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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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Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay

15/01/2018

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay

Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay


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Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. Martin Luther King, Jr.
There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968): This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of this great man of light. Even as the years pass us by and a new generation of Americans learn about his life and legacy, his light shines brighter. Why, some might wonder…? Because he spoke so eloquently about the discriminatory practices going on and he was fearless about shining a light on the atrocities of the day. He walked in that light and it continues to serve as a shining path for all of us to walk and be reminded that we must remain vigilant and stand up against all forms of oppression. When we turn a blind eye to one form of oppression, we encourage the perpetuation of others… When we remain silent about wrong doing and slough it off because we believe it has no impact on our lives, one day it will… think about it.

READ: Motivation Mondays: I Have A Dream – #MLKDay

 

 
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay

Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay


#BELIEVE In Your WORTHINESS!” – Martin Luther King Jr. – Top 10 Rules

The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Although I didn’t spend my formative years in the US, I was cognizant of the history of the Civil Right movement because my parents had books and talked about it with their friends. We also studied it in school and I remember thinking why anyone would want to deprive another of their basic fundamental rights to a decent quality of life. I tried to imagine how frightening it must have been for kids to live under such conditions and be attacked for wanting to attend a better school. Dr King, a father of four, envisioned a world where his kids and all kids would live amicably and he died holding firmly to that dream. While some might see our current local and global climate as a dream deferred, we must not give up hope. Start where you are and teach your children to walk in the light. Treating other humans with decency must begin with us.
READ: Motivation Mondays: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Most Inspired Quotes

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2017/JAN 2018 are:

DECEMBER

12/01 –  World Aids Day,  12/02 Abolition of Slavery,
12/03 –  Start of Advent,  12/7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance, 12/8 Immaculate Conception,  12/9 Anti-Corruption Day,
12/10 –  Human Rights Day,  12/11 Green Day, 12/12 Start of Hanukkah,
12/17 –   12/18 International Migrant’s Day, 12/20 End of Hanukkah,  12/21 Winter Solstice,  12/23 Super Saturday
12/24 –  12/25 Christmas, 12/26 Start of Kwanzaa, 12/31 New Year’s Eve

JANUARY

01/01 –    01/01 New Year’s Day, 01/04  World Braille Day, 01/07 Orthodox Christmas, Golden Globes Award
01/08 –   01/11 Human Trafficking Awareness,  01/14 Orthodox New Year,
01/15 –   01/15  Martin Luther King Day,  01/21 World Religion Day,
01/22 –   01/26 International Customs Day, 01/27 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
01/28 –   01/28  Grammy Awards,

 

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Photo Challenge: WEATHERED

11/01/2018

“Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.” William Butler Yeats

Photo Challenge: WEATHERED

Photo Challenge: WEATHERED by the Elements

It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it. Amelia Barr
The whole climate is changing: the winds, the ocean currents, the storm patterns, snow packs, snowmelt, flooding, droughts. Temperature is just a bit of it. John Holdren

 

For this week’s challenge on – Weathered – I chose to go with the impact of the elements on my immediate environment. The snowstorm, last Thursday, left the landscape covered in mounds of white snow and blocks of frozen ice in some parts. As temperatures dipped well below zer0, the Hudson River froze over and created jagged shards of frozen river water. In parts of the Hudson River, where the tidal current moved inland as temperatures plummeted, a platform of frozen ice separated and divided the river into 3 segments; each segment displayed some degree of freeze.
The segment closest to the river’s edge and land mass was a frozen, shiny table with striations of waves frozen in place. Next, came the jagged shards of frozen waves and tidal current, seemingly angry, as they fought their way through the river in a futile battle against the Ice and Snow Queens. Last was the center of the river that still flowed with chunks of floating ice here and there; its fluidity maintained by virtue of being surrounded, and thus protected, by the two outer parts that absorbed the cold and extreme conditions. A tug boat or two helped carve a pathway through the center of the river, slowly and cautiously… Frozen water is, after all, like glass and can even take on the sharpness of a diamond.

 

 

“I have weathered many different storms and I know who I am and my friends know who I really am.” Delta Goodrem

Photo Challenge: WEATHERED

Photo Challenge: WEATHERED

Photo Challenge: WEATHERED

Photo Challenge: WEATHERED by the Elements

A few of us who chose to brave the cold did our morning exercise rounds, the day after the snowstorm, walking around the Hudson River Park. It was minus 10 and, when I stopped to capture some photos, I had to move quickly to get my gloves back on. My fingertips burned and the pain lingered longer than I would have cared to admit. Again, and again, I was drawn to the massive sheets of frozen snow and ice on my beloved Hudson River and I took a few more shots. Frostbite beckoned me to dare keep those gloves off longer than a few nanoseconds … I rejected the bait.  The geese that usually cruise the river were smart. They all took to land and I included them in my shots. After my walk, I felt as weathered as the river… stiff, a bit frozen and needing to thaw my toes.
A day later, I drove into the city and saw the sculpture I featured the week before, One Holding Small One by Joy Brown, now dressed in a snow cap and cape. The snow settled in strategic spots as if Mother Nature was reminding us to nurture our earth and one another. I could feel the protectiveness. I thought she and her baby looked weathered in the cutest way.

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Motivation Mondays: Stumbling Blocks

08/01/2018

“Are you going to let the obstacles in your life be stumbling blocks or stepping stones? Choose the positive. You are the master of your attitude.” Bruce Lee

Motivation Mondays: Overcoming Stumbling Blocks

Motivation Mondays: Overcoming Stumbling Blocks

Ultimately, success is not measured by first-place prizes. It’s measured by the road you have traveled: how you have dealt with the challenge and the stumbling blocks you’ve encountered along the way. Nicole Haislett
There’s so much happenstance, so many accidents – stumbling into something and finding it interesting and living with it over time and building on it. It’s okay to work from doubt. You need to be willing to not know. Ellen Gallagher

What are YOUR Stumbling Blocks? What is your most persistent Stumbling Block? We all have them or have experienced them at different points in our lives. They are barriers that we either come up against, create in our minds, or allow others to pass on to us and they stop our movement forward. The most ubiquitous blocks we have tend to come from a number of emotional upsets; REGRET over actions we took that derailed our plans and now we are stuck. PEOPLE we have in our lives who have a frozen image of who/what we are and these folks could include those close to us who are well meaning and those toxic people we need to lose. CONFUSION that mars our ability to make clear choices and this type of stumbling block creates chaos and indecision in our lives. EXPECTATIONS we hold about how others perceive us or how we wish to be perceived and sooner or later this creates a dichotomy in our thinking that leads us down a path of self delusion and not speaking our truth. DEFEAT over promises we made to ourselves or others and the deep sense of paralyzing failure that lingers. The most pernicious of all is FEAR or the unknown, of failure, success, of life and of all sorts of imagined and real adversaries that create blocks in our path. But we do NOT have to stay down or live in that space permanently.

A Story: The Headache & Halo by Anon
One day, a man walked into his doctor’s office complaining… ” Doctor, I have this awful headache that won’t go away. Please, could you give me a prescription for it?”
“I will,” murmured the doctor, pondering what had set off his usually calm patient. “but first, I want to check out a few things and ask you a few questions… Tell me, do you drink a lot of alcohol?”
“Alcohol?” the man shouted back indignantly. “I never touch that filthy stuff. Nor do I go near people who drink it. All filthy!”
“How about smoking?” the doctor calmly inquired.
“I think smoking is disgusting. I’ve never touched tobacco in my life.”
“Okay,” the doctor continued, “I’m a bit embarrassed to even ask this, but… Do you run around at night seeking dangerous pleasures?”
“Of course not! What do you take me for? I’m a highly spiritual and disciplined man, and I’m in bed by 10 o’clock every night.” The man spat back.
“Then, tell me…” said the doctor, “This pain in your head, is it a sharp, shooting kind of pain?”
“Yes, yes!” The man eagerly replied, his eyes lighting up… “It is… a sharp, shooting kind of pain.”
“Well, that’s simple, my dear fellow!” the doctor replied with a smile on his face. “The trouble is that you have your halo on too tight. All we need to do for you is loosen it up a bit; loosen you up a bit! Avoid the bad habits I mentioned earlier, and enjoy some innocent pleasures in life – Create some balance. Let go of the rigidity. Live!”

 

“A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Motivation Mondays: Overcoming Stumbling Blocks

Motivation Mondays: Overcoming Stumbling Blocks

What we sometimes consider a stumbling block is rather a rock we can step on. Mother Teresa
The right attitude can transform a barrier into a blessing, an obstacle into an opportunity or a stumbling block into a stepping stone.
Cory Booker
What are stumbling blocks and defeat to the weak and vacillating are but stepping stones to victory to the determined soul. Orison Swett Marden

How Can We Overcome our Stumbling Blocks? According to the article below, we can make great changes to our fears, challenges and stumbling blocks by taking a number of crucial steps along the way. Preston Ni offers 8 ways we can change that barrier to our growth and it begins with 1. The power of perspective – our attitude and beliefs about events in our lives make a huge difference. If we face them down, we can break them down. The others are listed and do come back for the details 2. Don’t focus on the mud. 3. All you have to do is ask…the right individuals 4. Thrive on your strengths while exploring new potential 5. Keep the fun and enjoyment 6. Keep your options open 7. Keep the faith 8. Resolve to never, ever give up.

Read Psychology Today: Turn Your Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones! by Preston Ni M.S.B.A.

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2017/JAN 2018 are:

DECEMBER

12/01 –  World Aids Day,  12/02 Abolition of Slavery,
12/03 –  Start of Advent,  12/7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance, 12/8 Immaculate Conception,  12/9 Anti-Corruption Day,
12/10 –  Human Rights Day,  12/11 Green Day, 12/12 Start of Hanukkah,
12/17 –   12/18 International Migrant’s Day, 12/20 End of Hanukkah,  12/21 Winter Solstice,  12/23 Super Saturday
12/24 –  12/25 Christmas, 12/26 Start of Kwanzaa, 12/31 New Year’s Eve

JANUARY

01/01 –    01/01 New Year’s Day, 01/04  World Braille Day, 01/07 Orthodox Christmas, Golden Globes Award
01/08 –   01/11 Human Trafficking Awareness,  01/14 Orthodox New Year,
01/15 –   01/15  Martin Luther King Day,  01/21 World Religion Day,
01/22 –   01/26 International Customs Day, 01/27 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
01/28 –   01/28  Grammy Awards,

 

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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