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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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Motivation Mondays: LOVE Is… #HappyValentinesDay

11/02/2019

“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” Rumi

Motivation Mondays: LOVE Is... #HappyValentinesDay

Motivation Mondays: LOVE Is… #HappyValentinesDay

Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence. Vincent van Gogh
Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties. Jules Renard
Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die of it. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Why Valentine’s Day? Every year, around the month of February, anxiety levels rise as lovers debate the merits of celebrating one of the most potent and powerful emotions on one designated day of the year. Why create more stress over an emotion that already requires 24/7 attention and displays of affection? Some would argue that, after all, it is the celebration of the life and works of two beloved Saints/martyrs named Valentinus? So for them, this day, February 14th, is not about human lovers but is dedicated to Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine because its origins are based on a Western Christian feast day in honor of said saints. Others would argue that since we have special days for all sorts of things, a day for lovers would be perfect and why not this day, right? If you have a generous mate, you might get to be wined and dined and pampered… the stress comes when you have a mate who is either jaded, can’t afford the extravaganzas, or simply forgets… I know.
We also have that group of folks who feel the whole thing is a commercial effort to separate lovers from their hard earned coins. Truth is that no one can force you to spend money you don’t have so, be wise and be clear. What resonates with me more is that this season of love is a great time to work on effective communication with loved ones. It is a great time to re-kindle the flames of love if you have been taking each other for granted. If the funds are there, it’s not a bad time to splurge a little on each other. Valentine’s Day ought to be a two way street, frankly, because love takes two to tango, and we can’t let the onus of celebrating this day fall on one partner’s shoulders. What do you say?

LOVE Is…
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle
Love is metaphysical gravity. R. Buckminster Fuller
When love is not madness, it is not love. Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Love is being stupid together. Paul Valery
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. Voltaire
Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence. Vincent van Gogh
Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties. Jules Renard
Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die of it. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. Robert Heinlein

 

This is love by Rumi
This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of live.
In the end, to take a step without feet;
to regard this world as invisible,
and to disregard what appears to be the self.

Heart, I said, what a gift it has been
to enter this circle of lovers,
to see beyond seeing itself,
to reach and feel within the breast. via poemhunter.com

READ: Motivation Mondays: Beyond Valentine’s Day
Motivation Mondays: Happy Valentine’s Day
Motivation Mondays: Valentine’s Day Tips

 

“I think that Valentine’s Day is only as good as you want it to be. You know, I don’t think it should be anything fancy, nothing crazy. As long as you’re spending time with that person that’s special, I think that’s a great Valentine’s Day.” Prince Royce

Motivation Mondays: LOVE Is... #HappyValentinesDay

Motivation Mondays: LOVE Is… #HappyValentinesDay

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

Motivation Mondays: LOVE Is… #HappyValentinesDay #TrytheWorld

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle
There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved. George Sand
You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss
Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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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 beloved enjoying one of these boxed delights and sharing the beautiful selection of love 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

 

 

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.

 

A Morning Offering By John O’Donohue
I bless the night that nourished my heart
To set the ghosts of longing free
Into the flow and figure of dream
That went to harvest from the dark
Bread for the hunger no one sees.

All that is eternal in me
Welcomes the wonder of this day,
The field of brightness it creates
Offering time for each thing
To arise and illuminate.

I place on the altar of dawn:
The quiet loyalty of breath,
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Waves of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eye.

May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.

May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more. via mindfulnessassociation.net

READ:On Love: Valentine’s Day Wishes…
Greatest Gifts: 8 Valentine’s Day Vignettes

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2018/JAN 2019 are:

JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  06 Golden Globe Awards,  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

FEB

01/03   –  04 World Cancer Day, 05 Chinese New Year
01/10   –  10 Grammy Awards,   14 Valentine’s Day
01/17  –  18 Presidents Day, 14 Image Awards,
01/24   –  24 Academy Awards,

 

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Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig

04/02/2019

“Wishing you luck in the Year of the PIG (2019) 猪年大吉 zhū nián dàjí Good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year.” Traditional Greetings

Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig

Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig

The Pig () is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. In the continuous sexagenary cycle of sixty years, every twelfth year corresponds to hai, (the twelfth of the twelve Earthly Branches); this re-recurring twelfth year is commonly called the Year of the Pig . There are five types of Pigs, named after the Chinese elements. In order, they are: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. These correspond to the Heavenly Stems. Thus, there are five pig years in every sexegenary cycle. For example, in the year 2019, the Earthly Branch is the twelfth, hài, and the Heavenly Stem is the sixth, . The Chinese New Year in 2019 is February fifth: this corresponds with the beginning of both the sexegenary year of hài and also the zodiac year of the Earth Pig. Wikipedia

 

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy New Year of the Pig! Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái. Gōng hè xīn xǐ! Happy New Year: 新年快乐 xīn nián kuài lè! Happy Chinese Lunar New Year to everyone! If you were born in 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031 … and every twelve years thereafter, this is your year. The year of the Pig, which is an Earth Pig year, will begin on February 5th 2019 and end on January 24th 2020.  If you know any pig year folks, you know  they are kind and compassionate, and would give you the shirt off their backs.  They get along with other pigs, Tigers, Rabbits and Goats and can’t stand your proverbial snakes, oxen, and monkeys.

Ironically, according to ancient Chinese superstitious beliefs, your Chinese Zodiac year is called Ben Ming Nian, and while it may be the year to celebrate your zodiac animal, it can also be the year of bad luck or mediocre luck for the designated animal. Go figure. If you were born in any of the years listed above, it behooves you to practice caution, compassion and wisdom this year. If you’re motivated, and you should be, there are lots of ways you can contain or curtail the ancient, angry gods who want to teach you a lesson. Keep reading below.

Apparently, in the olden days, an ancient god called Tai Sui/god of Age was offended by the animals of the zodiac during their stint on the twelve year cycle. So, whenever their year arrives, the god asserts his revenge with mischief and misfortune. You can avoid said bad luck and bring good luck into your year by doing the following things:  Wear red clothing, accessories and shoes. If you want red underwear which is highly recommended, others MUST buy them for you.  You can accept red gifts from loved ones, jade accessories, change your direction and be more observant of your surroundings. Honor the good around you and keep your chain of communication open and clear. This year, Tai Sui is facing northwest so, make sure to change your direction and  adjust your personal effects to face southeast to maximize your good luck.

READ: Happy Chinese New Year: Ten Blessings & Ten Things To Know… (2012)
Chinese New Year: Quotes, Blessings And Tips… (2013)
Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster(2017)
Musings: Happy Chinese New Year! #YearoftheDog (2018)

 

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.” Confucius

Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig

Motivation Mondays: Lunar New Year #YearOfThePig

 

More On Year Of The Pig: Two Pigs can get along well with each other and ( with Rabbits and goats). It is said that the relationship between these three archetypes, (pigs, rabbits and goats), work best as they strive for aestheticism, beauty, and a more philosophical, and intellectual approach in life. Their calm nature gives them great leadership abilities.
They are artistic, refined, intuitive, intelligent, and well-mannered. These souls love the preliminaries in love, and are fine artists in their lovemaking. The Rabbit, Goat, and Pig have been bestowed with calmer natures than the other nine signs.
These three are compassionately aware, yet detached and resigned to their condition. They seek beauty and a sensitive love. They are caring, unique, self-sacrificing, obliging, sensible, creative, empathetic, tactful, and prudent. They can also be naive, pedantic, insecure, cunning, indecisive, and pessimistic. Wikipedia

 

Other Elements of the Year of the Pig: This year, we honor the Earth Pig who represents the element of water. This pig is a Yin, and has the 10th month as its lunar month. Its lucky numbers are 2, 5, 6, 8; lucky flower is the lily, lucky color is yellow and it lives free in the winter. In case you are wondering how I got into celebrating and investigating the rich cultural history around this special holiday,  I was introduced to it in high school in England; one of my roommates in the 6th form was from Mainland China and she celebrated it with other Asian students. The term we shared a dorm room,  she invited me to join in and I loved it. I was so taken by the special treats, and the red envelopes that they used to exchange money with each other, that I held on to the memory for years. When I moved to the US and found out that it was celebrated here with gusto, I was sold. As I write this post, I have a huge and beautifully packed Chinese New Year gift package on my Buffet Table. I love this holiday because it’s an opportunity to start over the New Year with a review of what has occurred to date, and a commitment to move forward in a new direction. Do you celebrate it?

Stay Motivated in 2019 with Abundant Sayings and Blessings:  To keep you and your progeny lucky and happy in 2019, surround yourself with positive people, affirmations and these endless sayings/blessings for the year ahead. Here are a few via 123newyear: **Just as you usher in lights, lanterns and other forms of illuminations to welcome the New Year, may the New Year usher in for you new hopes, dreams and aspirations.
**One year goes by taking with it a set of hopes and aspirations. Another year comes in with bundles of new opportunities to relive your dreams and realize your goals.
**This Lunar New Year may your life hold for you as much variety as the various phases of the moon.
**This New Year, do not live in the past for it may make you depressed; do not live for the future for it shall only make you anxious. Live only in the present for that alone will bring you peace.
**This New Year do not get impatient if things seem to be going slow for you; remember as long as things are moving you are lucky.
**Creation never takes a day off to love, to care, to guide and blessed all of you every moment of your lives and your families. **Happy New Year.?A New year, A New Start, A New Chapter, A New Beginning, Forget the bad, Cherish the GOOD, I sincerely wish u a very blessed new year ahead.
**Happy New Year One year goes by taking with it a set of hopes and aspirations.
**Another year comes in with bundles of new opportunities to relive your dreams and realize your goals
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After digesting the New Year Day sayings/blessings above, don’t forget to add some affirmations and wishes of your own and create a journal to help you record and repeat them again and again.

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2018/JAN 2019 are:

JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  06 Golden Globe Awards,  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

FEB

01/03   –  04 World Cancer Day, 05 Chinese New Year
01/10   –  10 Grammy Awards,   14 Valentine’s Day
01/17  –  18 Presidents Day, 14 Image Awards,
01/24   –  24 Academy Awards,

 

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Motivation Mondays: SELF-CONTROL

28/01/2019

“Self-control is one mark of a mature person; it applies to control of language, physical treatment of others, and the appetites of the body.” Joseph B. Wirthlin

Motivation Mondays: SELF-CONTROL

Motivation Mondays: SELF-CONTROL

WATCH Atomic Habits: How to Get 1% Better Every Day – James Clear

What Is Self-Control? Self-control — or the ability to subdue one’s impulses, emotions, and behaviors in order to achieve longer-term goals—is what separates modern people from their ancient ancestors and the rest of the animal kingdom… The ability to exert self-control is typically called willpower. Willpower is what allows people to direct their attention, and it underlies all kinds of achievement, from school to the workplace. Psychology Today

Self-Control/Self-Care: What is holding you hostage? How do we flip the switch from habits that control us to developing self-control and self-care goals? One of my favorite authors is Seth Godin, and he says that “The best way to change long-term behavior is with short-term feedback.” Quite often, we jump right in with a long list of ways we plan to vanquish the demons around us, but we forget that they weren’t created overnight. Instead of trying to make huge sweeping changes that we would most likely discard in a week or two, it is best to start small. Take tiny steps that are doable; small chunks that are moveable and gradual progress that feels feasible.

Remember the story I shared a few weeks ago about the 2 ants? Well, here it is again for your contemplation below. So many of us have excessive habits/addictions that inhibit our goals and effort. We shop, spend, eat, drink, drive, sleep, to-do, exercise, criticize, demonize, party too much. Then we wonder why things are falling apart around us or why we are not seeing some of the expected results we hold dear. Start small and build strong. Sounds pretty simple right? But it works.

Last Friday, I was driving into NYC to take a dance class, and, at three different spots on the highway, the traffic was snarled almost to a halt. Each time I wondered what the heck was going on as that time of day isn’t usually slowed by cars. Each time, it turned out to be a nasty car accident involving three or more cars. I was flabbergasted and wondered what the universe was trying to tell me. You see, like so many drivers, whenever I’m running late to something, the temptation increases to accelerate and increase my speed with the hope of knocking off the 15 minutes I wasted at home procrastinating. On Friday, I left early because I have been trying to make a concerted effort to deal with my tendency to live on African Time or what some call Black people time. Yes, Luvvie Ajayi, you are not alone. Hahaha. Frankly, jokes aside, it is really time-challenged people time; it’s global not unique to any particular ethnicity.

Anyway, I’ve been taking small but incremental steps to correct the habit and so, on Friday, I was reminded that planning my leave-the-house time properly had benefits. Plus, developing this type of control over time management has additional health and self-care benefits; stress reduction, feelings of calm and clarity, punctuality to appointments and a general sense of well-being. Am I fully there yet? Of course not, isn’t that the point of this post? We learn and grow together. When you own your stuff and acknowledge its impact on your growth, you can begin to make effective, gradual, and permanent changes. Another bit of advice: If you fall down while working on gaining back control over your vices, get right back up, dust off the evidence and start right back in again. Failure is not an option. So, what is holding YOU hostage?

READ: Self-Control
This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin
I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi

 

The Ants and the Cookie
One day, two ants went exploring. They came across two giant cookies.
“These cookies are huge!” said the first ant.
“One of these cookies would feed my whole family for a month,” said the second ant. “But,how can little ants like us carry such big cookies like these?”
“It seems impossible!” said the first ant. “But, I must try.”
So, the first ant started to tug and pull at one cookie. Suddenly, a tiny piece broke off.
“I am going to take this piece back to my family,” said the first ant.
“You go ahead,” said the second ant. “I’m not going to waste my time on such a small piece of cookie. I will find a way to take the whole cookie back to my family.”
So, the first ant went home with her small piece of cookie. Soon, the first ant returned. She found the second ant still pushing and shoving the other cookie, but she was unable to move it. Again, the first ant broke off a small piece of cookie and took it back home. This went on for most of the day as some of her family even offered to join her. The first ant kept carrying small pieces of cookie back to her family until she had moved the entire cookie.
The second ant finally grew tired of trying to complete the task that seemed too big to do. She went home with nothing. What is the lesson here?

 

“Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead life to sovereign power.” Alfred Lord Tennyson

Motivation Mondays: SELF-CONTROL

Motivation Mondays: SELF-CONTROL

WATCH It Takes Only A Few Days To Change Your Habits | James Clear

10 Things This Book Will Teach You- Learn how to…
Build a system for getting 1% better every day.
Break your bad habits and stick to good ones.
Avoid the common mistakes most people make when changing habits.
Overcome a lack of motivation and willpower.
Develop a stronger identity and believe in yourself.
Make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy).
Design your environment to make success easier.
Make tiny, easy changes that deliver big results.
Get back on track when you get off course.
And most importantly, how to put these ideas into practice in real life. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Self Discipline/Habits:  Recently, I was led to the seminal book on breaking habits listed here, through my Pastor. Atomic Habits by James Clear walks us through the basic and quite logical steps it takes to shift direction from a debilitating habit to more self awareness and self-control over our lives. As shared above, James promises that his book will teach you ten new ways of getting things done without feeling stressed out about it. Why? Because he recommends the sensible approach of taking four important first steps: 1. Noticing/ Cues – removing them from our surroundings or thinking. 2. Wanting/Cravings – Identifying what attracts and derails us and removing it from our view. 3. Response/Doing – Making the easy and concerted decision to do the opposite thing of what holds us down, in small steps, or adopt the new habit that will empower us. and 4. Reward/ Liking –  Seeing and acknowledging the satisfaction that comes from taking on a new way of doing things and seeing the results.

The thrust of James’ argument is that when we remove the do or die approach to change in our lives, our brain re-calibrates and works in concert to support our tiny effort. Then, as we steadily build momentum with each new step, it feels good instead of feeling forced like those crazy diets that don’t work. Give it a try, watch the videos above, and/or read James book and see how you can begin to take small steps that will help you gain self-control over your choices.

How did this topic of Self-Control come my way? You see, we have been doing a three week clean, natural, earth foods, no sugar, no caffeine, no meats fast at my church, and it’s called the Daniel Fast. Frankly, even though I don’t eat meat and already eat healthy veggies, fruits and grains, and wasn’t worried about that part of it, I was concerned about my sugar and coffee intake. Okay? I mean, I developed the habit over many years and sold myself on the warped belief that my brain doesn’t function until I have my sweetened coffee. But, as  James Clear aptly says in his writings, “We don’t rise to the level of our goals, we fall to the level of our systems.” I knew that in order to let this notion of a daily sugar/caffeine do or die habit go,  I had to take small steps by making choices that felt better.
I have replaced the coffee with veggie broth and the sugar with sweet fruits. I’ve gotten busy by increasing my exercise and walking routine, and adding a new dance class to the mix.

Instead of wasting time lamenting all the things I’m unable to have, I’ve redirected my energy by adding things I enjoy to the mix, and shifting direction to the rewards of healthier eating and dancing. Go figure. It’s working and I would be the first to tell you if it didn’t; I  wasn’t sure I’d make it past Day 1 either but, I took the tools before me to heart and focused on daily successes instead of jumping ahead to claim future gains. By staying grounded in the present and completing each daily goal, I’ve come to enjoy my progress. Give it a try and let me know how you are facing your demons and slaying them. Again that last bit of advice is in order:  If you fall down while working on gaining back control over your vices, get right back up, dust off the evidence and start right back in again. Failure is not an option. So, what is holding YOU hostage?

READ: Atomic Habits by James Clear

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2018/JAN 2019 are:

DEC

12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  06 Golden Globe Awards,  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

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