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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: PROLIFIC

20/04/2018

“An orchid in a deep forest sends out its fragrance even if no one is around to appreciate it.” Confucius

Photo Challenge: PROLIFIC - Orchids fit the bill

Photo Challenge: PROLIFIC – Orchids fit the bill

 

Photo Challenge: PROLIFIC - Orchids fit the bill

Photo Challenge: PROLIFIC – Orchids fit the bill

Just as I wonder
whether it’s going to die,
the orchid blossoms
and I can’t explain why it
moves my heart, why such pleasure
comes from one small bud
on a long spindly stem, one
blood red gold flower
opening at mid-summer,
tiny, perfect in its hour.
Sam Hamill

PROLIFIC: Orchids are remarkable and prolific flowering plants. There are about 30,000 varieties of this exotic flower and counting. If you love orchids and are in the Tri-State area (NY, CT, NJ), the New York Botanical Garden currently has a fantastic exhibition of both popular and rare orchids; The Orchid Show runs through April 22, showcasing thousands of orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and features a series of installations crafted by Belgian Floral Artist Daniel Ost. His large Installations filled with a breathtaking range of orchids must be seen to truly enjoy them. My photos of the Installations just don’t do them justice because I forgot to bring my wide angle lens for my dslr camera and had to take photos of them with my android. My macro shots of the orchids, above and below, were taken with my Canon DSLR T1 with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens. I love macro photography so that lens is almost always attached… sigh. I need a new Camera though. Hello Canon?
READ: How to Photograph Your Public Art and Large-Scale Installations
How To Photograph Art Like an Expert By William Sawalich
 

“Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.” Alfred North Whitehead

Photo Challenge: PROLIFIC - Orchids fit the bill

Photo Challenge: PROLIFIC – Orchids fit the bill

 

Photo Challenge: PROLIFIC - Orchids fit the bill

Photo Challenge: PROLIFIC – Orchids fit the bill

I have become an orchid
washed in on the salt white beach.
Memory,
what can I make of it now
that might please you-
this life, already wasted
and still strewn with miracles?
Mary Ruefle

Did You Know? As I worked on this post, I found out quite a lot about Orchids. They can be finicky plants to maintain unless you follow the recommended watering schedule religiously. LiveScience also offered five fascinating facts about them. As you already know, there are thousands of varieties and we’ve barely made a dent in discovering the full color spectrum of the range. They have a bilateral symmetry that resembles our human face. Did you know that? Take another look. They trick insects into pollinating them by adapting to match what the insect looks like. Smart! Research has shown that orchids date back to around 120 million years. Whoa. Now that is what I call persistence … and longevity. Drumroll! Vanilla is an orchid variety so, every time you take a bite of that vanilla ice cream or taste it in anything you love, think back to this hardy, prolific and versatile plant.
READ: LiveScience 5 Surprising Facts About Orchids

 

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Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER – #NationalVolunteerWeek

16/04/2018

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” Elizabeth Andrew

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER - #NationalVolunteerWeek

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER – #NationalVolunteerWeek

Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer. Allen Klein
If every American donated five hours a week, it would equal the labor of twenty million full-time volunteers. Whoopi Goldberg
Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another. Erma Bombeck

Do you Volunteer? This is National Volunteer Week and it gives all of us another opportunity to reach out, connect with our local charities and serve others. When Points of Light established this special week in 1974, their intention was to shine a light on those among us who give selflessly to others every year; to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges, and build stronger, more resilient communities. They also wanted the rest of us to remember that we grow by serving others and to serve is to remember our shared humanity.  When we volunteer our time to help others, we receive not only psychic rewards but also the satisfaction of knowing that our selfless act helps others get back on their feet. The earlier we start, the better as it helps us share the importance of volunteering with our children and family members.  Of course, it is never too late to start or offer help. Find what works for you and give back to your community. You can help offline or online… same difference.
READ: Public Service and Volunteer Opportunities
International Volunteer Program
Create the Good

 

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” Kofi Annan

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER - #NationalVolunteerWeek

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER – #NationalVolunteerWeek

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER - #NationalVolunteerWeek

Motivation Mondays: VOLUNTEER – #NationalVolunteerWeek

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. Author Unknown
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Audrey Hepburn

What is your earliest memory of Volunteering? My earliest memory of giving back takes me to my childhood days. I remember my parents made it clear to us kids that we had to make an effort to help those in need. My mom had a small chicken coop and a vegetable garden in our backyard, and she would donate eggs and extra veggies to local families in need. She also gave away our toys and clothes without notice. If we complained, we were admonished and reminded that life apportions her gifts randomly and those who had more were expected to give back to the poor and the destitute. I must admit that, as children, it wasn’t always a palatable concept but, we went along with the admonition and participated in our own small way. Over time, the teachings settled inside of us as we became more comfortable with sharing our largess. It was heartwarming to see the joy and gratitude on people’s faces when they received help and it all made sense that we were, indeed, our brothers’ keeper. During the war years, we came to understand that helping others was imperative to our collective survival. It’s a lesson I have never forgotten and I have passed it on to my kids.
READ: Global Volunteers
Volunteer at NARA | National Archives 

 

For the Record by  Adrienne Rich  via PoetrySoup.com
The clouds and the stars didn’t wage this war
the brooks gave no information
if the mountain spewed stones of fire into the river
it was not taking sides
the raindrop faintly swaying under the leaf
had no political opinions

and if here or there a house
filled with backed-up raw sewage
or poisoned those who lived there
with slow fumes, over years
the houses were not at war
nor did the tinned-up buildings

intend to refuse shelter
to homeless old women and roaming children
they had no policy to keep them roaming
or dying, no, the cities were not the problem
the bridges were non-partisan
the freeways burned, but not with hatred

Even the miles of barbed-wire
stretched around crouching temporary huts
designed to keep the unwanted
at a safe distance, out of sight
even the boards that had to absorb
year upon year, so many human sounds

so many depths of vomit, tears
slow-soaking blood
had not offered themselves for this
The trees didn’t volunteer to be cut into boards
nor the thorns for tearing flesh
Look around at all of it

and ask whose signature
is stamped on the orders, traced
in the corner of the building plans
Ask where the illiterate, big-bellied
women were, the drunks and crazies,
the ones you fear most of all: ask where you were.

 

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

MARCH

03/04 – Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, American Red Cross Month, 08 International Women’s Day, World Kidney Day, 04 Academy Awards
03/11 – 11 Daylight Savings, 14 Pi Day, 15 World Consumer Rights Day, 17 St Patrick’s Day
03/18 – 19 St Joseph, 20 International Day of Happiness, 21 World poetry Day, 22 World Water day, 24 Earth Hour
03/25 – Palm Sunday, 29 Holy Thursday, 30 Good Friday, 31 Passover

APRIL

04/01   –   01, April Fool’s Day, 02, Autism Awareness, 06, International Day Sport Development Peace, 07,  World Health Day,
04/08   –   10, National Siblings Day, 10, Equal Pay Day,  12, Holocaust Remembrance Day
04/15  –   17 Tax Day,  NationalVolunteerWeek
04/22  –    22, Earth Day,  23, World Book Day, 27, Arbor Day
01/29  –   29, International Jazz 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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Photo Challenge: AWAKENING

11/04/2018

“The ghostly winter silence had given way to the great spring murmur of awakening life.” Jack London

Photo Challenge: AWAKENING

Photo Challenge: AWAKENING

 

Photo Challenge: AWAKENING

Photo Challenge: AWAKENING

We live between the act of awakening and the act of surrender. Each morning, we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each night, we surrender to the dark to be taken to play in the world of dreams where time is no more. John O’Donohue

Like all other life forms in nature, we experience our version of an awakening… an unfurling of our fears and limitations… we are reborn anew. What I love about nature is that we get to see this unfold before our eyes every season. There is no hiding in shame or blaming anyone for the changes; all plant and animal life stay open and surrendered to the cycle of life. Humans battle this change with all sorts of machinations. We fight it because we are afraid of what might happen to us and our beliefs, rigidities and denials. Yet, if we could just stop and trust in the infinite wisdom of the universe, we would thrive.

The Awakening by Sonny Carroll
There comes a time in your life when you finally get it … When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out “ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on.” And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes you begin to look at the world from a new perspective.
……….This is your awakening The Awakening

 

 

“Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.” Giacomo Puccini

Photo Challenge: AWAKENING

Photo Challenge: AWAKENING

 

Photo Challenge: AWAKENING

Photo Challenge: AWAKENING

You can have a spiritual awakening and discover a new side of you at any age. And best of all, love can happen at any age. Life can just start to get exciting when you’re in your 40s and 50s. You have to believe that. Salma Hayek

Some of us put our lives on hold because of pressing responsibilities, indecision or prior commitments. We table our dreams with our fears and, soon, we get consumed by life. I’ve always loved music and dance and enjoyed a ton of it in my teen and college years. When I got married and had my twins, I still loved to listen, dance and go to concerts but over time, something else kicked in and those favorite pastimes diminished as a focal point in my life. Recently, I experienced a reawakening of sorts and have picked up where I left off. The great, good thing about awakening is that it can occur at any age and that it is an invitation to seize life with both hands and live it. What are you waiting for?

The Awakening via poets.org
James Weldon Johnson, 1871 – 1938
I dreamed that I was a rose
That grew beside a lonely way,
Close by a path none ever chose,
And there I lingered day by day.
Beneath the sunshine and the show’r
I grew and waited there apart,
Gathering perfume hour by hour,
And storing it within my heart,
Yet, never knew,
Just why I waited there and grew.

I dreamed that you were a bee
That one day gaily flew along,
You came across the hedge to me,
And sang a soft, love-burdened song.
You brushed my petals with a kiss,
I woke to gladness with a start,
And yielded up to you in bliss
The treasured fragrance of my heart;
And then I knew
That I had waited there for you.

 

 

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