THE SECRET OF LIFE IS obvious: be here now … love as if everything depended on it … find your life’s work … and try to get hold of a giant panda.
If you had a giant panda in your backyard, anything could go wrong – someone could die, or stop loving you, or you could get sick – and if you could look outside and see this adorable, ridiculous, boffo panda, you’d start to laugh.
You’d be so filled with thankfulness and amusement that everything would be okay again …”
DANCING IN YOUR PJS
You will find the most AMAZING sense of freedom when you decide only to receive and respond to the words that are said directly and clearly to your face. To deal only with truth. You will fling off the sticky strings of guilt others may try to lay upon you, and laugh with delight. You may end up dancing around the room in your PJs. This is very possible. Why on earth would you worry about the approval of someone you don’t even LIKE? You don’t have that kind of time. You never did.
NANEA HOFFMAN – SWEATPANTS & COFFEE.COM
HANG IN THERE, WORLD!
When this ends, and it will,
every game will sell out,
every restaurant will have a two-hour wait,
every kid will be glad to go to school,
everyone will love their job,
the stock-market will skyrocket,
and every other house will throw a party.
That’s gonna be a pretty good day.
Hang in there, World!
SIMPLY AMAZING …
From where I write I can see several miracles. White-crested waves slap the beach with rhythmic regularity. One after another the swells of salt water gain momentum, humping, rising, then standing to salute the beach before crashing onto the sand.
How many billions of times has this simple mystery repeated itself since time began?
In the distance lies a miracle of colour – twins of blue. The ocean-blue of the sea encounters the pale blue of the sky,
separated only by the horizon, stretched like taut wire between two poles.
Perhaps the frequency of such miracles blinds us to their beauty. After all, what spice is there in a springtime or a tree blossom? Don’t the seasons come every year? Aren’t there countless seashells just like this one?
Bored, we say “Ho hum,” and replace the remarkable with the regular, the
unbelievable with the anticipated. Science and statistics wave their unmagic wand across the face of life, squelching the oohs and ahhs and replacing them with formulas and figures.
But the next time you hear a baby laugh or see an ocean wave, take note. Pause and listen as His Majesty whispers ever so gently, ‘‘I’m here …”
MAX LUCADO – ‘GOD CAME NEAR’
This lovely blue-green planet has been here before. Coronavirus is neither its first catastrophe nor its worst. And history records countless pandemics that killed millions. The planet has always recovered, thankfully. And these beautiful words by Irish-American poet Kitty O’Meara remind us that 2020 will do the same:
“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
“And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”
I think probably kindness is my favourite attribute in a human being. I put it before courage or bravery or generosity or anything else. To be kind … it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind, that’s it!
The sunrise, of course, doesn’t care if we watch it or not.
MORE LIKE LOVE
and then the whole world
walked inside and shut their doors
and said we will stop it all, everything,
to protect our weaker ones
our sicker ones, our older ones.
and nothing, nothing in the history of humankind
ever felt more like love than this.
Chelsie Diane @poemsandpeonies
A LITTLE WORN?
A LITTLE WEARY?
What if I told you that what the
world needs right now is
Flawed, fumbling, wounded,
Because that’s exactly what it needs.
You know … more REAL people who are
a little worn and a little weary, but
who bring a whole lot of
warm, welcoming and
L R KNOST
JUST BE KIND
You never really know the true impact you have on those around you.
You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them.
You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s entire life around.
You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk.
So don’t wait to be kind.
Don’t wait for someone else to be kind first.
Don’t wait for better circumstances or for someone to change.
Just be kind, because you never know how much someone needs it.
NEXT TRIP AROUND THE SUN
Stop worrying about other people understanding you.
Get in touch with yourself instead.
Focus on what makes you happy, what makes your soul feel at peace.
YOU are your biggest commitment.
So start loving your flaws …
your awkwardness …
your weirdness …
your intensity …
your vulnerability …
your EVERYTHING …
Life becomes so much more fulfilling when you are just simply yourself.
The world keeps spinning whether people understand you or not.
So why not make this next trip around the sun about YOU.
Roses are prickly
Chocolates are sickly
Read Grapevine tonight
And you’ll feel better quickly!