Ok, so… hmmm… to get to amazing – I had to go through a literally thoroughly horrible day.

It was one of those days starting with a phone call, with a person who was intent on spreading morning gloom and pour acid in my coffee… and I was not able to convince him to see a positive way forward, and I think he had enough black and somber mood left in him to ruin the day for everybody in a midsize city after me.

I wanted to make it a better day, and decided to make a genuine attempt to mend a personal issue – something I had put off because I just could not figure out what had actually happened and what my part in it was… I wanted to regain a friend. I send a message, it was initially looking like a good idea – but it spiralled into something quite ugly and… well – let’s just say that although air was cleared and all that, I’m not entirely sure the rift was mended – I think maybe it turned into a ravine with some thorny bushes… so – at this point I was still not making it a memorable day.

The 3 ladies in my local lunch spot did however – as always – put a smile on me, and the food was as good as ever. One of these fine peeps have served me lunch for 13+ years, and she is still the same smiling, energetic, professional and lovely person… now that is something to be admired !!

End of daylight – and a final call to be done, and finally finally, finally the day starts to pick up. Doing anything with people in Brazil has always been fun, interesting, productive and just easy really – I’m thinking that maybe i should follow my love of Caipirinha ( with real sugar cane sugar please ), learn Portuguese and move there… hmm interesting 🙂

Then I got to Aaaaaahhh … took time to watch some episodes of Shark Tank – which is a little more ‘showtime’ than BBC’s Dragons Den, but I absolutely love seeing these people who creates jobs and builds something meaningful for themselves from nothing to success, love the ideas, the talent, the fact that somebody who comes from a nowhere town, with little education – and born so far from silver spoons that vampires stay the winter when they migrate, can make truly remarkable things happen. A young lady literally sold the scrap metal she got from her brothers window installation company to get a few hundred dollars – and grew it into a sizable business.

And then I came across this site with monthly photo competitions with children as theme, and especially the animals and children series got me… what I would give to be a boy again – for just a day… well just this day really, I’d have my dogs back thank you… and go by the creek – through the forest and down to the fjord where the vikings once sailed … ahhh yes.  And if only I wasn’t allergic to cats – I’d love to be the boy in the picture I borrowed from Marta Obiegla – I hope she don’t mind me sharing her amazing work.

So yes – after a really bad day, one that will sting for a while… I came out knowing that there are people who are kind to each other even if they have no particular reason, and don’t need a reason – like my lunch ladies, we can work together and make something interesting and meaningful happen with people we have never even met in person and across cultures and races – because we have so much in common by just being humans, and there is so much talent and creativity in the world – that those few who try to pull us down and hold us back… they don’t matter in the long run.

Amazing isn’t it 😉

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