Making someone happy

There is a song I really like, the words go something like: “make just one someone happy and you will be happy too…”

Today I was really proud of Mohammed. He came over in the ambulance to the school where I work and allowed the little children to look at it and to look inside of it. With his big smile, kindness and patience he made a few children really happy.

I will never forget the children´s faces. One little girl looked like the sun was shinning out of her eyes and I have never seen her have such a huge smile on her face! I will always treasure today as one of the best moments of my life and as one of my best memories!

The little boys kept saying “wow!!!”

They had so many questions and couldn´t stop smiling and looking at everything with huge open eyes.

What an amazing experience for them on this Friday just before the school holidays! But it was also an amazing experience for Mohammed and for me. I think I was more excited than the children and it took me several hours to come down!

Of course it wasn´t the seeing the ambulance that was the highlight of my day but seeing how happy we had managed to make the children.

It made me realise that with a little thinking and working together we can make someone´s day and without intending it, we can make ourselves truly happy.

Think about it, maybe those words on the song are true!

With the weekend ahead and the October holidays already here, I fully intend to find as many chances as possible to make someone´s day. Not for what I get out of it but because making someone happy should be the highlight of any day.

Have a happy weekend!

All content and photos are the property of Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio

© 2018 Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio

Focusing on old German Architecture

Recently we wrote a post on 10 things we love about living in Germany. One of the 10 was German Architecture. Today we would like to focus a bit more on this subject and show some photos that Mohammed took of our favourite German city: Celle.

We drove to Celle early one Sunday morning, spent time walking around and just really looking at the buildings in the city centre area. There were only a few tourists around looking with big eyes and open mouths at the buildings. Observing them I realised how often we take our surroundings for granted, when was the last time you stopped and really looked around the place where you are?

It was wonderful to look around with fresh eyes, really noticing every detail. There is so much in Celle to discover! One blog post on it will never be enough!

There was some information we already knew about Celle but then we accidentally met two lovely ladies who told us a lot about their city. They both live there and are really proud of their city.

Celle is a Royal city. It has a castle, sadly we couldn´t take any photos of it as it is covered in scaffolding at the moment, but as soon as we can I shall post photos of it. Ancestors of the British Royal Family come from here and lived in this castle.

So here are some of the photos we took and some really interesting information!

I love the painted decorations on the houses. The colours are fantastic and what is written on many of the houses is very moving. Most of them have the name of the original owners, when the house was built, and something about them or the hopes they had for their new home, others have written on them a verse from the Bible or a short prayer or petition to God, like Bless this home and it´s inhabitants.

Others have funny comments like it is not possible to be happy if your neighbour doesn´t like it or doesn´t like you.

But usually there is something written about God or asking God for His blessing and protection.

 

 

 

One thing that I didn´t know and was told to us by the two lovely ladies, is that these decorations on top of the houses, contain the original architectural plans for the house, inside that golden ball. So that if ever there was a fire for example, then the plans for the house would be safe and the house could be rebuilt again. Amazing and truly clever!

 

 

This one I already knew! Those thick pieces of wood sticking out of the top of the houses were used to lift goods, with the help of a rope and pulley, into the houses and pulled in through those little doors, like in the photo here above.

Goods were stored in the loft of the houses, like for example large quantities of flour for the winter, or in the case of shop owners, a tailor for example, the fabric for his work would be lifted up and pulled into the house to be stored in the loft.

This one  is really interesting! If you look carefully at the above photo, you will see that it is two 1\2 houses. Originally the two halves were planned by the architect as one house, but the sisters who were going to build it and live together had a major disagreement so the house was literally cut in half, with no extra money or resources, the house was built in two halves, with a piece of ground in between, with the two halves in opposing direction to each other.

  

One of the things I really like about Celle is the fantastic window boxes that hang from the windows. The Geraniums look so wonderful and they make the houses look even more attractive!

Yes, that is my lovely feet there! but that is not the interesting thing. The interesting thing is the stone road. These stone roads, or cobbled roads, are protected and I can see why, they have a lovely pattern to them and are in amazingly good condition. I really enjoy them even if they are uneven! No high heels girls!

         

The photos above show the old Rathaus (or council offices) and the tower from the main church in the city. The view is lovely.

And the last photo is to make you laugh a bit! Here I am looking into the window of one of my favourite shops, Mohammed took the photo and then showed it to me saying: “here I am working and what is she doing? shop window shopping!” and he laughed a lot.

Celle is a truly amazing and wonderful city, it looks amazing with the Christmas market there. I promise I shall write a post before Christmas with photos of Celle on the run up to Christmas and the Christmas market.

Until then we would like to say that we had an amazing day rediscovering Celle and spending time together. I think this was the most important part of the day, the spending time together. We highly recommend rediscovering your surroundings with friends or loved ones or with your husband or wife. Building good memories is the secret to growing strong relationships and a happy life.

Mohammed & Beatriz

All written content and photographs are the property of Beatriz Custodio and Mohammed Al Ali.

© 2018 Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio

Focusing on creating my own world

Time goes by and the day slips away but we are on the same things.  I tell myself what I want to do the next day and write it down. I ask myself so many questions and I create my own world with my dreams and hopes.

I think we all do that.

But when something goes wrong we get sad and discouraged. Sometimes people hurt you but you don´t talk about it. You hold the pain inside you and struggle to continue forwards to build a better life.

Letting go of the pain helps us to move forward into the future and a better life.

Don´t give up, you know yourself that you are strong.

Don´t let a set back discourage you and stop you in your way to achieving a better life. Focus on your future and on your plans. Focus on making your dreams come true.

You know that you can do a lot of things in your life. You are better than the set backs, you are clever. Don´t let other people push you down. Tell yourself that you are strong and are going to become stronger.

You will reach your goals and make your dreams into reality. Don´t loose sight of your goals, dreams and the life that you want to build.

Your life will be a better life than it is today.

(All photos and content are the property of Beatriz Custodio & Mohammed Al Ali.

Copyright © 2018 Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio)

Switch into Positive

Our brains follow our instructions. Our moods shape our thoughts. Negative thinking produces negative actions.

Focusing on instructing your brain to switch into positive thinking will produce positive outcomes in your life.

For example, if you put the alarm on to get up in the morning to go to work, but before you go to bed you tell yourself that you are tired, that you are in fact exhausted and that you will not manage the next day, then the next morning you will start the day tired and continue in that mode all day long. And probably also in a bad mood!
Negative thinking lowers your energy levels and prepares you for failure.

However, if before you go to bed you tell yourself that you are tired now but after a good night sleep you will successfully complete the next day, then you will have a positive and successful day ahead of you.

Plan for success. Make your mornings easy. Prepare all you can prepare the night before, then go to bed with a clear feeling that the next morning you will have an easy time before facing your day.

Every time you are tempted to think negative then consciously change your thoughts. Be hard on yourself.
If you forget easily what you need to get done the next day, and that is leading you to stress and exhaustion, then invest on a small notebook that you carry around with you. Write lists on it detailing what you need to get done that day and for the next day.
Of course we are in a modern world, you can also make your list on your mobile phone!
But for me personally nothing beats the feeling that I get when I use my little notebook!

Seek positive thoughts and you will be on the road to success!

 

(All photos and content are the property of Beatriz Custodio & Mohammed Al Ali.

© 2018 Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio)

 

Friday Freedom

After a week full with work and commitments, there is nothing better than to have that feeling of freedom that comes with Friday!

But true freedom does not depend on which day of the week it is. It does not depend on where you live or who you live with.

True freedom comes from having peace of mind and peace in  the heart. True freedom comes from being true to yourself and admiting to the truth inside of you.

A while back we used to work together for someone else, but the people working with us didn´t think it was OK for us to work together. They made our work life very difficult and it spilt over into our private lives. We nearly lost each other. As we drifted away I wanted to tell her everything that was in my heart:

“The first time we kissed I felt the time going really fast, I felt I had the whole world in my hand, I felt so happy, I felt we were the only two people in the world.

I remember when we walked by the river, I looked at you, how you moved, how you talked, I felt I wanted to hide you inside my heart and not let anyone see you, to keep you safe from the whole world. I wanted those moments to never go away.

We have known each other for 3 years and my love for my wife grows more and more everyday.

What words do I need to say to you? my sweet girl or my queen?. Even when you get up in the morning and you leave to go to your job, I feel really scared for you, but I try to hide it inside myself, so that I don´t show my worry for you.  But you are my Queen, the love of my life, my inspiration and my best friend.

I want us to do the things you like and make you happy but time slips away and takes me from you for a little bit because I think so much about how to build a better life. And then I see that we have already a better life because we have each other.”

I still feel the same way about her…

If you work with your husband or wife, keep work life and home life apart. Write a schedule where work times and home life times are clearly defined. Build barriers that nobody is allowed to cross over and above all protect your relationship.

There are many jobs out there and every worker could be easily replaced but you can not replace the person that loves you and cares for you, the one that travels through this life by your side.

Life takes you through many roads and sometimes people try to lead you down a road you should never take.

Value yourself and your relationship.

Don´t let yourself be limited, conditioned and influenced by the expectations of people around you who try to push on you their personal views on your private life.

We have defeated the meath. We have now worked together on writing our books for over a year and are working together on this Blog. We do it without allowing outside influence into our private world. We have peace inside our work life, home life and inside our hearts.

Wishing you Friday Freedom and peace in your heart.

(All photos and content are the property of Beatriz Custodio & Mohammed Al Ali.

 © 2018 Mohammed Al Ali & Beatriz Custodio)