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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: ECLIPSE

21/08/2017

“Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.”  Victor Hugo

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE - A solar eclipse

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE – A solar eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. NASA
O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon, Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse.  Without all hope of day! John Milton
We should always endeavor to wonder at the permanent thing, not at the mere exception. We should be startled by the sun, and not by the eclipse. We should wonder less at the earthquake, and wonder more at the earth. Gilbert K. Chesterton

What did we learn today? This morning, starting around 10:30am, we experienced a phenomenon that we have not seen in the USA since 1979 – A Total Solar Eclipse. People gathered all around the country and the gradual shift of the sun made its way behind the moon thrilling us and holding us all in awe. It is an event that won’t happen again till 2024; the reactions and gatherings of folks across the US made it clear that as a nation, we can come together in unity to celebrate events that bind us all. Yet, as I write this post, it saddens me that we are not as actively engaged in protecting our environment to ensure that the next Total Eclipse will even happen or , at least, happen in a safe and just world that isn’t decimated by toxins, hatreds and war.  What could we have learned from this momentous scientific event?

What are some lessons learned today? From my perspective, we learned a number of key things today: 1. Community – when events occur that pull people together, most of us are able to set aside our differences and rally to share in goodness or powerful events. 2. Beauty of Our Planet – Who would argue with this simple fact? We have inherited a magical and beautiful planet that offers us many opportunities to see her effulgence even in an eclipse, to see her power in nature and the occurrence of natural events. But that is not enough, we must all participate in sustaining our planet and not sit back and watch the destruction and deforestation of sacred green space around the world.

NYTimes: The Solar Eclipse: Highlights From Its Path Across the United States

 

“There has always been the same amount of light in the world. The new and missing stars, the comets and eclipses, do not affect the general illumination, for only our glasses appreciate them.”  Henry David Thoreau

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE - A solar eclipse

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE – A solar eclipse

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE - A solar eclipse

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE – A solar eclipse

Whenever a total eclipse of the sun was visible in an accessible region parties were sent out to observe it. Simon Newcomb
There is no science in this world like physics. Nothing comes close to the precision with which physics enables you to understand the world around you. It’s the laws of physics that allow us to say exactly what time the sun is going to rise. What time the eclipse is going to begin. What time the eclipse is going to end. Neil deGrasse Tyson

3. Appreciation for our Scientific Community – As far back as 1979, it was calculated that the next eclipse would occur this year and it did. The scientific community and NASA did their homework and delivered a ton of information and a livestream as the eclipse made its way across America. It was the ultimate experience of education and science in action. We learned, we listened and we were vowed by the is special day.  What does it mean? It means that we must support science education and research. We must not sit back and see these precious part of our nation undercut and set aside. Each of us must make a commitment to educate ourselves and our children on the value of sustaining our planet and our scientific community 4. Building Memories – A popular meme that I have experienced since moving to the US is the constant question: Where were you when…?  Because this is considered a once in a lifetime experience, many of us will now have a shared memory that we can reach for when we meet and try to initiate conversations. Building and sharing memories help people recognize their common bond and it helps us see the value of shared experiences, our common humanity and community.

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for July/August 2017 are:

 

JULY

07/04 – Independence Day,
07/11 – World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/16 – National Ice Cream Day, 18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/23 – Parents Day, 28 World Hepatitis Day
07/30 – International Friendship Day

AUGUST

08/06 –  01 National Girlfriend Day
08/13 –  06 Friendship Day, 12 International Youth Day
08/20 –  19 World Humanitarian Day
08/27 –  26 National Dog 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: SHINY Attractions

16/08/2017

“And when all the glitter fades, there will still be stardust in her veins.”  Michelle Schaper.

Photo Challenge: Shiny Attractions!

Photo Challenge: Shiny Attractions!

Photo Challenge: Shiny Attractions!

Photo Challenge: Shiny Attractions!

Creativity is a continual surprise. Ray Bradbury
The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. Ashley Montagu
Writers are magpies by nature, always collecting shiny things, storing them away and looking for connections of things. John Connolly

For this week’s photo challenge, we are to consider what our “Ooh Shiny!” moments or attractions consist of. It could be anything but I chose the path of least resistance because I am drawn to shiny things, especially during the holiday season. I find that to be the time of year when all the brightest, shiniest lights and decorations go up, and the dazzling array of creative displays fire up our joy and get us ready for the holidays and all that comes with it. I included more than my share of bedazzle but I must say that all those bright, even garish, colors lighten my spirit. Are you easily attracted or distracted by shiny things? I guess it depends on the time of the year and what’s involved.
 

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Motivation Mondays: ASK

14/08/2017

“Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid.” Bernard Meltzer

Motivation Mondays: ASK

Motivation Mondays: ASK

Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers. Tony Robbins
Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. Jules Renard
Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life. Don Miguel Ruiz

What are you afraid to ask for/of yourself? Some of us go through life hiding, avoiding/evading, and never asking for help, guidance, clarity, understanding or even the truth about our beliefs and our fears. If we don’t ask questions, how can we take appropriate action to resolve misunderstandings and other limiting thought patterns? If life is to be lived with wisdom and consideration for the rights of all people to co-exist, we won’t get anywhere by staying mum about the issues that pull or push us to act. Asking questions is not only something we do to/for others but, it is a necessary step we must take for our own growth. Until we step up and ask ourselves tough and growth triggering questions, we will continue to live our lives on the margins of the fears we hold about ourselves and others. The elephant in the room will always loom large when we sit on our hands instead of asking direct questions that help us understand and appreciate a task or even a situation in front of us.

Questions are a necessary part of every day living; we need them to gain trust, to conduct transactions, to make a diagnosis and to reassure ourselves that all is well. In real estate and other service oriented businesses, a ruling mantra is that you must – Ask for the sale! The same applies to other areas of our lives. If we don’t ask for what we need, and take massive action to show our commitment to our request, nothing will be accomplished. Stop living in your head and start asking those freeing questions. We all have a modicum of fear in our lives (for self-preservation in the face of danger) but, we must formulate questions to help us make wise/better decisions and take action. Regardless of the reasons for the fear, ask yourself how the cost of staying mum is being exacted against your life. When we ask better questions that are well thought out, the answers can open doors to our success.

 

Ask Me by William Stafford
Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.

I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say. via famouspoetsandpoems.com

 

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Motivation Mondays: ASK

Motivation Mondays: ASK

I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions. Lou Holtz
Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not. Robert Kennedy
People who ask confidently get more than those who are hesitant and uncertain. When you’ve figured out what you want to ask for, do it with certainty, boldness and confidence. Don’t be shy or feel intimidated by the experience. You may face some unexpected criticism, but be prepared for it with confidence. Jack Canfield

What are you afraid to ask of others? When we expect others to perform tasks for us, we have to clear about what we need and why. We also have to be clear about how they will respond, and not let a negative or half hearted response stop us from staying motivated about our goals. What is key is to always stay open and ask questions. Ask for clarification and then consider the response. When we act from a place of fear and assumptions, we get the level of hate and acrimony that we see around the world today. The root cause of such hatred is lack of understanding and the refusal to have discourse and ask questions that can move a much needed conversation forward. Ask and then wait for an answer and then ask again without prejudice or acrimony.

Are you ready to face the facts and make some changes in your thinking/beliefs? If yes, then we must also keep in mind what Eleanor said above…. Ask because you are ready to make changes in your life. Ask because you want to connect with others across the bridge. Ask because you want to speak truth to power and clarify your biases and strength. As we grow in confidence with our questions, the confusion and fog will lift. As we become emboldened in our asking, we will begin to develop clarity about our purpose and work on this planet. What is the driving force, the motivation behind your asking? Set a motivational goal to ask a question of someone in a position to help you and vise versa.  Choose a different question to tackle every day.

Phenomenal Woman BY MAYA ANGELOU
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me. Contd Below via Poetryfoundation.org

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for July/August 2017 are:

 

JULY

07/04 – Independence Day,
07/11 – World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/16 – National Ice Cream Day, 18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/23 – Parents Day, 28 World Hepatitis Day
07/30 – International Friendship Day

AUGUST

08/06 –  01 National Girlfriend Day
08/13 –  06 Friendship Day, 12 International Youth Day
08/20 –  19 World Humanitarian Day
08/27 –  26 National Dog 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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