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Can a conversation with a taxi driver alter your life’s journey?

 

Recently I was very privileged to have a conversation with what I can only describe as an amazing human “being” – a taxi driver.  He told me he was 80 and when asked why he wasn’t retired and taking life easy, he said his wife had died recently and he had nobody to talk to at home.  I though how sad and lonely that must be but he proceed to tell me that he took up taxi driving because he enjoyed chatting to customers.

He told me he had come through throat cancer, a heart attack, a stroke and recently had his knee replaced.  His friend introduced him to music and as a result he has been going to college, learning music for the last 3 years.  I told him he was amazing and asked what was his secret?  He replied “two things, attitude and altitude”.  I asked what he meant and was blown away when he said “It’s all down to how I look at things, my “attitude” and my love of sky diving or “altitude”.  His last sky dive was in February of this year!  He also uses Facebook!  Hands up anybody who would like to be this adventurous, tech savvy and active at 80 plus!

So can we broaden our horizons of understanding of life by studying our taxi driver?    How many widows or widowers are home alone and lonely?  How difficult must life be when a life-partner dies and leaves you all alone?  How many days might you go without talking to another adult?  What determination and resilience must it take to face up to this new stage of life?  If our mental and physical health allow, we can seek out social interaction and new challenges.  However, if our physical health restricts our movement, life’s horizons becomes limited.  Likewise if anxiety or depression are present, it might accelerate loneliness by resisting social interaction and increasing isolation.  Can we be proactive like this taxi driver?  How can we continue “being” when life as we knew it is no more?  Our taxi driver resisted isolation, he sought out social interaction – human company through his taxi business.  He engaged in new learning.  He maintained a positive attitude and took on new challenges in life and online.  And what can we do?  We can begin by questioning our attitude to life.  Are we on a roundabout, just going round and round?  In other words are we living without questioning our thoughts and behaviours?  Are we caught in ground-hog day, denying ourselves the opportunity to grow, to learn from our experiences.  We can take time out to consider ourselves, our family and our neighbours.  Let’s keep an eye out in our family and neighbourhood for somebody who might be a lonely and give a gentle check-in to ascertain how they’re coping.  Or how about visiting a local Nursing or Retirement Home. Maybe our visit could brighten somebody’s day and we might even be takenaback by how positive that makes us feel!

I wish you a day filled with happiness in your own company or in the company of others!

 

 

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The Power is yours… Quote No.87 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

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Quote No.87 from Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine.

While we are in lockdown maybe it’s an opportunity to unlock your talent.  Take advantage of time, nurture a dream you have had…”Embrace it and celebrate it. Share it with others.”

What talent have you neglected? What talent have you unlocked during lockdown?

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine. (If you would like your own copy of Anne’s book send your enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

 

The Power is yours… Quote No.88 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No.88

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Now more than ever choose positivity over negativity. Infect one person with your positivity. Start a dominoe effect!

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine. (Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

 

 

The Power is yours… Quote No.89 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Quote No.89

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In times of change, self-doubt can creep up on us.  What was normal has vanished and we are learning to adjust to a new and different way of life.  Be patient and encourage yourself.  “Know that you are good enough.  Each of us is.”

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine. Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

 

The Power is yours… Quote No.90 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

 

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“Be brave. Take a risk. Volunteer. Help others.”

Anne’s words definitely resonate during this pandemic.

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine. (If you would like your own copy of Anne’s book send your enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

 

The Power is yours… Quote No.91 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Welcome!

To check out the backstory The Power is yours… Quote No.99 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Others”

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Did you have to adjust your phone or other technology in order to read this quote?

Did that throw you off momentarily?

I’m deliberately trying to pull you into the moment. I’m hoping to take you out of the trance of daily life.  Out of autopilot.

A few weeks ago we spent a lot of time in autopilot, thinking of everything we had to do.

Today we have an opportunity to stay with those tomatoes…

because we have been given the gift of time!

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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(Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine – Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

 

 

The Power is yours… Quote No.92 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Thank you for your visit today.  If you’d like the backstory The Power is yours… Quote No.99 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Others”

 

Quote No.92

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More now than ever, as personal worlds shrink, “Connect into the world around you.”  Reach out in simple ways, a text, a phone call or a little note or card by post.  It will be a source of encouragement to others and to you!

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

 

 

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The Power is yours… Quote No.93 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Come join us. It looks like we could be here for a while. For the backstory The Power is yours… Quote No.99 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Others”

Quote No.93

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Encourage Yourself Encourage Others by Anne Devine – (Enquiries to info.devinepublishing@gmail.com)

 

Make a “Lockdown To Do List” of things you’ve been curious about for ages but haven’t had the opportunity to get round to.  Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t!  Connect with others.  Join a new online course, there are hundreds of free courses.  Better still share what you’ve been doing during this shared lockdown time!

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

 

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The Power is yours… Quote No.94 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Other”

Come join us, we could be here for a while by the looks of it!  For the backstory The Power is yours… Quote No.99 “Encourage Yourself Encourage Others”

Quote No.94

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Encourage Yourself Encourage Others Anne Devine. Enquiries info.devinepublishing@gmail.com

 

Anybody can act out like a child but real power lies in staying calm.  Model this ability to others!

What do you do to avoid acting out?  Please share any helpful tips you have, it might make a big difference to someone else’s day.

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

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Bullying & Beyond…Loneliness

 

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Time and the right conditions not only preserve but bring about something of beauty – Marie Clancy.

 

In my previous post I wrote about the importance of self-care, you might like to read it 4.Self-care x 10! When you or your children are struggling to cope with bullying it is very important to continue to practice self-care during and after the event.   Being bullied can cause strong feelings of loneliness which come from the isolation of bullying. Bullying thrives on isolation and fear. Lack of access to information, lack of support and worse still lack of knowing which way to turn or who to ask for help all serve to enhance the isolation and loneliness you feel!

The loneliness was something I found hardest to cope with as I struggled to find answers and effective support.

But there is help out there.  Don’t allow yourself to be rendered voiceless.

I want YOU to know that I am here for YOU and YOU are not alone…reach out, share your concerns and talk about the bullying you or your child are experiencing.

What has been your experience of the loneliness of bullying?  How would you describe the loneliness of bullying?  How did you overcome it?

Le grà,

Mindfully Marie xx

 

 

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