I was getting some refreshing inspiration from my Gratitude ebook – yes I do read my own books (smile)!! Here is a quote by me, from the book, it really is so true for me:
“The practice of daily gratitude has greatly improved my mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing and I am a much happier person inside and out.”
And here’s what I would like to add to the above quote, today.
“Gratitude brings me inner peace, a sense of inner calmness, gratitude gives me an inner confidence that I am on the right path. When I am thinking grateful thoughts, I feel so rich, abundant and so blessed, because I am……..And that my friend, is the beautiful deep power of Gratitude.”
Thank you, I am so very grateful indeed, to you, for visiting this blog, for viewing my blog posts, commenting, sharing, reblogging, I thank YOU.
35,000 views, woo hoo, I am so excited, I guess I must be doing something right, I guess I must be doing a lot right and I guess I will keep on writing to YOU, always and forever, for as long as I am here and I can write and inspire you, I will.
If you say anything today, make sure you say these two little words, “Thank You”.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, they are indeed so very powerful.
These two little words contain unlimited magic and they bring you more benefits than you could ever imagine.
Offer out your thanks today, say thank you to whoever you feel you want to share it with today, I just know you will be so glad that you did.
My two little words go to YOU today, “Thank You”, thank you for being here and thank you for reading the articles on this blog, I really do hope they inspire positive change in you so that you can move forward in your life and achieve the life that you want.
To love yourself,
Is beauty from within.
Making you whole,
A time to begin.
Look in the mirror,
What do you see?
A wonderful image,
Staring back quietly.
Thank this person,
Give yourself trust.
Care for you always,
This is a must
You can certainly have it all, I believe that for you, I believe that for me. It may seem like a distant dream at the moment, but if you hold that vision close to your heart, I know you can have it all.
Is that what you want?……Maybe you have it already?
Look around you, take a good look, I think you have a lot of it already, see it with your heart.
I have now completed thank you poems for the following countries for visiting this Clarabelle blog:
Today I am thanking all of you lovely people from the United Kingdom for continuously visiting this Blog, this poem is especially for you:
Thanking United Kingdom
Lovely people who visit,
From the UK wide.
I’m thanking you all,
Full of pride.
I treasure you here,
I am glad we talk,
I love this land,
You walk the walk.
Stay with me now,
Forever and a day,
Camp here this way.
Thank you to all the beautiful people from the very beautiful Philippines who visit this Clarabelle Blog. I have now completed thank you poems dedicated to the following countries so far and today, Philippines, this one is for you.
USA, India, Canada, Romania, thank you, your poems are shared on previous blog posts.
Here is a Poem for the people of the Philippines:
Happy sunny people,
from the Philippines you shine.
On this Clarabelle blog,
In my rhythm and rhyme.
You bring me great joy,
Because you visit me,
One day may I step foot,
In your beautiful country.
Are you missing anyone very special this Christmas? I am, I am really missing someone right now and I won’t be with him this Christmas but I will be with him. every Christmas after that.
I try not to feel too sad about it because there isn’t anything I can do to change the situation this Christmas, so I keep my mind focused on all the other beautiful Christmas times we will have together. I also put lots of focus on what I do have to be thankful for in my life right now and there is a lot, a massive amount actually.
When I am having thoughtful “I am grateful” moments, I feel at peace, I feel inner happiness, serenity and very blessed. So if you are missing someone right now and they can’t be with you for whatever reason, think of what you do have in your life, right now and think of the blessing that is also you.
I am thanking all the people from all the countries all over the world who have visited this Clarabelle blog. I have done thank you poems for USA, India and Canada so far and today I thank all you lovely people from Romania. This one is for you:
To my blog.
In my wheel of life,
You are a cog.
You brighten my days,
Bring warmth to me.
My Romanian friends,
You set me free.
As a special thank you to all my blog visitors from around the world, I am dedicating a poem to all the people from each country. USA and India were shared on previous posts and now it’s time to thank all the lovely people from Canada – yes you!!
My Canadian Friends
The red maple leaf,
On your flag.
And my “thank you” tag.
You’ve visited me,
Reading my posts
My Canadians friends,
You’re Perfect hosts.
Many miles we are apart,
Canada might seem far.
But you’re here in my heart.
I am doing a poem to all my visitors from each country, USA is now complete and I would now like to offer a very special thank you to my beautiful visitors from India, thank you for being here.
A Poem For India
For being here.
My visitors from India,
You fill me with cheer.
Bringing me smiles.
Across the miles.
I will visit you.
Your fascinating country,
Pleased to meet you.
Recently I shared a blog post thanking all the people from all the countries all over the world who have visited this Clarabelle blog. I said in that blog post that as a special thank you, I would create a poem dedicated to each country. So today I share with you the first of these poems, especially for the visitors from the United States of America. Thank you for being here.
From The USA
I’m thanking you,
For visiting me.
From the USA
Have a cup of tea.
Enjoy what I share,
To inspire you,
This Scottish lass,
Poetically I do.
You’re far away,
But feel close to me,
People from United States
You make me happy.
Be in love everyday with your story of life. Be in love with each moment that you experience. Be in love with the beauty of nature around you and be in love with yourself. Fill your blank page with love today, put love into all that you do, then see and feel the difference to the outcomes you receive.
Love fully, love deeply and let love nourish every part of your body. Be in love with who you are, after all you deserve it.
Good Monday Morning to you. I’m going to share with you today a Gratitude Affirmation from my eBook, It’s All About Gratitude. Say this affirmation every morning when you wake up for the next week and you will really feel the benefits from it…..believe that.
“I am so very grateful to be present amongst the beauty of life’s treasures: to love, to live, to learn and to feel so alive in this moment now.”
When I was researching into the science of gratitude for my eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude” I came across some amazing findings. Here is an extract from my eBook which relates to the famous book, The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles.
“There is a law of gratitude and it is absolutely necessary that you should observe the law. If you are to get the results you seek, the law of gratitude is the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal and in opposite directions. To fix your attention on the best is to surround yourself with the best and become the best. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it tends to become the best. Faith is born of gratitude. Every outgoing wave of grateful thanksgiving increases faith. It is necessary then to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continuously.”
If you can be anything today, be truly grateful for all that you have, in this moment right now. I do hope you feel as blessed as I do.
Gratitude is in my heart, it is part of my me and is such an important core value to me. I want to share with you today an extract from my eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude”, this is one of the daily gratitude exercises that you can practice in your life today.
“Walk of Gratitude
Take a walk outside and bask in the beauty of nature around you. For every bird that you see, I want you to say “thank you” with every part of your heart and soul. Feel deep gratitude for being alive in this very moment and for being part of this beautiful Universe. You are a living witness to the magic and the wonders of the world around you. Feel blessed in this moment, feel gratitude for it all, right now. Feel at one with yourself and feel the peace in your heart as you do so, the magic of gratitude is breathing beautiful energy into you. ” (extract from It’s All About Gratitude, page 58)
Try this exercise out today and please let me know how it makes you feel…..I am positive it will do wonders for your wellbeing and inner happiness.
There are many things that have helped me to stay grounded, mindful in the moment and to feel truly blessed for what I already have in my life. Yes, I want to achieve my dreams and become a very successful Singer-Songwriter but it’s so important to enjoy the NOW as much as I can. I want to enjoy and embrace each baby step of the way.
My Grateful Heart
One thing that has really helped me on this journey is my grateful heart. Everyday I practice the art of being grateful for everything I already have in my life and even if I’m having a tough day, thinking about what I am grateful for, instantly uplifts my mood.
My attitude of gratitude really became more intense after reading the book, “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne, Rhonda is also the Author of the famous books “The Secret”, “The Power” and “Hero”, which I have also read. The book, “The Magic”, I feel came at the right time in my life and it inspired me so much that I decided I wanted to write my own book about Gratitude and its positive benefits.
The Science Behind Gratitude
So for 4 months I studied and researched further into it….I looked into, “The Science Behind Gratitude” and what other credible successful Professionals and famous individuals were saying about it, such as Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Brene Brown, Deepak Chopra, Dr Robert Emmons, Jack Canfield….. and the list goes on – I share some of what they say in my eBook.
My Dream Journey
I truly believe that being grateful everyday has catapulted me even further on my dream journey of Singing-Songwriting, I just know this. I feel this dream of mine evolved from starting this blog in April 2012 and it is the visitors and followers of this blog that I am so grateful for, over 23,000 hits and counting!!. You have inspired me to “keep going” so I only felt it was fitting and right do dedicate my Gratitude eBook to you, so I did, thank you. 🙂
How Do I Practice Gratitude?
This is a question that hopefully I answer for you within the eBook. There is a full section (photo above) on this with a number of practical gratitude exercises for you to do. It really is important you do them though because it’s like creating a new habit and embedding a new behaviour and positive way of thinking into your heart, mind and soul. Once that spiritual connection of a grateful heart is made, just you see the good things that come into your life….and they will!!
Where Can I Get Your eBook?
The eBook is available from Amazon Kindle (Kindle format) and Gumroad (pdf format) and costs less than a cup of coffee from Starbucks and less than a Happy Meal from MacDonalds and believe me this eBook will make you much happier…..and for the long term!! Click on the appropriate link below to find out more about, It’s All About Gratitude eBook and to instantly download :
Today’s poem is all about gratitude – one of my top values is being grateful in life. I hope you like this one and thank you for being here. Love Clarabelle
I Am Grateful
I am grateful for my health, and the happiness I see. Grateful for the sun, shining down on me.
Grateful for the rainbow, with colours so bright. Grateful for the youthfulness, making me feel light.
I am grateful for, just everything, I am grateful for, the joy it does bring.
For once I forgot, to thank all that I own. I was never gratefully mindful, when I was alone.
But something happened, to me on my path. Something so serious, but now I do laugh.
Because life is what you make it, see it shine. Let it dance in your soul, and you’ll feel better than fine.
Have a grateful heart, and happy spirit too. Because an attitude of gratitude, will always shine through.
A friend allowed me to share with you a stunning photo (below) he took of Loch Lomond, Scotland recently and it inspired me to write the poem about it below, I hope you like it. Thank you to Gerry Mitchell for allowing me to use his beautiful photo of Loch Lomond for this blog post. Lots of love to you all today Clarabelle
Loch Lomond Sky
A bird flies high,
Beneath the Loch Lomond Sky.
With freedom in its wings,
The whispers of its soul sings.
A beautiful tranquil day,
Where shadows guide the way.
And reflections of white light,
Keep my heart bright.
As I stand here all alone,
Loch Lomond feels like home.
It takes my breath away.
Forever this moment will stay.
Thank you to one and all who visit this Clarabelle Blog, I am delighted with the blog’s progress and in my Bonny Scottish accent I would like to say that I am “chuffed to bits” that you are here. Cheers to you for dropping by, I love it.
The eBook costs, one single payment price of £8.50 and it is delivered in the universally accepted PDF format. As soon as you pay, you will be instantly taken to a secure page where you can download your eBook.
It’s All About Gratitudeis a 65 Page eBook by Clarabelle
Special Features of “It’s All About Gratitude” include original:
Stunning Photography from Scotland, UK
Poetic Verses on Gratitude and Being Thankful
Powerful Gratitude Affirmations
Highly Imaginative and Practical Gratitude Exercises
Beautiful and Meaningful Image Quotations
Discover The Science behind Gratitude and its relationship with Happiness
Details on How to Practice Daily Gratitude and so much more!!
Table of Contents includes:
Introduction Section 1:
The Feeling of Gratitude
Here Comes The Science Part
Gratitude Quotations Section 2:
“Be Grateful for….”
“When You Are Grateful”
“Be Grateful for the Raindrops. . . .”
“Be Grateful for the Blooming . . .”
“Be Thankful for. . . .”
“Be Grateful for the Opportunities. . .”
“Be Grateful, Be Happy”
“Take a Walk in Nature. . .”
“Be Grateful for the Beauty. . .”
Poems of Gratitude Section 3:
Gratitude is in my Heart
The Beauty of Gratitude
Gratitude is a Song
Thank You For All
Believe in Gratitude
Sparkle With Gratitude
Happy to be Thankful
My Heart Shines
Gratitude Affirmations Section 4:
I Am Grateful
I Am Blessed
Beauty of Love
Inspires My Soul
The Beauty of Life
Practical Gratitude Exercises Section 5:
Declaration of Personal Commitment
The Magic of Music
Gratitude Penny Jar
Walk of Gratitude
The Colour of Gratitude
Pay a Poem Forward
Memories of Gratitude
“Practising gratitude invites joy into our lives….. it’s life changing.”
(Professor, Dr. Brene Brown)
“Gratitude is Gold”
“Gratitude saved my life.”
“Gratitude has kept me happy”(Jane Ransom, Coach/Speaker/Author)
The Purpose of this eBook is to inspire YOU to invite the power and practice of gratitude into your daily life.
When you are grateful in the moment you benefit in so many ways and when you practice the gratitude exercises within this eBook:
Your mood will instantly be uplifted.
You will feel much happier from within.
Important relationships will be improved.
You will feel so amazing with life right now.
Your energy will be raised to a higher level.
You will be inspired and motivated.
You will feel more abundant in life.
Your general wellbeing will be improved and so much more!!
“Experiencing gratitude is one of the most effective ways of getting in touch with your soul.” (Deepak Chopra)
Author of “Thanks, How the new science of gratitude can make you happier”. “Gratitude I believe has the power to do 3 things to heal, to energise and to change lives.” (Professor of Psychology, Dr Robert Emmons)
Gratitude is such a powerful force which will enhance your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others around you.
This eBook contains a variety of original gratitude poems, affirmations, quotes and practical exercises created by Clarabelle.
This eBook encourages and guides YOU to be mindful everyday of the blessings that you already have in your life.
It is a beautifully presented and yet practical guide for your own use or to give as a special gift to others.
The eBook costs, one single payment price of £8.50 and it is delivered in the universally accepted PDF format. As soon as you pay, you will be instantly taken to a secure page where you can download your eBook. CLICK HERE TO ORDER.
Thank you for purchasing this eBook and if you have any queries in relation to the purchase or this eBook, please email me, Clarabelle at email@example.com
A very special thank you to YOU for visiting, following, liking, sharing and commenting on this Clarabelle Blog.
When I began this blog in April 2012 I never imagined such interest and I am so delighted with the blog’s progress. I know I have said this before, but I honestly really do LOVE posting to this blog, I just love, love, love it, it really is an extension of who I am and what I am all about.
Thank you beautiful people for continuing to inspire me to “keep going” and share with you the wisdom and whispers of my heart and soul. I am forever grateful. Thank YOU.
I want to tell you about one of the gratitude exercises I have been carrying out over the last few weeks from my new eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude”. The gratitude exercise is called “Gratitude Penny Jar”. The eBook explains the full process on how to do this, but basically, in summary, when you have carried out this daily gratitude exercise you will have a full jar of “Gratitude Pennies” at the end of it to give away.
I was so excited the other evening because my Gratitude Penny Jar was full to the brim and I knew exactly who I was giving the Gratitude Pennies to. So I enthusiastically emptied the jar onto my living room floor and counted out the Gratitude Pennies. Here are some photos below:
402 Things That I Was Grateful For
All in all I had collected 402 Gratitude Pennies, I felt so good because that equated to 402 things that I was grateful for in my life over the last few weeks and now I was going to give these Gratitude Pennies away to someone who needed them more than me.
At the beginning of this Gratitude Exercise I already knew who I would give my pennies to because I often passed this homeless lady on the streets of Glasgow City Centre, no matter what the weather, selling “The Big Issue” Magazine, which is sold by people who are homeless. I counted out exactly £8.50 in one pence and five pence coins and I bagged them up all nicely and noted the amount on the outside, see photo below:
The Gratitude Walk
I was so excited the next day as I headed into Glasgow City Centre for work, as I really wanted to give the older homeless lady the Gratitude Pennies. As I turned the corner towards the Street she normally sits, I could see her about 100 metres ahead….this was the best feeling ever and I am now going to call this experience here “The Gratitude Walk”. I honestly felt like I had a million pounds in my bag to give the lady and even though it was only £8.50, these were special pennies, because these were “Gratitude Pennies” and every gratitude thought was from me with always her in my mind.
Thank You Lady
I smiled as I approached the lady and I handed her the white bag with the pennies in it, she looked at me in surprise, opened the bag and…..well let’s just say I’ll never forget the look on her face, she was so happy, so grateful and so loving with it all. “Thank you lady, thank you lady”, she said, to which I gave her the biggest smile, touched her on the shoulder and wished her a good day. I immediately filled up with tears because I know that little amount of money would have made a big difference to that lady and the expression on her face said it all.
I had the best day that day, I felt so good and I paid my “Gratitude Pennies” forward to someone who needed them more than me……..there are no words to describe the feeling I felt……no words at all.
I want you to experience “The Gratitude Walk”, just like I did, and pay your “Gratitude Pennies” forward – not only will you feel amazing but the person you give them to will also feel so good.
It’s All About Gratitude
You can find out more about this Gratitude Exercise and other gratitude exercises, affirmations, poetry and quotations in my new eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude” which was published yesterday evening. Please click on the image below to access.
Please click on the link below or the eBook image above, if you are interested in purchasing the eBook. You will notice that the price of it is £8.50 – exactly the amount that was collected in my first“Gratitude Penny Jar” – yes, I’ve already started my next one!!
I am doing a lot of research for my new “It’s All About Gratitude” eBook on the scientific studies of the relationship between gratitude and happiness and I am wonderfully amazed by the findings. Below is a Greater Good Science Centre, www.greatergoodscience.org YouTube video of Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside, in which she talks about one of those gratitude studies, “Count Your Blessings” – I am sure you will find it very interesting indeed.
My own preference is most definitely carrying out the practice of dailygratitude because I know this 100% works for me but everyone is different and as the study explains maybe doing this once a week is enough and will have a greater impact for you.
May today be a “Count Your Blessings” day today for you and may it bring you a deeper sense of happiness and contentment into your life. Love Clarabelle.
At the beginning of every month I pose a question for you to reflect upon and answer for yourself, I also provide you with my own answer to that question.
This month’s question links to the contents of my new eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude”, coming soon!! The answers that are posted in the comments section of this blog post will contribute to a section within the eBook and I will also link this blog post to it. It means that if you do choose to comment, which I would really really love, then your comments will be linked and can be accessed by the readers of the eBook and hopefully they will also visit your own blog, I will certainly encourage them to do that.
So this month’s question relates to “Gratitude“, I bet you guessed that one already!! 🙂
What does the feeling of “Gratitude” feel like to you, i.e. how does “Gratitude” make you feel?
When I am truly grateful for anything I have in life, it makes me feel so wonderful, I feel happy inside, I feel inspired, I feel motivated, I feel energised, I feel at one with myself, I feel I want to help other people, I feel of real value, I feel in harmony and in balance.
Feeling grateful is such a beautiful feeling for me and sometimes words cannot nearly describe what it really feels like. Feeling grateful makes me feel like I am meant to be here, it connects me to my purpose in life and makes me want to take inspired action.
Gratitude makes my heart smile inside and it touches my soul……it’s a bit like feeling the feelings of love, true love. When I am grateful I feel connected to a higher purpose, I feel good, I feel loved, I feel so thankful for being alive, right now, in this very moment.
When I feel grateful I want to sing, I want to dance and I want to share my happy feelings with others.
I practice daily gratitude and this is why, because it makes me feel so so so so good.
I would really really love to know what it feels like for you?
As you know I am a massive fan of daily gratitude, it is such an important value to me, I just love the feeling of feeling grateful, it makes me feel so good…..and with my daily gratitude exercise, I feel happier and happier every day. I totally believe in the power of gratitude and that is why it has been a joy to me to write an eBook on Gratitude.
What Science Reveals About Daily Gratitude
In this YouTube video below, Jane Ransom, Coach/Speaker/Author/Professional Hypnotist, shares at a TEDxTalk some of the benefits of gratitude and what science reveals about the practice of daily gratitude.
Jane states, “When you practice gratitude correctly you tap into neuroplasticity , brain plasticity, that’s the discovery that we can restructure our physical brains by using our minds to create better brain cell connections. Today, neuroplasticity reveals how a consistent gratitude exercise works to physically remap the connections amongst our brains cells to literally reform the subconscious mind.”
Jane shares that she is living proof that daily gratitude works for her in her life and I am also living proof of that too……I honestly cannot say enough good things about the practice of daily gratitude and my eBook, “It’s All About Gratitude” will provide you with exercises on how to do that….coming soon!!
Below is an updated version of the YouTube video which relates to the eBook I am currently creating entitled “It’s All About Gratitude”. The eBook will be available to purchase on Amazon Kindle soon and the video shares extracts from the content of that eBook.
The backing track has been updated on this latest YouTube video. The backing track piano instrumental is from my original song “I Am Here” and I will be in the studio very soon recording it for my up and coming music Album, “The Becoming of Me”. The backing track you hear playing on this YouTube video was arranged and played by Denis Kilty, http://www.deniskilty.com and I am so grateful to Denis for arranging this piano backing track, he did such an amazing job.
If you are a regular follower or visitor of this blog you will be fully aware that I am a big fan of gratitude, gratitude, gratitude. 🙂 I am truly so grateful for everything I have in my life right now and I know that because of my deepest gratitude for it all, the Universe brings to me more things to be fully grateful for. This next poem is inspired by my gratitude to all that I have, all that I am and all that I am becoming……I know life can be tough at times but it also can be truly AWESOME too. Thank YOU, love Clarabelle.
Thank You For…..
Thank you for
my life, I love you dearly
Thank you for,
seeing this so clearly
Thank you for,
my beautiful friends
Thank you for,
happiness through the lens
Thank you for,
the good mood I am in
Thank you for,
my next of kin
Thank you for,
the hope and glory
Thank you for,
my roller-coaster story
Thank you for,
the lessons gone by
Thank you for,
the mountain so high
Thank you for,
the challenges and tears
Thank you for,
my living years
Thank you for,
all the love I hold
Thank you for,
what’s about to unfold
Thank you for,
the sun and the rain
Thank you for,
the sweet laughter again
Thank you for,
being just you
Thank you for,
being so true
Thank you for,
my grateful heart
Thank you for,
this blessing, a beautiful art.
I was taking my mum to the hospital yesterday, she is fine, it was just for a regular 6 monthly check up to the eye clinic. The hospital was so busy and whilst my mum was with the eye doctor I pullled out my iPad mini and created a couple of poems. The first poem I wrote is below – being in the hospital made me think about how grateful I am for my own health and wellbeing and all the abundance I have in my life. May your attitude of gratitude shine brighter than the sun today. Lots of love to you Clarabelle.
Attitude of Gratitude
I am grateful for my health, and happiness in me
Grateful for the sun, shining so free
Grateful for the rainbow, with colours so bright
Grateful for the youthfulness, making me light
I am grateful for, just every little thing
I am grateful for, the joy it does bring
For once I forgot, to thank all that I own
I was less gratefully mindful, when I was alone
But something happened, to me on my path
Something so serious, but now I do laugh
Because life is what you make it, see it shine
Let it dance in your soul, you’ll feel better than fine
Have a grateful heart, and happy spirit too
Because the attitude of gratitude, will always help you through
Poem Created by Clarabelle, 20 September 2013
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About 6 weeks ago I shared on this blog that I was creating an eBook on gratitude, the eBook is entitled, “It’s All About Gratitude”. I have been working on its content over the last couple of months and I hope to have the eBook published very soon.
In the meantime, I thought I would create a Youtube video which shares a little bit about the eBook and some original quotes from it. Everything on this Youtube video has been created by me i.e. the photography is all my own, the background music has been created and played by me, the original quotes are all my own and I created the video too. I am the first to admit it is not a perfect production but at least it is a start 🙂
I hope you like it and I plan on getting the eBook published very soon, you’ve heard it here first!!
I want to tell you a story, a true story from 22 years ago, it is the story of the day I believe, my best friend saved my life. I just feel I want to share this with you today and I want to dedicate this blog post to Donna my BFF, best friend forever. Thank you for everything and more.
I was 18 when I was in my first very serious car accident, the police officers who visited me in hospital afterwards told me they don’t know how I got out of the car alive, because where I was sitting in the car, there was basically nothing left of it. I remember that evening so clearly, the sounds, the smells, the conversations, every one of my senses seemed to be fully enhanced.
Leading up to it, there was lots of fun, joking around and laughter and then all of a sudden I was squealing in pure agony, trapped in a car I couldn’t get out of. But thankfully I did get out of it and after almost 6 weeks in hospital and one and half years with crutches I managed to make a full recovery and get back on track with my life.
That was the first serious car accident I was in but it is the second car crash that happened four and half months after the first one, that I want to tell you about.
My best friend and I were offered a lift by some other friends, I was in crutches and insisted on sitting in the back of the car behind the drivers seat. There was five of us in the car and my best friend was sitting to the left of me, in the middle seat position. The driver stopped to get petrol and my best friend got out to get some sweets. When she came back she wanted me to move into the middle seat of the car but I didn’t want to go into the middle of the car, she insisted and we had a silly mini argument about it and I had enough and just moved into the middle of the car. No less than 2 minutes later the car crashed and my best friend got the full impact of the car hitting a steel pole in the middle of a roundabout. I was protected because I was in the middle, I did get crushed but with bodies rather than metal and steel. My best friend was in a really bad way, she was lying in the middle of the road and all she kept shouting was “is Claire alright, is Claire alright”. Yes, I was alright in comparison to her. She was taken immediately to intensive care and was put on a life support machine, she was given a very low chance of surviving. We said lots of prayers, I have never said so many prayers in my life so that she would get well again, we were told the chances were very slim but I always believed she would and thankfully she did and she made a full recovery within 6 months.
Saved My Life
I know that my best friend saved my life that night of the second car accident. My body was still in recovery from the first one and I was so weak and thin, if I had been sitting in the same seat, I would never have had the strength to have survived that second car accident. As I shared earlier, my friend insisted on changing seats 2 minutes before the accident happened, I believe my best friend saved my life that day.
We are both fighting fit now and full of health and we often now just laugh and cry about those times, not funny I know but after 22 years you start to look at things a little differently.
It wasn’t our time to go, all those years ago, God had other plans for us. Thank you so much.
Love and Strength of Friendships
I had many dark days when recovering from my accident, many many dark days, lots of tears, lots of frustrations and lots of anger built up inside of me. I was still a teenager and had a great dreams and plans that I thought, at the time, were getting taken away from me. My dad was also suffering from cancer at the time so I think that didn’t help either. Now that I reflect upon it, I think I was a little ignorant and possibly a little bit selfish. I couldn’t see past my own pain and I blamed a lot of external things for my unhappiness. These life experiences, I believe have made me a better and stronger person. My bitter thinking was all wrong at the time, I can see that now and I am sorry I felt that way, but I learned a lot, I learned a lot about myself and about the love and strength of friendships.
I am such a grateful person now, I have so grateful to be alive, to be healthy, to be happy and to still have my best friend in my life……forever 🙂 I treasure everything that I have and I nurture my positive energy every day.
I actually never ever thought I would share this story on my blog, but for some reason it just felt right to share it today.
In life we are faced with many challenges and sometimes at the time we are facing them we don’t see the lesson……but believe me there is a lesson and it will be revealed through time or if we take time out of the equation, through a change in our thinking.
I want to give a massive thanks to YOU for visiting this Clarabelle blog. Just over a month ago I was celebrating reaching 10,000 blog hits and yesterday I am amazed to say that I reached 12,000, this is the fastest growth ever to date. I want to give thanks to all the other bloggers, guest bloggers, facebook friends, linkedin connections, twitter followers and all other visitors who take the time to come and visit my blog and read, like and comment on my posts.
I truly LOVEdoing this blog, I choose to put a lot of love and positive energy into it because I am passionate about what I write and share with you. I don’t plan in advance what I want to write, I just write what feels right at the time……and I really do hope it adds value to your day.
Thank you for your full support, encouragement and inspiration and I really do mean that.
Wishing you a very beautiful day filled with true passion and love for what you do, love Clarabelle
Watch this short Youtube video, it touched my heart because I know the power gratitude has and this experiment reveals that and little bit more. Maybe it will inspire you to “Make the Call” when you answer the question:
“What person has made the biggest impact on your life?”
When you are feeling the power of gratitude from within you are putting good energy into your body and also sending out good vibes into the Universe. Please take a moment to answer this question:
What are you truly grateful for today?
I am grateful for living in Scotland, I love the beautiful landscape, the “4 seasons in one day” Scottish weather 🙂 and the Scottish people. I love living in Scotland, I really do and the more spiritually aware I am becoming, the more I really appreciate its beauty.
This doesn’t mean I want to live here forever, I do actually believe I will move out of Scotland in the near future, but it just means I am really grateful for Scotland in the “here and now”.
Thank you Bonny Scotland, you truly are very Bonny indeed.
May you bask in the beauty of gratitude today, wherever you are in the world.
I want you to be the first to know that I am in the middle of writing a book on gratitude, entitled “It’s All About Gratitude”. This is an eBook which you will be able to instantly download from Amazon. It will contain a variety of original poems (not already shared on this blog), affirmations, quotes, powerful questions and practical exercises for you to work through on the magic of gratitude. I am excited to have this eBook completed and this will be my fifth eBook to date….I am also currently collaborating with an Associate of mine on another eBook related to the subject of creative visualisation.
Gratitude is one of my core values, I practice it everyday in my life and I know I benefit so greatly from it. I want this eBook to encourage others to invite daily gratitude into their lives as I know it can be life changing for individuals.
Watch this space my dearest friends “It’s All About Gratitude” by Clarabellewill be released into the Universe soon for you to enjoy, if you wish,.
May your day today be filled with beautiful thoughts of gratitude, much love to you Clarabelle.