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“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!


Respite Reminder: I'm Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in occasionally. Back in August!

Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

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.

I started this blog 10+ years ago, as a way to help agents/staff at the company I worked for stay motivated. After the market crashed and downsized, I decided to keep it going. The main goal was to encourage myself and others to keep moving forward. It has been a long and rewarding journey.

Over the years, I have learned a lot about blogging, its many positives, and pitfalls, and how important it is to stay focused on our own Why or raison d’être.  We can choose to focus on one of the fundamental rules of blogging which is to make connections with others by adding value through our message/content, comments, and social interactions. We can also choose to turn our attention elsewhere. It is entirely up to us. One thing I know for sure is that if your heart is invested in what you blog about, you will stay the course. Remember to stay true to who you are and why you blog. It can’t just be about monetization. Add value. Help others. Stay encouraged.

Another thing I know for sure is that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected; I know that 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.

 How do we stay mirthful and motivated?
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Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart


“The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.” Henry Miller

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

History of the Holidays: History of Valentines Day | History

Swae Lee – Won’t Be Late ft. Drake (Lyric Video)


VALENTINE’S DAY: Happy Valentine’s Day! What do you know about Valentine’s Day? One thing I love about  February is that it pulls together several subjects that are dear to so many hearts. It’s Heart Health Month, Black History Month, Lovers Month and, also, Presidents Day falls on the same month reminding us that democracy and freedom of the press are paramount to the survival of global peace. On February 14th, in many countries around the world, lovers give each other gifts, cards and delicious treats in celebration of the love they share. According to historical sources, this popular love-fest is held in remembrance of possibly three (3) martyred Saints named Valentine; a priest, a bishop, and a Christian missionary in Africa. In some circles, it is believed that the special day was created by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496. Yet, other accounts suggest Valentine’s Day is truly an observance of Lupercalia; an ancient rite of fertility and that any ties to the aforementioned saints are merely coincidental.

Some believe the tradition grew from the days of Claudius I and the sacrifice young men made in leaving for war instead of staying home to raise a family; the celebration honored a wish those left behind had for the safe return of their loved one. The wistful sentiments that arise on this day prevail as lovers return to share a gift or a special moment and memory with their beloved. How you choose to spend this day is entirely up to you. Yes, love ought to be an everyday affair but, take a moment to let your loved ones know you care by giving them an extra bit of attention. Please, don’t forget to indulge yourself a bit too. Self-care and loving others go hand in hand… Enjoy the life you have and LIVE! Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Valentine’s Day! ENJOY THE MUSIC! 😉

A Valentine – Poem by James Russell Lowell
Let others wonder what fair face
Upon their path shall shine,
And, fancying half, half hoping, trace
Some maiden shape of tenderest grace
To be their Valentine.

Let other hearts with tremor sweet
One secret wish enshrine
That Fate may lead their happy feet
Fair Julia in the lane to meet
To be their Valentine.

But I, far happier, am secure;
I know the eyes benign,
The face more beautiful and pure
Than fancy’s fairest portraiture
That mark my Valentine.

More than when first I singled, thee,
This only prayer is mine,-
That, in the years I yet shall see.
As, darling, in the past, thou’ll be
My happy Valentine.
James Russell Lowell via Poemhunter


The Gardener By Mary Oliver
Have I lived enough?
Have I loved enough?
Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to any conclusion?
Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?
Have I endured loneliness with grace?

I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it.
Actually, I probably think too much.

Then I step out into the garden,
where the gardener, who is said to be a simple man,
is tending his children, the roses. via thenaturewithinus

READ: Motivation Mondays: Beyond Valentine’s Day
Motivation Mondays: LOVE Is… #HappyValentinesDay
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Motivation Mondays: Happy Valentine’s Day

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Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY


“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” Martin Luther King, Jr

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal - #MLKDAY

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY


Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal - #MLKDAY

Motivation Mondays: Silence Is Betrayal – #MLKDAY


Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. | The View

MLK Talks ‘New Phase’ Of Civil Rights Struggle, 11 Months Before His Assassination | NBC News

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Martin Luther King, Jr

Silence is Betrayal:– As we approach both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday on the 15th and the 25th anniversary of the Federal government designated holiday – MLK Day on the 20th, I’ve decided to revisit some of his words of wisdom on the subject of SILENCE because they are applicable to all areas of our lives. Even though Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spent less than 13 years, from December 1955 to April 4, 1968, as a key leader of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, he left behind an impressive, inspired body of work that remains a timeless legacy of his passion for peace, unity, and equality. His vision, his philosophy, and his quotes are infused with the same degree of passion and advice he had for us as a community of people who share a common inextricable destiny as humans on this planet. If we consider his message on the dangers of silence, we soon realize that being silent about evil or injustice will inevitably have an impact on our lives. To turn a blind eye in the face of evil and pretend it is not happening or to wish it away is not going to change the situation.

How are we using silence to negate ourselves and others? As a matter of fact, the more we ignore an issue, the more we resist a condition, the more it persists and festers. When we refuse to be silenced by our oppressors in the workplace, at home, our schools and elsewhere, we are taking a stand to end the abuse against us and also against others. Every time we stand up and speak out against acts of violence, discrimination, and the negation of our existence, we are also speaking for the voiceless and facilitating change.  When we see something and say nothing, we might give an excuse that it is none of our business but, the actions we ignore can someday lead to more pain and suffering for people close to us or, frankly, for us. To be proactive about ending violence, workplace harassment, and other forms of abuse/discrimination, we must all become engineers of change. Each of us must answer the following questions and search our conscience on why we choose to sit back and turn away from the suffering and denial of basic rights and aid for others: What are you doing for others? How is the tyranny of silence affecting our relationships and other areas of our lives? Read the quotes, poems and watch the videos and reflect on them.

To Be or Not to Be SILENT: Please do NOT confuse the silence discussed here with the silence we observe when we are being contemplative or reflective about issues that need to be carefully weighed. Let’s not confuse the silence explored here with the silence I wrote about in another blog post on SILENCE or Haiku on the POWER of SILENCE. This post is completely different from those posts because this is written in the context of Dr. King’s legacy, the Civil Rights Movement, and his efforts against racial discrimination, poverty, and inequality. We can choose to be silent whenever we want. The points being raised here have to do with oppression, discrimination, and abuse. There is NEVER a good excuse for remaining silent in the face of oppression, discrimination, and hate. Come Back For More!

READ:- Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDAY 2019
Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay 2018
Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter? 2017
Martin Luther King, Jr. at Columbia | Columbia Magazine


Breaking The Silence by Lovina Sylvia Chidi

Shush! Silence
I’m breaking the silence
As I finish this sentence

Six months ago
My heart said yes
My head said no, go slow

In my silence I hid the truth, expressing fear
In my silence I hid my feelings, registering no care
In my silence I hid my thoughts, refusing to share
Any of my ideas

Prosperous is the silence
Abundance of it can turn life
Into a nasty experience

Shush! Silence
I’m breaking the silence
As I finish this sentence

Ceaselessly I’ve combated with my conscience
Endlessly in silence, I exposed my defense
Allowing all to penetrate my territory without a valid license
I should have said no with my voice
I should have asked why by making some noise

In silence, I created an air of suspense
And they capitalized on it in my absence
In silence, all my thoughts mingled
Some of which should have been singled

Shush! Silence
I’m breaking the silence
As I finish this sentence
Silence I demand
Give back to me my independence

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Motivation 2020: HAPPY NEW YEAR


Happy New Year: “What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” Vern McLellan

Motivation Every Day: HAPPY NEW YEAR

Motivation Every Day: HAPPY NEW YEAR


Motivation Every Day: HAPPY NEW YEAR

Motivation Every Day: HAPPY NEW YEAR

It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life, for me, and I’m feeling good. Nina Simone
Celebrate what you want to see more of. Tom Peters
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier. Alfred Lord Tennyson
We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring. Will be to arrive where we started. And know the place for the first time T.S. Eliot

Happy New Year/Happy New Decade Everyone! What a blessing to see another new year with all our hopes, goals and promises dancing before us. How did you spend the last day of 2019? How are you planning to start this wonderful new decade? I like the sound of it – 2020. It reminds me of having 20/20 vision… and is a double the blessings sounding year with great things ahead for us. Naturally, we all wish peace, joy, good health and more to our global family as events that affect one nation has reverberations that impact others. We imagine and hope for the great day of celebration that will welcome the end to the chaos, conflict, and climate change around the world. What would motivate us to make changes? For starters, we have to be fully committed to change and it begins with having an honest conversation with ourselves about the roadblocks we have planted on our path and how we can move them. You might ask: How do I/you/we start? Start with one simple step in the right direction and build on it incrementally. You will see improvements that will help spur you on. Instead of creating a mad list of impossible goals that would sooner or later make you so anxious that you trip over them, begin with a SMART goal to help you get even one thing done each day and then build on that one thing. As you progress, you can add new challenges to your goals and watch yourself grow.
Specific –  You keep it simple and clear
Measurable – You have an outcome
Achievable – You can make it happen with effort/skill
Relevant – You are working with purpose
Time-focused – You create a deadline

Can we Start Afresh Today/ Any day? YES! One thing I know for sure is that the new year brings us opportunities to turn the page and start afresh. The old year is done, our lessons were learned, and our losses were real. However, we can start afresh and create new worlds, new dreams, new plans and add our voice to the creative universe out there. Of course, it all begins within…. so listen to the messages you give yourself.  Watch your thoughts and treat your mind with love, compassion, and positive messages. Don’t castigate yourself for mistakes, learn from them and move on. If you fall or fail, get up and start again. Remember to focus on developing discipline, compassion, and self-care on a daily basis. We can only be our best when we give ourselves the best care.

READ: Motivation Mondays: Happy New Year
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Morning Poem By Mary Oliver
Every morning
the world is created.
Under the orange sticks of the sun
the heaped ashes of the night
turn into leaves again
and fasten themselves
to the high branches-

If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails
for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.

And if your spirit carries within it
the thorn that is heavier than lead-
if it is all you can do to keep on trudging —

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted.

Each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
every morning,
whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.


In Memoriam, [Ring out, wild bells] By Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

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