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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Little Walk Around Yourself .....


A LITTLE WALK AROUND YOURSELF

When you're criticizing others and are
finding here and there
A fault or two to speak of; or a weakness
you can tear;
When you're blaming someone's meanness
or accusing one of pelf -
It's time that you went out to take a
walk around yourself.

There's lots of human failures in the
average of us all,
And lots of grave shortcomings in the
short ones and the tall;
But when we think of evils men should
lay upon the shelves,
It's time we all went out to take a walk
around ourselves.

We need so often in this life
this balancing of scales,
This seeing how much in us wins and
how much in us fails;
Before you judge another - just to lay
him on the shelf -
It would be a splendid plan to take a
walk around yourself.

Helen Welshimer
Well I hope everyone enjoyed that little poem I came across. I was going to write a little about this topic but personally I think this says it all and what it misses out you can catch on Parsley's blog.

Stay vigilent everyone as this nasty thing of judging others is insidious and creeps into our thoughts without us even noticing sometimes. Be more interested in yourself and what you are doing than in what others are doing. That is their business and not yours and if they stick their beaks into your business then you would quickly tell them to please butt out.

Wendy's words of wisdom for the day. Only because it happens to me.

Cheers and wishing you all a Thrilling Thursday,

Wendy

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

If I Were


If I were
If I were a month, I would be the beginning of spring - September in my lands
If I were a day of the week, I would be Monday - the beginning of the week
If I were a time of day, I would be 7am in the morning
If I were a planet, I would be an undiscovered Earth still in it's natural state with no signs of abuse
If I were an animal, I would be an elephant in the wild on my undiscovered Earth
If I were a direction, I would be South
If I were a piece of furniture, I would be a beautiful timber kitchen chair
If I were a liquid, I would be pure honey (Hubby already thinks I am)
If I were a gemstone, I would be a Ruby
If I were a tree, I would be a Redwood
If I were a tool, I would be screwdriver
If I were a flower, I would be a Daisy
If I were a kind of weather, I would be a sunny day in spring
If I were a musical instrument, I would be Bongo drums
If I were a color, I would most definately be RED
If I were an emotion, I would be love
If I were a fruit, I would be a mango
If I were a sound, I would be a baby's laughter
If I were an element, I would be warm organic sweet smelling Earth
If I were a car, I would be any car that was shared by a group of people to reduce cars to 1 per 10 people
If I were a food, I would be a Warm Thai Chicken Salad
If I were a place, I would be my home with open doors for people to visit and come to rest
If I were a material, I would be 100% pure organic cotton
If I were a taste, I would have to be Chocolate
If I were a scent, I would be the scent of Jasmine in full bloom in August (in my lands)
If I were an object, I would be a pen and paper
If I were a body part, I would be legs and just keep on walking
If I were a facial expression, I would be a smile
If I were a pair of shoes, I would be a pair of comfortable sandles to wear on my favorite spring days

A meme that been going around. No idea where it started. I saw it on the blog Wanderlust and was inspired to reply. ( Kristen from Wanderlust also ran a great Blog about being yourself in Bloggers In The Buff so my photo at the beginning is my contribution to that. ) My brother has done his own and you can see ideas on his blog The Soap Box Truth.

What about you? What would you be? I would love to see what your words would be. I think it is a very interesting excercise in self discovery. I didn't think to much about the answers. I just let them come to me quite quickly.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Some Questions To Ponder

My grandaughter Charlotte holding my hand - just 4 weeks old.

"People will forget what you said.
People will forget what you did.
But, people will NEVER forget how you made them feel."

Hi Everyone,

Below is a copy of an email that was sent to me that I felt I just had to share. It is so well written. I have no idea of the source as it was just one of those emails sent around continuously but it is so well said. Enjoy !!!

You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them.


1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers.
They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies.
Awards tarnish.
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated an d special!!
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?
The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials..the most money...or the most awards.
They simply are the ones who care the most!

 



This is a picture of a pair of gorgeous butterflys on an old window - I took this picture last weekend when away at the Gold Coast.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wendy you can do that other thing later ...


This is a pictue of a very special card I received in the mail from a very good friend. Handmade with love. And best of all I got it for no other reason than to say I am a good friend. How cool.

Good Evening To You All,

I have had a few awesome, excellent, spectacular, enjoyable, and wonderful last few days. And do you know what, I hardly left the house and I haven't done anything out of the ordinary. I just did one thing at a time and each time I went into my multi tasking mode I just stopped and slowed down. I took the time to think about what I wanted to do next. And then did just that. I then just said to myself, "Wendy you can do that other thing later" and just got on with the choosen project or chore at hand. It has been a very productive few days in the garden and around the house and I have slept well at night and gotten some much needed excerice but at the same time I feel relaxed.

I NEED TO KEEP THIS GOING............. I will let you know how I go.

Below is a few photos of my weekend away with my friends last weekend. I really like some of these shots as they truly show how beautiful this part of the Gold Coast in Qld is. My friend lives at the coast in an outer suburb and I gave her a wrap across the knuckles for not spending much more time enjoying this wonderful scenery.

Tweed Heads, Gold Coast, Australia

Tweed Heads

Tweed Heads

The dots in the water are the surfers. There were over 50 of them out in the water this day.

Coffee and Cake for morning tea

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

When sitting, just sit; When eating just eat ...................


Day 72 of not smoking.

Yesterdays post really got me thinking. I have reread my own post a few times today.

I enjoyed today. I just did things as they needed doing. When I started to think of too many things at once and started to try to decide what I was going to do next or started to look like I was going to do more than one thing at a time. I STOPPED. I paused and took notice of what I was doing. I decides what it was I wanted to do next and then proceeded with that. I let the other things go. Some I came back to after I had finished what was at hand. Other things got left. It was quite a good day. And one I wish to repeat again tomorrow. I moved and gardened and did yoga and just generally lived.

Now on this same subject is a little bit taken from a Blog I happened to stumble across while reading one of my followed blogs.


"I was lying in bed nursing my little one, a book propped up in front of me as usual. This time it happened to be Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn. And I came to these words:"

When sitting, just sit.
When eating, just eat.
When walking, just walk.
When talking, just talk.
When listening, just listen.
When looking, just look.
When touching, just touch.
When thinking, just think.
When playing, just play.
And enjoy the feeling of each moment and each day.

"What can I say? I put the book down. The sun coming through the window felt warm on my back. My daughter fell asleep in my arms. The moment lasted a long, long time."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"I feel in a bit of a swirl at the moment"



Sometimes we just plain think to much. I have just had some switch of time. Funny but one of the way's I switch of is to do simple puzzles in a magazine called That's Life. Not to difficult but definately enough to keep my mind from wandering all over the place. I feel in a bit of a swirl at the moment. I truly don't know how else to say it except that way. A swirl. I keep going from one thing to another to another. I have ideas, I read such differing topics, I have things just started or ready to start, yet nothing seems to be completed or even started for that matter. I am really not sure of anything except to go with this idea of slowing down. Not so much in the pysical sense as I actually need to move in that way but I need to slow down  - to get the mind to stop swirling - to slow right down. I just feel a little bit like I am in information overload. I just don't know where to start or stop.


So I really tried to look at what I feel the Universe is trying to tell me. And below is the list that I have come up with. These ideas of where to start and what needs to be done come from listening and reading - from all of you - from all the books I have been led to read recently - from circumstances I have had in my personal and working life - from every where. I have noticed things and recurring messages and lessons and this is what I feel they point to.


1. Be MINDFUL. Practise being in the moment. So many lessons on this topic. Just over and over again I keep getting this message. Meditate.
2. Be ACTIVE. Get moving. Gardening, Yoga, Walking - anything that requires moving.
3. Be GENEROUS. Get giving.
4. PUT IT INTO PRACTISE - Just do the things I have learnt - just get to it - stop procrastinating - stop with the excuses.
5. Stop researching - stop looking up just that little bit more information - basically stop filling my cup and use what is already there now and then in time I can start to refill my cup again. This makes sense to me but maybe won't to anyone else.

I am going to go away right now and think on these things.

Cheers to you all,

Wendy

Thursday, May 6, 2010

ONE TRIBE

Good Evening.

Please take a seat - and click on this link to a song that is simply my FAVORITE song at the moment. Hard to find an actual video clip but this is where someone has put the words up there for you to read while you listen to this song. Let me know what you think.

ONE TRIBE - Black Eyed Peas

Peace to every one of you,

Wendy

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Friendship and camping photos

Hi to all,

Above is a photo of my pineapple growing very well indeed. It is getting well and truly ready to be eaten.

Camping was wonderful and I enjoyed the friendship of my husband for a long weekend. It was bliss. This weekend coming I will be enjoying the friendship of my two closest girl friends. We have been friends for many many years and we are catching up for a weekend together. Lots of talking, giggles and of course dancing.

Friends - so easy to let the times slip by and not follow up, catch up or spend time with our friends. Always to busy. Got other plans. Whatever. Find the time I say. Find a way. I am so guilty of this and I don't want to be any more. There is so much truth in the above quote on the value of friendship.

Sunrise - Kinkuna National Park

Kinkuna National Park

We found a sea snake on the beach and put it back in the water. It had been hit by a car. I don't know if it survived but we tried.

Moon rising over the ocean - we just sat back on our camping chairs under the stars and watched the moon come up. It was beautiful and this photo does not do it justice.

View from our camp site. This is low tide.

Looking down the beach at low tide. It just seems to go on forever. Look at the colour of this sky. It just seemed enormous.

Sunrise from our camp site. Just beautiful.

Beach flower

Shadow Play

More Shadow Play

Sunlight On Sand

Driving onto the beach

Driving into Kinkuna National Park - long sand track