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29/11/2008

Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle/Motivational blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces: Life Tips / Advice, Affirmations/Wellness, Women’s Lives, Food, Travel, Interviews, Inspirational posts, Reviews, Peace, AND Social Media ruminations on people, places, and events that shape our lives. I invite you to stay awhile, read some posts, and share your thoughts with this growing online blog community.

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Something I know for sure is that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected; I know that sincere, positive, and empowering messages are far more appealing than incendiary angling for blog attention. If your blogosphere surfing brings you here, relax, kick back, and share a positive tidbit on your worldview.

So, How should we handle the global economic shift? How do we stay mirthful and motivated?
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Motivation Mondays: GRACE

27/07/2015

“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

Motivation Mondays: GRACE - We can see it in everything around us

Motivation Mondays: GRACE – We can see it in everything around us

Receiving with grace is beautiful. It allows an opportunity to someone who wants to give, and it blesses both the giver and receiver, and in some small way it beautifies the world. Alan Lewis
Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good. Petrarch

What does GRACE mean to you? In Greek mythology, the three graces (charities) were known as Aglaea (“Splendor”), Euphrosyne (“Mirth”), and Thalia (“Good Cheer”) and some scholars argued that there were others that spoke to the qualities of festivity and joy: Antheia (“Blossoms”), Eudaimonia (“Happiness”), Paidia (“Play”), Pandaisia (“Banquet”), Pannychis (“Night Festivities”). What we do know of GRACE – and its many definitions of giving/receiving blessings, beauty, and good cheer is that we all need it in our lives. Grace, like gratitude, multiplies as we spread goodwill to others. When we are motivated to perform actions with the intention to help others, the grace that comes with it spreads like a sweet, fragrant flower showering all in its path with good fortune.

A great master teacher I studied with, years back,  once said that we should always seek grace in all we do; God’s grace and people’s grace. Every day we get up and go to work, take care of loved ones, and perform our tasks, there is grace that comes with our actions. It is like the wheel of life that spins daily, spreading everything we add to it; good and bad. We must make sure that our actions are beneficial to others and not just for our gratification because grace lives in our actions. Every moment or exchange we have with others can include a measure of grace; the generosity we show strangers, the goodwill that comes from people we know and those we don’t, the food we share and eat and, even, every life affirming breath we take … all come from grace. Be mindful of your daily actions.

A Story: The Village Weaver
Eons ago, in a small village there lived a weaver who was a pious man. Everyone trusted and loved him because he sold his goods in the marketplace at a fair price. When a customer inquired about the price of a piece of cloth, the weaver would give them an honest answer: “By the will of the Creator, the price is $1, the labor is 25 cents and my profit is 25 cents.” The villagers had great faith in his honesty and were happy to pay him whatever he asked. In the evenings, when he returned to his hut in the quiet of the banyan trees, he sat for long hour singing, weaving and in deep contemplation. He was a simple decent man who gave to others with a cheerful spirit.
One night, a band of robbers passed by his home, and seeing him sitting and singing away on his porch, they caught hold of him and made him carry their stolen goods. Suddenly, the police arrived and the robbers ran off abandoning their stolen goods and the poor weaver. The police seized the weaver and the goods and threw him in jail.
The next day, the weaver was hauled into court and put on trial for theft. When the villagers walked in to sign up as jurors, they recognized the hard-working, honest weaver and were alarmed. Several of them went up to the judge and said: “Your Honor, this man could never have committed the robbery. He is an innocent man caught in terrible mistake.” With so many villagers coming forward in his defense, the Judge decided to ask the weaver what happened and why he ended up in jail. He repeated the story we all now know… that he was seized by the thieves and forced to carry their stolen goods. The Judge soon realized that the weaver was innocent and let him go… As we give, so we receive. We need People’s grace in our lives too. Story adapted from Matruvani

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” John Updike

Motivation Mondays: GRACE - Three Graces, Saying Grace, Grace flower and graceful bloom.

Motivation Mondays: GRACE – Three Graces, Saying Grace, Grace flower and graceful bloom.

Sometimes we may ask for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy goals. David A. Bednar

Why is GRACE vital to each of us? Just like the rain falls on earth and nourishes all forms of life; watering our farms, filling our streams and providing us with sustenance, we need to recognize that grace falls on everything around us. We must be receptive to receive it and eager to share it.  When we become cognizant of the presence of grace in all forms of life, we are more mindful of how we treat each other and how we use our natural resources. When grace visits the landscape of our hearts, we experience a sense of gratitude. We might not always be conscious of the things that bring grace into our lives, but, as we become attentive to our surroundings and grateful for all in it, we will be more apt to share our gratitude by comforting and helping others.

In the poem below, Forrest  reminisces about the grace-filled times he spent with his mother when she was alive and expresses gratitude for her life. I believe that as we become more grateful for all that happens in our lives, we become open to receiving and enjoying more abundant grace. The Water Bearer story is a classic lesson in learning to see the grace in things that might seem of little use. If we see every encounter with others as an opportunity for grace, we will see the flowers of good fortune blooming around us … even in the littlest things. Try it!

Grace by Forrest Hamer via Famouspoetsandpoems
This air is flooded with her. I am a boy again, and my mother
and I lie on wet grass, laughing. She startles, turns to
marigolds at my side, saying beautiful, and I can see the red
there is in them.
When she would fall into her thoughts, we’d look for what
distracted her from us.
My mother’s gone again as suddenly as ever and, seven months
after the funeral, I go dancing. I am becoming grateful.
Breathing, thinking, marigolds.

A Story: Grace and The Water Bearer
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.
The water bearer’s heart went out to the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt sad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.
The water bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.” This & Stories below via: GoodWeb

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for July and August are:
07/06 – FREEDOM
07/13 – WORRY
07/20 – WEALTH
07/27 – GRACE

08/03 – TIME
08/10 – CONTROL
08/17 – PURPOSE
08/24 – FAILURE
08/31 – HOPE

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Musings: What’s On Your List?

26/07/2015

Eliz@MirthandMotivation:

“Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.” Brian Wilson

 

Musings: What's On Your Summer To-do List? Rest and Relaxation...

Musings: What’s On Your Summer To-do List? Read the post for Rest and Relaxation.

 

What’s On Your List For Summer?
Read the rest of the post for Rest and Relaxation … Below is a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson on Summer Sun
Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson
Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy’s inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes. Via FamousPoetsandPoems.com

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All photos in Summer collage: Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Summer Field, Asher Brown Durand, Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Larsson, are via Wikipedia

Originally posted on Mirth and Motivation:

“I believe that all humans have moments of inspiration when we perceive truth. These moments usually occur when the mind is quiet–when we perceive the force of life through our feelings.”  don Miguel Ruiz

Musings: What’s On Your List? Your heart’s list?

Seth Godin is one of my favorite marketing geniuses and an accomplished writer/blogger. Whenever I need to remind myself why certain things I choose to do matter, I go back to his writings and his blog for fuel. You see, Seth is not an advocate of the herd/bandwagon effect, he is more for finding our voice, following what matters to our hearts and damn the consequences. Now, I don’t mean that in a nonchalant way;  as we continue to follow our hearts, what we do feels solid inside of us so no matter which way the winds blow, and we remain steady on our course. We might stumble…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE UP

24/07/2015

“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.” Chuck Palahniuk

Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE UP - A macro shot favorite combo of mine. Dragonfly and Bees on flowering plants

Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE UP – A macro shot favorite combo of mine. Dragonfly and Bees on flowering plants

Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE UP - A macro shot fav of mine. Bees on a sunflower that isn't fully open.

Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE UP – A macro shot favorite of mine. Bees on a sunflower that isn’t fully open.

Every shot is unique, even if it’s just a close-up, an insert of your hand. You’ve got to work with the guy behind the lens to get it right, focus in. Those are critical little nothing things, but you’ve got to work with the people who are trying to put it down, in order to get it. Robert Forster

Tempus fujit! I just spent all day taking care of some matters and found out about the challenge a few minutes ago. You might have seen my shots before but I love them and for an up close shot of the details we see mainly with a focused lens, I hope these fit the bill for you.

“A close-up on screen can say all a song can.” Stephen Sondheim

Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE UP - A macro shot favorite of mine. squirrel eating a nut

Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE UP – A macro shot favorite of mine. squirrel eating a nut

Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE UP - A macro shot favorite of mine. squirrel eating a nut and  a water lily

Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE UP – A macro shot favorite of mine. squirrel eating a nut and a water-lily

I don’t like, and I’ve never been very good at, close-up shots. As soon as you have the camera right there in front of you, it feels like you’re in a different reality from the person you are acting with; you lose any real connection with them. Eve Best

The squirrel was determined to eat that nut and stared right back at me. Thank you for checking and I’ll find a few more to add to the mix later. Have a great weekend!

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