Category: Wednesday Quotations

You are never too old to learn

become like a bird

 

I remember hearing this saying – You are never too old to learn – when I was much younger.  I must be very honest and say that at the time (when I thought that 50 was very old), I thought that it wasn’t true – now I know different.

I remember looking at my parents and grandparents and thinking that they were old.  I couldn’t imagine them learning anything.

Thankfully I matured and now that I am a certain age, I certainly don’t think that I am old at all! (Although I am now older than my parents were when I was twenty).

I digress.  The one thing that I have learnt as I have matured is that you are never too old to learn.  I have also learnt that learning is fun and it makes you feel young.  It is a bit like body fitness.  You need to exercise.  I think we need brain fitness too.

 Become like a bird,

expand your wings,

learn new things

and fly as high as you can

When I came across this quote it really resonated with me and made me realise that no matter what happens in life, there are so many opportunities to learn new things.  With knowledge comes opportunity and the possibility of new adventures.

Thinking back to my teenage years learning involved books, photocopying and writing.  I have an old history project of mine complete with drawings traced from library books.  We are really so lucky now that we have access to a world of knowledge from the comfort of our homes.  It is all there online, and I for one am both aware and grateful for that knowledge.

Our brains are like a muscle, they need exercise and like any fitness regime, an exercised brain starts working so much better.

I know a few people who have returned to college as mature students exercising the muscle that is the brain and delighting in the love of learning.

I don’t know if a return to college is in my future, but I do know that I am really enjoying learning about new things. I am setting myself a little study schedule and know how it feels to go to bed with a tired and well exercised mind.

Thanks for reading and feel free to drop me a line to tell me what you are learning.

Kerry x

 

 

 

The Wisdom of Winnie the Pooh

You are braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, Smarter than you think,and loved more than you will every know

I have beautiful memories of reading the Winnie the Pooh books to my son.  Every Sunday morning was anticipated and the book would be taken down, the bookmark found, and the story would begin.

Although essentially children’s books, the stories of Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne have universal appeal.  They make us laugh, they make our heart’s sing and they also teach us life lessons.

Monday 18 January was Winnie the Pooh Day and the HuffPost Better Together featured a great article about this really special bear.  Please also remember to scroll down and you will see a cool little video with 6 facts about Winnie the Pooh that you might not have known.

The article which was written by Katherine Brooks, senior arts and culture editor for Huffington Post delves a little deeper into the origins of this special bear and his friends.

The quote I have chosen for my image and for this Wednesday’s quotation is really special to me.  I am using it as a bit of an affirmation right now as I go through a few hard changes in my life.

It wasn’t only Winnie the Pooh was inspired to make so many great statements, many of which are so relevant to today’s society.  The other characters have distinct personalities and are very quotable too.

Here are a few of my favourites:

“I wasn’t going to eat it – I was just going to taste it”

“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

“Some people care too much.  I think it is called love.”

“Never underestimate the power of doing nothing.”

“ The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.” –  from a personal favourite Tigger

and for balance …

“It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine” – from Eeyore.

I would love it if you would leave a comment and let me know your favourite Winnie the Pooh quote.

Thanks for reading.

Kerry xx

Make your own Magic

MakeyourownmagicYesterday I received a beautiful gift – this gorgeous magic wand in the photo!  Just a reminder that you can make your own magic.

My first instinct however was to wish that the wand could really magic things.  Swipe it over the bathroom and it will sparkle.  Another swoosh from fridge to cooker and dinner would appear.  Perhaps a trail of fairy dust across the scales and the kilograms would melt.

This isn’t real of course, but magic can happen.  We just have to make it ourselves.

Due to some personal circumstances, primarily health related, I have found myself with more time on my hands and my mind than I am used to.  Lots of time to think can be a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing – leading you to dwell on the negatives rather than the positives.  I am so inspired by a recent Pat Divilly seminar that I attended.  The seminar is linked to a Facebook group where you literally follow other people in the group who are making their own magic.  I find this very inspirational.

Getting this special magic wand was a great reminder that we can make our own magic. No matter what the circumstances, we all have the power in us to make magic happen.

So my Wednesday quote this week is simply that

Make your own Magic

Thank you for the magic wand – a little bit of sparkle goes a long way.

Thanks for reading.

Kerry xx

Friendship across the miles, and the years

 

True friends won't grow apart even if they don't talk every day

In less than a month I will be on my way to South Africa for a brief holiday.

What I look forward to the most is catching up with family and friends.  Even though I have been living in Ireland for almost 13 years now, I find that time simply melts away and we are nattering away. like it was only yesterday that we saw each other last.

I do value my friends and work hard to keep contact.  Distance and the pressures of daily life sometimes get in the way.  I am grateful to be in contact with friends that I have had since I was five!

I have moved around a lot in the last 15 years.  The big move from South Africa, the move to Westport and now the move back to Galway.  At every stage of my life I have made new friends.  I don’t always have time to talk every day, but I do value my friends.

Today’s quote simply says, true friends won’t grow apart if they don’t talk every day.  I am so glad about that.

I love good party and am looking foward to my housewarming party on Sunday – another great excuse to catch up with friends old and new.

Thanks for reading.

Kerry x

 

Celebrating World Kindness day

RAK_be_oneIt doesn’t cost anything to be kind.

November 13 is World Kindness Day.  I first came across the idea of random acts of kindness when I read Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde.  Although this is a novel, the concept of simply doing something kind for someone else with no expectation of a return made a huge impact.  The book, which was subsequently made into a movie starring Kevin Spacey told the simple story of a social studies teacher who set a project and a young man with a bright idea.

The task was to Think of an idea for world change, and put it into action.

The 12-year-old came up with the idea of doing something kind for three people.  Simple things really, but things that made a difference.  Instead of ‘paying him back’ he asked them to pay it forward but doing a favour for 3 people themselves.  This resulted in a whole lot of kindness.

Random acts of kindness can take any sort of form.  I am blessed to have been the recipient so many times.  Just recently I received a slip from the postman to say that I had missed a delivery.  I wasn’t expecting anything.  The parcel arrived on a week when I really needed a lift and I was delighted to find, some yummy sweets, a magazine and some sparkly bath salts along with a card from a dear friend.

When browsing art books (a bit of an obsession with me),  I came across the concept of leaving a piece of art or a message in a public place for someone to pick up. Imagine coming across something really beautiful and knowing that a random act of kindness put it there, just for you.

My challenge to you, and to myself is to take a minute or two  to be kind to a friend or stranger, especially  on World Kindness Day – 13 November 2015. It doesn’t cost much and can make a huge difference in someones day.

Take a visit to this awesome website the home of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.  It is truly inspirational and the source of the fab graphic on this post.

Thanks for reading

Kerry x

Be brave and face your demons

be braveI am not a lover of confrontation.  In fact, I will do anything I can to avoid it.  As you would imagine that isn’t a great life strategy and I have had to learn to deal with things head on. Even when I know that the discussion isn’t going to be pleasant, it is still better to have it than to let things fester.

In the past two weeks I have been brave and faced my fear of confrontation.  Being brave has left me feeling stronger and in control.  Although I must admit to feeling emotionally depleted.

Everyone has different demons that they need to face.  Mine was confrontation and it became exacerbated by procrastination. I really do not like dealing with some things and will do anything to put it off.

I recently attended a workshop presented by Pat Divilly.  He is a truly inspirational man who has faced many demons and is proof that we can overcome whatever situation we are in.

It is a short post today, but an important Wednesday Quotation for me.

Thanks for reading.

Kerry x

 

The importance of valuing yourself

Put a price on your head and keep it!When I was a little girl, I battled with self confidence.  I am not being self serving here when I say that I honestly believed that I was fat and not very pretty.  I urge every person reading this blog post to go and dig out a picture of your younger self and look at it with adult eyes.  You might be surprised.  We don’t always value ourselves as we should.

My granny always said, ‘put a price on yourself, and keep it’.  When I was very young I wasn’t quite sure what she meant.  With the benefit of hindsight and remembering the context, I think she was talking about dating and not giving of yourself too freely!

This message, my quotation this Wednesday, is very true of so many other areas of our lives.  I know that I have had to learn to value myself more.

 Know what I am worth in the workplace both in terms of money and respect.

Know what I deserve in a relationship and be prepared to wait for it.

Know what I deserve in terms of respecting my body, and feeding myself with healthy food, and doing some exercise.

As a blogger I also need to value what I do and respect my readers.  I was recently asked to write a post (a quite contraversial one coming up soon).  I thought about it very carefully and decided that I would write the post as it is in line with the context of my blog, and it is something I can honestly endorse.  I did however request payment.  I politely wrote back and outlined the benefits of working with my blog, my reach and my rate.  I was delighted to receive a positive response.  I value myself, and through that people will value me.

‘Granny, in all respects of my life, I have put a price on myself and I will keep it – head held high!’

Thank you for reading, I would love to hear your thoughts when you have looked at your old photos.  I was pleasantly surprised.

Kerry xx

 

When change happens – make it good change

Marilyn monroe quoteChange is inevitable.  Marilyn Monroe is a woman that divides.  I admire her and am often drawn to her quotes.  I think that to an extent she was misunderstood, but behind the blond curly locks and sexy voice was a very wise woman.

Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

I was musing on 2015 and realised that so far it has been a year of two halves.  For the first 6 months I was happily living in Westport, working away at my job, with a great social life and a fabulous circle of friends in Mayo.

The second half has been all about change.  I found a new job in Galway – which was the first domino in a series of changes.  I left my beautiful flat,and now know that I would have been given notice anyway as the owners were moving back!  I bade farewell to familiar streets that I walked every day greeting people along the way.

The transition was not easy, but now I am starting to realise that this quote is true.  New things are starting to fall together.  I am writing this sitting in my lovely new home, contemplating putting on a fire with a pot of soup on the stove waiting for my dinner guest.

I have found new ways to exercise and am walking regularly.

I am closer to my family and am rekindling old friendships and making new ones.

I have new challenges in the workplace that are allowing me to exercise my mind.

So, thank you Marilyn for those wise words of inspiration.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy my Wednesday quotation.

Kerry x

 

 

The Wonder of Walking

'Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.Just walk beside me and be my friend.'From Winnie the Pooh

I love walking.  No matter how tired I am, if I push myself (or am pushed by a friend) and I get my trainers on and get out and walk, I always feel much better.

I used to be the most sincerely unfit person.  When I think back a good few years, even walking a short distance, say to the corner shop, would have me thinking of taking the car.  I had all sorts of excuses as to why my sedentary lifestyle was ok.  Little did I know that walking could make a huge difference not only to my physical health but my mental health.

Today’s quote is from the oh so fabulous Winnie the Pooh (AA Milne), is a reminder that while we are walking for exercise, walking with a friend adds another dimension.

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead

Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow

Just walk beside me and be my friend.

I am so honoured to have friends who walk beside me,on actual walks and generally in life.

Today’s quote is going out to all my friends who have encouraged me on my fitness journey and taken the time to walk by my side. (You know who you are!)

Thank you.

Kerry x

 

How to eat an elephant … dealing with big challenges

How to eat an elephant- (2)My very wise big sister shared this concept with me.  It was during a time when I had a lot on my plate – big mountains indeed.

She told me a story about her daughter.  As a little girl she was faced with a lot to do – homework, projects and more. My sister asked her young daughter and how she would eat an elephant.  The answer is simply – bite by bite.  I know that so many times in my life I have been faced with an enormous elephant sized challenge and sometimes I simply can’t figure out where to start.  Then I remember the elephant and break it down into bite-sized chunks.

I have recently started a new job and believe me, after a couple of days I realised I was facing an elephant.  So much to learn with so many different aspects to the job.  I am not quite finished eating this particular elephant, but I have broken the challenges down into smaller chunks and in many cases smaller tasks again.

The first split was to figure out what was urgent and had to be done.  Then look at those tasks that would make a real difference and then finally some of the tasks and marketing ideas that are great, but can wait.

Unpacking my house, dealing with my health and many other challenges are always easier bite sized.

Thank you Janet for teaching me this valuable lesson, which I use in so many parts of my life.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s quotation.

Kerry x

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