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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: Power of Gratitude

14/01/2019

“The power of gratitude. It can turn a bad day into a good one. It can make you look at your life in a different way.  It can make the difference in how thankful you are. Not just during the holidays, but every day.” Maria Shriver

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

How Often Do You Express GRATITUDE? It’s easy to be grateful when things are going swimmingly well but, what do we do when we feel stressed out or trapped by life’s demands? What do we do when we suddenly find ourselves at a loss to say what we think or even how we feel about events around us? And what about when we’ve tried to handle a situation and it persists, and we try another approach and it lingers? At some point, we have to surrender our need to have all our pegs fit nicely in their square holes. We have to stop, catch our breath, and change directions, albeit for a short while. What is this all about? Well, I was wondering when you’d ask. I started the new year on solid ground. I’d made a clear decision to focus on a number of offline projects and channel a bit more into my online work. All was coming along nicely until I hit a wall over the weekend. No, it was an imaginary not a physical wall.  Everything stopped. I had to rethink my projects and I was feeling very frustrated.

An Æsop Story: The Hares & the Frogs
Hares, as you know, are very timid. The least shadow, sends them scurrying in fright to a hiding place. Once they decided to die rather than live in such misery. But while they were debating how best to meet death, they thought they heard a noise and in a flash were scampering off to the warren. On the way they passed a pond where a family of Frogs was sitting among the reeds on the bank. In an instant the startled Frogs were seeking safety in the mud.
“Look,” cried a Hare, “things are not so bad after all, for here are creatures who are even afraid of us!” Via read.gov
Moral: However unfortunate we may think we are there is always someone worse off than ourselves.

 

“When you meet obstacles with gratitude, your perception starts to shift, resistance loses its power, and grace finds a home within you.” Oprah

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

What About Gratitude Fits Here? A couple of projects I was working on had stalled and I was frustrated. One stalled because of market conditions and the other because of human ineptitude. I spent the rest of the weekend trying to salvage things and it was only late on Monday that a light-bulb glowed above my head with GRATITUDE scrawled all over it. No,my situation hadn’t turned around. Things were still under advisement and a tad chaotic. I was feeling the stress and in a moment of sheer exasperation, that message lit up my brain like neon lights. I was being reminded to focus on gratitude! Hence, the topic of this post. Whenever we think the grass across the pike is greener, it’s a sign for us to hit that pause button and reevaluate our circumstances. Are we sure it’s greener and how can we improve on own condition where we are? It can’t hurt to consider the worst case scenario and then adjust our thinking from complaint mode to gratitude mode. Yes, the idiomatic expression I amended above is trying to fit a square peg in a round hole … but that was not the point I was trying to make.

An Æsop Story: The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse
A Town Mouse once visited a relative who lived in the country. For lunch the Country Mouse served wheat stalks, roots, and acorns, with a dash of cold water for drink. The Town Mouse ate very sparingly, nibbling a little of this and a little of that, and by her manner making it very plain that she ate the simple food only to be polite.

After the meal the friends had a long talk, or rather the Town Mouse talked about her life in the city while the Country Mouse listened. They then went to bed in a cozy nest in the hedgerow and slept in quiet and comfort until morning. In her sleep the Country Mouse dreamed she was a Town Mouse with all the luxuries and delights of city life that her friend had described for her. So the next day when the Town Mouse asked the Country Mouse to go home with her to the city, she gladly said yes.

When they reached the mansion in which the Town Mouse lived, they found on the table in the dining room the leavings of a very fine banquet. There were sweetmeats and jellies, pastries, delicious cheeses, indeed, the most tempting foods that a Mouse can imagine. But just as the Country Mouse was about to nibble a dainty bit of pastry, she heard a Cat mew loudly and scratch at the door. In great fear the Mice scurried to a hiding place, where they lay quite still for a long time, hardly daring to breathe. When at last they ventured back to the feast, the door opened suddenly and in came the servants to clear the table, followed by the House Dog.
The Country Mouse stopped in the Town Mouse’s den only long enough to pick up her carpet bag and umbrella.

“You may have luxuries and dainties that I have not,” she said as she hurried away, “but I prefer my plain food and simple life in the country with the peace and security that go with it.”
Moral: Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty. Via read.gov

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2018/JAN 2019 are:

DEC

12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  06 Golden Globe Awards,  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

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Motivation Mondays: Keep It Simple

07/01/2019

“Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed.” Confucius

Motivation Mondays: Keep It Simple

Motivation Mondays: Keep It Simple

Live simply, so that others may simply live. Mother Teresa
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein
Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don’t expect too much, enjoy what you have. Dean Koontz
To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life. John Burroughs

Keep It Simple: Happy New Year! In the flurry of activity that occurs in the new year, so many of us jump on the express bandwagon with our laundry list of To-Dos. We start with good intentions and great promise to conquer everything we skipped out on last year and then some … but wait! Before you commit to do it all and find yourself back at square one in March, pause and consider why you are setting yourself up for another run-in with last year’s slip-ups. What’s the rush? Have you forgotten all those memberships and broken promises? Start this year by taking one step at a time. Include time to enjoy nature, time to meditate/reflect on your week, time for friends and family, time to read a good book and to create a SMART goal for each month that is not stress inducing. The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-focused. Instead of joining everything and watching it all come apart, take each step with intention and focus on one thing that you can do very well this month.

STOP & Take Stock: Yesterday, I was looking through my Groupon at all the wonderful offerings that were going to expire on Monday morning. There were endless classes to take, tons of body beautiful spas to visit, and lots of fun things to sign up for with just hours left before the price point jumped. I found myself thoroughly engrossed in it all as I weighted which class would offer the best challenges, free/easy parking, or quicker results when, suddenly, a light-bulb lit up in my head. Wait a minute, you HAVE two gym memberships. You also do work at a local yoga studio. NO! We will NOT be signing up for more stuff this year. Phew! I stopped the madness and reminded myself that when we add too much to our plate, we become like the second ant, in the story below, trying to move big chunks at once. Let’s re-calibrate our plans for 2019 and start with small and steady chunks.
READ: Motivation Mondays: SIMPLICITY
Motivation Mondays: Simple Pleasures
The Journey Of Life: 100 Lessons From Around The World – A Review
20 TIPS: How To Stay Motivated & Mirthful

The Ants and the Cookie
One day, two ants went exploring. They came across two giant cookies.
“These cookies are huge!” said the first ant.
“One of these cookies would feed my whole family for a month,” said the second ant. “But,how can little ants like us carry such big cookies like these?”
“It seems impossible!” said the first ant. “But, I must try.”
So, the first ant started to tug and pull at one cookie. Suddenly, a tiny piece broke off.
“I am going to take this piece back to my family,” said the first ant.
“You go ahead,” said the second ant. “I’m not going to waste my time on such a small piece of cookie. I will find a way to take the whole cookie back to my family.”
So, the first ant went home with her small piece of cookie. Soon, the first ant returned. She found the second ant still pushing and shoving the other cookie, but she was unable to move it. Again, the first ant broke off a small piece of cookie and took it back home. This went on for most of the day as some of her family even offered to join her. The first ant kept carrying small pieces of cookie back to her family until she had moved the entire cookie.
The second ant finally grew tired of trying to complete the task that seemed too big to do. She went home with nothing. What is the lesson here?

 

“Do what makes you happy. Keep it simple. Do the research. Work hard. Look ahead.” Gary Vaynerchuk

Motivation Mondays: Keep It Simple

Motivation Mondays: Keep It Simple

The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way. Keanu Reeves
The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence. Swami Vivekananda
Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart. Sarah Ban Breathnach
Looking at flowers, simple things in life. I don’t need to look at gold and a castle; sometimes its very simple things that are very beautiful. I am keeping my eyes fresh to find beauty in many places, and in gold, too, sometimes!” Francois Nars

Simplify Your Life: Did you know that there is a correlation between depression and excessive social media use? When we spend all day long on our various social media accounts, and find ourselves creating more and more accounts on new platforms, we need to take 5 and reevaluate what is behind the behavior. Why do we need to be constantly plugged in to these online platforms? What is being replaced in our offline life? What is the impact, over time, of being glued to our devices and communicating with strangers as our every day body and flesh relationships begin to falter. We need to not only be vigilant, we need to detox from our time online. Don’t get me wrong, there are benefits to social media and, if used wisely, it can help us expand our knowledge base, build powerful connections and even learn new skills. However, we must simplify and set realistic limits.

Do What Makes You Happy Offline: Keeping it simple on social media could be as easy as hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) or two to help you do some of your online work. It could be as simple as giving yourself time out from being online, turning your smartphone off during family time, and arranging visits with friends. It could even be as simple as deleting some of those apps off your phone and using your web browser to login only when you have to. If you find yourself living your entire life online and oversharing your business, it’s time to simplify. Take stock of why you are pulled in to this make-belief world behind the screen, and seriously consider taking some time to shift directions a bit.

I’ve always loved reading, and spent a good part of my childhood reading everything I could lay my hands on.  I took my love of reading into adulthood because reading not only expands our minds, it helps us escape, albeit for a short while, into another world where intriguing and inspiring events beckon to us.  However, over time, as my social media life grew, my time to read diminished. I was spending whatever down time I had, after work or after handling personal commitments, online. So, about 5 years ago, I decided to start using a VA to do most of my social media interactions. As time went by, I hired a couple more so I could get back to my life offline and really enjoy the things that mattered to me. I encourage you to do same. Cut back. Take time off. Let’s truly keep it simple in 2019.

READ: The FOMO Is Real: How Social Media Increases Depression and Loneliness
Does Social Media Cause Depression?
Link between social media and depression stronger in teen girls than boys, study says
Inspiration: Ten Things To Consider This Holiday Season…
Inspiration: #100HappyDays Challenge

 

Keep It SIMPLE
Missing Somebody? … Call
Want to Meet Up? … Invite
Want to be Understood? … Explain
Have questions? … Ask
Don’t like something? … Say it.
Like Something? … State it
Want something? … Ask for it
Love someone? … Tell it

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2018/JAN 2019 are:

DEC

12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Golden Globe Awards, Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

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Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

31/12/2018

“A year of ending and beginning, a year of loss and finding and all of you were with me through the storm. I drink to your health, your wealth, your fortune for long years to come, and I hope for many more days in which we can gather like this.” C.J. Cherryh

Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. Bill Vaughan
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. T.S. Eliot
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. Melody Beattie
For those of us with an inward turn of mind, which is another name for melancholy introspection, the beginning of a new year inevitably leads to thoughts about both the future and the past. Michael Dirda

Happy New Year! HAPPY End of 2018! As I write this post, some parts of the world have already entered 2019 and are well on their way with celebrations and hoots of delight and gratitude. What a great gift to see another year, another day spent with loved ones, and the opportunity to set new goals and meet them. A few years after creating this blog, I started sending out the twelve gifts/blessings below because contemplating them added a positive influence to my year. I pick one each month and contemplate its impact on my life.

Instead of New Year’s resolutions, I offer each of you all twelve gifts and encourage you to practice choosing one as a point of focus every month. Choose one in any order you wish, and then contemplate how it has helped shape your decisions. Write your observations down and, with time, the gifts will reveal their secrets to you.  Words have tremendous power and these words can be used as monthly affirmations to help you along. You may substitute your own words too. Enjoy them and have an abundantly blessed 2019! Here are my twelve 2019 Happy New Year gifts/blessings/wishes for each of you/us:
♥ Health
♥ Happiness
♥ Hope
♥ Abundance
♥ Grace
♥ Peace & Love
♥ Wisdom
♥ Friendship
♥ Goodwill
♥ Success
♥ Adventure
♥ Divine Protection

If the creative muse or spirit moves you, feel free to create your own wish list of twelve and try using the suggested tips on affirmations above. What do you plan to do on January 1, 2019? Happy ♥ New ♥ Year!

READ: Motivation Mondays: Happy New Year
Reflections: The Year Finally Wraps up!
Happy New Year: 10 Good Luck Foods to Eat
Reflections: Ten Things To Be Grateful For Today…

 

“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

Motivation Mondays: Ending & Beginning #HappyNewYear2019

 

New year can begin only because the old year ends. Madeleine L’Engle
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Seneca The Younger
The year end brings no greater pleasure then the opportunity to express to you season’s greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and new year be filled with joy. Charles Dickens
Another fresh new year is here another year to live! to banish worry, doubt, and fear, to love and laugh and give! William Arthur Ward
Every tomorrow is an outcome of what I do today, and the beauty of it all is that today is happening all the time. Craig D. Lounsbrough

Food is nourishment and it plays a very important role in all of our lives. Even if you don’t consider yourself a foodie, you still need it as sustenance to keep body and mind functioning. Some time ago, I came across an article about special foods to eat just before the new year and on New Year’s Day. I tried it out and fell in love with the idea. Every year, I make sure to honor the foods on this list that I enjoy. Since I don’t eat meat, I skip the pork but, I try to incorporate all the others in some fashion. Frankly, in my area of NY, these foods are so popular as New year meals that, last year,  they ran out of black eyed peas.  I was quite surprised and vowed to always have it in stock in my pantry.  Bon appétit, Buon appetito, Rie nke ọma … and have a wonderful feast of your chosen foods.

Below are a carefully curated list of good luck foods to eat.  There are 10 groups of foods to choose from. You can eat something from each group or select a few to add to your celebrations. Your call.  Pick what you like and enjoy!

• Black eyed beans and/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 offers 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.

READ:  Weekly Photo Challenge: CIRCLE – Happy New Year 2016!
Welcome 2015: Happy New Year!
10 Lucky Foods For The New Year: Food Files

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2018/JAN 2019 are:

DEC

12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Golden Globe Awards, Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

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