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‘Those Were Yesterday’s Feelings….’

3 Jul

I found this on my cyber-travels earlier today, and I love it. I love it so much in fact, that I am considering making it my personal motto when it comes to dealing with all the little nasties that life has a knack for bringing every now and again. The past few weeks have been a very tumultuous time for me, and it has got me thinking. While I believe we are all entitled to feel whatever it is we feel about certain situations, and have the choice to acknowledge and honor all these feelings and emotions that surface, wouldn’t it be simple, if at the end of each night, before we close our eyes, we simply make peace with our days? And move into the next as a new beginning, as a new opportunity to start afresh, telling those thoughts and feelings which we drag around with us, that they belong firmly in the yesterday, and not in our ‘today’.

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All The Small Things…

16 Apr

Small things – our whole world is made up of these tiny little building blocks, and they are to be found everywhere, forming and making up every part of our earthly existence. As part of this month’s topic over at the wonderful Creative Everyday 2011 Challenge, Small, I have put together this series of every day small things and moments I am grateful for. This is to remind me that everywhere I look, wherever I am, whatever I do, there is more to my world than meets the eye, and joy really can be found in the small and simple things!

“All great things are only a number of small things that have been carefully collected together” – Unknown

A single page when bound with many others, brings me the beauty of my notebooks, on which I write the stories of my life, composed by the tiny details of my daily events, all lovingly recorded in small, loopy handwriting all over the lovely lined pages

One tiny berry by tiny berry can I create a healthy body from the inside out, made up of teeny tiny essential vitamins and minerals I can’t even see! But I know they are there when I see the healthy skin and happy glow when I look into the mirror!

The  vibrant petals of the beautiful spring flowers, delicate and elegant, open to receive each new day

Little creatures come out to play in the spring sunshine- the joy of  watching the lady beetle sunning herself on my white-washed window-sill!

The delicate detail on my silver bracelet – those little, hand-crafted swirls are too cute, and make me smile whenever I wear it!

A Wise Man Once Said….

1 Mar

Because it feels like I have been away for a while ( which I have, I won’t lie!), I thought I would ease myself back into posting ( at least I can try to pretend I haven’t been away that long) by sharing a few wise words from Lao Tzu, which I discovered on Paulo Coelho‘s blog. I  am a regular reader of his blog, and I have found many an inspirational treasure among his words, and for today, these are the ones, as a collective whole, that have had an impact on me. Enjoy!

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Rejoice in the way things are.When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.

Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful.
Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.


Lao Tzu ( also Lao Tse) was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, and best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching.

The Rose and The Bees

9 Feb

A rose dreamed day and night about bees, but no bee ever landed on her petals. The flower, however, continued to dream. During the long nights, she imagined a heaven full of bees, which flew down to bestow fond kisses on her. By doing this, she was able to last until the next day, when she opened again to the light of the sun.

One night, the moon, who knew of the rose’s loneliness, asked: Aren’t you tired of waiting?’ ‘

Possibly, but I have to keep trying’.

‘Why?’

‘Because if I don’t remain open, I will simply fade away’.

At times when loneliness seems to crush all beauty, the only way to resist is to remain open’

( From: Like the Flownig River by Paul Coelho)

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I found my inspiration in Maya Angelou

3 Feb

I know I have been slightly straying from the suggested PostADay topics lately, so answering this question might help get me back on track. Who is my greatest hero of all time? I’m assuming this question doesn’t just include super-heroes, or other such fictional characters, so I’m going to go for a real-life hero, or in my case, real-life heroine Maya Angelou, who I’ve admired since I read all six of her autobiographies late last year. I had known about Angelou’s work through friends and work colleagues who had read her books, and mention of her in the media and magazines from time to time. I also had a vague knowledge of her being the one responsible for Bill Clinton’s presidential inaugaration speech, but had never bothered to find out what all the fuss was over this woman, until I came across her complete autobiographies in the library,which intrigued me enough to challenge myself to devour over 1000 pages of her writing.

Starting with I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, I began my journey from the humble beginnings of Angelou’s childhood, growing up in the poverty-stricken segregation-era deep American South with her deeply religious Grandmother Henson, Uncle Willie, and precious brother Bailey. Touching on the sensitive issues of racism, and her rape as an eight year old ( mentioned only in passing in the text), but finding her salvation through books and stories, her childhood story touched me in a way which is rare for characters in books, whether real or fictional to do. It is this book in which she finds begins to assert her independence through her life circumstances, and we begin to see glimpses of the woman she is to become.

I continued her journey through Gather Together In My Name, and Singin’ And Swingin’ And Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas, where Angelou is by now a single mother, struggling to make ends meet for her only son, Clyde. She had by now moved to San Francisco, and the books charter our way through her many forays into dead-end relationships, multiple jobs and ‘career moves’, including a stint as a ‘madam’, and introduction into the world of show-business as a dancer. Her adventures travelling overseas as a performer, leaving her son behind, and her struggles and inner conflicts all paint me a picture of the strong, courageous, independent woman I wish to be in my own life, despite the struggles, circumstances and battles I face each day.

The Heart of A Woman, and All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes follow. These are two books which resonate with me the most, as this is where Angelou really begins to come into her own as a woman, despite all the many trials and tribulations she must endure during life abroad. She begins to find her voice, becomes a published writer for the first time, and becomes involved with the civil rights movement.

A Song Flung Up To Heaven is where it all comes together. It is almost as if Angelou comes full circle in this book, and I admire her tenacity to conclude her autobiography with what she chooses to share here. The book is tinged with sadness at the loss of her dear friend Malcolm X, who has supported and inspired her through her journey as a civil rights activist. She also hears of the death of Martin Luther King Jnr – another of her mentors and key player in the fight against freedom. But it is also one full of courage, hope, and inspiration.

Her life as a whole inspires me to become a better person. Often it only takes one chance encounter, like the reading of a book, to change your own perspective on who you are, who you were, and where you want to go. Through every experience she has been through – to the finding of her own identity as a young african-american woman, to the struggle for acceptance and independence, and later, making her own way in the world – to the fighting for a cause that was her life, she has shown me that we are who we are, and we can become whoever it is we wish to be, if only we have the courage to let it be so.

“Change everything you don’t like about your life. But when you come to a thing you can’t change, then change the way you think about it. You’ll see it new, and maybe a new way to change it”

Jack Kerouac – Words of Wisdom and Inspiration

26 Jan

As those of you who personally know me are too well aware of, Jack Kerouac is my favourite writer. Actually, that’s an understatement – I absolutely idolise the man and his work, and was thrilled to bits when I found Atop an Underwood, Early Stories and Other Wrtings in a hole-in-the-wall bookshop yesterday. But what caught my eye about this particular book, besides the fact it contains a lot of his early work which I haven’t read ( so exciting) is the quote on the back cover. Being someone who often writes, and struggles with the whole process – from ideas, to fleshing out the story, to worrying about whether my characters and their dramas are believeable ( or not), I found the following inspiring, and hope that when doubts, writer’s block, and discouragement strike, that we can take heart from the following, and know that despite the odds, we can do it!

” Remember above all things, Kid, that to write is not difficult, not painful, that is comes out of you with ease, that you can whip up a little tale in no time, that when you are sincere about it, that when you want to impress a truth, it is not difficult, not painful, but easy,graceful, full of smooth power, as if you were a writing machine with a store of literature that is boundless, enormous, endless, and rich. For it is true; this is so. Do not forget it in your gloomier moments. Make your stuff warm, drive it home American-wise, don’t mind critics, don’t mind the stuffy academic theses of scholars, they don’t know what they are talking about, they’re way off the track, they’re cold; you’re warm, you’re red-hot, you can write all day, you know what you know….”.

Oscar Wilde Quote

24 Jan

As I have been really, really busy today, I haven’t had time to write up a full-length blog post ( I will put one together shortly as there is so much I want to write about !), but thought I would share the following quote by Oscar Wilde, which sums up my reading life absolutely perfectly .

” If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading at all”