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Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane

“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” Elie Wiesel

Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane

Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane

It’s surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. Barbara Kingsolver Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved.Thomas Fuller
So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good. Helen Keller
Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response. Arthur M. Schlesinger

The place where you felt happiest or safest: As I pack up my home of the last 25 years and ready myself for the next phase of my life, I am flooded with lots of memories. Memories of those early days in my marriage when we were expecting our twins and had just bought our first home. Memories of our toddlers tearing through the house as deer and other wildlife strolled across our property; many of them hanging out for a while to feast on my lovingly tended garden.  Memories of celebrations, graduations, resolutions and dissolution. There are good, not so good, and a few sad memories we carry throughout our lives and our homes share them with us, nurture us through all the changes, and offer us a sense of security we all crave. We cherish the good ones, erase or conveniently banish the bad ones, and tuck away the secrets that stay in the dark recesses of our being until we let them go. Memory is a fascinating subject because it is our ability to encode, store, retain and subsequently recall information and past experiences in the human brain Our brain is our key repository of memories and it can be as selective as we are picky. We have short and long term memory banks and we often reach for memories that have a special hold on us. Home is where I have felt happiest and safest. It is my place of respite and my family is and has always been a key factor in that equation.

As I contemplate my own journey down memory lane, I invite you to pause and reflect on your own. Do your recollections jibe with those of others around you? Food is a great connector and I bet most of us have great memories of foods we enjoyed as kids; these could be favorite meals that always touched our hearts, special dishes that were made for important occasions or just the many memories of pleasurable comfort foods that nurtured us over the years.   Come back for more! When I think about A food that reminds you of your youth.
READ: MEMORY
WHAT IS MEMORY?
What Is Memory and How Does It Work?

Memory Lane by Ernestine Northover
Do you ever hear a haunting refrain,
Which takes you back to that moment again,
When memories flow and scenes are set,
And you, once more, relive the time you met.
How perfect, were those days back then,
Those days of romance, and the instant, when
Love hit you with a painful jolt,
And exquisite pain, you didn’t want to halt,
And playing along was a haunting refrain,
So let it now take you, down memory lane.
© Ernestine Northover via poemhunter.org

Childhood by Rainer Maria Rilke
It would be good to give much thought, before
you try to find words for something so lost,
for those long childhood afternoons you knew
that vanished so completely –and why?

We’re still reminded–: sometimes by a rain,
but we can no longer say what it means;
life was never again so filled with meeting,
with reunion and with passing on

as back then, when nothing happened to us
except what happens to things and creatures:
we lived their world as something human,
and became filled to the brim with figures.

And became as lonely as a sheperd
and as overburdened by vast distances,
and summoned and stirred as from far away,
and slowly, like a long new thread,
introduced into that picture-sequence
where now having to go on bewilders us. via famouspoetsandpoems

Excerpt from Memory by Anne Bronte
Sweet Memory! ever smile on me;
Nature’s chief beauties spring from thee,
Oh, still thy tribute bring!
Still make the golden crocus shine
Among the flowers the most divine,
The glory of the spring… via famouspoetsandpoems

“We are what we remember. If we lose our memory, we lose our identity and our identity is the accumulation of our experiences.” Erik Pevernagie

Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane

Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane

Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane

Motivation Mondays: Down Memory Lane

Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us. Oscar Wilde
Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream. Khalil Gibran
Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going. Tennessee Williams
Karma, memory, and desire are just the software of the soul. It’s conditioning that the soul undergoes in order to create experience. And it’s a cycle… Deepak Chopra

 

What you thought you were going to be when you grew up?
Your childhood fears

Memory Lane by Joseph T. Renaldi
As I sat on the glider on the front porch
And watched the attractive twilight glow,
I took an imaginary trip down memory lane
And envisioned the colorful flowers in a row.

The aroma of perfume from the flowering shrubs,
The scent of the freshly cut grass,
The fragrance from the assortment of flowers,
All mingled in an identifiable mass.

I heard the rousing voices of children,
How carefree and excited they seem.
I heard the clanging of a distant bell
As I continued my journey to fulfill my dream.

I heard the mourning dove cooing
And an owl hooting on the nearby hill.
I heard a variety of birds chirping,
Interrupting my dream that finally became nil.via poemhunter.org

Memory Of Sun by Anna Akhmatova
Memory of sun seeps from the heart.
Grass grows yellower.
Faintly if at all the early snowflakes
Hover, hover.

Water becoming ice is slowing in
The narrow channels.
Nothing at all will happen here again,
Will ever happen.

Against the sky the willow spreads a fan
The silk’s torn off.
Maybe it’s better I did not become
Your wife.

Memory of sun seeps from the heart.
What is it? — Dark?
Perhaps! Winter will have occupied us
In the night. via famouspoetsandpoems

First Memory by Louise Gluck
Long ago, I was wounded. I lived
to revenge myself
against my father, not
for what he was–
for what I was: from the beginning of time,
in childhood, I thought
that pain meant
I was not loved.
It meant I loved. via famouspoetsandpoems

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR – APR 2019 are:

APR

04/01   –  01 April Fool’s Day, 02 Autism Awareness, Equal Pay Day
04/07  –   07 World Health Day, 10 National Siblings Day
04/14 –   14 Palm Sunday, 15 Tax Day, 18 Holy Thursday, 19 Good Friday 
04/21   –  21 Easter Sunday/ Start of Passover22 Earth Day, 23 World Book Day
04/28 –    29 Remembrance Day, 30 Jazz Day

MAY

05/01   –  01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05  –   05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 –   12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19   –  19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 –    27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day

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Motivation Mondays: Self-Care

“Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” Michelle Obama

Motivation Mondays: Self-Care #MentalHealthAwareness

Motivation Mondays: Self-Care #MentalHealthAwareness

There isn’t anybody out there who doesn’t have a mental health issue, whether it’s depression, anxiety, or how to cope with relationships. Having OCD is not an embarrassment anymore – for me. Just know that there is help and your life could be better if you go out and seek the help. Howie Mandel

This is mental health awareness month, and self-care is an important facet of maintaining our health on all levels. It begins with our thoughts, our actions, and our emotional state. If we take time to nurture our bodies and our minds, we will be giving ourselves a much needed boost.
Mental health is a powerful driver of our development, sense of security and well-being. When we feel unsure or unstable, the impact flows into all areas of our lives. It affects our relationships with our friends and family, it affects our interactions with our children, and it impinges on our workplace as well as on our sense of self.
The challenge many face, has to do with the stigma and shame that still come with publicly owning our mental health story/struggle. In many parts of the world, it remains a taboo subject. This is why we must keep speaking up and out.
If we value our mind, body and spirit, we must continue to speak up and remind each other to begin with self-care.

 

“Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness.” Louise Hart

Motivation Mondays: Self-Care #MentalHealthAwareness

Motivation Mondays: Self-Care #MentalHealthAwareness

Self-care is a conscious decision we must take to make our lives easier and whole. It is grounded in our self-esteem or our perception of same. Our self-esteem is inextricably tied to our mental health, and when we are unable to care for ourselves, we see the impact; it flows into everything and disrupts our efforts at self-care. Don’t give up. Fight it.
When we set aside ME Time for rest, exercise, check ups and self nurturing activities, we are performing actions that can help extend our lives and support our mental and personal health care needs.
However, we must take action. We must be both proactive and protective about our mental health concerns, issues and needs. The more we treat ourselves with care and consideration, the more likely we will be able to create balance and feelings of wellness in our lives. The more we focus on actions and thoughts that nourish our self-esteem, the greater the positive impact will be on our lives.

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APR

04/01   –  01 April Fool’s Day, 02 Autism Awareness, Equal Pay Day
04/07  –   07 World Health Day, 10 National Siblings Day
04/14 –   14 Palm Sunday, 15 Tax Day, 18 Holy Thursday, 19 Good Friday 
04/21   –  21 Easter Sunday/ Start of Passover22 Earth Day, 23 World Book Day
04/28 –    29 Remembrance Day, 30 Jazz Day

MAY

05/01   –  01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05  –   05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 –   12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19   –  19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 –    27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day

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Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” Sophia Loren

Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday

Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday

The babe at first feeds upon the mother’s bosom, but it is always on her heart. Henry Ward Beecher
It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful? Mahatma Gandhi
Arise then…women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water or of tears! Julia Ward Howe

Happy Mother’s Day Week: Mother’s Day is a special time in our lives because we stop to think about the women, biological or not, who have mothered us, guided us and mentored us in so many ways. Too many of us take our mothers for granted because they are the steady rock of ages that we can rely on to be there to catch us. We turn to them with confidence yet forget to express our gratitude to them on a regular basis. Don’t forget to say thank you to your Mom and give her hugs and kisses. She has carried you through a lifetime of struggles and achievements. What memories do I hold of my mother? There are so many and I have shared a few over the years. Some stand out because they were life lessons I still hold close. My mom always encouraged us to share. Kids can be very selfish over toys, treats and such, and we were not immune from moments of selfishness. My Mom was always looking for ways to show us that our privileges were not to be enjoyed alone, while others suffered. She routinely gave our toys and clothes away and was always reminding us to be grateful.

My Mom was full of fire in so many ways; good and not so good. She was a great cook and loved gardening, fashion and adventure. She had a fiery temper and could switch gears at the drop of a hat. She was passionate about things that held her gaze and giving back to those in need was very important to her. Her charitable nature is one I still hold dear because, as a child of privilege, it could have been easy to live a protected life and ignore the suffering around me. I did not and my mother made sure we did not. I speak about her in the past tense now even though she is alive, you might wonder. WHY? Because she can no longer do the things she loves … she had a massive stroke 20+ years ago and while she recovered, part of her body is paralyzed and her memory is impaired. She recognizes my oldest brother but has only intermittent recollections of her other four children, including me. Every year, when I celebrate Mother’s Day, it is bittersweet because I am reminded that my Dad passed away on May 9th and that my Mother is somewhat lost to me because of her health. I love my parents and cherish my memories of them because I am reminded of the frailty of our human existence and how important it is to be fully present in our children’s lives in every way we can.
READ: Motivation Mondays: Celebrate Mother’s Day! #mothersday
Motivation Mondays: Why Mother’s Day Matters

 

MY MOTHER By Ann Taylor
Who sat and watched my infant head
When sleeping on my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed?
My Mother.

When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye,
And wept for fear that I should die?
My Mother.

Who taught my infant lips to pray
And love God’s holy book and day,
And walk in wisdom’s pleasant way?
My Mother.

And can I ever cease to be
Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who wast so very kind to me,
My Mother?

Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear,
And if God please my life to spare
I hope I shall reward they care,
My Mother.

When thou art feeble, old and grey,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away,
My Mother. via poemhunter

Mother o’ Mine by Rudyard Kipling
If I were hanged on the highest hill,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
I know whose love would follow me still,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
The babe at first feeds upon the mother’s bosom, but it is always on her heart.” Henry Ward Beecher
If I were drowned in the deepest sea,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
I know whose tears would come down to me,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

If I were damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine! via famouspoemsandpoets

 

“I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” Oprah

Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday

Motivation Mondays: For Our Mothers #mothersday

There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one. Jill Churchill
Being a mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you’ve gained from having one. Sunny Gupta
A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. Honore de Balzac

How have Mothers motivated us throughout the ages? Many women juggle multiple demands in their households and, to the untrained eye, it might seem magical or even easy to watch how many mothers run their households, some even on shoestring budgets. But, around the world, Moms perform endless chores and time consuming tasks to accomplish their household goals daily. As a child, I was fortunate to have a few “mother figures” around me; from Mommy Bates in Essex, to my own mother, grandmothers, and all the great women who motivated me and added their wisdom to my life, I learned how much work it takes to manage a household and keep kids fed, everyone loved, and endless bills paid. My Mom was an active mom who also had a side business; she was always running around attending to her clients, managing the staff at home who managed us when we came back from school. It was not an easy job at all and there were challenges that did arise over time. I still admire my mom’s willingness to take on the enormous challenges that came her way, and part of her can-do spirit has stayed with me and it inspires me whenever the going gets tough. What are your memories of childhood days with your mom?

A Story: Advice A Mother Would Give
A little bear cub was confused about how to walk. “What do I do first?” he asked his mother. “Do I start with my right foot or my left? Or both front feet and then my back feet? Or do I move both feet on one side and then both feet on the other?”
His mother answered, “Just quit thinking and start walking.”
READ: Inspiration: Happy Mother’s Day…
Motivation Mondays: Mother’s Day

 

For My Mother by May Sarton
Once more
I summon you
Out of the past
With poignant love,
You who nourished the poet
And the lover.
I see your gray eyes
Looking out to sea
In those Rockport summers,
Keeping a distance
Within the closeness
Which was never intrusive
Opening out
Into the world.
And what I remember
Is how we laughed
Till we cried
Swept into merriment
Especially when times were hard.
And what I remember
Is how you never stopped creating
And how people sent me
Dresses you had designed
With rich embroidery
In brilliant colors
Because they could not bear
To give them away
Or cast them aside.
I summon you now
Not to think of
The ceaseless battle
With pain and ill health,
The frailty and the anguish.
No, today I remember
The creator,
The lion-hearted.

To My Mother by Edgar Allan Poe
Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother,”
Therefore by that dear name I long have called you-
You who are more than mother unto me,
And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you
In setting my Virginia’s spirit free.
My mother- my own mother, who died early,
Was but the mother of myself; but you
Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,
And thus are dearer than the mother I knew
By that infinity with which my wife
Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life. via famouspoemsandpoets

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Motivation Mondays: LOVE Is... #HappyValentinesDay #TrytheWorld

Motivation Mondays: LOVE Is… #HappyMothersDay #TrytheWorld

Happiness is seeing your mother smile. Unknown
As is the mother, so is her daughter. Ezekiel 16:4
No matter your age, you will always need your mom. Unknown
Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. Erich Fromm
A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. Marion C. Garretty.
A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take. Cardinal Mermillod
I love my mother as trees love water and sunshine. She helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights. Terry Guillemets

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What if you’ve tried all the usual gift-giving and wine/dine/floral approach and want something a bit different? Try the Word is a perfect gift that you can share with a loved one and both of you, and your family can enjoy the foods for months on end. Whoever said that the way to a lover’s heart is through the stomach was spot on. Food is a great aphrodisiac and when you present gourmet foods from around the world in beautiful boxes with enough for a full scale meal, you’ve discovered a fabulous gift that keeps on giving. Where would I rather be if I’ve sampled my share of public dining? At home with my loved ones enjoying one of these boxed delights and sharing the beautiful selection of  poems included in this post. And you?

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READ: Try The World: A Taste of TURKEY
Try The World: World Box Gift Of Gourmet Foods
Try The World: A Taste of SOUTH AFRICA
Try The World: A Taste Of KOREA
Try The World: A Taste Of INDIA
Try The World: A Taste Of Sweden
Try The World: A Taste Of Paris
Try The World: Gifts Of Finest Foods Curated Globally

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APR

04/01   –  01 April Fool’s Day, 02 Autism Awareness, Equal Pay Day
04/07  –   07 World Health Day, 10 National Siblings Day
04/14 –   14 Palm Sunday, 15 Tax Day, 18 Holy Thursday, 19 Good Friday
04/21   –  21 Easter Sunday/ Start of Passover, 22 Earth Day, 23 World Book Day
04/28 –    29 Remembrance Day, 30 Jazz Day

 

MAY

05/01   –  01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05  –   05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 –   12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19   –  19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 –    27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day

 

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Motivation Mondays: Peace with Our Past

“Sometimes you just have to make peace with your past in order to keep your future from becoming a constant battle.” Susan Gale

Motivation Mondays: Peace with Our Past

Motivation Mondays: Peace with Our Past

Two things prevent us from happiness: living in the past and observing others. Unknown
If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment. Unknown
I want the peace in knowing that is wasn’t for lack of hustling that I missed a target for my dream. I want to know that the one thing in my control was under control. Jon Acuff
Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones. Thich Nhat Hanh

Have You made peace with your past? Why do some of us spend so much time punishing ourselves for events that have long passed us by? Until we make peace with our past and step fully into the present, we will continue to suffer the pangs of regret over things that no longer serve us. Of course, it is not so easy or simple to discard past hurts and dance into the sunset with a big smile on our face but, we must do the necessary work to help us heal.

Time is a great healer and seeking professional help, turning back to our faith for comfort and trying other positive self-help approaches can get us back on track to rekindling the inner joy we seek. The past is a great repository of experiences that can teach us about ways to navigate in the present, but it is just one measure. We need to delve deep and find new and innovative ways to help us grow. Stop carrying the burdens of the past or madness of the future. Stay present.
READ: Motivation Monday: Make Peace with Pain
Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude
Weekly Photo Challenge: HARMONY

 

Be at Peace by R. Queen
Be at peace,
Tempest tossed seas of soul,
Give me rest,
From doubt, and fear
Sun find my face,
Light find my heart,
Song find my story,
Smile find my face,
Be at peace,
Be at peace,
For my life is infinite,
And these storms,
Have raged too long,
Even winter,
Must surrender spring
– R. Queen

 

 

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

Motivation Mondays: Peace with Our Past

Motivation Mondays: Peace with Our Past

If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present. falsely attributed to Lao Tzu
I don’t carry the burden of the past or the madness of the future. I live in the present. Narendra Modi
Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are. Hafsat Abiola
See, when you drive home today, you’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rearview mirror. And the reason the windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small is because what’s happened in your past is not near as important as what’s in your future. Joel Osteen

How do we make peace with our past? For years, I mourned the passing of my Dad and the last conversation I had with him. I was getting ready to leave for work. I was living on the upper west side in Manhattan at the time, and I had to catch a train downtown to BMCC-CUNY to teach an English class.  Dad called, and I was in a hurry to wrap things up and head out. It was brief. We had so much to say and that needed to be said but… the conversation was brief. He told me he loved me and, mind you, my Dad was quite the conservative man so those words were special. They should have been celebrated and shared and repeated and discussed but… our conversation was brief. A month later, he was gone. We must find our way back to center and replace the past with memories of the good times. It’s not easy, it takes time but, we will and can get there.

We can start by taking small steps on our road to healing. First recognize that what happened in the past is done and does not need to taint our present. Forgive and embrace your wounded inner child and direct your vision forward. If we can learn to focus forward and not get caught in the trap of stuffing our heads with stuff, we can begin the journey back on the road to regain control of our emotions, change our thinking, and start the healing process we need to help us put our past to rest. Be of good cheer and stay encouraged. Make peace with your past and live.
READ: Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE
Reflections: UN Forum On The Culture Of Peace
Kiss For Peace: Make Love Not War On World Peace Day

 

I Dream A World by Langston Hughes
I dream a world where man
No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom’s way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.
A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind-
Of such I dream, my world!via poemhunter

 

A Story: Peace XVIII by Khalil Gibran
The tempest calmed after bending the branches of the trees and leaning heavily upon the grain in the field. The stars appeared as broken remnants of lightning, but now silence prevailed over all, as if Nature’s war had never been fought.

At that hour a young woman entered her chamber and knelt by her bed sobbing bitterly. Her heart flamed with agony but she could finally open her lips and say, “Oh Lord, bring him home safely to me. I have exhausted my tears and can offer no more, oh Lord, full of love and mercy. My patience is drained and calamity is seeking possession of my heart. Save him, oh Lord, from the iron paws of War; deliver him from such unmerciful Death, for he is weak, governed by the strong. Oh Lord, save my beloved, who is Thine own son, from the foe, who is Thy foe. Keep him from the forced pathway to Death’s door; let him see me, or come and take me to him.”

Quietly a young man entered. His head was wrapped in bandage soaked with escaping life.

He approached he with a greeting of tears and laughter, then took her hand and placed against it his flaming lips. And with a voice with bespoke past sorrow, and joy of union, and uncertainty of her reaction, he said, “Fear me not, for I am the object of your plea. Be glad, for Peace has carried me back safely to you, and humanity has restored what greed essayed to take from us. Be not sad, but smile, my beloved. Do not express bewilderment, for Love has power that dispels Death; charm that conquers the enemy. I am your one. Think me not a specter emerging from the House of Death to visit your Home of Beauty.

“Do not be frightened, for I am now Truth, spared from swords and fire to reveal to the people the triumph of Love over War. I am Word uttering introduction to the play of happiness and peace.”

Then the young man became speechless and his tears spoke the language of the heart; and the angels of Joy hovered about that dwelling, and the two hearts restored the singleness which had been taken from them.

At dawn the two stood in the middle of the field contemplating the beauty of Nature injured by the tempest. After a deep and comforting silence, the soldier said to his sweetheart, “Look at the Darkness, giving birth to the Sun.” via famouspoetsandpoems

 

 

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MAR

03/03   –  08 International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month
03/10   –  10 iHeart Awards, 14 Pi Day
03/17 –   17 St Patrick’s Day, 20 Start of Spring/International Day of Happiness
03/24   –  30 Earth Hour
03/31 –    31 Day of Visibility

APR

04/01   –  01 April Fool’s Day, 02 Autism Awareness, Equal Pay Day
04/07  –   07 World Health Day, 10 National Siblings Day
04/14 –   14 Palm Sunday, 15 Tax Day, 18 Holy Thursday, 19 Good Friday
04/21   –  21 Easter Sunday/ Start of Passover, 22 Earth Day, 23 World Book Day
04/28 –    29 Remembrance Day, 30 Jazz Day

 

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Motivation Mondays: Protect Our Earth

“Everything is changing about the natural world and everything must change about the way we conduct our lives. It is easy to complain that the problem is too vast, and each of us is too small. But there is one thing that each of us can do ourselves, in our homes, at our own pace — something easier than taking out the recycling or turning down the thermostat, and something more valuable. We can call the threats to our future what they are…” Nathaniel Rich, Author Losing Earth

Motivation Mondays: Protecting Our Earth

Motivation Mondays: Protecting Our Earth – #Protect Our Species


Earth: We All Live Here

We can call the villains villains, the heroes heroes, the victims victims and ourselves complicit. We can realize that all this talk about the fate of Earth has nothing to do with the planet’s tolerance for higher temperatures and everything to do with our species’ tolerance for self-delusion. And we can understand that when we speak about things like fuel-efficiency standards or gasoline taxes or methane flaring, we are speaking about nothing less than all we love and all we are… Nathaniel Rich

What Does Earth Day mean to you? Every year on April 22nd, millions of people around the world gather to honor and celebrate planet Earth. We pause to contemplate the many ways the earth sustains us. We pause to also consider ways we can sustain and protect the Earth.  To me, Earth Day means expressing my gratitude for the world/planet Earth as viewed through the eyes of Mother Earth. It means that on this day and EVERY day, we must remind ourselves that we play an important role in sustaining our planet so our children and others can inherit a healthy, vibrant earth. This year, the folks behind the celebrations at Earth Day Network want us to support the campaign and promote the theme for 2019 – Protect Our Species. With the numbers of endangered species growing around the world, we owe it to ourselves and our planet to do something. Here is a shortlist of our endangered species. Find our species profiles here:

Earth Day Network is asking people to join the Protect our Species campaign. Their goals are to:
*Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
*Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
*Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
*Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.

How Did Earth Day Start? On April 22, 1970, the environmental movement  we now know as Earth Day was launched by the Earth Day Network as an urgent call to action to address the many environmental issues that were  decimating our planet.  This year, the theme for Earth Day 2019 – Protect Our Species. It is an important theme because without effective change and protections for all species in our environment, we might not meet the  50th anniversary countdown to 2020 goal of combating pollutants, creating a sustainable planet for all, and climate change. Is it feasible? Sure. Did you know that 20 million people responded to that first call to action? And since that first effort, over 200 million people have participated in spreading the word on ways to keep our planet alive and sustainable. Did you know that the sustained effort and actions taken by passionate men and women since 1970 continues to bear fruit? The collective actions of environmental activists has led to the passage of the Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act, and many other successes and shape shifting environmental laws? If we all do our part, anything is possible.

READ:Motivation Mondays: EARTH DAY
Photo Challenge: #EARTHDAY
Related: Celebrate Earth Day 2019 with This Animated Google Doodle
Earth Day & Earth Hour: Differences To Remember

 

“Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.” Scott Peters

Motivation Mondays: Protecting Our Earth

Motivation Mondays: Protecting Our Earth – #Protect Our Species


NASA: NASA Scientists Share Why They Like Earth


Earth Day 2020 PSA

 

Because we were orbiting the earth faster than earth spins on its axis, we went around the earth 16 times a day, an earth day, which meant 16 periods of lightness and 16 periods of darkness in 24 hours. Every so often you’d look towards the earth, and often you could see lightness and darkness together, and dawn and sunset were spectacular. Helen Sharman

Happy Earth Day, today and every day! One thing that becomes apparent in the spring is how the landscape changes from barren to fecund. It seems magical but, in truth, our love for Mother Earth is reflected in the fullness of spring that surrounds us. If we live in areas that have decimated the natural landscape, then the full expression of spring and her glorious, vibrant beauty is diminished; muted by the abuse… Can we CORRECT THE ABUSE? Yes. Every bit we do from recycling plastics, to planting trees, to conserving energy will make a difference. Google has suggested ways we can all help make sustainable changes in our lives: Small changes can make a big impact on our planet Learn ways to reduce food, water, and energy waste, and learn about the Circular Economy (reusing and reinventing ways to use stuff) to extend the life of your stuff. A spirit of gratitude can make a difference too.

Over the years, as an Earth Day advocate/participant, I have made suggestions and curated important tips to help all find our way. This year, I am sharing a helpful list of tips from Earth Day Network. In the past, I suggested five things we could do to make earth day a daily occurrence.  In 2011, I offered 10 practical things to do.
EARTH DAY TIPS via Earth Day Network
These are easy to do tips to help us all go green, protect our earth, save money and make every day Earth Day. Join in.You can make a difference!
Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to Protect Our Species.
Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to End Plastic Pollution.
Plant a tree or donate a tree through our Canopy Project.
Join a local park, river or beach clean-up.
Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.
Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs. Reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year.
Carpool, ride your bike, use public transportation or drive an electric or hybrid car. Reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you do not drive.
Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage. Reduce your carbon footprint 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved.
Change your car’s air filter regularly.
Teleconference instead of traveling. If you fly five times per year, those trips are likely to account for 75% of your personal carbon footprint.
Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.
Recycle paper, plastic and glass. Reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year.
Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out. When you need something, consider buying used items.
Use cloth towels instead of paper ones.
Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck.
Read documents online instead of printing them.
When you need to use paper, make sure it’s 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
Set your office printer to print two-sided.
Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle.
Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria.
Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee.
Bring reusable bags when you shop.
Pack your lunch in a reusable bag.
Organize to have healthy, locally-sourced food served at in your school district.
Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op.
Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides. Support farmers and companies who use organic ingredients.
Grow your own organic garden, or join a farm-share group.
Reduce your meat consumption to curb carbon emissions from the livestock industry.
Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden — turning waste into fertilizer.
Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head.
Fix leaky faucets and shower-heads.
Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy.
Conserve water outdoors by only watering your lawn in the early morning or late at night. Use drought-resistant plants in dry areas.
Wash your clothes only when necessary, use cold water and line dry.
Form a “green team” at your office to find cost-effective ways to conserve resources and promote sustainability.
Volunteer for a local environmental group and/or make a donation.
Pull out invasive plants in your yard or garden and replace them with native ones.
Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using. This includes turning off your computer at night.
Turn off lights when you leave a room.
Install solar panels on your roof.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy (and get exercise!).
Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer to reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds.
Lower the temperature on your water heater.
Contact your utility company and find out about renewable energy options.
Use energy-efficient appliances and electronics.

READ: Earth Day 2011: Ten Things To Do…
Earth Day 2012: Five Ways To Make Every Day Earth Day…
Reflections: Honoring Earth Day 2013

RESOURCES: List of Toolkits – Earth Day In Box

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR – APR 2019 are:

MAR

03/03   –  08 International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month
03/10   –  10 iHeart Awards, 14 Pi Day
03/17 –   17 St Patrick’s Day, 20 Start of Spring/International Day of Happiness
03/24   –  30 Earth Hour
03/31 –    31 Day of Visibility

APR

04/01   –  01 April Fool’s Day, 02 Autism Awareness, Equal Pay Day
04/07  –   07 World Health Day, 10 National Siblings Day
04/14 –   14 Palm Sunday, 15 Tax Day, 18 Holy Thursday, 19 Good Friday
04/21   –  21 Easter Sunday/ Start of Passover, 22 Earth Day, 23 World Book Day
04/28 –    29 Remembrance Day, 30 Jazz Day

 

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