Life is simple and simple is life

Not usually do I feel the need to write about what happens in the loo (ladies’ toilet) but today I just have to share because I was really touched.

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I walked in, as you do, to get my business done and was met by two other ladies. The facilities at work only allow for 2 people to use at a time and thankfully one lady was already done.

My first cackle was when the lady (now outside by the basin) commented about the basin. New discovery indeed 🙂 So I am done and head out to wash my hands, she’s standing with a huge grin on her face looking at the basin.

The second lady then also walks out to wash her hands but seems to be battling with the tap. The taps are sensored but there is a knack of putting your hand just at the right angle for water to come out. So the first lady starts giggling.

I invite the lady to come and use the basin I was using, as I am now done; and explain to her exactly where to put her hand. She’s now giggling too and asks the other lady, “So how did you figure it out?” to which her reply was ,”I touched the whole tap until water came out”.

I walked out of the loo with a huge smile on my face after seeing how proud these two ladies were with their new discovery.

Leonardo da Vinci said it best “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” . This is very true!

 

Keep things simple…always 🙂

 

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Power of God

This Sunday was a very different kind.  The priest’s homily was so touching and really spoke to us parishioners, or so we believed. As we left the church, my mother asked me if I’d taken her handbag out for her.

Quite surprised (as I sit on the opposite end of the bench from her) I said no. We all got quite frantic in the search for the missing handbag until the realization (and more the acceptance) of the bag being stolen hit home.

I cannot understand how someone can sit through the whole Mass, scheming when to make their move at that precise moment and walk out of God’s house knowing that they’ve stolen.

But the hand of God is more powerful than any of my questions. So after my family and I had finally all calmed our stressed nerves, my mother went to make a police report and we each went to our respective homes, all the while praying that the official documents and identification in the bag could at least be returned (we all knew for sure the phone and bit of cash that was in the bag would have long gone by the time; if ever; the bag was returned).

About 4 hours later, my father received a call from a “good Samaritan” who found a handbag dumped by her gate. Thankfully the lady looked through it and found my father’s number and made the call.

So my mother and sister happily went on to collect the bag. Meanwhile, this petty thief continued her tactics at another church but luck ran out for her and she found herself at the police station.

I can only say God played a part with the police again contacting my father to advise that the lady had my mother’s phone and was trying to make a sale of it. So off my family dash once again to collect what should never have been so easily taken.

While there, my mother showed the officers her docket with the cash amount and even described the notes, the woman immediately handed it over. So at least the stress was not for nothing as the items from within the bag were recovered.

Due to the woman being arrested at a different police station, my parents had to take her to the station where my mother had filed her report (don’t ask me why the police couldn’t or wouldn’t do their own transporting of the perpetrator lol). Along the way my sister asked where my mum’s key ring was and again the woman produced it. So literally everything she had planned on getting away with, she returned (minus the phone Sim card, but that is really not a hassle to replace – thankfully!)

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I am in awe of the amazing God I worship and am so grateful that He didn’t allow the woman to get away with anything. If anything, I pray (and will continue to do so) for the 26 year old, mother of 2, who thought her theivish behaviour would get her far.

Stay safe all and look out for each other’s belongings!

Make time to pray

After having my faith re-ignited by Magis and World Youth Day in Poland recently (what a blast it all was!), I have come to the realization that in order for my life to flow smoothly, I have to ALWAYS have God as my guide.

He has given me so many loving friends and family, friends who are family and family who are friends 🙂 because He knows that life is not meant to be experienced alone. What I am most grateful for is that within these good relations there is a common good; most of us are “prayer warriors“.

Now I’m not saying if you aren’t a prayerful someone we can’t be friends – sure we can and I’ll pray that you believe too. We will both just have to accept and respect each other’s choices in beliefs.

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How often in our days do we get so busy with life that we forget to even say, “Lord I thank you for waking me up today”?  An attitude of gratitude is the best thing to have (and yes, even in the hardest of times, we need to remain faithful and always grateful because someone out there is having things a lot harder than we can even imagine).

As St Ignatius of Loyola’s teachings tell us, let us find God in everything.

So my challenge to you is to make time (even if it’s just 5mins in your day) to say a prayer, not only for yourself but for others too.

Stay blessed always and say your prayers 🙂

 

 

Serious countdown…

Exciting times are now! I can’t say I’ve ever been more excited about a countdown than I have been of late. The countdown began at 100 days (ok, 102 because somewhere along the line I added an extra 2 days lol).

Every Sunday has allowed me the opportunity to share and discuss how the past week had been and from those #Magis Circles I got to know new friends and also understand that all I am going through is as normal as could be.

Then came the cultural dance routine which we’ve rehearsed and rehearsed and re-rehearsed (guys I’m confident we can all “pesvuu” in our sleep now 🙂 and come the day we have to showcase our talent, we’ll be just fine. Midweek practice actually was great for us to de-stress and concentrate more on other things rather than work and our daily routines.

What really sparked my excitement was the day I got news that my visa was ready (Poland I see you) and even more was the fact that I’m going with the best group ever. #Magis Zimbabwe just have a way about them that really makes me want to do more, as the Latin meaning of Magis states!

We wrapped up our preparations with a retreat to Makumbi Mission which was so well worth every moment. With an injured knee, not sure if I’d make it all the way up the rocky terrain, my fellow brothers and sisters were magis and urged me on, at some point even allowing me to use them as crutches all the way up.

On top, we finalized our hike (it was more than 10kms but not sure how many exactly) with a lovely  celebration of mass. Our God is surely an AWESOME GOD for He enables us to persevere by faith in Him.

To my brothers and sisters leaving for Germany in a few sleeps time – y’all have the best time ever! I’m excited with and for you all and will see you in a few more sleeps in Poland.

#Be Magis

#Magis is more

#I am Magis

#Zimbabwe

#Germany

#Poland

#AMDG