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A Mentor comes in many guises…

via Daily Prompt: Mentor

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Killarney National Park…a peaceful place to reflect on your mentoring skills.

 

A mentor is someone who educates or offers support and advice and is usually an older person.

Something special happens when you find a good mentor – they don’t just spot your errors and failings and tell you how to improve…

No, a good mentor knows that your thoughts, behaviour, work, class exercise or assignment is your best effort at this moment in time.  But they know how to build upon those foundations and help you reach your full potential.

A good mentor has a generous spirit and they enjoy pointing out all the things you are doing right. Their aim is to help you acknowledge your strengths and learn to believe in yourself. They know that along the way you just forgot how to trust in yourself.

When the time is right an experienced mentor knows it’s time to step back.  They don’t want you to become dependent on their support.  They don’t need your dependency to buffer their self-esteem… No, the very opposite is the case, they enjoy letting you take the driving seat.  They know their job is done!  They believe in your ability and can see you are ready to step confidently outside your comfort zone and achieve your full potential!

Isn’t parenting, being an employee or a colleague, being a sister, being a cousin, being a friend…being alive and just living your day, just amazing…Isn’t it the best mentor and look at what it can teach you!

Much love,

Marie xx

P.s. Thanks for taking time out to stop in to visit. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Sing your ‘Song’!

via Daily Prompt: Song

I’m always amazed by the talent and creativity of song writers.  They have the ability to lift our spirits and transport us to the most amazing and far away places without leaving the confines of our kitchen or car.  Their lyrics tell inspiring stories that teach us a wide variety of lessons.

Bloggers also have the power to lift others with their words.  When we write from our hearts we can say something that speaks to others.  It can resonate with what somebody is experiencing at that very moment.  When we take a few moments to comment on someone’s blog, to compliment a wonderful post or share words of encouragement we can have a positive impact on somebody else’s life. I believe we can provide the motivation somebody needed just at that very moment. Maybe it can be the song their heart needed to hear!

I know one thing for sure, your comments and feedback often makes my heart sing… such as,

“That’s an amazing story! Inspiring!”

…thank you Proftombot

@ https://broadspectrum.life

Or

“You know what I think Marie? I am glad you are in the club, because not only can you share what you love, but you embody love and kindness, which might pass to one person. Hugs my friend.”

…thank you Donna @ https://windkisses.com

Or

Marie, I love how you write “My illness does not define me as a person.” So powerful. And empowering! The way you share your challenges, gives me perspective about my own. You are teaching us all. And for that, I will always be grateful. (This is who you are! A teacher. A writer. A muse.) Andrea xo

…thank you Dr.Andrea Dinardo, Thriving Under Pressure

@ https://drandreadinardo.com

Or

I’ve also found that blogging has boosted my confidence in my writing ability, and connected me to other terrific writers! Thanks for this post, I think it spoke to many of us!

..thank you Ann Coleman

@ muddlingthroughmymiddleage.com

And to all of you who take time to read, like and share encouraging comments…thank you!

And above all continue to sing your song among the blogging community and beyond!

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Much love,

Marie xx

Daily Prompt: Be a Luminary!

via Daily Prompt: Luminescent

Be a luminary to all those around you!

Your words are unique, they are luminescent!

 

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Nobody else can light up their meaning in the exact way that you can!

Much love,

Marie xx

 

 

‘The best gifts we have to give…’

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A life changing book.

 

I now know what I did not know back then, back in the summer of 2016, when I first tentatively decided to put my thoughts and words out there by creating a blog; I now know that I was looking for something more in my life, I was searching for a sense of purpose, I was unfulfilled and lonely.

Starting my blog, Create Space, has made a difference to my life.  Being part of our online community, reading other blogs and sharing some of my writing whether from the daily prompt or other random ideas has helped me to find my voice; a voice that I now know was silenced because of the bullying endured by both our children.  Blogging has helped rebuild my confidence while also building my writing practice.  It has helped me realise, thanks to all the bloggers I’ve connected with in the comments section, that all of us have so much to offer each other!

Over the next few posts I would like to share quotes and writing tips from one of the most influential and informative books on writing that I have read, that book is…

 ‘Writing Alone and with others.’

Pat Schneider says,

‘We are all connected to one another and to the mystery at the heart of the universe through our strange and marvelous ability to create words.  When we write, we create, and when we offer our creation to one another, we close the wounds of loneliness and may participate in healing the broken world.  Our words, our truth, our imagining, our dreaming, may be the best gifts we have to give.’

If you are looking for something more in your life, searching for a sense of purpose, feeling unfulfilled and lonely then reach out, blog, share the best gifts you have to give and connect with others!

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Pg. Xvii, Pat Schneider said…’If I were this book’s reader, I would write in the margins, underline what I liked, and argue with the author where I disagree. I’d mark favourite exercises with a star, so I could find them again…’ Well I guess I did exactly as Pat suggested to my well read book!

Much love,

Marie xx

 

 

 

 

 

For the long haul…

via Daily Prompt: Haul

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For almost 19 years I have had to haul fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue around with me.  Some days you haul yourself out of bed and the whole day is like hauling yourself up a mountainside.  Other days it’s like trying to see through the dense fog that covers that mountainside and it makes your brain function feel like it’s caught in a time-lapse photography project.

But stay positive because there is a plus side! There is a valuable haul of learning that comes from an invisible illness…  Never again will you make the assumption when you look at someone that their live is perfect because you know how it feels to be told how great you look despite barely holding it together in either or both body and mind.  Similarly when somebody tells you their struggles, you will be well placed to really empathise because you know what it is to struggle.  Or when someone tells you they are their own worst enemy or that they struggle to accept their illness, you will be well equipt to understand and having learnt some tips and tricks that eased the journey, you are only too happy to share them if it can ease someone else’s struggle.

So you decide…will it be something you begrudgingly haul with you

Or

Will you treasure your valuable haul and put your learning to good use?

Much love,

Marie xx

 

Disconnect…reconnect Sunday!

Recently I decided to have a technology free day…well, I tried to… disconnect.

I stayed technology free up to 6pm and then my resolve dissolved!!

I’m going to try and disconnect again and I would like to invite you to join me. By taking time away from technology, I would like to create… Disconnect-Reconnect Sunday

I would like to remove the noise. Remove the distractions…

creating space to connect; with self, with family, with now, with presence, with real-time, with creativity, with nature.

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The beautiful Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare, Co.Limerick, Ireland. A perfect place to experience Disconnect-reconnect Sunday. https://www.tripadvisor.ie/Attraction_Review-g211880-d8383518-Reviews-Holy_Trinity_Abbey_Church-Adare_County_Limerick.html

I would like to be ‘consciousness-unconditioned, formless, eternal.’ (Eckhart Tolle).

Well, are you up to the challenge?  What might the benefit be?

Much love,

Marie xx

Sampling…

Our daughter is called Emma and I have learned a lot from being a parent to her and her brother.  Likewise the recent Storm ‘Emma’ which saw us trapped; although thankfully forewarned by MET Eireann, in our home for three days has also taught me a lot.  It thought me how time is relative.  It taught me that if I slow down, time slows down.  It taught me how to Savor time…let me try to explain.

How often do you stop when you are cooking and savor the dish you are preparing? If you are anything like me, you probably stop at each stage of the cooking process. You wonder if the dish is good enough. You take time to sample it and you consider the taste. You ask yourself is it tasty enough? You wonder can you enhance its flavour a little more?

Similarly I believe, if we pause at any given moment in our day and apply the same strategy we can sample and really taste the beauty of that moment! Better still we have the power within us, to enhance the beauty of our moment, our lunch time, our day.

Create space in your life and make this moment ‘your’ moment. Pause and sample this moment in time. Let everything else wait…. just breathe… just be… listen to everything and everyone around you. Be still… be aware of yourself; breathing, sensing, existing, thriving in this very moment. Notice time slowing down; pausing with you.

Stay with the moment and watch yourself living in ‘your’ moment, as if you were a kindly friend looking on, observing. Acknowledge with gratefulness your presence in ‘your’ moment. Appreciate your place in the beauty of ‘your’ moment…savor its stillness. Promise to visit and sample ‘your’ moment again soon… it will get easier… now with renewed spirit and a sense of childlike wonder return to the job in hand!

What will you sample today? What moment will you call ‘your’ moment?

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I noticed this little egg arrived with two little dots or bumps attached to its shell…to me they looked like ‘eyes’… I paused to Savor the possibilities…

I would love to hear your experience!

Much love,

Marie

Life gets messy…

via Daily Prompt: Messy

Life gets messy when you don’t say what you mean and mean what you say!

Learn to say ‘No’ when you want to say ‘No’

Learn to say ‘Yes’ with a generous heart!

Much love,

Marie xx

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Ps. When the snow got messy and trapped us in for three days… I had no difficulty saying ‘Yes’ to Emma’s tasty creations!

An Emotional Camera…

Our garden looks so serene covered in a thick blanket of snow; more snow than we have had in years! But it makes me wonder about all that is hidden beneath that blanket; all the life we cannot see!

I’d love to invent an emotional camera that could take a picture and show me how you feel rather than how you look.

I could look beyond the serene face you are presenting to the world and see what you have hidden beneath your blanket.  That way I could really understand how things are for you today!

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Much love,

Marie xx

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