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Shur you have Spain at home!

When I was young and in a moaning mood (which was very rare!), my Nana would look gently at me and say “whist, don’t be complaining, shur you have Spain at home!”

 

Of course I wouldn’t be impressed as I knew that my self-pity was not going to be entertained!  But as I grew up, I knew Nana meant count your blessings, be grateful for what you have and appreciate every bit of it!  And she was so right!  I’m so thankful to have had the benefit of her shared wisdom by growing up in a three generational home.

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You can’t beat a blue sky!

 

I’m feeling very privileged to be enjoying a week in Spain, soaking up the splendid sunshine, (which can be sporadic in Ireland), getting time for the simple pleasures and realising that during the other 51 weeks of the year “shur I have Spain at home.”

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It’s all about the simple things!

 

 

 

“Shur what’s your Spain at home?”

Much love,

Marie xx

Keep trying… Disconnect…reconnect Sunday.

I find it hard to believe that it’s been three months since I published this post,

Disconnect…reconnect Sunday

In that post I tried to set myself a goal of taking time away from technology on Sundays.  I have to admit that it hasn’t been easy!  I’ve had some successful Sundays and some not so successful ones!  But that’s ok because in my world, it’s about the sustained effort, not the outcome.  I keep trying and that’s the main thing!

I’m popping my phone aside again today and I’m going to make rhubarb and apple tart for my extended family.

Then I’m off to The Clancy Festival, read a little about it here https://clancybrothersfestival.com/

I’m going to connect face to face, in real-time, with like-minded writers and artists in

Art with Voices, check it out here,
https://clancybrothersfestivalarttrail.wordpress.com/installations/art-with-voices/

Don’t worry, I’ll fill you in…

Ps…the tarts are made (vegan & non-vegan).

Much love,

Marie xx

Premature…(pre)..mature!

via Daily Prompt: Premature

27 weeks and 5 days was as long as he could contain himself…he was in a hurry and he wasn’t waiting around!  I hardly got to experience being pregnant, very different to my previous pregnancy which reached term plus one week.  Our tiny, unexpected early arrival weighed in at a see-through 2lb 9oz and spent two months in neonatal care.  He was let home to us at 4lbs weight, a few days before Christmas; the best Christmas present ever!  I slept on a mattress on our kitchen floor for months to ensure his little body was kept sufficiently warm, feeding him every two hours.

But he decided early on that premature was not going to be a word in his vocabulary.  He soon caught up with children of his age and cast off the ‘pre’ revealing a ‘mature’ character, deeply sensitive to the pain of others.  He went out of his way to include shy or excluded children into his circle of friends.  He owned up to things he didn’t do in school, taking the blame to save his class suffering the consequences because the guilty child hadn’t the guts to own up. This strength of character was something to envy and soon meant he was a target for bullies.

He has struggled through a deeply challenging teenage stage and a school system that all but failed him but we weathered the journey as a family unit and now know that the best learning comes from the greatest challenges! He has a mature outlook on life way beyond his years.  He is warm and kind, he cares for the environment and animal welfare.  He reads Echart Tolle and Thich Nhat Hanh.

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He faces exams shortly which have the power, in one fell swoop to decide his immediate future but I know beyond doubt that he is more than the outcome of any exam.

He has an innate character that many mature adults never achieve and which I know will help him fulfill his purpose in life!

Thank you for reading and if your son or daughter has struggled because of bullying, please share your experiences with me in the comments below.

Much love,

Marie xx

Real People!

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When we affirm someone…we celebrate them and today I affirm the staff of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. I want to celebrate the staff and their realness!

Today I travelled with my 71 year old mother to her routine three monthly kidney transplant patient clinic. Mum has been attending hospital in Dublin, 170 km from home for 43 years now.

Thanks to the selfless decision and action of a donor’s family, my mum has been in my life 17 years longer (depending on your unique belief system), than God/the Universe or fate meant her to be.

Today was no different than any other visit;
We encountered people… real people at every stage of her appointment!

We met people… people who put their lives on hold to support the lives of others;

We met the pleasant clinic receptionist who used mum’s first name,

We met the blood clinic nursing staff who know the importance of being gentle,

Mum met the nurse who made small talk and laughed with her as she ran the routine pre-clinic checks,

We met the smiling young Junior Doctor, up since 6.30am who tells us she rarely has breakfast because an extra half hour in bed is more enticing and what I saw was a lovely young doctor who was just herself and it is so refreshing!

We met the Registrar or Senior Doctor, who patiently checked the work of the lovely young Junior Doctor and informed us of the next recommended steps while she acknowledged mum’s long connection to the clinic and wished her continued health.

These are all people worth celebrating. People who celebrate the lives of other people and who themselves deserve to be affirmed!

Who have you affirmed lately?  Who do you celebrate?  Or who will you celebrate today?

Much love,

Marie xx

 

 

Twelve days of Quotes…One…Smiling!

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about” (Marilyn Monroe)

Only 12 days to Christmas, can we create a dozen waves of blogging positivity?

Can we start with a smile? Share a smile…pass it on!

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Much love,

Marie.

Guest Post…”Who am I today?” The Superpower that is a Writer’s Voice!

Today I am really proud and excited to have the opportunity to share a beautiful piece of writing by one of my students, Liam Cleere.

Liam returned to learning a few years ago having struggled with literacy difficulties for many years. However, within a very short space of time he moved from a place where he struggled to write two sentences to realising that he loved to write!

Liam has now written numerous pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and has pieces published in Tipperary ETB’s (Education and Training Board) Adult Learning Scheme Annual for a number of years and last year in NALA’s (National Adult Literacy Association) Magazine, Literacy Matters, which is distributed throughout Ireland.

Liam also wrote a poem for The Clancy Brothers Festival “If these chairs could talk’ project, held in June and he also agreed to read his poem to a gathering in Carrick-on-Suir Library for Culture Night.

Liam is eager to encourage anyone who has difficulty reading or writing to reach out and join adult literacy classes.  With this in mind he was an Ambassador for Literacy, speaking at NALA’s Student Day; which gives students the opportunity to meet other students with similar concerns, helps students build their confidence, self-esteem and realise the value of their unique voice.

All these new challenges demonstrate Liam’s determination to overcome obstacles in his life, further his new-found love of writing and enhance his personal development.

Liam’s non-fiction piece, “Who am I Today?” which speaks for itself…

In it Liam reminds us of two important things;

that…”as an adult, dreams can come through with a bit of luck, work and imagination

And…”Sometimes us adults need to forget about everything and just play and have fun”. 

 

Who am I today?

There was an awful row, well it was more of a battle in our house the other morning. The fighting and violence was terrible. And where was I you might ask, and what was I doing? Well, I was in the middle of it, and what I was doing?  I was having fun!  I’m Superman you see!

Not the real Superman of course, I can’t fly but on that morning I was!  No, I’m not going crazy or popped too many Happy Pills. I was saving the house from The Joker and Harley Quinn and a load of other bad guys, with my daughter Caitlin, who was Wonder Woman, complete with mask and cape and Sierra the Wonder dog. We were playing out one of Caitlin’s games and I had the best time. We both did!

Imagination, there’s a lot to be said for it and Caitlin has a powerful one. We have always encouraged her in her imagination and I play with her often.

In the days before the battle between good and evil I had been Batman and Fred from Scooby Do and in Caitlin’s words, I was a baldy Fred! To me it doesn’t matter what we play as long as we have fun and enjoy it. I have been everything from a Princess to a Pony in Caitlin’s games. I’ve had my nails done and even been treated to a makeup session (didn’t look half bad if I say so myself) and I loved every minute of it! I believe that once a child has a good imagination they can be anything they want, and as an adult, dreams can come through with a bit of luck, work and imagination. All the toys in the world, or computer games, phones, tabs or whatever can’t match the powerful mind of a child. It’s fun to watch and even better to be asked to play.

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Sometimes us adults need to forget about everything and just play and have fun! Does me the world of good and who cares if I look silly, Caitlin certainly doesn’t and neither do I. Who will I be tomorrow?  I can’t wait to find out!

Ps    In case you’re wondering who won the battle? Wonder Woman and Superman of course. It was very close until Wonder Woman zapped them with her electric power and saved us all!

Liam Ceere

 

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!

Would you agree Liam has come a long way from struggling to write two sentences?

Would you send him any words of encouragement?  I’d love to hear what you think and I will happily pass them on to Liam!

Much love,

Marie xx

 

 

Probably the best Christmas present to give yourself!

To All Nursing Students, including my own: If I were to assign any homework this weekend it would be to take a break. 10 minutes at a time. 5 times a day. Because you have all worked exceptionally hard the past two weeks. And a good rest is half the work. Although things may not […]

via Work hard. Rest. Repeat. — Thriving Under Pressure

I JUST HAD TO SHARE THIS GREAT ADVICE from Dr.D for all paths in life, step back, pause, recoup and learn to CREATE the balance as “Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create”. Otherwise we will never find it, be given it, buy it or borrow it!

What will you do today to CREATE balance in your Saturday?

A Turning Point…

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Tonight as I sit in the quietness and comfort of our dimly lit livingroom I’m reminded of the amazing TED Talk by Louis Schwartzberg ‘Gratitude’.  That inspiring 10 minute video of time-lapse photography played an important part many years ago, in my new found focus on positivity and gratitude. It was a turning point…

I hope this link works for you, if not a quick search will find it for you. I hope you love it as much as I did and I hope it inspires you!

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.
http://go.ted.com/GjSnZw

Much love,

Marie x

 

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