Archives for the month of: March, 2010

It's never easy saying goodbye to a family pet, especially if she has been in the family for 20 years.

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This week marked the ‘official’ end of an eight year relationship. After two years of emotional ups and downs, talking to each other only because we had to work together and of course not living together, my ex decided (with pressure from me) to cut all ties with me. My feelings towards this are numb. Oh I’m angry!! but simply because he is getting nasty about the situation and acting like he is doing me a real big favour by moving his things out of my house. I don’t think this relationship was ever meant to be, we had problems right from the start, there was never any love, we couldn’t communicate and I always felt I couldn’t grow as an individual, I felt I was living someone elses life. We both harboured the knowledge that one of us would leave but why did it take us 10 years to do it? There is a big lesson for me there and I need to get on with living my life the way I want it to be and be happy.
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If there were ever a time to dare,
To make a difference
To embark on something worth doing
It is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily –
But for something that tugs at your heart
Something that is worth your aspiration
Something that is your dream.
You owe it to yourself
To make your days count.
Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch.

Dream big.

Know, though,
That things worth doing
Seldom come easy,
There will be times when you want to
Turn around
Pack it up and call it quits
Those times tell you
That you are pushing yourself
And that you are not afraid to learn by trying.

Persist.

Because with an idea,
Determination and the right tools,
You can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect
And let your heart guide you.

Trust.

Believe in the incredible power
Of the human mind
Of doing something that makes a difference
Of working hard
Of laughing and hoping
Of lasting friends
Of all the things that will cross your path
Next year
The start of something new
Brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible
There is only one you
And you will pass this way but once.

Do it right.

-Author unknown

Some great reads:

Impossible to Inevitable: Dare to Dream Big

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.

(I think) – James Dean

I enjoy listening to music, it motivates me, reminds me of circumstances, brings memories, relaxes me, transport me to another world. I started listening to ambient music with my first attempts at mediation. I don’t mediate now (I should) but I always try to relax a few minutes a day by listening to relaxing music.

I’ve listed a few from my collection.

This one would be great for meditation.

I’ve been a ‘casual’ runner for just under three years before that I was a keen swimmer and would do the odd bit of cycling. Yesterday I went out running with a neighbour, who is trying to lose weight before she goes on her Easter holiday (which is in about a month’s time!!). This is about her fourth attempt at making exercise a regular thing. She usually finds all sorts of excuses not to do any exercise, but she also seems to find reason why I should not be running, …“I don’t need to lose weight, I’m going to get a cold, it’s not good for the knees, it’s not safe etc”.

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front door

One of my neighbours replaced her front door with what was supposed to be a better one – a ‘solid’ double glazed door. When I asked her if she was happy with the result, she pointed out a few problems, but she seemed very puzzled with one thing… “With all the glass why is there a ‘peep hole’ on the door?” All I could do was laugh. 🙂 But honestly WHY?

Is this just bad design? Do they just follow the ‘template’ and put it there because that is how they have always designed front doors?

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.

Maya Angelou