Happiness Tip #1

Tell others you love them

On a Sunday afternoon in July 2009 I was pottering around my home when the telephone rang. Picking it up, I heard “Hi Sis”.
It was the voice of Peter, my baby brother calling from his hospital bed.
Although Peter had been ‘through the mill’ health-wise over the years, battling leukaemia and GVH (graft versus host disease) after a life saving bone marrow transplant, he had been admitted to hospital a couple of days earlier as a precautionary measure following a routine visit to his oncologist. In the days prior, Peter had been knocked low with the ‘flu and his blood work didn’t look too good so he was now found himself occupying a hospital bed. Continue reading

Life goes on…..

In the endless cycle of day after day, our life runs right along with it. At least mine does anyway. lol
I would be hard pressed to say that my life is anything less than busy right now. This working lark isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my job immensely. I just don’t enjoy getting up each morning and rushing around and then coming home at the end of the day and dropping onto the couch and not wanting to move from there.
I feel as if I am letting my family down because some nights I’m hard pressed to get up and cook a meal. Continue reading

Tuesday Quote

Don’t you just love how words come from somewhere and they are exactly what you need at the time?
I know that I’ve blogged about this phenomenon before but it’s happened again! How cool is that?

So here I was last Friday, feeling blah but not really being able to pinpoint exactly why. I was certainly a little perplexed by it all.
Things hadn’t exactly been all ‘peachy-keen’ and ‘hunky-dory’ over the preceding days but certainly not enough to drag me down that’s for sure. Continue reading

The feeling of Christmas

“City sidewalks. Busy sidewalks.
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas”

So goes the opening lines of the Christmas song “Silver Bells”.
It’s playing in my head right now as I search for that ‘feeling’ of Christmas and go through the motions of all that needs to be done at this time of year.

I love Christmas. I love the decorations and the feeling of anticipation and the rush of love that people show each other.
I love that for one day each year people are (mostly) kind to each other.
I love the carols and songs that play in the stores as people shop for food and gifts for the day.
There is so much to love about this time of year.
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The past few days have been interesting for me.
I have learned that my perceptions of myself are not entirely true.
It is true that we are our own harshest critics. We see our failings and magnify them ten-fold within our minds.
We wonder how others can engage in conversation with us knowing what we are.
We see flaws.
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Thoughts for Today

It’s been a while since I have done a post on blessings, gratitude and beauty so here goes.
Today I am…..

  • Enjoying the colder weather that has descended upon us. Although I complain about the cold, it makes me feel alive.
  • Blessed by the clear blue Autumnal sky I can see from my window
  • Grateful that the countdown is continuing until the next step in my life
  • Blessed by the love of my family
  • Enjoying the good memories from the party I attended the other night
  • Laughing at the silly videos and memes that pop up on my FB feed (and then share on)
  • Grateful that although it is cold I am able to stay warm
  • Enjoying the crispness of the morning air
  • Blessed that when I am hungry, there is food for me to eat
  • Grateful for friends and their support
  • Happy when I can beat my highest scores on any of the games I play on my iPad
  • Grateful that I can pay my bills
  • Blessed that I know my family will stand up for me, by me and always be with me

Okay, that’s my list for today.
Care to share yours?

Why don’t we talk about it?

In this current age of enlightenment, instant gratification and social media, it appears that nothing is a taboo subject. It used to be that you never discussed religion or politics however if we wish to rant about politicians, political footballs or the private lives of world leaders nothing stands in our way today. Religion is preached not only in churches or other holy halls, but from many other media platforms as well.

So if we are so open about previously taboo subjects, why are there still elephants in the room? Continue reading