscuits

Inspiration strikes at the most unexpected times… I’m sure a lot of people have found that (ahem toilet anyone? :P) I had mine while studying… Studying what? Weirdly enough cell physiology…

I had this sudden urge to make a digestive biscuit cheesecake base! Sadly, I didn’t have any of the ingredients for a cheesecake, so what else can I put on there?

Light bulbs went off in my head at this point! I have baking dark chocolate dying, wasting away in my cupboard! Next thought: Chocolate tart filling! *swoon* 😀

Then I thought let’s Google a recipe for this filling and I got a perfect perfect one! With a little tweaks to that recipe, I got myself a chocolate custardy filling! I tasted a bit and whoa…. love at first taste! It had a lightness and slightly almondy taste to it (nope no almonds were used in the recipe). It was the right combination of rich chocolate and light custard!

As I write, the tart/cheesecake hybrid is chilling in the freezer! I just couldn’t wait to write about it hence the quick post!

Digressing a little, my sister gets inspired as well… by k-pop, namely SM Entertainment’s new boyband EXO….I know I might sound biased here but having seen her drawings from 7 years ago and now, I’m amazed at how talented she is and how much its “blooming” and “flourishing” 🙂

I went to check on that amazing confection and I HAVE DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN! *_* This cheesecake/tart hybrid is HEAVENLY, ORGASMICALLY GOOOD! The slight tinge of bitter dark chocolate, sweetness and light custard /soft cheese texture of the filling is just perfect! It even has my sister’s stamp of approval and trust me when I say that is not, NOT easy to get! Without further ado:

10 mins later: