Thursday, October 14, 2010


So today is hand in day... Thanks to all that participated in my blog i will let you know how it all goes. 

This challenge involved taking a common cliche and trying to figure out what it means and then transform it into something new and modern that I can relate to. 

Started with "Don't Count your Chickens before they hatch" and from there we delved into the world of possibilities,  the spirit world and then from there I really tried to understand what this saying means. 

So In the end I believe that in all essence you can always believe things will turn out okay. Even though I am a pessimist there really are ways to see all the good and the positives. Changing our attitudes and just living in the moment is one way to start and setting our goals keeps us going. Seeing people for outside help gives us something to believe in but all in all it is our choice, how we see thing and how we want things to play out. 

We decide where our lives go and therefore we really do have the power to control the outcome of the amount of chickens that hatch. 

So my modern translation; live with optimism, knowing that there is hope but also failure. Live beyond your limits and don't be scared to reach out of your world for something new, because that basket is always changing.

I hope this blog touched people in a different way. For myself it really allowed me to take my black hat off and change howI perceive things and deal with situations. 

Thank You

Terri-Ann Sawyer


the four agreements - don miguel ruiz's code for life

agreement 1

Be impeccable with your word - Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

agreement 2

Don’t take anything personally - Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

agreement 3

Don’t make assumptions - Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

agreement 4

Always do your best - Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Beautiful Saying



Talking from the heart is most definitely one of the hardest things ever. Expressing compassion and  deep emotions, not only being true to others but being true to yourself. This is something we try to live by but in most cases we let things slide, burying our emotions to protect others or to simply keep the peace. 

To really consider that living in the moment and being happy is hard as it can compromise everything you have worked for. For me it is hard to find my drive for my work and knowing my passion for what I want to do as well as living a life that may change everything. Being around different people really does start to impact your vision and perspective on life. You begin to picture different possibilities in order to save and keep what is right in front of you. It is here that you loose track and forget to be grateful and slide into a world that is not yours. No longer in your basket but someone else's. 

I have been through so much from loosing everything in Zimbabwe and not knowing what the future held but at least trusting my family would be there. I struggled in every aspect and it is only recently that I have completely calmed down.

However I still stress about what could be, about failure, about negativity. The worry does consume me and I imagine it is because I am afraid of the outcomes so I procrastinate till the last minute knowing there is no way out but forward. I am also so indecisive sometimes I would jump out of the basket take the advise from a medium, or believe I could so anything but other times I will change my mind refraining from being out of my comfort zone. 

Monday, October 11, 2010


So Tarry posted an interesting comment that in actual fact got me thinking where does the basket lie in our lives, and what do the chickens stand for to each of you?

A. Is the basket your world and how you see it
B. Is the basket your home, your protector (my opinion)
C. What are the chickens?
D. Are the chickens the people in your lives?
E. Are the chickens the events and variable outcomes?
F. Where is the rooster? 
G.Can we link the saying of who came first?

There is really still a lot I have to understand about this quote, because it is really difficult to grasp a perspective on whether to change it or live by it.....

Who we are, who we become and what we do inside and outside the basket affects those around us and the world... How do we manage to keep all this in line and live by knowing we are affecting others or without realizing impacting the world. We all want to make a difference in the world but where does that begin because form when we are born we begin to change the outcome of someones life and therefore on a small scale we are changing the world, their world!


Sometimes it is kinda hard not too, so inevitably you do count and risk being disappointed or thankfully underestimate the outcome..
HERE are some of my moments when I counted my chickens before they hatched.  Post on your experiences.

  •  I was planning a trip to Zanzibar in the past dec holidays... My friend and I had it all planned out we would work for an organization and build schools or teach and in the afternoons sip on cocktails and tan.... well that failed... after emailing them and sorting out flights and accommodation I asked the parentals and it was a straight NO! thats when you see the dreams and lovely white sandy beaches go down the drain. 
  • Another time was when I again began planning my holiday with my friends in Malawi, now I must admit it is difficult to move away from your friends and then get straight back into the circles again... so I wanted to join them all at the lake for new year...Got shot down but the sad part is that my new year was planned to be amazing... Sadly i got there and after counting the dam chickens and trusting old Zimbabwe there was no Fekking was a blow out...
  • GOOD times.. my 19th birthday... traditionally since my bday is in the hols I spend it with family. So for my 19th my parents decide to take me to a ZIM concert now when having left the country and experienced a bit more you prepare yourself for disappointment but put on a happy grateful face. Well well well i was in for a surprise... it was amazing had the best time ever and really enjoyed every minute of it. Ended up dancing on the table... So technically I should not have counted my chickens or been soooo pessimistic. 
Tell me a few of your stories....lets see what people really relate this quote too....