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

13/08/2018

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” Sophia Loren

Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth

Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth

What does the fountain of youth mean to you? Pearl S. Buck said that “To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.” Is that true for you? Birthdays are a great time to reflect on our lives and look back to our days of youthful exuberance. Since I celebrated mine last week, I’ve been thinking about the things I enjoyed doing in my youth, and how those things helped me create space and a place of imperative reflection and healing. Yet, I am equally aware that the notion of youth or the fountain of youth, to be specific, is truly a state of mind.  We can choose to age gracefully, enjoy the things that always made us happy, and stay passionate about life even as the dewy days of physical youth evaporate. It is a choice. If you believe it is a state of joy, state of mind, place of personal growth and creative power, you have discovered that fountain. How do you convey that to others around you who think you should “act your age”?, be like X or Z? One of the beauties of this world we inhabit is our diversity of interests and we must fight to create space that fits our needs and maintain the range.

Add to this, the fact that yesterday was International Youth Day and the UN designated theme for 2018 is IYD 2018 – Safe Spaces for Youth, then it makes sense to hit the pause button and consider how far we have come and how much more work is needed. Come back for more…

 

A Madrigal by William Shakespeare
Crabbed Age and Youth
Cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasance,
Age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn,
Age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave,
Age like winter bare:
Youth is full of sports,
Age’s breath is short,
Youth is nimble, Age is lame:
Youth is hot and bold,
Age is weak and cold,
Youth is wild, and Age is tame:-
Age, I do abhor thee;
Youth, I do adore thee;
O! my Love, my Love is young!
Age, I do defy thee-
O sweet shepherd, hie thee,
For methinks thou stay’st too long. via poemhunter.com

READ: International Youth Day

 

 

 

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.” Samuel Ullman

Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth

Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth

Is Youth a State of Mind? Once we remove the physical qualifiers, I think so too. I’ve always loved music of many genres and spent my youth attending or organizing parties and going to nightclubs. I danced all night in the UK, and  took dance classes in NY to stay on top of the moves. The disco era was great and even though I caught the tail end of it, I never missed an opportunity to hang out with friends at the latest NY nightclub and party. I loved going to concerts too but, for whatever reason, many of my college friends were not keen on the idea. Since I preferred to go with others, I missed out on some great concerts that I still regret till this day. After I got heavily into yoga and meditation, I cut back on my secular music interests. Then, I got married, settled into parenthood and the music-party-music scene dropped off my radar. I still bought and listened to all the hits, and even my twins remember me playing Tupac, BIGGIE, Mary J, Lauren H, Sade and a host of other popular  artists on the car CD/DVD player.  But the concerts and such were no more.

Dial forward to the new millennium and I started feeling the urge to get back into attending concerts again. There is something to be said about seeing an artist you love perform their music live; it is magical and the wave of love coming from the gathering of fans at these events can’t be beat…  I dusted off my dancing shoes and slowly tiptoed back into the world of live music. Seeing Sade perform live was a dream, especially as she had been on hiatus for years. I added a few more artists concerts to the mix; Beyonce, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, Kanye and JayZ,  and even a few more… then I skipped a beat. Then sometime this year, I think, I  heard Unforgettable by/with French Montana and Swae Lee on YouTube and a long lost memory was triggered. I have since dusted off those shoes and attended a bunch of concerts, Hot 97, Rae Sremmurd/Wiz Khalifa, Billboard 100, with Drake w/ Migos and many more in the works. I love Afrobeats, HipHop, Rap, R&B, Gospel, Pop, Reggae and a sampling of other musical genres. I’m back at dance class and enjoy going to concerts where I meet so many people; the majority of them are avid fans who want to have fun and rock out to the music they are hearing. All these beats keep me moving and youthful.  Music  reinvigorates my spirit and I’ll be damned if I’ll let anyone tell me who, when or what I should listen to….. Live your life. Youth is a state of mind. TBC ( To be continued)

The Child’s Faith is New by Emily Dickinson
The Child’s faith is new—
Whole—like His Principle—
Wide—like the Sunrise
On fresh Eyes—
Never had a Doubt—
Laughs—at a Scruple—
Believes all sham
But Paradise—

Credits the World—
Deems His Dominion
Broadest of Sovereignties—
And Caesar—mean—
In the Comparison—
Baseless Emperor—
Ruler of Nought—
Yet swaying all—

Grown bye and bye
To hold mistaken
His pretty estimates
Of Prickly Things
He gains the skill
Sorrowful—as certain—
Men—to anticipate
Instead of Kings— via poemhunter.com

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JULY 2018/AUG 2018 are:

JULY

07/01   –  04, Independence Day
07/08   –  11  World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/15  –  15 National Ice cream Day, 18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/22   –  22 Parents Day,
07/29 –    30 International Day of Friendship, Day against Trafficking

AUGUST

08/01   –  Girlfriend Day
08/06   –  Friendship Day, World Indigenous People Day,
08/13  –   International Youth Day
08/20  –   World Humanitarian Day, MTV Music Awards
08/27   –  National Dog Day

 

 

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2018?

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Motivation Mondays: LIFE RULES

06/08/2018

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames … Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd” Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

Motivation Mondays: LIFE RULES - Don’t Live Half a Life

Motivation Mondays: LIFE RULES – Don’t Live Half a Life

LIFE RULES: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Tomorrow, August 7th, I will celebrate another birthday and for that I am grateful. In a world where youth is valued, and people fight the aging process with all their might, to have a birthday can be terrifying for some. However, if we consider the alternative, most of us would be glad to be alive. As I look back and contemplate the past, I  can say, unequivocally, that my life is/has been/will always be a miracle and I am truly blessed. The gift of life is one of the greatest gifts we can receive on this planet and, while it comes with a set of challenges we all face, it is a gift we must cherish. There are children who are fortunate to be born into a loving home, some who learn to create their own version of a loving home, and yet others who seek it outside on their own. No matter what type of childhood experience you have had, you can choose to make a life for yourself that is rich and rewarding.

How? If you are wondering about how you can change the direction of your life, look around you. How many successful people do you know personally? How many have you met or read about? Do some homework and use the information as a starting point to inspire you to move forward with your own dreams. Do not be discouraged or afraid. Your current condition is temporary but, you must see it as such FIRST. We do not have to stay locked into our past or current condition; we can go ahead and reinvent ourselves, innovate and create a new life we love. It begins in our hearts and minds and a birthday is a great starting point. Birthdays remind us to not only celebrate what is but, to also remember to honor our own life rules. This year, I have 12 life rules to share. 1. Celebrate your life by being fully present in it. 2. Do work that matters deeply to you and honor it. 3. Stay focused on pursuing your creative expressions and love the work wholeheartedly. 4. Have ambitious dreams and be purposeful in all you do. To dream is to manifest our heart’s desire…

 

Life by Khalil Gibran via Goodreads
“Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life
and do not die a half death
If you choose silence, then be silent
When you speak, do so until you are finished
Do not silence yourself to say something
And do not speak to be silent
If you accept, then express it bluntly
Do not mask it
If you refuse then be clear about it
for an ambiguous refusal is but a weak acceptance
Do not accept half a solution
Do not believe half truths
Do not dream half a dream
Do not fantasize about half hopes
Half a drink will not quench your thirst
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger
Half the way will get you no where
Half an idea will bear you no results
Your other half is not the one you love
It is you in another time yet in the same space
It is you when you are not
Half a life is a life you didn’t live,
A word you have not said
A smile you postponed
A love you have not had
A friendship you did not know
To reach and not arrive
Work and not work
Attend only to be absent
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you
and they strangers to you
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists to live a life
not half a life”

READ: Motivation Mondays: Live Life Fully

 

“The half is a mere moment of inability but you are able for you are not half a being. You are a whole that exists to live a life not half a life” Khalil Gibran

Motivation Mondays: LIFE RULES - Don’t Live Half a Life

Motivation Mondays: LIFE RULES – Don’t Live Half a Life

LIFE RULES: Don’t live half a life. If we make a commitment to enjoy the life we have, it can become both exhilarating and magical. What often happens is that so many of us live by other people’s rules and expectations for our lives, instead of by our own vision and set of rules. You see, the point of my post title is NOT to make you adopt my life rules at all.  My rules are what I wish for myself and the standards I live by. Each of us must reflect on what we wish for our lives and then work at manifesting them. Where do you draw the line in the sand for your own life? What do you stand for? What do you dream about? Until we spend time reflecting on what truly matters to us, as individuals, we will only be tapping into a tiny fount of our potential. Until we map out our own path, we will only be living other people’s dreams. Life is fraught with missteps as well as magical moments, and we get to choose how we want to live it.

Here are 4 more rules on my list of twelve: 5. Believe in Miracles, mermaids and unicorns.  You must believe on what is greater than your own imagination or you are simply limiting the full scale of grace that can enrich your life. 6. Be grateful/thankful; gratitude is a necessary tool for living a contented life. We can have great wealth and achievements but if we lack a spirit of thankfulness, we will always feel unhappy. 7. Be human and humane; some people live by such rigid standards that they forget to be human and forgiving of themselves and others. To err is human and to forgive is divine. Live life with gusto and stop torturing yourself to fit into a square box that you’ve created in your own mind.  8. Learn to laugh often and to cry when you must. Our tears are a natural healing gift from the heart. When we shed a tear for others, we send out a vapor of blessings that extend healing across barriers. If we can learn to remember that everything in life operates from an energy field and that the field is permeable, vast and accessible to all, we might remember to treat each other with compassion and greater consideration.

 

The Hymn of Man by Khalil Gibran via poemhunter.com
I was,
And I am.
So shall I be to the end of time,
For I am without end.

I have cleft the vast spaces of the infinite, and
Taken flight in the world of fantasy, and drawn nigh
To the circle of light on high.
Yet behold me a captive of matter.
I have hearkened to the teachings of Confucius,
And listened to the wisdom of Brahma, and sat
Beside the Buddha beneath the tree of knowledge.
Behold me now contending with ignorance and
Unbelieving.

I was upon Sinai when the Lord showed Himself
To Moses. By the Jordan I beheld the Nazarene’s
Miracles. In Medina I heard the words of the
Apostle of Arabia.

Behold me now a prisoner of doubt.
I have seen Babylon’s strength and Egypt’s glory
And the greatness of Greece. My eyes cease not
Upon the smallness and poverty of their works.
I have sat with the witch of Endor and the priests
Of Assyria and the prophets of Palestine, and I cease
Not to chant the truth.

I have learned the wisdom that descended on
India, and gained mastery over poetry that welled
From the Arabian’s heart, and hearkened to the
Music of people from the West.
Yet am I blind and see not; my ears are stopped
And I do not hear.

I have borne the harshness of insatiable
Conquerors, and felt the oppression of tyrants and the
bondage of the powerful.
Yet am I strong to do battle with the days.
All this have I heard and seen, and I am yet a
Child. In truth shall I hear and see the deeds of
Youth, and grow old and attain perfection and
Return to God.

I was,
And I am.
So shall I be to the end of time,
For I am without end.

READ: Inspiration: Life Lessons Learned…
Our Purpose in Life

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JULY 2018/AUG 2018 are:

JULY

07/01   –  04, Independence Day
07/08   –  11  World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/15  –  15 National Ice cream Day, 18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/22   –  22 Parents Day,
07/29 –    30 International Day of Friendship, Day against Trafficking

AUGUST

08/01   –  Girlfriend Day
08/06   –  Friendship Day, World Indigenous People Day,
08/13  –   International Youth Day
08/20  –   World Humanitarian Day, MTV Music Awards
08/27   –  National Dog Day

 

 

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2018?

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— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab

 

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Motivation Mondays: International Friendship Day

30/07/2018

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” Anais Nin

Motivation Mondays: International Friendship Day

Motivation Mondays: International Friendship Day

 The International Day of Friendship is an initiative that follows on the proposal made by UNESCO and taken up by the UN General Assembly in 1997 (A/RES/52/13), which defined the Culture of Peace as a set of values, attitudes and behaviours that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by addressing their root causes with a view to solving problems. UN.org/friendship

Motivation Mondays: International Friendship Day When we think of the word “friendship”, we think of our friends, family and all the good souls who have crossed our path over the years.  No matter our standing in life, we all need friends or good people who can lift us up and encourage us in times of trouble. Our friends play that role without asking more of us and we can offer the same by helping and supporting people around the world. If we had more friendships between nations and support systems that helped those in need, we would see greater collaborations and global peace. It is this idea that led to the birth of the International Day of Friendship in 1997. True friends do everything in their power to avoid conflict and to solve problems, When nations come together in the spirit off friendship, and work to keep those principles alive, we see progress and more peace initiatives. Instead of focusing just on what we can get out of our friendships, the UN has nudged us to be more inclusive and consider how the same principles can bring about global goodwill.  Comeback for more!

READ: Fame, Friendships and Social Media Connections Part II
Online Friendships: An Adventure Meeting a Twitter Friend Offline…
On Friendships: Staying the Course with Ourselves & Others…
On Friendship: Ten Lessons Learned from Winnie-the-Pooh & Crew…

 

“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” Albert Camus

Motivation Mondays: International Friendship Day

Motivation Mondays: International Friendship Day

 

Motivation Mondays: Revisiting Friendship

Motivation Mondays: International Friendship Day

International Friendship Day is also intended to support the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). The Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (A/RES/53/243) adopted in 1999 set 8 areas of action for nations, organizations and individuals to undertake in order for a culture of peace to prevail:
foster a culture of peace through education;
promote sustainable economic and social development;
promote respect for all human rights;
ensure equality between women and men;
foster democratic participation;
advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity;
support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge;
promote international peace and security. UN.org/friendship

Motivation Mondays: International Friendship Day Our friendships matter… Even if, from time to time, we find things about each other that irk us, we make time to talk things out and remember the bond that brought us together as friends. Because my family traveled and moved quite a bit in my early years, I learned to make friends quickly and be accommodating of changes and shifts in our friendships. My closest friends go way back, and one thing that has always pulled us together is laughter. Not only laughter in good times, but the ability to ease each others woes with humor in harsh times. I value my girlfriends for being there through storms and sunsets and I thank them all. Some I haven’t seen in years, and Facebook brought several of us together. Others I see regularly or speak to occasionally, but whenever we reconnect and talk, it is a familiar feeling; like the satisfaction we get from enjoying a good meal. 🙂

A Time to Talk by Robert Frost
When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, ‘What is it?’
No, not as there is a time talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

READ: On Friendship: Through Storms & Sunsets…
Reflections: Defending Our Friendships…
True Friendship: When Happiness & Gratitude Merge…
Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship…

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for APR 2018/MAY 2018 are:

JULY

07/01   –  TBD 04, Independence Day
07/08   – 11  World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/15  – 15 National Ice cream Day, 18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/22   – 22 Parents Day,
07/29 –  30 International Day of Friendship, Day against Trafficking

AUGUST

08/01   – Girlfriend Day
08/06   – Friendship Day, Indigenous People Day
08/13  – International Youth Day
08/20   – World Humanitarian Day
08/27   – National Dog Day

 

 

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2018?

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– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.
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— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab

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