#OneWord – Desiderata

Ambitious African


Yesterday I wrote about the first six months of the year, how far I have come and what I need to focus on going forward.

Today I thought I’d post one of my favourite poem’s Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. It reads as an instruction on life and I feel is very apt on this first day of the next six months of 2015.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
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world blood donor day





Today is world blood donor day. I am a donor. I save lives.
This years theme is “thank you for saving my life.”  The aim of the day is to get people to give freely and give often.

I have been a donor for 5 years now and the needles are not something you get used too.  Being a donor means you have a responsibility to live a healthy lifestyle so that your blood is safe to give.   In my early years of donation I struggled with my iron levels, I had to eat iron rich foods to get it up to an acceptable level. In my case it also means I need to work carefully to avoid needle stick injuries at work.

Donating blood allows me to make lifestyle choices that influence my health. I am staying healthy for my sake and for the sake of others.

Saving lives is a good feeling. Banish the fear of needles and get in touch with a blood transfusion services in your area.

The world health organisation  (WHO) has a short video about this years theme which can be found here . Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters!!


Happiness, Health

the single person’s guide to being sick

Last week I fell sick. It was the first time I got sick and I was alone. Here is a short list of what I thought would have made my situation better

1. Listen to our body – I trudged through for most of the week but towards the end of the week my body could just not carry on. Had I trudged through for most of the week but towards the end of the week my body could just not carry on. Had I listened earlier on I don’t think I would have felt as terrible as I did.
2. See a Doctor – see one ASAP because if you stay away too long you might not be able to take care of yourself.
3. Keep a soup or stew in your freezer – you will be to tired and sick to cook anything nutritious to make you feel better.
4. Take long relaxing baths.
5. Stay warm
6. Find a bae or just call mom like I did  🙂



hi all

I started this blog as I wanted to explore my writing abilities. This blog will be about health as that is what I do, albeit just oral health, it will also be about things that make me happy and interest me. It is about my surroundings, where I am now and where I hope to be. I am here to put all this in words, pictures and links.

I have a lot to learn so come learn with me. I am here being Just Samu