Thank you for reading my ramblings.
If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?” Steven Levine
I read the above in Chicken Soup for the Soul and just thought it was a good one to share at this festive time of the year. Say something to someone special today.
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The voice in my head has been taking up a lot of air play of late, and she’s not very encouraging. I have to make a choice:
1) Do I stop listening, or
2) Do I give her new words to say?
Any ideas on how I can re-focus? How do you practically pull yourself away from negative thinking or replaying your mishaps?
I need some inspiration today. I’m having one of those days.
What quotes do you often draw inspiration from?
I was begining to think that maybe, it’s quite possible to have a dream that is too big. My brain had stopped running, no idea was coming and I did for a second there think I was sinking and my work was going down as well.
Then I saw this video. Pia Toscano on Positively Positive.
Now I think maybe a dream is only too big when you stop working at it and give audience to the distractions. People that we might think have failed because they didn’t win the show, or didn’t even make it to the last stage of a competition; guess what, they are actually pursuing and living their dream.
So now I’m pushing forward. I’m stopping only to analyse the situation, come up with another plan of attack, and resume.
Do you ever find yourself leaving your dream at the face of an obstacle? How can you we react differently to challenges?
Happy birthday mumz. Wish I was there – enjoying warm weather with you. 🙂
This post was going to be of the Band Aid song Do they Know it’s Christmas Time At All? But for some reason, I find the lyrics to that song a bit upsetting, mostly because coming from a desert African country that has never experienced snow in my lifetime (I don’t think); my earliest and best memories were of Christmas.
Early Christmas times were when:
1. Family members came together again. The aunt and uncle you haven’t seen in months won’t miss Christmas.
2. No matter how poor you were the rest of the year, at Christmas time the meal was always a little special. Memories of those Christmas day meals would carry you through more than half the next year.
3. Troubles or not, everyone has their happy face on (except maybe the person who hasn’t been playing nice and has been asked to excuse himself)
4. And parents try to get you a “new” outfit – brand new with tags (as they say on eBay) or new simply because you’ve never won it.
And so many more reasons. So yes, I knew it was Christmas time.
What early memories do you associate with Christmas?
The above words remind of Galatians 6:9.
This year I’ve decided to minimize the pressure of Christmas present hunting. I told my 5-year-old that she was to select 2 toys that she no longer plays with to give as presents to someone else. Win – win, I don’t have to spend more money than I can, and someone else is more blessed this Christmas.
This was last night, early this morning she showed me the two stuffed toys she wants to give away. The teddy elephant is in mint condition but Winnie the Pooh’s nose had a run in with a pair of scissors, so he won’t be going anywhere. When she told her father about ‘her’ plan, he was visibly impressed! 🙂
So now that I’m being out done by a 5-year-old, I’ll be looking for 2 items worth passing along too. I’m already thinking that one of them might be a bottle of perfume.
What win – win activity can you do this Christmas with your family? I welcome more ideas in the comments below.