The Importance Of Smiling :)

It was a rainy day once again. NOM felt happy because of his quotes. They had kept him happy all week long when it had been pouring with rain. Especially one of them:”Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

That’s exactly what NOM had done. Literally. Everyday he had gone outside, stepped into the pouring rain, danced, laughed and felt happy. Afterwards he had taken a long hot bath in his cardbaord box and made sesame seed tea.

Because of that NOM was in high spirits. Today he decided to go to town for a change. He needed to go to the supermarket to buy some sesame seeds and other groceries. NOM got out his green shopping bag and put on a rain coat. Then he skipped off to town in the pouring rain. The colours of the clouds were a grey-ish black and the grass and leaves were dripping wet. Add the mud and a downward hill and the fun could begin (for NOM)! Because it was way to slippery to walk, NOM simply slid down the hill sitting on his rain coat. He laughed and waved at the birds that flew past him taken aback by the sudden movement.

mud!! (pic from google images)

By the time NOM arrived in town he was completely covered in mud. His yellow raincoat was no longer yellow, it looked like a big muddy leaf. NOM’s fur was all tangled and knotty and looked awfully brown. But NOM didn’t care. In fact he still laughed when he stepped into the town square. “That was fun!”, he said and walked into the supermarket his feet leaving trails of mud behind. Inside people glared at NOM. Everyone looked cranky and moody. ‘Why is everyone so grumpy?‘ NOM thought. ‘Is it just because of the weather or what?’ He wished he could help them but didn’t bother about it anymore. He had to go shopping!

NOM stood in front the sesame seed section of the supermarket and started picking out different flavours. Plain, caramel, chocolate, vegetable flavour…

“WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING HERE???” a voice suddenly screamed behind NOM.

NOM flinched. He turned around slowly to find one of the shop assistants staring at him in disgust.

“YOU ARE MAKING THE BIGGEST MESS IN HERE! This mud is DISGUSTING. Who told you you could go SNEAKING around the supermarket thinking NOTHING of this MESS you made here??!!” the shop assistant yelled so loud, there was spit flying out of his mouth. ‘Jeeesh he’s in a mood!’ NOM thought. “t’s just a little bit of mud…”

“NO, it’s not just a LITTLE bit of mud!!” the man kept yelling.

‘Oops..did I just say that out loud?’ NOM thought. ‘Okaay I have to come up with a solution to calm this man down otherwise I’m not going to get my sesame seeds…’

“I’m really sorry I ma….”, NOM started.

“NO YOU ARE NOT SORRY. I KNOW IT!”

Ok, so a simple apology doesn’t work…what else could I do?’ NOM really had no idea how to get out of this.

“If you don’t leave in ten seconds I’m going to report this to my boss and there will be some SERIOUS consequences.ONE….” the shop assistant threatened.

‘Oh ok…’ NOM thought… ‘Now he’s getting seriously angry.Keep thinking, keep thinking…’

“TWO….”

What can I do? Uhm Uhm Uhm…’

“THREE…FOUR….”

‘Why is it so hard for me to think of an excuse? I need my sesame seeds…‘ NOM was desperate now.

“Uhh well I could uh clean the floor?” NOM said unsure.

“FIVE…SIX….” the assistant kept counting.

‘OK that obviously didn’t work…’ Then he remembered one of the post-it notes that were stuck to his mirror back in the cardboard box: SMILE! It always works! ‘Yes that’s it!’

NOM started smiling at the shop assistant and said: “You know I will clean the whole mess, I really don’t mind and then I can give you a hand and work in your shop for today, cheer everyone up a bit…and later I’ll invite you for a little coffee at the cafe up the road, the one with the pretty lamps. You know I really am sorry I left mud all over the floor. It’ll all be clean in less than one hour. I just want to take one thing: sesame seeds. Thank you.” Throughout the whole speech NOM smiled brightly at the assistant.

The man stared at NOM speechless. Then he managed to stutter a few words: “Uh well if you…you do that…that would…be..uh..yeah”

NOM just kept smiling. The shop assistant didn’t know what else to say so he just stuttered something and turned around to go to some sort of room that had a sign saying ‘Staff only’ on it. NOM thought he could see the trace of a smile playing over the man’s mouth as he disappeared into the staff room.

‘Did it work?’ NOM wondered. He chose all the sesame seeds he wanted and a moment later the shop assistant returned carrying two mops and a bucket full of water. He handed one to NOM and kept the other one for himself. Then he started sweeping the floor whistling.

Wow what happened to him?’ NOM couldn’t stop gaping. Just minutes before the man had yelled at NOM like he was some sort of thief…and now he was whistling and sweeping the floor.That smile trick had actually worked! NOM started sweeping the floor too and an hour later, everything was spotless. NOM found out that the man’s name was Paul and he worked here everyday except for Mondays.While they had been sweeping the floor people had passed them,  looking grumpy at first but when NOM smiled at them they cheered up and smiled too.

Two hours later NOM sat in the cafe with Paul and some of his colleagues who had been just as cranky and were now happily chatting and sipping their coffee. The afternoon had turned out to be really fun. Everyone had been in a mood, but when NOM smiled at them they cheered up. Smiling was the key to making people happy. Especially on rainy days. Then, later in the afternoon, the sun came out and a rainbow appeared on the sky.


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Introducing…NOM!

Hi everyone! This is a very special post because today you are going to get to know someone new.

Someone who is going to join this blog and…well let’s just say…

….be a very special person/creature in it!

He’s going to go through life, encounter challenges and solve them. For you:) Through his adventures you will learn about life, happiness, goals and more!

This ‘ he’ has a very special name. And he looks quite cute.

So who is it?, you are probably wondering. “Who is going to be here and solve things and learn about life?’

I’ll show you. Here he is. A big drumroll please for….

…..NOM!!

This is NOM. 🙂

Yep this is NOM. A little furry creature with big eyes and a cute smile.

Now you are probably wondering… NOM? Why NOM? The answer to that is that NOM is just like you and me. He is still learning about life, he’s still on a journey trying to discover new things and learning them so he can use them in his life and in the future.

And how did you find NOM? Well… My friend and I were sitting in class one day, drawing in our books when NOM came along. He literally jumped out of the page! We helped him come to life a little bit more and made him look prettier so that he’s now ready for his big adventures. That’s how he became part of this blog.

So stay tuned because you are going to see a lot more about NOM and his adventures soon! His first story will be out shortly 🙂

The 100 list!

The 1oo list is probably one of the most important lists you are ever going to make in your life! Because this is a list of the 100 things you want to have achieved in your life!

I think when you are older and you look back on all the things you’ve done in life, you should be proud. And this is where the 100 list comes in handy. Because when you are older you can look at your list and you know that you’ve done all of those things you’ve put on that list and more!

So what should the things on your 100 list do?

The 100 list should stretch your comfort zone because in doing the things you’ve never done before you’ll become more confident and your comfort zone will grow with every new thing you achieve.  So the things you write in your 100 list should be challenging but also fun to do. Some of those things can be bigger goals that recquire a plan and also time to complete (e.g. writing a book). Other things on the list will be smaller and they can be done in a couple of hours or minutes like going bungee jumping!

Once you’ve finished one of the things on your list you should put a tick next to it and celebrate you achievement! Maybe you could write a diary and record your expereinces so you will never forget them or you could tell your friends and family all about that achievement!

The things on your 100 list don’t have to be completed in 5 years, it can take you many many years to finish that list. Probably your whole life. And when you are a hundred years old and tired, you can look at your list and be proud of what you’ve achieved!

To give you more of an idea of how your 100 list could look like I’ve got an example (not a whole list of course!)

1. Travel to New York.

2. Climb to the top of a mountain that is more than 2000 metres high.

3. Learn how to speak French

4. Take swimming lessons.

5. Meet someone famous

6. Learn 10 songs off by heart on the piano.

7. Swim with dolphins

8. Invent something

9. Write a book

10. Get married

11. Buy a pink car.

12. Go sky diving

So these are some examples that could be on your 100 list. It can be anything that’s challenging in some way. Of course it shouldn’tbe something like writing an email or eating a piece of toast.

I hope this has helped you and  inspired you to create your own 100 list. Do it now, because if you do it in a couple of years then you’ve already ‘wasted’ valuable time in which you could have done many of the things on your list. And don’t stress if you can’t finish writing the whole list in one day. Write down ten things and leave it there, then when you have another idea a few days later, write that down and so on.

What would you put on your list?

Once that list is done you can put it all into action and start achieving many great things!