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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: PERSEVERANCE

26/06/2017

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”  Walter Elliot

Motivation Mondays: PERSEVERANCE

Motivation Mondays: PERSEVERANCE

 

Perseverance, secret of all triumphs. Victor Hugo
As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time. Denis Waitley

What motivates you/your attitude on PERSEVERANCE? When I think of PERSEVERANCE, what comes to mind isn’t always the big goals we aim for or the insurmountable barriers we’ve overcome to get from point A to point B. It is the small steps we take daily to build on our effort to complete tasks that contribute to the whole. Every day, we get out of bed and work our schedule; this might include taking care of family members, kids, others who depend on our work, work related projects, our bodies, mind, and overall health. We make the effort, sometimes unconsciously, because of a mechanism within that kicks in reminding us to carry on. It is for this reason that perseverance is the persistent, powerful, and even inspirational little engine chugging along, pulling us forward to meet our destiny.

At some point in our lives, events might occur that derail this rhythmic inner commitment and, for a moment, we might find ourselves off track, back at square one, and laboring to start our journey all over again. We might stop and ponder what drives us daily to perform mundane and major acts. We might choose to just get back up and get on with the tasks before us. Whether we choose to reflect on it or not, what matters is that we stay committed to completing our tasks in clockwork fashion. Perseverance is our will to survive, our inner drive to achieve our aims, and the memories embedded in our being that kick-start our day; persistently telling us to get up and go. This simple motivating factor drives the sense of accomplishment we feel when tasks are done and new ones are placed before us. Like the wild flowers growing through cracks in concrete slaps, and the persistent snail and tortoise who win their races, albeit at a slow and steady pace, if we stay the course we have carved out for ourselves, we will find an astonishing body of work at key stop points in our lives and at the end of our journey.

READ – Inspiration: The Story Behind The Door
READ – Inspiration: Lessons We Wish We Had Learned Earlier…

 

Carry On by Robert William Service
It’s easy to fight when everything’s right,
And you’re mad with the thrill and the glory;
It’s easy to cheer when victory’s near,
And wallow in fields that are gory.
It’s a different song when everything’s wrong,
When you’re feeling infernally mortal;
When it’s ten against one, and hope there is none,
Buck up, little soldier, and chortle:

Carry on! Carry on!
There isn’t much punch in your blow.
You’re glaring and staring and hitting out blind;
You’re muddy and bloody, but never you mind.
Carry on! Carry on!
You haven’t the ghost of a show.
It’s looking like death, but while you’ve a breath,
Carry on, my son! Carry on! Contd below and/or here

 

 

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” Hal Borland

Motivation Mondays: PERSEVERANCE

Motivation Mondays: PERSEVERANCE

How does PERSEVERANCE play out in our life? You get up daily, follow a routine, head for work, return home and do it all over again the next day. Why? Because there is an inner drive that insists you must do it. By the same token, the writing life and process demands a commitment and unswerving devotion to our goals. In the beginning, we might pick and choose when to process our creative thoughts on paper but, over time, the muse becomes vocal and her voice grows more impatient and even demanding, as she nudges us to get with it and write. If we stay the course, our writing will take new directions we never intended and we will be guided to do work that might not have been on our vision board at all. Now, I should add that there is no definitive, linear timeline. It occurs at different points for each of us but, when it comes, we will recognize it and all the persistent steps we took to get creative would start making sense. But there is a post script to this, we will need to keep at our craft, writing and rewriting, exploring new frames of thought, and experimenting with our content to keep it all fresh and fluid.

So, when you feel an inner hunger to create a piece that is not driven by market forces or the expectations of X and Y, you are responding to that little voice within, urging you to change directions, telling you to push beyond your limitations, and rise above the repetitive claptrap that might have taken over and put your work in auto-drive. Our inner checker will persistently push the blurring boundaries that are closing in and nudge us to not conform. At some point, some of us may choose to stay put and churn out our usual, while others clip their chains and fly off to new creative realms. Perseverance is not a tame or quiet quality. It is persistent and demanding. We see it in our daily routines and in our rigidity about not conforming to certain beliefs. We see it in our stick-to-itness in the face of failure, and we see it in our interactions with the world at large from our cradle to our grave. Without perseverance, we’d still be living in the dark ages… Creativity, innovation, leadership and every quality, in between, finds its footing in perseverance. How does it play out in your life?

READ – Inspiration: Writing as Medicine…

 

And so in the strife of the battle of life
It’s easy to fight when you’re winning;
It’s easy to slave, and starve and be brave,
When the dawn of success is beginning.
But the man who can meet despair and defeat
With a cheer, there’s the man of God’s choosing;
The man who can fight to Heaven‘s own height
Is the man who can fight when he’s losing.

Carry on! Carry on!
Things never were looming so black.
But show that you haven’t a cowardly streak,
And though you’re unlucky you never are weak.
Carry on! Carry on!
Brace up for another attack.
It’s looking like hell, but — you never can tell:
Carry on, old man! Carry on! Contd below

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for May/June 2017 are:

 

MAY

05/01  – May Day, World Lyme Day, 02 National Teacher Day, 03 World Press Freedom, 04 National Day of Prayer,
05 Cinco De Mayo, 06 Kentucky Derby
05/14 –  14 Mothers Day, 20 Armed Forces Day
05/21 –  22 International Biological Diversity, 24 National Brother Day, 25 Ascension, 27 Ramadan starts
05/28 – 29 Memorial Day, 31 World No Tobacco Day

JUNE

06/05  –  World Environment Day,  08 National Best Friend Day,  08 World Oceans Day
06/11 –  11  Trinity Sunday, 14 Flag Day
06/18 –  18 Father’s Day,  19 Juneteeth,  20 World Refugee Day,  21 Summer Solstice/International Yoga Day, 23 Intn’l  Widow’s Day, 24 Ramadan Ends
06/25 – 25  Eid al Fitr,  26 Against Drug Abuse Day,

 

 

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2017?

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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: TRANSIENT

21/06/2017

“Catch, then, O catch the transient hour; Improve each moment as it flies!” St. Jerome

Photo Challenge: TRANSIENT

Photo Challenge: TRANSIENT

 

Photo Challenge: TRANSIENT

Photo Challenge: TRANSIENT

I don’t make resolutions, because resolutions seem so ephemeral and transient to go away. Ian K. Smith
To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists. Arnold Bennett

Every time I walk the path to the Hudson River, I am drawn in by the sunlight shimmering over the water, the ducks swimming along with the currents, and the undulating terrain beckoning form the distant mountains. The more I see it, the more it changes in the most subtle ways. Sure, the river is there, steady and full. The location seems the same but, something about the landscape shifts at each visit… like a transitory song that arrives in our dreams, disappearing as dawn sets in.
Today, we celebrate the Summer Solstice and International Day of Yoga. Both offer us some comfort and a chance to refresh ourselves as we give thanks to Mother Earth for her magnificence. I am grateful for the present moment and I hope you are too. As the day comes to a quiet, meditative end, a thought settles in the center of my heart: Most things have a transitory nature … and, each day, we are reminded to make the best of each moment.

 

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Motivation Mondays: Relief or Relieved?

19/06/2017

“Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.” Christopher Morley

Motivation Mondays: Relief or Relieved? World Refugee Day

Motivation Mondays: Relief or Relieved? World Refugee Day


 
Motivation Mondays: Relief or Relieved? World Refugee Day - Be the light...

Motivation Mondays: Relief or Relieved? World Refugee Day – Be the light…

 

Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness. May Sarton
Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them. Johannes Brahms

Tomorrow is World Refugee Day and this gives us a chance to celebrate the courage, strength, and perseverance of millions of people who, over the years, have been forced to flee their homes because of strife, persecution, and hope for a better life. As these refugees arrive in new countries, they receive relief or rejection and are forced to make a decision to seek asylum, stay put in limbo or seek solace elsewhere. Until they find a welcoming home in a nation that accommodates refugees, there is no true sense of relief; it is merely a temporary, stop gap feeling that is interspersed with moments of sheer terror and despair. Once they are settled in a country or community that welcomes them, as they would a long lost sibling, they are relieved and go about starting their lives over, motivated by their feelings of gratitude and a determination to make their lives matter. The lives of Refugees can be viewed through the lens of disenfranchisement, struggle, and wistful dreams of a day when they can return to the homeland. The crisis of living dislocated lives haunts many, and making the acculturation shift to adjust in a new culture can be very difficult. They view the new country as an oasis of temporary joy; their heavy hearts still tied inextricably to the land and loved ones they left behind. So are they in a state of relief or relieved?

As a child of war, my family came close to that refugee state. What spared us a life of being transplanted from our home into the unknown was that, on the day the war ended, the only airport open was packed with lots of families and expatriates attempting to flee the country.  So many families gathered, in a desperate final effort, to leave from that makeshift ragtag escape route at the end of a brutal and destructive civil war. The airport was merely a strip of tarmac in the middle of the forest, and that last night of surrender that served as the last gasp that ended the Biafran war was fraught with fears of imminent annihilation. Many families sought relief at the airport in the hope that one of the rickety combat/red cross relief jets would ferret them to a new place. Few escaped by air that night, and the rest of us fled into the interior in search of a hiding place, until we could get reassurances that we won’t become the last victims of a genocide. We had some relief when we found a family in the interior who welcomed us into their home with open arms. A day later, armed robbers descended on the family home as news got out that there were some refugees staying there who looked like they had riches to be taken. My Dad, a smart man with nerves of steel, faced the robbers and calmly reasoned with them while negotiating for our lives. The incident remains one of my proudest memories of my father’s wisdom and calm in the face of great danger; there is more but I will save it for another time. So in our case, relief was replaced with terror and demands for a ransom and … finally we were reprieved and relieved.

Food For Thought: Charity begins at home; each of us has a duty to extend our help to those in need. Even with its domestic issues, this beautiful, great country, the USA, remains the wealthiest nation on our planet. We can afford to help others and still continue to help our own. An act to make another happy, inspires the other to make still another happy, and so happiness is aroused and abounds. Thousands of candles can be {lit} from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

 

“When you taste super-success after tasting super-failure, there is huge relief.” Akshay Kuma

Motivation Mondays: Relief or Relieved? World Refugee Day

Motivation Mondays: Relief or Relieved? World Refugee Day

Relieved – no longer feeling distressed or anxious; reassured.happy that something unpleasant has not happened or has ended: . Learn more.
Relief – feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress

 

What does Relief or Relieved mean to you? When we think of both words, we think of words that offer comfort from pain, fear and suffering. They are close in meaning yet each has a distinction that sets it apart from the other. Such is the power of words…. When we are relieved, we are in a state of resolution and we feel a period of great distress has subsided. Our pain and struggle is in the past and a new day has arrived with hope and better prospects. The word “Relieved” offers a positive solution to a challenge we faced. We have answers and our motivations are aligned with staying on top of whatever caused us pain. Relief on the other hand can be/is temporary. When we receive relief, we are grateful for the break that comes through the kindness of others or the treatment by a medical professional, and we know that we will need to stay motivated to get to our goal of being fully free of what ails us.

We see this in action, every day, in our lives or in the lives of others around us. When we are forced into a tenuous situation; arguments with friends, challenges on the job, accidents or the many ways life throws us curve-balls, our inner drive is to do everything we can to overcome those interruptions or objections and get our lives back on track. Sometimes, our sheer will wins the day and, at other times, we see the mighty hand of an intelligent force guide us in a new and improved direction that helps us learn and grow from the experiences. So, not all disappointments are intended to destroy us and if anything, we see the human spirit rise and shine in the face of violence, inhumane attacks and depraved aggression. In times like we see in our bruised and brutalized world today, there is hope for relief and we must not give up.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for May/June 2017 are:

 

MAY

05/01  – May Day, World Lyme Day, 02 National Teacher Day, 03 World Press Freedom, 04 National Day of Prayer,
05 Cinco De Mayo, 06 Kentucky Derby
05/14 –  14 Mothers Day, 20 Armed Forces Day
05/21 –  22 International Biological Diversity, 24 National Brother Day, 25 Ascension, 27 Ramadan starts
05/28 – 29 Memorial Day, 31 World No Tobacco Day

JUNE

06/05  –  World Environment Day,  08 National Best Friend Day,  08 World Oceans Day
06/11 –  11  Trinity Sunday, 14 Flag Day
06/18 –  18 Father’s Day,  19 Juneteeth,  20 World Refugee Day,  21 Summer Solstice/International Yoga Day, 23 Intn’l  Widow’s Day, 24 Ramadan Ends
06/25 – 25  Eid al Fitr,  26 Against Drug Abuse Day,

 

 

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2017?

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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