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?
Shelley at Quaint Revival nominated me for a blogging award a while back but like I said it takes me a while to get my response together!! Shelley, is relatively new to blogging and has overcome her apprehension of going grey, being over 50 and using technology. She shares gems from everyday life and amazing photos too! You can check out her blog here
Just like in my last post on Blogging Awards I’m again bending the rules and responding but not responding at the same time. It’s was a lovely feeling to be included in Shelley’s 11 nominees and I’d like to thank Shelley for considering me and my blog Create Space as worthy of nomination.
What struck me about this award nomination was the imaginative questions Shelley asked and I felt that after all her effort to create these questions, I should at least answer them!
Questions from Shelley:
1.If you were forced to run out of the house right now and could only grab 2 things, what would you grab?Without hesitation I would grab my husband & children…(not by their hair mind!)…you see, possessions don’t bother me. I’m lucky to live in a comfortable home but I could turn my back on possessions at a minutes notice…family is everything!
2.If you were on the board of WordPress what would your top 2 suggestions of ‘change this now’ be?1. I would give bloggers the opportunity to select the most humorous and fun blogger’s post daily for Discover. 2. I would ensure that the Discover team interact with bloggers in the comment section, encouraging discussion and facilitating learning.
3.What was happening the moment you last laughed until you cried?Myself and my husband were in a novelty photo booth at my cousin’s wedding, posing for crazy photos!
4.Imagine that you’ve been asked to give a speech about your life story, you don’t know who is in the crowd, you’re standing at the podium waiting for the curtains to open, they open up and you look out at the audience and see the perfect crowd – what age group would they be and why? 1-9 year-olds; 10-17-year-olds; 18-30-year-olds; 31-60-year-olds; 61-100-year-olds.My perfect audience would be the 18-30 age group mainly because I wish somebody had told me at that age a few of the things that I know now! How much easier life would have been!
5.If you couldn’t write blogs, what would you choose to do to express your creativity?I’d bake homemade tasty treats and I’d hold tea and talk sessions all around the world!
6.If you could bottle up your favorite moment forever, what moment would it be?Every morning when I awake my fibro/fatigue’s negative thinking says “Oh no…I have to get up and I have to do this, that and the other… and I can’t possibly function”… but my favourite moment is when my hard-earned and still learning POSITIVE THINKING overrides it saying “No! I don’t have to do…I’m blessed and privilleged that I GET TO DO…” and because I’m so blessed to have so many other favourite moments everyday, if i was to bottle all of those I’d need a brewery to store enough bottles!
7.If you were given the opportunity to meet the creator of a techno-device that you used to use, (one that now has been replaced with a new and improved version), what creator and device would it be?It would have to be the creator of the tape recorder and tape cassettes as they played a huge part in my teenage memories and my use and love of music to enhance my rural teenage life!
8.Do you learn more from regrets or opportunities?I’m a fan of gratitude and living in the moment…so regrets are not something I often have and I believe we make our own opportunities!
9.What are your top 2 tips for a person thinking about starting a blog? Firstly I’d say, don’t think about it…just do it today, if you wait until the perfect time…you’ll be waiting! Secondly make sure you are enjoying whatever you post about and also enjoy and learn from other bloggers’ posts.
10.Are you at a point in your blogging life that you’ve found your voice?I think my voice is perfectly good for who I am today and I feel it is more than what it was a year ago and I know without doubt that my voice will have changed and flourished even more by this time next year!
11.Stand in the middle of the room you’re in right now, close your eyes, spin around 3 times. Steady yourself, open your eyes, describe the first item you see in 6 words (only 6 words)! The first thing I see is… family…….and that’s easy to describe…it is love, welcome, kindness, laughter, support and possibility!
If any of Shelley’s questions resonate with you please let me know! I would love to hear from you.
I was recently nominated for a blogger award by the fun loving Shelley at Quaint Revival Here and just a day or two ago I was nominated for another blogger award by the warm and wonderful Darren at Arty Plantsman. Here
Now I’m not sure if it’s part of my fibromyalgia/fatigue that causes me to struggle and become overwhelmed by the list of rules and the mountain of work involved in a blogger award or if it’s something that is the case for more of you bloggers? So while I want to acknowledge the nominations even though I’m breaking the rules a little by responding yet not responding to these blogger awards; what really mattered to me was how Darren at Arty Plantsman introduced my blog and the reason why he nominated me…
Basically his words mattered to me and I’d like to share them…”Marie from Create Space has shown a great deal of insight and understanding of my journey and is always such a lovely and supportive friend. We are close to each other in age and share much of our outlook. Marie quite recently took a leap of faith and changed careers, becoming an adult education teacher. Many of the things she writes speak volumes to me about what a great teacher she must be. Her warmth, intelligence and understanding shine out.”
… Now if you told me over a year ago that by becoming a blogger I would gain new insights not only about myself but also about the lives of so many other bloggers and that my life could be enhanced in so many ways…I’d never have believed it!! But now I know that… blogging changes lives!
So thank you Darren, for being unique, creative and sincere! Thanks for being someone who has overcome difficulties and now is not afraid to take on new challenges and give old challenges a second go; read about Darren and resilience at its best here
He shares his talents and insights alike, with an infectious sense of humour!
The ‘Growing Self Blogger Award’ is the brainchild of Roda at ‘Growing Self’. Roda is a connector and her blog is filled with amazing photos, critters, flowers, colours and warm words which encourage self kindness, growth and personal development! Check out her positive and engaging blog Growing Self Here
And here are a few great blogs you might like to check out:
Susanbriscoe at The Death Project…Susan and Roy are powerful, they celebrate life…facing death positively and fearlessly! Here
Brenda at Brenda’s Thoughts…celebrates humanity. In her words “I’ve seen the very worst of humanity, but I have also seen beauty.” She really engages with her followers and her comments are like finding a sister you didn’t know about up until now! Here
Alyssa at Fight Ms Daily…celebrates life with the challenges of MS…she is a reminder that no matter how difficult a day is there is always a ray of hope and her kind and affirming words to be found! Here
T.S. at CrazyWriterof6…celebrates challenge…proof that moving forward with resilience is possible! Here
And finally thanks to all of you for blogging and sharing…keep writing…keep inspiring!
Ps. I received a likes notification… Out of curiosity can anyone tell me why 1337 likes is a figure that should be celebrated? I got and expected a 1,000 likes notification… but why such a random figure?
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