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.
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.”
And in the middle of all this beauty and relaxation I’m taking one minute to be really grateful and mindful of this beautiful weather. It has been a long winter and a sunny day lifts everybody’s spirit! It’s heart-warming to hear conversations and laughter blowing on the breeze and to see families spending time together, outdoors, soaking up the sun, building sand castles and swimming or surfing in the sea. It also brings back many fond memories of holidays spent on the beach with our two children when they were young.
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!
You told me you were a cleaner in Ardkeen hospital. One of many parts of your life that you revealed. Your husband was a security man. I knew him and he looked tired and sad. Then you told me about how Ardkeen hospital could be so, so busy. Ambulances coming and going. Blue lights spinning […]
Something struck me in the past week and I just have to put pen to paper as I consider its implications…It came to mind because Ireland has had a substantial snowfall for the first time in years. We were alerted to the upcoming ‘Storm Emma’ thanks to the excellent work of Met Eireann and their Status Red weather alert.
People were advised to stay indoors and we found ourselves snowed in for a few days.
On the 1st of March, the first day of the snow, a radio station played Christmas songs all day long and we sang along. We had a full Christmas dinner – my first Christmas dinner in March! We sat and talked. We went for a country walk. We played Scrabble. It was lovely… it was bonus family time… or so I thought!
Since then I have spoken to quite a few people and I have been… well, I’ll admit it… shocked with the response I’ve got.
When I asked how they found/got through the snow days the invariable response was “Oh I had cabin fever” or “I couldn’t wait to get back to work” or “I never realised getting out shopping to the supermarket was such a luxury” or “We ran out of things to talk about.”
I started to question myself! Am I strange in that I enjoyed so much down time? Am I unusual, being content at home spending time with my family?
Has a psychosocial expectation taken us over? Has it become the norm to have to be busy all the time? Is it important to be seen to be rushing about and time strapped? Has consumerism sucked everybody in to the extent that we can’t avoid the shops for more than a day or two? Have we lost the skills of conversation? Have we lost the ability to be still? to just ‘be?’
Please feel free to share your opinions with me, help me broaden my perspective!
(1)Some relationships do not bring any profits, but they do make your life rich. (2) I do not want to reach such heights, that I may not be able to embrace others. (3)Your footsteps are going to imprint the earth, the news has spread through the garden, all the branches are bowing in reverence, […]