happiness

Every Minute Counts

We've reached the end of May - how did that happen?

Five months into the year!

So I have a question for us all ... how do we think we've done so far with the time that's been given to us in 2021 to date?

It's a strange question I know but actually not a bad one to ask ourselves.

Sometimes we just go along in life - work, family, family, work - without thinking about whether we are using our time 'well'.

Since the start of the year, when I started this daily blog, I've had occasion to think about MY use of time. 

If you've been following my thoughts, you'll know that at the end of March rather unexpectedly I parted company with my job, which meant I was sort of forced to re-think my use of time.

In the past couple of months I've had a chance to think about what I might like to do in the immediate future. One friend advised me to only do things that make me happy, another suggested I explored the possibility of doing something COMPLETELY different.

Well I've not done that ... yet ... but I have picked up a little work some of which has still to happen, some of which is beginning to kick in. 

I HAVE spent a bit of time 'doing nothing' but actually I've loved just 'pottering' and I've also realised just how tired I was! Especially after spending most of the previous year, since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, working from home, I was simply exhausted. I didn't realise how many plates I have to spin in life. So I've been trying to take time to rest as well. To rest my mind and my body.

Now the summer in Jersey is with us - at last - I'm hoping to enjoy the rest of the warm months and do some swimming and more walking, as well as those bits of work and my family responsibilities.

And in the meantime I'm still pondering the future because I do want to spend it usefully and productively  ... and, of course, happily!

So as we reach the end of the month I'm inspired by this reminder - to make Every Minute of Life count!

 

Time =- precious resource quote

 


June Blessings

It's the first day of June and it's the chance to head into a new month.

So all I want to say today is 'Be blessed!'

 

June 1 blessings


May God give you .....

This past week I was having a conversation with a friend and in usual fashion, we chatted about anything and everything. Work, frustrations, our health (physical and mental health) ... and along the way the subject of Celtic Christianity came up.

Rather random, I grant you, but it's once again made me think about the ancient faith of many of our British forefathers and mothers, a spiritual tradition and theology which is connected not just to God but also to the earth and nature, the elements and the natural environment around us. 

I love this tradition and the sentiments and prayers which come out of it. These days you might often see these defined and described as 'Irish' blessings and prayers, but many of these come if not directly, then indirectly from the Celtic tradition. The fact that many of these blessings are based on very old spiritual traditions inspires me as I realise these prayers have been spoken silently and out loud for many hundreds of years by the faithful. They have brought inspiration and comfort, challenge and affirmation in equal measure.

I don't know anything about you, dear reader, or how you are feeling right now. But what I've learned down the years is that God sometimes gives us a thought which, without knowing it, will help someone else if passed on.

So today I bring you one of those blessings and trust it will bring you whatever YOU need.

Be Blessed Today!

 

Sunday blessing


Look

Here's an inspirational thought for a Wednesday ...

Just to help us through the week.

Have a great day!

Wednesday inspiration

 


Positive Thinking

Today I'm thinking about being positive.

If you're a 'glass half full' sort of person, the kind who usually views the world optimistically, you might do all this automatically. But if you're a 'glass half empty' type of individual who might be inclined to look at the world rather pessimistically, I hope this might help.

Sometimes we need to work at being positive because there is so much which can bring us down if we let it. 

And if you need to get started ... here are just a few tips to being more positive or at least to start us down that Positivity Road!

Have a great day everyone!

How to be positive


Ouaisné Waves

It feels like summer is here in Jersey - at last.

The sun has managed to stay out for a while, temperatures are rising, the sea is gradually warming up a little and I've been swimming a few times already and loving it!

Ouaisne Jersey June 2021
Recently I headed down to the beach at Ouaisné Bay on the west coast - at the far end of the popular St Brelade's Bay - for a late afternoon 'dip'. It was glorious!! A little bit chilly for a moment or two but once I was in, so relaxing. 

Being near the sea and listening to the sounds of the ocean, as well as immersing myself in the water, is really helpful to my mental health and wellbeing.

I'm still perfecting my movie making so please bear with me ... but after my swim I recorded some of the sounds of the waves, the wind and the distant sounds of people including those enjoying the ocean, playing in the sand nearby. 

What a wonderful world we live in! 

Have a great day everyone!

 

 


Monday Reminder

Happy Monday everyone!

Yes, the start of the new working week, for those in work. Maybe a week packed to the brim with agendas and meetings and sitting at a computer.

Maybe the beginning of a stressful few days, for those facing trauma, illness or grief.

Decisions to be made which perhaps we've been dreading, knowing that we're not really ready for what the results may be.

Perhaps today will be the beginning of an exciting week ... full of the unexpected ... and that can be stressful in itself. 

Take a deep breath, draw on your resources and, if you have them, your spiritual strengths. If you're a person who prays, you might like to pray about it all.

And remember ... whatever lies ahead, just be confident ...

You can handle it!

 

Monday mornng reminder


Not Alone

I was chatting to a doctor recently who explained that one of the issues he sees more and more, especially with his older patients, is loneliness.

It's a real issue which affects not just their mental health but their physical wellbeing. 

This past year, with the coronavirus pandemic restricting our movements, many of us have become more lonely. Some have had to spend many hours on our own without company, friends, family. While some have, I'm sure, enjoyed doing their own thing without interruption, for some it's had a terrible effect on their wellbeing.

Governments across the world, including in the UK, are now recognising that this is having an impact on millions of people, and have realised that it is having and will have dreadful consequences for health services in the future. They've researched the subject, commissioned reports from experts and are devising policies to combat loneliness. 

Loneliness 'Networks', funding for charities working to alleviate people's loneliness, 'Let's Talk Loneliness' strategies ... and so on and so on...Some of those policies are being implemented, but when it comes to long term government plans, well it can all take quite a while to materialise.

And here's a thought.

What happens when the government and even charity priorities shift as they inevitably will? What happens when the funding dries up?

While I applaud the official research and the sentiments of support being expressed, and hope it will result in lonely people feeling ... well, not so lonely ... I think there's more to this than just policies and strategies. As well as all the 'official stuff' it's also down to us personally to make a difference in a lonely world.

One of the things that the pandemic taught us was that sometimes we have to work hard to help people out of their loneliness. Now restrictions are lifting we can do more than phoning people once a week or once a month, or dropping bags of groceries on the doorstep. Perhaps we all need just to think of others a bit more. Be a good neighbour, knock on the door, chat to someone in the street. Recognise that people may be hiding their loneliness with bravado, false smiles and fake humour.

Some people's problems go very deep and we can't solve everything for them, even with all the policies and strategies in the world, but we can walk alongside them, letting them know that whatever they are going through, they are not alone. Reaching out a hand of friendship, a listening ear and a neighbourly smile.

What a thought!

When someone is broken


Singing Makes More Sense

I saw this quote and loved it.

So, as we approach another weekend, just thought you'd like this too!

Just something to think about...

 

Singing makes more sense