Happy Thoughts -Individuality

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Today, we’ve got our inspiration from the little book, The Pocket Book of Positives.

Ralph Waldo Emerson advises us to not go where the path leads, but to make our own way!
He wants us to let our individual lights shine. But how do we do that? Let’s have a think and a chat about this.

Feel free to leave a comment about how you maintain your individuality & find fresh ways & trails to follow!

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Happy Thoughts – Self Assessment

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Today let’s talk about self assessment…knowing ourselves that little bit better.

We’ve got an Audio-type blog this time.

This podcast, in the video below,  was inspired by a reading from “A Dhammapada for Contemplation”

“with right attention to self assessment you will live at ease.”

What in the world does that mean? Let’s have a little think and discussion whilst trying to figure it out!

How do you go about knowing yourself and your values a little better? How do you motivate yourself? Feel free to add comments. And visit us on facebook –
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Happy Thoughts – Photo Blog-Lymouth to Watersmeet

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We recently spent some time in lovely Devon and visited the fab cafe at Watersmeet, Devon for traditional tea and scones.

The walk along the Watersmeet Trail from Lynmouth to Watersmeet is magical, but a bit challenging, as there is an incline along the way and you have work your way around and over rocks in some sections.

If you are in Devon, it’s well worth a visit to experience the smells, sights and quietness of nature. Your reward for your hiking efforts is the lovely, delicious cream tea at the cafe at the end of the trail.

The easiest way is to take the hike trail that runs along the river Lyn. It’s a bit less steep than the alternate route.

Here are a few photos and a video.

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This is an amazing, enormous fallen tree. It’s a tradition to put coins in it to honour the spirits of the woods. You can see that many a passerby has done so!

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I found a little crack and put in a coin to thank the spirit of the woods for a safe and interesting hike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After hiking for some time, we at last reached the end of  the trail and our reward delicious scone and tea at Watersmeet House.

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This photo is taken from the Watersmeet House website, by John Miller

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Yummy cream and whortleberry jam scone. Made the hike even more well worth it! 😊

And here is a video… soothing, calming and beautiful!

 

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Happy Thoughts – Poetry Prose Day

It’s Poetry/Prose Day, and today we’ve got a poem by Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland called Ae Fond Kiss.

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It’s a touching tale of a love that now dwells in the sweet mists of time as a fond memory! You’ll not hear a Scottish accent, but you will hear a poem that’s read from the heart. 😊

Here’s the text of the poem:

AE fond kiss by Robert Burns

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae fareweel, and then forever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee.
Who shall say that Fortune grieves him,
While the star of hope she leaves him?
Me, nae cheerfu’ twinkle lights me;
Dark despair around benights me.

I’ll ne’er blame my partial fancy,
Naething could resist my Nancy;
But to see her was to love her;
Love but her, and love forever.
Had we never lov’d sae kindly,
Had we never lov’d sae blindly,
Never met—or never parted—
We had ne’er been broken-hearted.

Fare thee weel, thou first and fairest!
Fare thee weel, thou best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
Peace. enjoyment, love, and pleasure!
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae fareweel, alas, forever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee!

Isn’t it lovely? Perhaps we’ve all been there. And, this can apply to other circumstances of our life. Missed opportunities in career, and other areas of life.  But the real power is in the now! We can learn from past memories, and whilst we can’t bring the circumstances back, we can bring the feeling to us again in a more modern up to date way…different situation, same feeling. No chance is ever lost. Things come and go, just like the tide.

If you’d like to hear an audible version of the poem, and an affirmation, it’s here!

Feel free to add comments to the blog, or tweet us on twitter @stefsvoice. Our Facebook page is Positive Affirmations and Audio Stories.

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Happy Thoughts – Persevere, Keep Going!

 

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Keep focused, keep positive, keep moving

 

 

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout, down came the rain and washed the spider out,out came the sun and dried up all the rain, and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Why am I quoting a nursery rhyme you may wonder? Because that little spider gives us a good lesson in perseverance.

When we are working on a goal or a dream, it might start raining and raining sometimes quite heavily.

We ourselves might get washed out or downhearted or discouraged or depressed.

But we we must pick ourselves up, analyse what went wrong … or… maybe it was just bad timing.

Life does have its ups and downs, so we just have to dust ourselves off take a break if we need to, then get back on it.

Just because something didn’t work out once, doesn’t mean it’s not meant to be. Maybe we have to try a different approach, get more knowledge, get some help, or even take a break. But don’t give up.

If we hang in there, the sun will come out again, the ideas will flow, the help will come, and we climb right back up that spout just like the wee spider.

We might then get rained on again and slide back a bit again, but not nearly as much as the first time. Just keep going.

Steady consistent progress, adapting as we need to, & keep going forward, will win the day

And don’t forget to get help if you need it, take classes, ask questions, get inspiration from books and speakers.

It doesn’t have to be a solo journey.

If you’d like to hear the podcast, which also includes an affirmation, you can listen to it here:

 

So what do you think? Do you have any tips that you could share with people who might feel stuck and need that bit of encouragement…that little nudge… to keep Movin On.

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Happy Thoughts – Do It Today!

 

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 Is what you’re doing today going to get you where you want to be tomorrow.
 That’s a good thing to think about because is our actions of today that form the energy of tomorrow.
 We have to take action everyday towards our goal.
 If we have a dream and we spend our days dreaming about the dream instead of taking specific actions, there is going to be a bit of a delay in seeing that Dream into reality. That delay could be … never.
 We have to be vigilant-  not frantic – but vigilant in making our goals are reality.
 What we do today, how you think today,  how we act today influences our tomorrow.
 It’s so easy to have a goal that requires certain actions but we might feel too tired to take that action. We would rather sit on the sofa and watch TV or something, but sometimes we have to give ourselves –  I have to give myself – a bit of tough love and just said to myself/ourselves…do it.
 The reward is well worth it. We’ve reached that goal because of specific planning and specific action. We don’t have to be frantic, but we do have to be diligent and have consistent persistent action today towards tomorrow.
What do you do to push yourself into action when you’re feeling a little tired or  want to do anything, but the thing that you know you should be doing which will  help you to reach your goals and to actualize your plan.
True, there are times when the best action is no action. You just have to stop and take a rest. So when your body or your mind truly needs to take a break… just stop and let yourself be rejuvenated.
 But we know the difference between procrastination and fatigue.
 So do you have any tips on being on target and keeping yourself moving I wonder? I’m a great believer in making lists ,and ticking things off. Then you can see your progress and what needs to be done.
 So make today count,don’t throw it away. Find a few things you can do each day towards your goal. Even if you’re feeling a bit tired, try to do one easy job towards your goal.  It will make your tomorrow so much better. 😊

If you’d like to hear the podcast, which also includes an affirmation, you can listen to it here:

Feel free to add comments to the blog, or tweet us on twitter @stefsvoice. Our Facebook page is Positive Affirmations and Audio Stories.

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Happy Thoughts-Got an Idea, Part 2

The birth of an idea…

Creative ideas can come to us from anywhere & everywhere. We wrote about this in the previous blog post.

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Here’s the podcast that explores some places and spaces where we can find inspiration and the beginnings of new ideas to us & through us, others, to grow and prosper!

The photo is of a deck of cards which is full of idea starting activity suggestions. There’s more info about this in the podcast.

Have a happy life! 🙂

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