Out Of The Ashes

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I believe in life after death, not every one does, but I do. Human beings aren’t merely flesh and blood, we have souls, and soul are indestructible. I’ve got friends who are atheists, so I’m not going to expand too much on this before I start a debate that would rival a sitting in the House of Commons.

Yesterday marked exactly ten years when people with warped views of life took the lives of 52 Londoners, they also left almost 100 people with life changing injuries and scars. Yeah I know, my post is a day late but the topic isn’t. After work yesterday, I caught a few glimpse on the news and was sad at such wanton destruction of human lives. But I was proud, (in fact, I still am) to be a Londoner. Years has passed, but we’ve grown stronger as a city. More tourists visited London than ever before, I love travelling on the tube, bus or on a private car. It’s testament to the fact that evil will and cannot win.

If we read the news, there’s always stuff that would make our tummies churn (my daughter always says that), but life isn’t all gore and horror. There’s the incomparable breath of fresh air, there’s the sheer joy of clean water, what about the juicy goodness of an orange? The list is endless, life is good, and it’s tough, I won’t dispute that.

The relatives of the 7/7 bombing and the senseless and needless attack in Sousse would be comforted by the love and prayers sent their way. I believe in prayers but I also believe in living each day with a heart of thanksgiving in spite of my circumstances, that, I believe is what would keep me sane and out of the ashes of stress and despair. My husband used to say that everyone has problems, it’s just our ways of dealing with life’s daily grind that’s different.

I would end my post with this simple quote from Groucho Marx, ‘I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.’ 15598033400_01b66cb659_k (2) NP: I’m still writing, albeit slowly. I’ve informed my publisher of my inability to submit my manuscripts until next year. Life seems to have a way of sending many distractions my way and I always oblige 🙂 I hope everyone is fine. Please, stay safe! Much love to you guys, always! 🙂 🙂

47 comments on “Out Of The Ashes

  1. Groucho Marx was a great comedian, and I love his quotes. Sad about the continuous waste of human lives based on religion, it’s just unreal. London survived Nazi bombs, I’m certain this great city would outlive those ant-brain terrorists. Nice post Seyi.
    Christy Nelson

  2. Paul J. Stam says:

    Always good to hear from you. albeit far between. Keep writing and Aloha – pjs/

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Oh dear Paul, you have no idea! Just had to post this, a sort of tribute to my city. I hope you’re ok? Thanks for stopping by my friend!
      Blessings. 🙂

  3. I just saw a documentary about survivors of 7/7 and it touched me. I think Groucho was right

  4. i watched the documentary yesterday. so touching. great post hun and love the positive vibes 🙂

  5. Al says:

    I saw something today, it said “We do not have a soul in our body, we are a soul, and we have a body” I believe that. I won’t go into my beliefs of death and life after (even though I think it is true), as this is not the time. I will say though, that this country will not bow down to terrorism. We won’t be broken

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I agree Al, we won’t be broken, I wasn’t born during World War 1 or 2, but I’ve studied extensively on the subject and one of my new books explored the wars. Nations would always go to war but the kind of wars waged by terrorists is different and they would fail all the same.
      We’ll chat about the soul dynamic some other time. In the meantime, it’s refreshing seeing you here Al!
      🙂 🙂

  6. reocochran says:

    I was sorry to hear of this horrible event in London 10 years ago. You realize how small the world is when you hear of tragedies and outpouring of love, help and financial assistance, Seyi. I am thankful you reminded us of this and hope you have a great July. Sending you sunshine and hugs!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your kindness Robin, it was a horrible time. Someone once said it’s great to forgive but it’s important to remember. I believe one day, the world would learn to live in peace.
      We’ve experienced some sunshine here in the UK though it’s cooler now. 🙂
      Much love and blessings. 🙂

      • reocochran says:

        There are most of our friends here who either hope or pray for world peace, better education, water and food for all… You and I are in agreement, Seyi.

      • Seyi sandra says:

        Thanks Robin, I’m glad you think that. I hope this earth we call home would be a place of safety for all. Have lovely weekend, my love and warm regards to you and your family!
        Blessings. 🙂

  7. great post !! By continuing on and living your life as normal, you keep the evil people from winning !! We cannot live in fear, even in fearful times, we have to live in happiness and gratitude !!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your insightful comment Stephie. You’re right, we can’t continue to live in fear, we’ll become nervous wrecks!
      Have a beautiful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

  8. robakers says:

    Thank you for remembering the events on 7/7. You are London Strong! Live well and best wishes.


  9. Ste J says:

    Love you too Seyi. The power of community really shows when events such as 7/7 and Sousse happen, it is all too easy to see the bad things in life but when people pull together it gives hope, if only we could just keep pulling together instead of waiting for shocking events to jolt us into it.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Ste J! Appreciate your and love and kindness. 🙂
      You’re right, bad things are thrust in our faces daily; the war, the hunger and brutality of humans makes for eager reporting. I share your view, it makes sense to nip problems in the bud before it happens. Hopefully, we’ll win the battle against extremists soon.
      Have a great weekend old friend, I’m grateful for your visit!

  10. The human capacity for wickedness is so startling and mind blowing, Sandra. But at the same time the human capacity for forgiveness and love is even more staggering. I’m happy to see you Londoners rising above it all with love, compassion and determination to move on.

    Stay safe my dear and write on. 🙂 God is good. 🙂

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Celestine, you’re right in your summation; the capacity for human wickedness is indeed mind blowing yet our capacity for love, compassion and forgiveness is outstanding. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a lovely weekend! 🙂 🙂

  11. gageier says:

    Liebe Seyi ein schönes Wochenende mit vielen lieben Grüßen in Freundschaft wünscht dir Klaus

  12. Sherri says:

    Ahh…what a wonderful quote by Groucho Marx and so perfect. It truly is in the today that we need to live and be grateful and look about us, revelling in the simple joys of life that you extoliate so beautifully dear Seyi. You rise up with a beautiful spirit that will not be put down and flattened by acts of evil and terror that threaten so many in today’s dangerous world. London is the best city in the world as far as I’m concerned and I will never stop visiting, and you are strong and safe in your faith as you enjoy your everyday life in such an amazing city. I join you in prayer for the hurting, the greiving and the terrified. Bless you my dear friend. I hope you have a wonderful weekend…and that your distractions will all be lovely ones ❤ 🙂 🙂

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks so much for your cheery words,
      they mean a lot to me. I love London, my dad lived in Florida for a long time but I preferred life in the UK, I love this city with all my heart.
      We live in uncertain times but with God on our sides, I believe we’ll be fine. I had a wonderful weekend, hope yours was great too. Appreciate your visit, I’ll be over at your blog as soon as my laptop charger is delivered; still writing on my phone. Do have a great week my friend!
      Much love and blessings to you Sherry. 😍😍😍

      • Sherri says:

        No worries Seyi, I always look forward to your visits whenever you get the chance. You bring sunshine to my day no matter the time or the weather outside 🙂 A lovely weekend thank you with my boys home to visit, and so glad for you too! Do hope you get your charger soon and yes, with God on our side, we can know His peace to guide us through these troubled times. Have a blessed, fruitful week my friend, and much love and blessings to you too 🙂 ❤ 🙂

      • Seyi sandra says:

        Thanks for your understanding, by His grace, I should be at yours soon. Glad you had fun with the boys, it must be a full house then!
        Take care and see you soon dear friend!
        🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Sherri says:

        A house full indeed, and I love it when that happens 😀 I hope you are having a good week my friend, enjoying the beautiful sunshine, getting on well with your writing, and no hurry or worries…I know I shall see you when you have the chance. Much love, hugs and blessings to you Seyi 🙂 ❤ 🙂

  13. Good seeing you Sandra. On people’s belief we are only responsible for our own beliefs. During my lupus flare a few months ago I decided to be happy and not anyone invade on my joy. Yes take care of yourself that’s the important thing in life. Your well being benefits your family.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Glad to see you here too Kim. You’re absolutely right, we’re completely responsible for our state of mind and beliefs. We owe ourselves that much at least. I’ll be over your blog soon and do have a great week my friend!
      Much love. 😀😏

  14. susielindau says:

    I am more than relieved that neither of our countries have been attacked again. I was afraid to go to a mall or sporting event for a full year after 9/11.
    Staying present in the moment is everything!

  15. That quote is just what I needed. All the very best with your writing. Great things take time. 😉

  16. utesmile says:

    Groucho Marx is one of my favourite and I love that quote. Stay happy and safe Seyi!

  17. Good quote to end on, Seyi. We always have a choice, and may we always choose wisely.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  18. RoSy says:

    Hi Seyi Sandra!
    So much ugliness in this world. It’s sad.
    But – we need to remember that there is also a lot of good. Let’s live with hope that one day our world will be a better place.

  19. daniellajoe says:

    I love this post!!! and Groucho Marx is all right 🙂

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