Keep calm and love Rudolf

‘Life gives us a taste of everything,’ a friend once told me. ‘The good, the bad and the ugly.’
Well, I have to admit that 2013 has indeed given me a plethora of tastes: sweet tastes with smiles, salty tastes with tears, bitter ones, sour others and delicious ones. It has been an exceptionally challenging year for me, but also for loved ones around me.  Friends have lost their jobs, loved ones got divorced and dear friends and family were presented with serious health challenges. I wish I could rub Rudolf’s shiny nose and magically fix everything. I guess I can send that as a wish to Santa next year!
Until I am able to do that, here’s what I’ve realized in 2013 more than ever:
If you can’t fix things, just give it your best shot! We may not always be able to mend relationships, give someone a job, or their health back. Yet, we can make them laugh, smile, be there for them, or simply add a touch of spice on their plate. It takes a little bit of effort, but it’s worth it!
Instead of focusing on our challenges, let us be creative and invest in acts of kindness. This wheel of kindness is the best we can do for each other. In good, bad and ugly times. Isn’t that what the true essence of life is?
Merry Christmas everyone, keep calm and love Rudolf! 

About Mahi S

I was born on the island of Cyprus in 1971. For years, I lived the life of a nomad: I grew up in the Arab Gulf, finished high school in Cyprus, then went to the U.S. for five remarkable, life-changing years of study and work in public relations. With every change of home, I was confronted with the challenge of separation and the issue of identity, but ultimately the rewarding experience of interacting with people of different cultures has informed my life ever since. It inspired me to create an ideal setting wherever I found myself, to live meaningfully and use passion as the main ingredient in my life. I run to keep myself motivated and to fire the kind of creative thinking that keeps me balanced and content. But it’s also an ongoing challenge: since 1999, I have completed 17 half-marathons, which I try to run in a different city every time. In fact, running and travel are the two pillars of my life philosophy: “Travel is fascinating, whether it’s about a series of mesmerizing destinations or a journey within myself”. “Running keeps me sane, motivated and focused!” Right now, I am focusing on promoting my new book, ‘A squirrel in your kitchen’ an e-cookbook with quick, easy and delicious recipes (and anecdotes) from dearest friends around the world. I am also hoping to experience the fascinating challenge of a full marathon in 2016; in Athens or New York. We’ll see!

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