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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: Down Memory Lane

20/05/2019

“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

13/05/2019

“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.

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: For Our Mothers #mothersday

06/05/2019

“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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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 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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