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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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Photo Challenge: SUMMER SOLSTICE

21/06/2018

“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.” Margaret Atwood

Photo Challenge: SUMMER SOLSTICE

Photo Challenge: SUMMER SOLSTICE

 

The summer solstice is a time for strength and vitality for action and movement. Carole Carlton
One way of celebrating the Solstice is to consider it a sacred time of reflection, release, restoration, and renewal. Sarah Ban Breathnach
In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. Aldo Leopold

 
The Summer Solstice is upon us! It is a time to look back and reflect on the first half of the year as we enter the second half. Are we enjoying a midsummer night’s fantasy or are our dreams translating into action? Enjoy the collection of some of my most favorite Summer pastimes and come back for more thoughts on this time of renewal. This is also the International Day of Yoga… so go outside and stretch. Take a class. Grow!

 
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? (Sonnet 18) by William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. via poets.org

READ: DailyOm -The Summer Solstice
 

 

“It is Summer, it is the solstice the crowd is cheering, the crowd is laughing in detail permanently, seriously without thought.” William Carlos Williams

Photo Challenge: SUMMER SOLSTICE

Photo Challenge: SUMMER SOLSTICE

 

Chair Yoga | Happy Yoga with Sarah Starr Cascading River

 

Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly. Pablo Neruda
Not only is it Sum­mer Sol­stice, there is a Full Moon. May love sur­round you like sun­shine on a sunny day. William Shakespeare
It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. Maud Hart Lovelace
Both the Winter and the Summer Solstices are expressions of love. They show us the opposition of light and dark, expansion and contraction, that characterize our experiences in the Earth school so that we can recognize our options as we move through our lives. Gary Zukav

 
Today is the Summer Solstice: Where are you on your journey? What more does the summer hold for you? We ought to be making headway on our goals… Don’t despair. You have 6 months left to accomplish your 2018 goals.

 
A Summer Night by Elizabeth Drew Stoddard
I feel the breath of the summer night,
Aromatic fire:
The trees, the vines, the flowers are astir
With tender desire.

The white moths flutter about the lamp,
Enamoured with light;
And a thousand creates softly sing
A song to the night!

But I am alone, and how can I sing
Praises to thee?
Come, Night! unveil the beautiful soul
That waiteth for me. poets.org

 
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Motivation Mondays: Wonderfully Made

18/06/2018

“There are still so many questions to answer about the workings of the human body and, most mysterious of all, it is influenced by our state of mind.” Craig Venter

Motivation Mondays: Wonderfully Made

Motivation Mondays: Wonderfully Made

If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred. Walt Whitman
In order to experience everyday spirituality, we need to remember that we are spiritual beings spending some time in a human body. Barbara De Angelis

 

Did you know that to be born in a human body is a 1 in 400 trillion gift of life? The sheer combination of factors and scientific engineering that it takes to create a human life is mind-boggling.  If we stop to take stock of every single action, muscles, connective tissue, mental and physical energy coursing through our bodies, we’d be impressed. Each of us is a masterpiece wonderfully made and we need to remember that with gratitude for the life we have. When we are able to pause and value our life, we will grasp the importance of valuing others lives too. We come into the world with a unique set of gifts, and we use them to make a difference in the lives of our friends, families and strangers. When we operate from a place of awe and gratitude for the gifts we have, we work at using them in the best possible way to uplift others and the world. How? When we perform our duties with pride and commitment, we elevate all around us and that energy continues to ripple out to the world. It is our responsibility to serve with passion and compassion and all of us can do our part.
READ: 100 Very Cool Facts About The Human Body
Amazing facts you didn’t know about the human body!

 

 

Fearfully And Wonderfully Made! by Melissa Muchemwa
You are flowery beautiful
and kindly cheerful.
you do your own thing;
and you are your own song
You got your own style
and your own smile.
You are absolutely Unique
Everyday of the week.

 

“The body politic, as well as the human body, begins to die as soon as it is born, and carries itself the causes of its destruction.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Motivation Mondays: Wonderfully Made

Motivation Mondays: Wonderfully Made

Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you. Marilyn Monroe
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me. Steve Jobs

Why is there so much hate in our world? Recently, a friend shared a message with me that someone sent her. It was from a member of an online group I’m in.  It was so hateful and ugly that it made no sense to me why anyone who feels that way about me or another person online would choose to be around me or that person. Why poison yourself with such hypocrisy? Why pretend to be a team player when you are a hater? Why wallow in all that hate over Twitter shares? We are all fearfully and wonderfully made yet, some can’t let the hate go. The saddest part is that these petty hatreds can grow into monsters. Soon the person starts to imagine things the other person never ever thought of doing or thinking. Then the hatred escalates into something else. Let it go. We are all here on this earth to learn and grow. We all have our fault-lines and that is what humanizes us. Compassion and direct communication can clear the air. Try that first and see how freeing it can be. If it doesn’t work, remove yourself from the situation. Don’t become a troll.
We live and we die by our principles…
READ: 100 Amazing Facts About the Human Body
Human Body: 30 Unbelievable facts about human body

 

 

The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down —
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

 

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

MAY

05/06   –  01 May Day, 03, National Day of Prayer, 03 World Press Freedom Day, 04 Star Wars, 05 Cinco De Mayo
05/13  –  13 HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY,  16 Ramadan starts, 19 Armed Forces Day,
05/20  –   20 Pentecost Day,  23 World Turtle Day, 24 National Brother Day
05/27  –   28 Memorial Day,  30 World MS Day,  31 World No Tobacco Day

JUNE

06/03   –  05 World Environment  Day, 06, D Day, 08 National Best Friend Day,
06/10   –  13 St Anthony,  15 Eid al-Fitr,
06/17  –   17 Father’s Day, 18 Int’l. Picnic Day, MTV Movie Awards 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 Summer Solstice, Int’l. Yoga Day, World Music Day
06/24   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Day against Drug Abuse/Illicit Trafficking

 

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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Motivation Mondays: Honoring Father’s Day

11/06/2018

“Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.” ~Anon

Motivation Mondays: Our Father's Day

Motivation Mondays: Honoring Father’s Day

My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’ Michael Jordan
Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right. Wade Boggs

Happy Father’s Day: Over the years, I’ve shared memories of my own father and how much I cherished his presence in my life and, after his death, his absence in my life. Today, I want to share some poems and later share some thoughts on the subject. As Father’s Day approaches, on June 17, I am sure you have your own memories to share. How would you like to honor your Dad? What do you treasure about your relationship? What remains unresolved?
READ: Amidst the Deluge: Abundant Love for Father’s Day 2009
On Father’s Day: The Gift of Wisdom 2010
On Father’s Day: Memories of Love Lost & Found… 2011

 

Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

 

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” Clarence Budington Kelland

Motivation Mondays: Honoring Father's Day

Motivation Mondays: Honoring Father’s Day

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices calling him father! Lydia M. Child
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. Rumi

Waiting for Loved Ones: Some of the memories I hold dear are of waiting for my Dad to return from one of his business trips abroad. Teitman’s poem below reminds me of how often we waited for him to return from another country. My anticipation had as much to do with seeing him as it did receiving a gift from some far flung place he visited on his journey. He didn’t disappoint; he’d bring us clothes, shoes or treats and, on one occasion, I got a beautiful watch with a red leather strap. All his gifts were treasured, enjoyed and parceled away in our brains, surfacing at odd moments to remind us of him. The greater gift was his wisdom, filled pithy words of advice that seeped like precious oil through our brains and into our lives… For that, I thank you Dad… and like Bogle’s poem affirms at the end, I’m glad you were mine.

READ: Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day… 2012
Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day 2014
Happy Father’s Day & International Yoga Day: 20 Things That Matter 2015

 

Father’s Day By Mary Frances Bogle
Over the years
As we grow old,
We remember our father
So brave and bold.

In the garden,
Leaning on the plow,
He would listen to me;
I see him now.

He would give advice
And understand;
He was always there
To lend a hand.

God made fathers
Strong and firm,
For he knew our lives
Would have great concerns.

So he gave us fathers
To teach us to pray,
And guide our lives,
And show us the way.

So on his day
Let’s take the time
To say “Thanks, dad.
I’m glad you’re mine.”

 

 

Another Country by Ryan Teitman
The days unfold
like maps. Fresh dirt
in the garden, black
as cake, grows warm.

The roses perform
a silent recital,
each playing its part
from memory. I wait

for my father the way
men wait for a train.
I wait for my father
the way a dancer

waits for music.
My mother is a curtain
in the window.
She calls me in

to fit my shadow
for a suit. I keep still
as she pinches the tape
around its wrist.

Around her neck
my mother’s pearls
clink like teeth.
Your shadow grows

faster than you do,
she says. She says
that waiting is
a kind of dancing.

At night I dance
with the stillness.
My blood waits
behind my chest

like a man behind
a locked door.
My father waits
in another country.

 

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

MAY

05/06   –  01 May Day, 03, National Day of Prayer, 03 World Press Freedom Day, 04 Star Wars, 05 Cinco De Mayo
05/13  –  13 HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY,  16 Ramadan starts, 19 Armed Forces Day,
05/20  –   20 Pentecost Day,  23 World Turtle Day, 24 National Brother Day
05/27  –   28 Memorial Day,  30 World MS Day,  31 World No Tobacco Day

JUNE

06/03   –  05 World Environment  Day, 06, D Day, 08 National Best Friend Day,
06/10   –  13 St Anthony,  15 Eid al-Fitr,
06/17  –   17 Father’s Day, 18 Int’l. Picnic Day, MTV Movie Awards 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 Summer Solstice, Int’l. Yoga Day, World Music Day
06/24   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Day against Drug Abuse/Illicit Trafficking

 

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2018?

post-a-week-2017-md
– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.
BHWritingLab_052016_post_PROMPT1A

— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab

More Below! Read more…

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