Who would you like to appreciate today?
It has been awhile since I last took time out to blog. This is due to two contributing factors: 1) Blogging has to take the back seat as I decide to have my big day this year and 2) I was going through a period of slump as I thought about home.
The end of April marks my 6th month in Montreal; the longest I have been away from home. The feeling of nostalgia was overwhelming. I longed for the comfort of my home; I yearn for the stability and security of tiny Singapore; I miss the familiarity of an environment and of course, the company of my family and friends. Planning my wedding also drew the spotlight onto the fact that I am very far from my home. I do not have my loved ones to participate directly in the preparation of my wedding. With technology like whatsapp application, I am to communicate easily with them. However, physical distance still matters with important events like this.
Regardless, I am thankful for my journey thus far. I am blessed with having beautiful people in my life. As advised by one of my BFFs (Ms Goh/ Mrs Tan), I should list down what I am grateful for. So much for a coincidence, I picked up a book to read last night and the first paragraph which came into my vision was:
‘Every time you appreciate something, every time you praise something, every time you feel good about something, you are telling the Universe: “More of this please.” You need never make another verbal statement of this intent, and if you are mostly in a state of appreciation, all good things will flow to you.’ — Ask and It is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Hence, my shout out:
To My Parents
Thank you for your unconditional love and support all these years. Thank you for bringing me up well and giving me endless opportunities to experience the boundless surprises in life. I know I am not the easiest child to manage but you have fulfilled your responsibility and now it is time for you to sit back and enjoy your life
To my extended family (cousins, uncles, aunts etc)
Thank you for keeping in touch and being concern about my well being. I definitely miss all the gatherings where we eat, drink and have a good time together. Relationships do not exist just like that. It takes time and effort to keep the communication going.
To my friends in/ from Singapore
These are people whom I consider almost family at times for they have grown with me over the months/ years. Thank you for listening to my frustrated and excited blabbers at random times. Thank you for asking me, ‘How are you?’ via FB, gmail or whatsapp. Be surprise how much those words meant in that moment.
I cannot express enough gratitude as I have been treated like family. Thank you for ensuring that I enjoy my stay in Montreal as you extended your help in whatever ways possible.
To the friends of Daniel
Initially, I was concerned that it may not be healthy if I get too close to Daniel’s friends. However, through his network, I have bonded with some cheerful and positive people who coloured my life in different ways. Thank you for encouraging and helping me in French, thank you for hanging out together and thank you for answering any doubts I have in a foreign land.
To my friends made in Montreal
To those who come here just to study English, I am inspired by your determination to learn. Thank you for those happy moments of gathering whether for ice-skating or to feast upon a certain cuisine. To those who are in the same boat as me, I am glad to have companions while conquering the challenge of learning French. Let us work hard together and settle down as happy immigrants here!
Last but not least,
To my ever supportive partner Daniel
I must say it has not been easy for him at all having a woman at home going through unknown mood swings. Thank you my dear for taking the time to understand and learn more about me. Thank you for loving me for who I am and having me in your thoughts all the time. Je t’aime.
“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” — Ralph Marston
Signing off with love,