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29/11/2008

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

 

Respite Reminder: I'm Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in occasionally. Back in August!

Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check-in Occasionally. Back in August!

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.

I started this blog 10+ years ago, as a way to help agents/staff at the company I worked for stay motivated. After the market crashed and we were downsized, I decided to keep it going. The main goal was, and remains, to encourage myself and others to keep moving forward. It has been a long and rewarding journey.

Over the years, I have learned a lot about blogging, its many positives, and pitfalls, and how important it is to stay focused on our own Why or raison d’être.  We can choose to focus on one of the fundamental rules of blogging which is to make connections with others by adding value through our message/content, comments, and social interactions. We can also choose to turn our attention elsewhere. It is entirely up to us. One thing I know for sure is that if your heart is invested in what you blog about, you will stay the course. Remember to stay true to who you are and why you blog. It can’t just be about monetization. Add value. Help others. Stay encouraged.

Another thing I know for sure is that we all want to be heard, appreciated, and respected; I know that 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.

 How do we stay mirthful and motivated?
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REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

02/01/2022

“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.” Virgil Garnett Thomson

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

HAPPY NEW YEAR! – Have you moved on to focus on plans for 2022 with nary a thought about the year that ended? It would be wise to spend a little time reflecting on the past as we plan for the present. As the old African saying goes, “He who doesn’t know where he is going should at least remember where he came from.” Why is this important? Because the past can influence the present and shape the future. That said, we are co-creators of our lives, and taking actions that uplift us can make a huge difference. Last year, I took an extended break from blogging to focus on work, family, and my overall wellbeing. There were a lot of demands on my time and energy as I continued to manage several social media groups I created and belong to, as well as focus on my training/running plans for the year.

What Did You Do in 2021? I had wanted to run the NYC marathon for many years but could never find the time or make the necessary training commitment to do it. When my mother passed away in 2019, I decided that it was time to honor a dream I held dear and to do it in her honor as well. Covid19 derailed my plans in 2020, and so when NYRR reached out in April 2021, inviting me back to train for the marathon, I jumped at the chance. Now, let me say that I was never a professional runner or a college star. I have always been athletic and used to run for leisure in college and grad school, but I have always been an average athlete with aspirations to achieve personal goals.

What’s the Story? After getting married in 1992, I set my running aside to raise my twins. So, getting back to running was a rekindling of an old relationship with many changes with age and time. Nevertheless, I stayed with the pretty demanding training last year, and I completed three marathons as a newbie marathoner. My first was the Boston marathon, then the New York marathon, and finally the Philadelphia marathon. My three medals are in the 2nd collage photos above. Amazing right? And humbling. If I could do it, so can you. I was focused, disciplined, mentally and physically ready to run my first marathon (Boston). My goal was to finish, and with each marathon, I learned something new about myself. The training was rigorous, but I stuck to it.

Are You Ready for Change? I am acutely aware that anything that matters takes time and effort. We must commit to it and then do it over and over again. We will fall, fail, and even get furious, but we must get up and get back on track daily. There is no magic bullet, especially if you want to make a lifestyle change. Could you do it? Are you ready for a life-affirming shift in 2022? Decide and then do it.

According to the folks at my favorite running magazine, Runner’s World, below are some excellent tips to keep in mind if part of your staying healthy plan includes running. Give it a try. You might develop a love for the sport or, like me, rekindle an old relationship you had with it.
Coach Jess: 22 Running Do’s and Don’ts for 2022
✅DO track your mileage. DON’T obsess over your watch.
✅DO sign up for a race that scares you. DON’T sign up for something just because everyone else is doing races.
✅DO schedule your runs ahead to increase the odds of getting out the door. DON’T beat yourself up if other obligations interfere with your run plans.
✅DO prioritize rest, fuel, mobility, and recovery. DON’T count calories.
✅DO find running buddies and organize runs with friends. DON’T be afraid of solo runs—they’re a fantastic time to process thoughts, feelings, and emotions!
✅Make sure to have proper, feel-good running shoes that fit your feet. DON’T buy the latest “the” shoes because you see them on fast friends or social media.
✅DO support others’ accomplishments and goals, and let that be inspiration and fuel to continue to work hard on your own running goals. DON’T waste time or energy comparing yourself to others.
✅DO play some pump-up jams that excite you and get you excited to run. DON’T allow a negative attitude to make you think about why you’re dreading it.
✅DO run even if you don’t feel like it. DON’T run when you’re injured.
✅DO use social media as a healthy tool to stay connected to other runners. DON’T get caught up in endless scrolling and wasting precious time.
✅DO incorporate speed work. DON’T increase your intensity too quickly.
✅Experiment with various fueling options in your long run until you find what works best for you. DON’T do this on race day.
✅DO listen to podcasts that motivate you while on the run. DON’T entirely block your hearing, especially at night!
✅DO smile at passing runners — who knows what kind of day they’re having! DON’T run in the bike lane.
✅DO visualize success before your workouts and on race day. DON’T stress about performance and the elements beyond your control.
✅DO throw on a hat if there’s a chance of rain. DON’T sit back down on the couch like a wimp if you see raindrops. (Lightning is a different story)
✅DO take 5 minutes to cool down and stretch after a run properly. DON’T go straight to lounging after a long run, then wonder why everything hurts later in the day.
✅DO a mile time trial just for the fun of it. DON’T drink a beer between each lap! (But if you must do a beer mile, good luck, and don’t say I didn’t warn you!)
✅DO incorporate regular strength training into your training.❌ DON’T lift before a running workout.
✅DO keep a running journal. DON’T toss it altogether if you’ve skipped a few days! Just get back at it.
✅DO look ahead to new opportunities. DON’T spend time comparing yourself to a younger you. Eyes ahead!
✅DO challenge yourself and set new goals to accomplish this year. DON’T take yourself too seriously and lose the joy of running!

“Always keep a positive attitude towards life. Optimism is a great tool to eliminate agony from life” Amma.

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

REFLECTIONS: Happy New Year! #stayhealthy

What Did You Do To Start 2022? For starters, like so many people around the world, I stayed up to welcome the new year with family and watched the proverbial ball drop at Times Square. I did it from the comfort of my living room. I thanked my Creator for another year of life and celebrated the new day by dancing and thanking God. Yes, I did. At 8:30 am, I was back at my remote job doing vital work to help stem the spread of Covid19, and for that, I am also very grateful.

What Else Did You Do? Later in the day, I did a quick stop at Whole Foods to get a few of the missing food items on my lucky food list below. I prepared a beans dish and enjoyed the evening eating and relaxing. I don’t eat meat, so I skipped the pork but, you know, it’s all good. These foods are intentional, and we can affirm the new year in any way we see fit. Just develop a positive outlook on life and trust that your decisions will become more apparent and robust. Below are 10 Lucky Foods to eat in the New Year. It’s never too late to enjoy them, so get some.
• Black-eyed beans or Lentils for prosperity
• Buttered bread for nourishment (Ireland)
• 12 Grapes/Raisins before midnight (New Year’s Eve) for great fortune (Spain)
• Greens like Spinach, Kale, Collards remind us of green money and health and drive away evil spirits
• Pork as a way to stay focused in moving forward with our goals and desires.
• Long Noodles offer longevity, and eating an unbroken long noodle is extra luck. (Asia)
• Cornbread – the sweet, sunny, yellow, satisfying food augurs prosperity on all fronts.
• Round Foods – desserts, citrus fruits, wave off the old and welcome the new into our sunny lives
• Whole Fish on New Year’s Day is a sign of great prosperity. Fish is a prosperous symbol in Asia
• Chocolate is always great as a digestive and a luxury treat, signifying a year of pampering.

What Will You Do in 2022? One thing is clear, I will continue my running training, and I’m signed up to run the NYC marathon this year with Team for Kids. (more on that later). That said, I still believe that five essential areas of life help keep us balanced, focused, and content. As I’ve shared in a previous post, my five “areas of life” this year will include
FAMILY: Our family is essential to the journey we take, and we return to them, again and again, for validation and victory. Remember that the word family includes more than the traditional definition of family. It consists of supportive configurations we lean on for strength and assistance.
FRIENDS: An African proverb says, “He who has wealth has friends, but he who has true friends has divine and abundant wealth.” So thank them and show you care. Be a true friend back. Pay it forward and make some new ones too.
FAITH: Whatever our faith, there is much to be celebrated and thankful for. If you have a faithful practice that brings peace and inspiration into your life, shore it up by visualizing the outcomes you expect and then channel your energy into completing the tasks that will make your goals a reality.
FOCUS: If you slip up, refocus. It is essential to develop clarity about what we wish to accomplish and why. Behind every disappointment are an opportunity for renewed effort and phenomenal success. Don’t give up; rein in the negative mental backtalk, and fix your eyes on the price.
FUN: Motivation without mirth is pointless. Remember to factor in some fun time this year as it will guide you to your muse and lead you to all those fantastic places where rewards await you, just like you dreamed.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JAN 2022 – DEC 2021 are:
JAN
01/01 – New Year’s Day, 05 Nat’l. Screenwriters Day, 06 Epiphany
01/09 – 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day, 13 iHeartRadio Awards, 14 Orthodox New Year,
01/16 – 16 Religious Freedom Day, 17 Martin Luther King Jr Day, 17 Winnie The Pooh Day, 21 Nat’l. Hug Day
01/23 – 24 Int’l. Day of Education, 27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust,
01/30 – 31 Grammy Awards
National Mentoring Month, National Glaucoma Awareness, Cervical Health Awareness Month, National Blood Donor Month, Birth Defects Prevention Month, National Human Trafficking Prevention, National Stalking Awareness Month

DEC
12/01 – World AIDS Day, 11/28-12/06 Hanukkah contd, 03 International Day Of Persons With Disabilities,
12/05 – 05 International Volunteer Day, 07 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance, 10 Human Rights Day/Week
12/12 – 12 International Day of Neutrality, 15 Bill of Rights Day, 17 Wright Brothers Day
12/19 – 21 Start of Winter (Winter Solstice), 23 50th Anniversary Of National Cancer Act Of 1971, 25 Christmas Day
12/26 – 26-01 Kwanzaa
Universal Human Rights Month, Safe Toys and Gifts Month, National Impaired Driving Prevention

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Motivation 2021: Mother’s Day Reflections #mothersday

09/05/2021

“Who sat and watched my infant head, When sleeping on my cradle bed, And tears of sweet affection shed? My Mother.” Ann Taylor

Motivation 2021: Mother's Day #mothersday

Motivation 2021: Mother’s Day #mothersday

Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws. Barbara Kingsolver
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. Sophia Loren

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Mother’s Day is a special day we celebrate this month too. It’s been a while since I posted because life has been incredibly hectic behind the scenes. The pandemic changed our lives in so many ways, and learning to go with the flow is imperative. I decided to make the extra effort to add a post because both topics matter to me… Taking care of our mental health and nurturing ourselves are two crucial steps we all need to take during this season. While many of us have gotten vaccinated, we are not entirely out of the woods with Covid19. It rages on in many parts of the world, and our prayers, support, and vigilance are required. The confluence of Mother’s Day and Mental Health Awareness is significant because both are about nurturing and healing ourselves. Both demand compassion, patience, and support. Let’s lift the stigma and seek the care we need. How are you coping? How are you nurturing yourself and your loved ones? How are you protecting your mental health?

READ: 2009 For My Mother… and Father – Love’s Vacuum Filled
2010Oprah’s Gift: An Inspired Mother’s Day Weekend with Oprah
2011Sprinkles of Love: Happy Mother’s Day!
2012Inspiration: Happy Mother’s Day…
Musings: In My Mother’s Garden…

After a While Attributed to Jorge Luis Borges
(revised and copyrighted by Veronica Shoffstall)

After a while, you learn
The subtle difference between
Holding a hand and chaining a soul
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t always mean security.

And you begin to learn
That kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes ahead
With the grace of a woman
Not the grief of a child

And you learn
To build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow’s ground is
Too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way
Of falling down in mid-flight

After a while, you learn
That even sunshine burns if you get too much
So you plant your own garden
And decorate your own soul
Instead of waiting
For someone to bring you flowers

And you learn
That you really can endure
That you are really strong
And you really do have worth
And you learn, and you learn
With every goodbye, you learn.

My Mother by Ann Taylor
Who sat and watched my infant head
When sleeping on my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
My Mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye,
And wept for fear that I should die?
My Mother.

Who taught my infant lips to pray
And love God’s holy book and day,
And walk in wisdom’s pleasant way?
My Mother.
Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who wast so very kind to me,
My Mother?

Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear,
And if God please my life to spare
I hope I shall reward they care,
My Mother.

When thou art feeble, old and grey,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away,
My Mother. Poem by Ann Taylor via poemhunter.com

 

“Mothers have the ability to liberate by love or, by neglect, to imprison. They’re our first teachers; they are our first loves.” Dr. Maya Angelou

Motivation 2021: Mother's Day #mothersday

Motivation 2021: Mother’s Day #mothersday

Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life. Sophocles
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. Kahlil Gibran
I remember my Mothers prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all of my life… Abraham Lincoln
God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there’s no turning back. Gloria Steinem

Happy Mother’s Day: When I think of Mother’s Day, my memories are of events and conversations shared with family and friends with a few strangers added to the mix. Mothering is not always easy, so those memories are equally mixed with sadness and joy, elation and deflation, pleasure and pain. My Mom was an avid gardener, and her gardens were rich with vibrant colors and teeming with life. Mom had her challenges, too, and bore them with grace. Another bittersweet aspect of Mother’s Day for me is that my Dad passed away on the 9th of May. So even though it’s been over a decade, every Mother’s Day brings back memories of his influence on my life. I miss them both.

As a mom, I’ve inherited some of my Mom’s ways and struggled to let go of other aspects of that inheritance. As we grow into our own version of Motherhood, we see glimpses of the past, and we come to recognize how we have become our mothers in so many ways. We strive for the best version of that vision and surrender the rest to the universe. It is a precious job, and for that, I celebrate all Moms this month. What memories do you hold dear? What memories do you let go of? Enjoy the posts and poems I’ve added above and below. May they speak to your heart as they have spoken to mine.

READ:- 2013Reflections: 100 Is The New 78…
2014Reflections: Happy Mother’s Day
2015Motivation Mondays: APPRECIATION
Save The Children: State of the World’s Mothers Report 2015
2016Motivation Mondays: Mother’s Day

My Mother Kept A Garden by Kelly Z.
My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things
that gave my life its start.
She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem…
And when the winds and rain came,
she protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I’d need to stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me.

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for APR – MAY 2021 are:

APR
04/01 –
01/10 –
01/17 –
01/24 –
01/31 –
National Poetry Month, National Sexual Assault Prevention And Awareness, National Autism Awareness, Stress Awareness Month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Fair Housing Month

MAY
05/01 –
05/09 – Mother’s Day (USA),
05/16 –
05/23 –
05/30 –

Mental Health Month, Lyme/Lupus Awareness Month

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LOVE: 14 Valentine’s Day Poems, Quotes & Tips

14/02/2021

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves- alone we find it with another.” Thomas Merton

14 Valentine's Day Poems, Quotes & Tips

14 Valentine’s Day Poems, Quotes & Tips

LOVE: Valentine’s Day and more… ✿♡✿Happy Valentine’s Day!✿♡✿ February is a month choc-a-bloc with important events and celebrations that bring people together in so many ways; there is Valentine’s Day, Chinese Lunar New Year (Year of the Golden Ox), Health Health Month, Black History Month, and Presidents’ Day. Each of them commemorates a special cultural tie that reminds us of our heritage, relationships, and values. The current pandemic has put a dent in the usual plans we typically have and so it will be wise to consider alternative ideas that could become new and improved takes on our yearly rituals. Take this time to kick back a bit and reflect on what matters to you and your loved ones and how to achieve it safely and legally. Below, I have shared poems, quotes, and tips to help us celebrate all that love brings our way. Come back for the rest…

1) First and foremost, if you are single, Send yourself a Valentine’s Day card and a bouquet of your favorite flowers.
2) If you have a partner, send each other a special delivery of flowers and a favorite/cherished item
3) Surprise a few folks by sending secret Valentine’s Day cards, flowers, or chocolates to struggling friends and neighbors you know could use some hugs and love
4) Make a list of all the things you LOVE about YOU. Type it up and Frame it on your wall.
5) Make a donation to your local Foodbank, favorite Charity, and friend/neighbor in need.
READ: Happy Valentine’s Day: A Haiku And Three Wishes
Motivation Mondays: Happy Valentine’s Day
On Love: Valentine’s Day Wishes…
Motivation Mondays: LOVE Is… #HappyValentinesDay

When you love someone all your saved-up wishes start coming out. Elizabeth Bowen
Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine. Christina Rossetti
Most people are slow to champion love because they fear the transformation it brings into their lives. And make no mistake about it: love does take over and transform the schemes and operations of our egos in a very mighty way. Aberjhani
Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. Robert Heinlein
If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you. A. A. Milne

A Great Need By Hafiz
Out
Of a great need
We are all holding hands
And climbing.
Not loving is a letting go.
Listen,
The terrain around here
Is
Far too
Dangerous
For
That.

It’s all I have to bring today By Emily Dickinson
It’s all I have to bring today—
This, and my heart beside—
This, and my heart, and all the fields—
And all the meadows wide—
Be sure you count—should I forget
Someone the sum could tell—
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.

Untitled By Rumi
I swear, since seeing Your face,
the whole world is fraud and fantasy
The garden is bewildered as to what is leaf
or blossom. The distracted birds
can’t distinguish the birdseed from the snare.
A house of love with no limits,
a presence more beautiful than venus or the moon,
a beauty whose image fills the mirror of the heart.

Close close all night By Elizabeth Bishop
Close, close all night
the lovers keep.
They turn together
in their sleep,
Close as two papers
in a book
that read each other
in the dark.
Each knows all
the other knows,
learnt by heart
from head to toes.

First Love by John Clare
I ne’er was struck before that hour
With love so sudden and so sweet,
Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower
And stole my heart away complete.
My face turned pale as deadly pale,
My legs refused to walk away,
And when she looked, what could I ail?
My life and all seemed turned to clay.
And then my blood rushed to my face
And took my eyesight quite away,
The trees and bushes round the place
Seemed midnight at noonday.
I could not see a single thing,
Words from my eyes did start—
They spoke as chords do from the string,
And blood burnt round my heart.
Are flowers the winter’s choice?
Is love’s bed always snow?
She seemed to hear my silent voice,
Not love’s appeals to know.
I never saw so sweet a face
As that I stood before.
My heart has left its dwelling-place
And can return no more.

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” Rumi

14 Valentine's Day Poems, Quotes & Tips

14 Valentine’s Day Poems, Quotes & Tips

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? This is the mantra we will hear and repeat till the 14th comes and goes. For those of you who have great romantic plans with loved ones, I say go out and enjoy yourself. Carry that feeling over to the rest of the year and to others outside of your inner circle of family and friends. To those of you who don’t celebrate it, for whatever reason, I say bravo. I hope it means you have conquered the commercialization of this formidable emotion we call LOVE. I hope it means your loved ones know, implicitly, that you are the love god/goddess of your household; you don’t need one day of the year to prove it. On the other hand, if you aren’t celebrating because you don’t believe in love or you think it’s overrated, think again! Did you miss the memo on Self-Love? Love truly begins with us and how well we care fr ourselves.

6) Invite your closest friends on your favorite video conferencing platform to enjoy some virtual comfort foods and gift exchanges and call it a Just Because Of Our Love Party.
7) Treat yourself and your family to a special meal and have each person share at least one thing they love about everyone in the family.
8) Have each family member write down all the accolades and positive feedback they shared about each other, and use the information to create individualized Valentine’s Day cards for each family member.
9) Listen to your favorite love songs and create a song list on Spotify or Apple
10) Search for top Love and Romance Movies of the last decade and Have a Movie-watching-marathon
READ: Motivation Mondays: Beyond Valentine’s Day
Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart
Motivation Mondays: Valentine’s Day Tips
Reflections: What Really Matters…?

The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing. Blaise Pascal
A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others. Frank Morgan
Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever. Audre Lorde
The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee, and thou art enough. George Edward Moore
I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street. W. H. Auden

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] by e.e. cummings
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

The Privileged Lovers By Rumi
The moon has become a dancer
at this festival of love.
This dance of light,
This sacred blessing,
This divine love,
beckons us
to a world beyond
only lovers can see
with their eyes of fiery passion.
They are the chosen ones
who have surrendered.
Once they were particles of light
now they are the radiant sun.
They have left behind
the world of deceitful games.
They are the privileged lovers
who create a new world
with their eyes of fiery passion.

The Price By Henry Fielding
Can there on earth, my Celia, be
A price I would not pay for thee?
Yes, one dear precious tear of thine
Should not be shed to make thee mine.

In Former Days We’d Both Agree By Bhartṛhari
In former days we’d both agree
That you were me and I was you.
What has now happened to us two,
That you are you, and I am me?

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JAN – FEB 2021 are:

JAN
01/01 – 01 New Years Day, 04 World Braille Day, 06 Epiphany
01/10 – 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day, 14 Orthodox New Year, 16 Religious Freedom Day,
01/17 – 18 Martin Luther King Jr Day, 20 Inauguration Day, 21 National Hug Day, 22 National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 23 National Pie Day
01/24 – 24 International Day of Education, 27 Commemoration of Victims of the Holocaust, 28 Data Privacy Day,
01/31 – 31 National Hot Chocolate Day
National Mentoring Month, National Glaucoma Awareness, Cervical Health Awareness Month, National Blood Donor Month, Birth Defects Prevention Month

FEB
02/01 – 02, Groundhog Day, 04 World Cancer Day, 05, National Wear Red Day, 06, International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.
02/07 – 07 Superbowl, 11 International Day of Women/Girls in Science, 11/12 Chinese Lunar New Year of the Ox begins, 13 Galentine Day
02/14 – 14 Valentine’s Day, 15 Presidents Day, 16 Mardi Gras, 17 AsH Wednesday, 20 NAACP Awards, 20 World Day of Social Justice
02/21 – 26 Purim starts
02/28 – 28 Golden Globes
Black History Month, American Heart Month

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