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Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces, life tipsadvice, interviews, social media ruminations and  inspirational posts 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; that sincere and positive 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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Do It Anyway: A Poem And A Prayer…

Do It Anyway: Lovers passionate kiss

Do It Anyway: Lovers passionate kiss

In 1968, Dr. Kent Keith, a young college student leader, wrote a booklet to help other youth leaders. It was titled: The Paradoxical Commandments. Years later, the poem/prayer surfaced as an amended version attributed to Mother Teresa; renamed Do It Anyway. It was inscribed on a wall in her living quarters, and many who passed through stopped to note and cherish the inspiring words.

This version is attributed to Mother Teresa
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
Dr Kent Keith Original author/copyright

People still associate it with her name but the author is Dr. Kent Keith. Below are both versions; first Mother Teresa’s and then the original from Dr Keith. Have you ever come across a creative project attributed to someone else?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

“Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon.” C. Day Lewis

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin' - Can't beat sunrise in Hawaii

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’ – Can’t beat sunrise in Hawaii

What does summer lovin’ mean to me? Summer is about relaxation, fun foods, and lounging about with loved ones at exotic or favored locales. I can’t help it, but summer puts me in the mood for … a vacation.

When I think of summer, I dream of languid days spent at a beautiful tropical beach, with clear blue water, palm trees tossing their fronds in the wind, and freshly squeezed lemonade served in a tall glass filled with ice. Sounds simple enough eh? But that’s not my reality at this moment, so I’ve chosen to inhale some summer loving from this photo shared by my dear friend, Karen Asplund Velez, lawyer, writer/blogger at Solodialogue.

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” Russell Baker

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin' - with blooms and  more.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’ – with blooms and more.

What does summer lovin’ mean to you? I asked a couple of friends and while most agreed with my position, hanging out poolside or beach-side won hands down. Something we tend to take for granted, once the warm weather kicks in, is the vibrancy of summer floral colors and clothing. I love the bright yellow, red, white and pink flowers blooming in gardens and by the roadside in my area.

I love that I can walk on the aqueduct, and be greeted by pretty flowers and gaily dressed kids running along the trail with mom and dad sweating away as they try to keep up. To cool off, a serving of lemonade, ice cream or even freshly cut mangoes and pineapple help complete celebrating the joy of summer. What about you? What do you cherish about the season? What annoys you about it too.

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Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” Rumi

Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day… my light on the fearless path

You might not be here
But I know your spirit’s near
Each tear and smile … caught

Whenever I’m down
Your comforting light appears
Telling me: Be Strong!

Happy Father’s Day
My light on the fearless path
Guiding me each day

Each Father’s Day, I experience my father’s absence differently. Some years, the memories are wistful, and other years they are reflective. However, one thing remains constant and that is my gratitude for his influence on my life. I know we each come to this conversation with different stories, but, my prayer for each of us is that we will use our experience and memories of this precious relationship to make a positive impact on someone’s life. Happy Father’s Day to you and yours.

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Gratitude: Remembering Maya Angelou

” A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Dr. Maya Angelou

Gratitude: Remembering Maya Angelou, RIP

Gratitude: Remembering Maya Angelou, RIP

On May 28, we lost a consummate renaissance woman and an inspiring influence to many of us. In her rich and varied lifetime, Dr. Maya Angelou wore many hats; she was a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, film/television producer, professor, actress, educator, dancer, dramatist/playwright, historian, filmmaker, gourmet chef and civil rights activist. She lived life with gusto and taught me, and I believe many of you, the beauty and power of words. When I heard news of her death, I was numbed into silence. I felt a deep sense of loss as Maya was a cherished mentor to me, albeit from afar; her writings and measured words always filled a creative gap in my spirit.


Letter To My Daughter

Whenever I needed a dose of unfettered truth and a touch of mirth, I would reach for Maya’s books and poetry. When she wrote Letter To My Daughter, and And Still I Rise, I felt her words speaking directly and personally to me. As a foreign student in the USA, her books gave me clear and intimate insights on the soci0-political milieu that formed the fabric of her stories. Her books offered a lens into the daily life and struggles of an African American woman and I soaked up every morsel of information they shared. So you can imagine the pain I’ve felt, and the difficulty I’ve had writing this note of gratitude to Maya Angelou.

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block

“In the end, it all comes to choices to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.”  Amber Frey

Weekly Writing Challenge: LIfe Around the suburban Block. Emma came round to say hello!

Weekly Writing Challenge: LIfe Around The Suburban Block. Emma came round to say hello!

Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block

Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block. Farm life thrives amid verdant meadows

I live in the suburbs. We’ve all heard the jabs and jokes about the sterility and paranoia of suburban life. Some of it is probably true, but all of suburban life isn’t picket fences, mowed lawns and lives of quiet desperation.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block

Weekly Writing Challenge: Life Around The Suburban Block – Local folk enjoy the quiet

I live in the suburbs. We do find ways to connect with each other, albeit briefly. You see, once the kids fly the coop and PTSA volunteer jobs fall to the wayside, unless you choose to stay connected with moms from the school years, life can become deadly quiet… But we do connect on the aqueduct, in town, at the train station, by the Hudson River, when a neighbor’s dog wanders into our yard or when word spreads that someone desperately needs help…

One day, Emma wandered into my yard and I left my home to find her owner. I was concerned. I called the cops. I walked to the end of the cul de sac. I found her owner and we connected; neighbor to neighbor. In my determination to find her owner, I crossed a thresh-hold of dead solitude and found a smiling face. Life around the suburban block has barriers, but we lift them when we have to.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art  ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art  ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages

I love creating collages as they help me pull together things that catch my attention and remind me to pause and inhale the beauty in my surroundings. If art is in the eyes of the beholder, then we come to it with our own perspective and vision of the surrounding world.

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”  Vincent Van Gogh

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art  ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art  ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages

Van Gogh’s quote made me stop and think… Why do we always allow others to negate our efforts? Why do we allow ourselves to succumb to subjective criticisms that discourage us from pursuing our craft? The difference between us and the masters we revere is that they stayed the course and worked on honing their innate talent till it stood out and captivated the observer. Some of the artists we admire today were poor and died miserably. Many years later, their work sells for hundreds of millions of dollars. Create your art and believe in its merit.

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Great Giveaway: An Epiphanie Bag

Great  Giveaway: Epiphanie Bags

Great Giveaway: An Epiphanie Bag

Tired of bulky camera bags or ugly Laptop bags? Epiphanie has a bag for you. Win an Epiphanie bag of your choice; choose either a camera or laptop bag and carry your gadgets in style.

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Have you often wondered about finding a less bulky way to carry your fancy camera? Do you want be comfortably camera ready on your next big vacation? Yes and Yes, and I’m glad there is an easy solution.

Five years ago, professional photographer Maile Wilson started Epiphanie Bags At the time, there were no cute camera bags for women and she hated lugging around a separate, bulky man-bag. Out of frustration, Maile would end up leaving her camera at home. Sometimes, she would shove it into her purse wrapped up in whatever was nearby; a towel, sock, sweatshirt.

One day, Maile had enough and decided to create a comfortable, colorful and stylish bag that would be practical too. Today, Epiphanie Bags carries over 60 different bags that accommodate cameras, laptops and even backpacks for men. You can become the lucky winner and pick your bag from the collection.

Are they comfortable?  Yes.  Enter the contest by filling out the entry form below,  and then go read BabyCostcutters’ full review of her Epiphanie Bag – A London Backpack.  Do come back to share your thoughts and share  the giveaway with friends and family.
One lucky winner will win ANY in-stock bag of their choice!!
Open to US Only. You be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway starts on Friday May 16, at 10:00pm and Ends on Monday May 26 at the same time.

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