30 BC – DAY 27

Today, I am blessed because…

I am not alone!

It’s my birthday but I almost forgot about it this morning. My mind was on my exam and I didn’t have any birthday plans. After logging onto Facebook and switching on my mobile phone I realised that today is a special day indeed. Luckily, I am not alone in this world and there are people who will greet me (at least on my birthday). I thank all those who acknowledged the day I was born on. I am truly touched. The response was overwhelming! Bless you all and thanks for reminding me that I will never be alone.

How are you BLESSED today?

Tamara 🙂

30 BC – DAY 26

Today, I am blessed because…

I got the opportunity to go to university!

In a few days time I shall finish reading for my degree. It seems like a dream. What a long and winding journey that was, and yet at the same time, how fast it flew past my very eyes! My second semester was a nightmare and I am hoping that I won’t have to do any resits or repeat my last year or something. That said, I am kind of sad that it’s all over. The prospect of finally having a full time job is exciting but I’m really going to miss uni. The whole experience has forced me to grow up, accept responsibility and aim for myself without other people trying to set my goals. It has also instilled in me a hunger for knowledge and the truth.

Some people talk about uni opening up the graduate to a world of better paid jobs. I don’t think uni is all about getting a high paid job. In most cases, graduates take ages to find a good job anyway. Some have to go abroad or continue studying to secure relevant employment in their desired career. For me, it is more about being in an environment that nourishes well informed, opinionated, conscientious citizens. The beauty of it is that nobody will force you to seek knowledge. However, the resources are all around you: software, books, equipment, professionals in the field. It is their at your fingertips and you have the power to use it.

I shall never forget the wonderful people I met at my time at the University of Malta. I have formed some wonderful friendships with my classmates, lecturers, various staff members and especially with people who I have encountered while working within student organisations. I am truly grateful for sharing this experience with them.

So, how are you BLESSED today? 🙂

Tamara

30 BC – DAY 25

Today, I am blessed because…

I am in relatively good health!

I’m not the most fit person. I do suffer from asthma and other illnesses. However, on the whole, I can say that I am quite healthy compared to people who perhaps can’t afford the right environment and medicines to stay healthy. I also never required a major transplant or had any major disfigurements. I never broke my bones. And I only had a few major operations when I was a little kid.

It feels a bit weird writing this as I feel like I’m about to jinx myself. But you know what they say? Bad stuff only happens if you believe in it. So I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing to keep myself healthy and happy. Hopefully, the rest will take care of itself.

Nobody likes to have a health scare, so this post goes out to all those people who are going through or know someone close to them who is going through a rough health patch. May you remain positive and may you get well soon!

How are you BLESSED today?

Tamara 🙂

30 BC – DAY 24

Today, I am blessed because…

I have had the chance to travel.

The friends I’ve made. The experiences I’ve felt. This would not have been possible if I did not have the opportunity to travel.

How are you BLESSED today?

Tamara

30 BC – DAY 23

Today, I am blessed because…

I got called for some jobs!

I am actually on the hunt for a full time job that is in line with my current studies. However, until that materialises, I am lucky to have found other small jobs here and there to keep me a little financially stable.

How are you BLESSED today?

Tamara.

30 BC – DAY 22

Today, I am blessed because…

...I love my first name!

If there’s one thing my parents got right, it was my name!

Before I started this blog, I needed to give it a proper name. I came up with a whole list of possible blog names but settled for my full name in the end. However, I was stuck with the prospect of keeping my surname in the web address. You see, I have attracted some positive opportunities in my life due to my surname. I have come to learn that people with my same surname are very proud of it and try to stick out for each other. The problem is I never felt the same way about it.

My mind was changed when I decided to order a free Name Report from the Society of Kabalarians in Vancouver. This group have been considered as a sort of cult group and I had found warnings of their teachings before requesting the report. However, I was so unhappy with my surname, at the time, that I decided to go ahead and send them an email. They immediately compiled a report for me which provided information on how balanced my full name is, how it aligns with my birth path and even which nicknames bring me harmony. According to the Kabalarian Philosophy, if your name is not balanced it will deter you from following your life-path.

Now, I am the type of person who doesn’t give a shit about horoscopes and numerology and all that stuff, but there’s something about names which I find very mystical. It could be because I grew up as a Roman Catholic, reading Bible stories about men who were given names by God which meant particular destinies; I really don’t know. All I know is that names fascinate me and even though I thought the whole Kabalarian Philosophy was a pile of BS, I still went ahead with the report.

As it turns out, the report was pretty spot on and I was quite impressed. It was very detailed and covered many aspects of my life from birth to death. And best of all, it convinced me that my name is not that bad after all. I didn’t come to this revelation because the report said I have a balanced name. Au contraire, it actually said that there are certain imbalances in my name that may affect my health and other aspects of my life. It made me realise the positive aspects of my surname which were always there but the report just made me appreciate them more. In fact, everything in that report was a kind of wake-up call to me. In retrospect, I think that that report changed me more than I think it did.

Since then, I have hardly given a thought about the Kabalarians and my name. But three days ago I thought of the report and opened it up again. It is not something I believe in fully but it is a pretty helpful form of reflection for me. At the end of the report, it asks if I want to attend a name-changing session. I never even considered that because I can’t really tell if they say the same things to all their clients: “Your name is sending out negative vibes man. Seek the balanceeeee!” (haha, Sorry I can just imagine some hippy high on the herbs looking at the colour of my aura). And it’s kind of odd really, because I only found out about them because I WANTED to change my surname! The report had the exact opposite effect on me – it made me respect my surname like never before.

I really don’t know what the future has in store for my surname. All I know is that I don’t feel unhappy about it anymore and I cannot understand why it had made me feel this way for most of my life. It is weird how our names can make us feel, how they can change the way people perceive us and treat us, and how they can influence our lives. I remember telling a friend once that I wanted to change my surname to my mother’s maiden name which is one syllable short of Chetcuti. He replied with something about linguistic rhythm and feng shui or something: “No way! Tamara Chetcuti has symmetry, six syllables, flow. A two syllable surname would just disrupt the rhythm.” Makes sense, I guess.

Luckily, I have a first name that I absolutely adore and I feel describes me and makes me whole. Other people seem to really like it too and they always remember it – which can be a good and a bad thing (depends on which side of the crime scene you’re on!). At least I can say I am blessed to have a name I like and that has brought me joy (even though I have struggled in the surname department). And all this talk of names has been brought about by a hilarious post by a fellow Tamara blogger who talks about people mispronouncing her name. I found the post so funny and true! Names really do have a greater impact on our lives than we think they do.

How are you BLESSED today?

Tamara 🙂

30 BC – DAY 21

Today, I am blessed because…

I always have enough water for my hydration and sanitary needs!

Summer is heating things up and I’m finding myself getting sweatier by the minute. Not flattering at all. I am trying to minimise the use of my fan but the heat is getting unbearable at times. Luckily, I have a secret weapon…WATER! I have increased my shower intake and I am also guzzling down water every few minutes. Two months ago I decided to completely stop drinking soft drinks (because they are unhealthy, they upset my stomach and I don’t really like soft drinks anyway). This means I would have now successfully eliminated soft drinks, coffee, milkshakes and crisps from my diet in the past five years. Yay for me! It also means I am now consuming a lot of water, whether it’s in a bottle or coming out of a shower hose.

A couple of years back, my dad and I had a dream to have a recyclable used water system installed in our house. We had done up the design and everything but it never materialised. This was around the same time that a draft paper on Sustainable Water usage in Malta was set up. I don’t know if this paper was ever finalised. You don’t hear much about it these days. However, I have come to notice that in the last 12 months a lot of NGOs in Malta and all over the world are putting an emphasis on sustainable water usage. One example is SOS Malta and its participation in the global Walk for Water campaign.
It is important to realise that we are lucky to have a water system connected to our homes here in Malta, even though a reform needs to be carried out to stop usage abuse. Some places in the world don’t even have this privilege and have to walk long distances to get safe clean drinking water.

The picture above symbolises to me how water keeps our minds alive. It keeps us nourished and hydrated. It cleanses us and keeps away illness. Sometimes a cool splash of water to the face can take away a headache or feelings of stress, or even wake us up when we’re tired. Water is precious. Water is life.

I am truly lucky to have access to such a wonderful natural resource.

How are you BLESSED today?

Tamara 🙂