Category: Wednesday Quotations

Find Happiness – do what makes your heart sing

 

Do more of what makes your heart sing (1)Have you ever had that feeling?  That feeling of being so happy that your heart literally sings?

I think that we are all seeking happiness, but sometimes in the wrong places.  A couple of weeks ago I was walking down the road, eating an ice cream cone, I had good company, the sun was shining and I felt really happy.  So happy that I felt like my heart was singing.

After going through quite a lot, especially recently, I have had to re-evaluate so much in my life and I think that the key to happiness might just lie in appreciating the moments that make us happy.  A cup of hot tea after coming in from the rain.  Climbing into fresh sheets.  The crackle of an open fire.  The pain of muscle stretch that reminds you of a good exercise session.

So my quote for this week is about happiness

Do more of what makes your heart sing

We live in a world with so many possibilities and so many things to strive for.  I know that many of us set objectives and goals.  I do this myself, and think it is really important.  It shouldn’t however be something where you say to yourself, I will be happy when ….  Be happy now!

Each little moment of happiness should be grasped – relished and enjoyed like a good piece of chocolate slowly melting on your tongue.

Enjoy your Easter and be happy.  This weekend do more of what makes your heart sing.

Thanks for reading

Kerry xx

Life Audit: Where am I now?

Honour the place between no longer and yet.

 

I know I have been a bit quiet and there has been a bit of a gap between blog posts.  That is because I have been doing a life audit.

Early in December I took sick – a combination of things.  It was a real large bump in the road as I realised that I could no longer work full-time.

I have been working since I turned 16.  I had a Saturday job in a shoe store and then worked my way through college.  After graduating I started working and to be honest I have never stopped.  I even cut my maternity leave to a couple of weeks as I was working for myself.

Not working has been quite some adjustment, and something that has taken some time to get used to.  I love being busy and really relish a busy mind.  My body unfortunately doesn’t agree.  A recent diagnosis of Fibromyalgia on top of the other health issues I have been fighting was literally the straw that broke the camel’s back.

So what have I been doing?

My quote this week says it all really.

Honour the place between no longer and yet

I would really like to thank my friends and family who have been incredibly supportive.  They have guided me to take stock.  To do a life audit.

What can I do, and what can’t I do.  What skills do I have and what skills can be transferred.  One friend told me to consider myself a client and look at myself as a product.  What are the good things about me and where are my weaknesses.  I have been doing just that, taking stock and doing a life audit of myself.  Figuring out what I really want and how to achieve it.

It takes some time to get used to what you no longer have to do.  I finally switched off my morning alarm and am letting myself wake up naturally.  I am still a morning person, but it is a relief not to be wakened by beep beep beep at 6.30 in the morning.

I am also taking care of myself.  Nice long walks and time set aside each day for meditation and learning. (read about my very long walk here)

Of course my active mind is exploring new opportunities.  I have a few ideas I am playing with in my head and hope that I will find some great opportunities to volunteer in the future.  I am excited as my knowledge grows and hope to use my new skills in a part-time capacity in the future.

For now though I am in the middle – honouring the place between no longer and yet.

I sincerely want to thank everyone that reads my blog and gives me feedback.  The one thing that I have realised is that I love blogging and will continue to blog and hopefully inspire.

 

Thanks for reading

Kerry x

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

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