Happy Thoughts – Have Courage

Let’s talk about courage. There is a book that I read sometimes called inspirational meditations. It’s a collection of thoughts and images…things to lift our spirits and here is one by Tom krause.
He says:

“courage is the discovery that you may not win and trying when you know you can lose.

That’s a good point there! How many times have you wanted to do something but you stopped because you were afraid

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Maybe not afraid in the sense that you were in danger or something bad could happen, but afraid in the sense that there was a little voice saying why try the odds are against you.
Many are called but few are chosen, so what makes you think you are one of the Chosen ones.
What would your family or your friends say if they knew you were trying to achieve this goal. Maybe you are afraid that they would laugh at you, or think you’re reaching above your station above your capabilities … above what they are capable of doing.
Don’t be afraid. Have courage.
Just because we don’t know how to do something doesn’t mean that it’s not possible. We can learn, we can get training, we can get coaching

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If you’re worried about what other people would say, then keep it to yourself. Get your training whatever you need quietly, smoothly persistently, go about your business and keep it to yourself, or only share with those who have your best interests at heart.

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ho support you and who might even be working on their own projects, sharing your views, even though you didn’t know they share the same belief.
If you have a dream, but not the knowledge, get the skill how to do it, research get training make a step-by-step plan, have faith in yourself and give it a go… have courage.
Just because maybe no one in your current circle is doing that thing doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
Have courage. Again, as Tom Cross says, courage is the discovery that you may not win and trying when you know you can lose give it a go do your best have courage.
Do you have some examples that you might want to share when you tried something and you had Courage. Whether you tried something and it worked, or you try something else and it didn’t work. You’re still here, you’re still ok. It’s happened to me. Just keep trying… try different ways…get more training whatever you need.
And it’s really OK if it doesn’t work out at least you had Courage and your tried, and that will give you the energy to try again when you want to go a different path.
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Happy Thoughts – Poetry Day – “Still I Rise” 

Yesterday, 04 April, 2018 is what would have been the poet Dr Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday!

She was born in St Louis, Missouri, and died in 2014 at the age of 86. Dr Angelou wrote more than 30 books, and had many different careers before becoming a poet/writer.

To me, this poem “Still I Rise” says to keep focused, stay strong and be proud of yourself and your talents. You are a very important person, no matter what anyone thinks! You rock!

As Maya Angelou says: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

Here’s the poem, and following is a YouTube video reading of “Still I Rise”, by myself. 😊I did my best to do this lovely, uplifting poem justice.

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Still I Rise

By Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

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Here’s the video!

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Happy Thoughts – Poetry Corner 

Today is a poetry blog post day. We’ve got a sweet poem by Edgar A Guest about a father’s love for the toys that bring happiness to his children. There is also an audio version for your listening pleasure. 

Toys

By Edgar A Guest 

I can pass up the lure of a jewel to wear

    With never the trace of a sigh,

The things on a shelf that I’d like for myself

    I never regret I can’t buy.

I can go through the town passing store after store

    Showing things it would please me to own,

With never a trace of despair on my face,

    But I can’t let a toy shop alone.

I can throttle the love of fine raiment to death

    And I don’t know the craving for rum,

But I do know the joy that is born of a toy,

    And the pleasure that comes with a drum

I can reckon the value of money at times,

    And govern my purse strings with sense,

But I fall for a toy for my girl or my boy

    And never regard the expense.

It’s seldom I sigh for unlimited gold

    Or the power of a rich man to buy;

My courage is stout when the doing without is only my duty, 

But I curse the shackles of thrift when I gaze at the toys

    That my kiddies are eager to own,

And I’d buy everything that they wish for, by Jing!

    If their mother would let me alone.

There isn’t much fun spending coin on myself

    For neckties and up-to-date lids,

But there’s pleasure tenfold, in the silver and gold

    I part with for things for the kids.

I can go through the town passing store after store

    Showing things it would please me to own,

But to thrift I am lost; I won’t reckon the cost

    When I’m left in a toy shop alone.. 

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Happy Thoughts – “What’s That” – Chakras 

A Chakra drawing which I made

Today  let’s talk about the chakras. 

 What’s that? 

Chakras are said to be little spinning energy centres/wheels  that go throughout our body from the bottom  to the top.

There are 7 chakras. Some people say that the modern chakras  theory embraces 9,   but let’s go with 7 chakras.

Each chakra has a certain colour that associated with it, and a certain meaning or quality that it enhances or activates or rules.

If we started at the bottom along the groin area, the first chakra is called the root chakra.  Its colour is red. It rules power & grounding energy. 

The cleansing/purifying/balancing bija mantra sound that is associated with the root chakra is LAM. 

The next  Chakra up just beneath the navel is called the sacral Chakra.  Its colour is orange and it symbolises creativity.  

The cleansing/purifying/balancing bija mantra sound that is associated with the sacral chakra is VAM.

The next Chakra up, above the navel  below the heart, is called the solar plexus chakra. Its colour is yellow and it symbolises the intellect. 

The cleansing/purifying/balancing bija mantra sound that is associated with the solar plexus chakra is RAM.

Following from that we have the heart chakra which is green though some people embrace the colour pink.  The heart chakra is love and connection.

The cleansing/purifying/balancing bija mantra sound that is associated with the heart Chakra is YAM.

Next up we have the throat Chakra. Its colour is blue, turquoise blue. Its power is communication. 

The cleansing/purifying/balancing bija mantra sound that is associated with the throat Chakra is HAM.

In the middle of our forehead just between our eyebrows and above our eyebrows, is the third eye.  Its colour is indigo, a very very deep blue. Its  quality is perception & spirituality.  

The cleansing/purifying/balancing bija mantra sound that is associated with the third eye is OM.

Just above our heads is the Crown chakra.

Its colour is violet. It’s for intuition awareness and being.  

The cleansing/purifying/balancing bija mantra sound that is associated with the Crown Chakra is also OM.

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And there we have a brief  explanation of our wonderful chakras and all the good things that they can bring us.

Sometimes we can meditate on one of the chakras or meditate on all the chakras and think about the qualities associated with that chakra and try to bring those positive qualities into our awareness.

Using the chakras, the energy, the feeling is another way of helping us to visualise good positive energy and bring it into our  bodies, and our minds and our hearts.

Give it try! Sit in silence  or with some nice quiet music and just relax and visualise the colours  and qualities and sounds, and see what feelings come up.

You might  get nothing, or you might just feel at peace, or energised, or you might get some ideas about something that has been in your mind that you’ve been trying to think of … and just the act of relaxation opened the door, and the idea, the solution the thought came through.


It’s something to think about and try, isn’t it?

And here’s a little behind the scenes video of me repairing one of my favourite Chakra necklaces which broke,  and which I re-strung, reactivated and repaired because it is bad feng shui to have broken jewelry lying around, and because I missed wearing it.

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Happy Thoughts – It’s ok to be unhappy! 

Snowdrops signal that spring is not far behind, no matter how dark and cold it is now!

Happy or not so happy…you’re still ok!

It’s ok to be unhappy.

Sometimes being unhappy can signal that changes need to be made. We may have been travelling a certain path and it’s not working out.

So maybe it’s time to have a think and come up with a new action plan.

We can try to hang  on in the situation while the New Plan works itself out, or we figure it out.

And then, you can find out that many times just the knowledge that we are doing something about our situation can lift our mind.

Sometimes we are unhappy because we are disappointed in ourselves or our efforts or our progress thus far.

I think there is no use in trying to put on a happy face. It’s ok to feel sad, even to cry, but if it’s a true desire we’ve got to come back and carry on.

Try to look at where we went wrong and try to set off on the right path. That’s where having a really strong  “why” reason for the journey, can help us. Also, helpful is having a community, or a group of friends, because we are often our hardest critic.

  So sometimes we need someone from the outside to tell us it’s not so bad…  or,  they may have an idea how we can pick ourselves up and move onwards and upwards.

When we are unhappy it’s hard to motivate ourselves to help ourselves. So sometimes it’s good just to spend a bit of time feeling sad – being in the moment –  and  then move on.

We can pick up a book that inspired us, listen to a podcast or something that lifts our spirits, or go outside get some air… Just do something – take some action to lift our mood.

How about you? let’s help each other.

How do you lift your mood when you’re feeling down?  Sometimes it’s hard. It takes effort. What do you do?

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Happy Thoughts – Pick 1 of 3, an Oracle card reading for you! 

Today is the day to trust your intuition as you select one card from the three cards – from three different decks – that are pulled and left face down . I’ll then give you a reading for each of the three cards.

Here’s your video to watch & make your selection! ☺️


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Happy Thoughts – The A-Z of Positive Thinking – Part 2

Hello and Welcome!

Happy Valentine’s Day! (almost! ❤️ )

We’re back with Part 2 of the A-Z of Positive thinking. We’re covering N-Z this time. If you missed part 1, you can find it here: Part 1

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A mandala which I created.

So, continuing on… 😊

N- n is for negotiable. 

Negotiate. Sometimes we have to compromise on the terms of our goal or the means of achieving a goal. If we are working with others it’s sometimes a bit of give and take,  and then everyone ends up a winner.

O- O is for open. 

Keep an open mind. There’s more than one way to achieve a task. It’s good to have our plan, to know what we intend to do, and how, but try to keep an open mind. One of your advisors might have a better way to do something. Or you might come across something that gives you a better idea. Keep an open mind … be open to innovation and change.

P-P is for purpose. 

Have a purpose for what you are doing. What do you hope this will bring to you as a person as an Entrepreneur, or a business person, and what will it contribute to others. What is your purpose in this role that you have chosen for yourself. Be clear on that point so that you can steer in the right direction.

Q- Q is for quality.

Do things to the best of your ability. Try not to cut corners. Try not to go for “good enough”. Do your best, be known for presenting, for representing a quality product. Be a person of your word. Be known as a quality person.

R- R is for ready.

When opportunity knocks be ready. Be prepared. Have the training that prepares you to know your business.  So if someone asks you about your work,  you are clear and you can tell them.  If someone gives you an opportunity to do something you’ve always wanted to do,  be ready. Have that training, that preparedness,  that will help you be ready to swing into action at any point in time. Sometimes we just get a big chance and we’ve got to go for it right then.

S- S is for smile.

Smiling is so easy and it can lift our spirits. It can help others to be more open to us. If we are confident in ourselves and are relaxed, a smile can send out the most wonderful positive vibrations to others. And if we look in the mirror it can make even ourselves feel better. Of course do take care to be in an appropriate situation for smiling… Right Place Right times. 😉

T- T is for thankful.

Be thankful, be grateful for where you are right now. For the people in your life who help you, your friends your family your mentors. Be grateful that you can help others. You do have a skill… you do have a talent. You do have a gift that is useful to others.

U- u is for useful.

You have a purpose, a talent a place on this planet. You are useful. You can help others with your gifts. Be confident. You are important.

V-v is for value.

Value yourself. Value your time. Value your service. Don’t let anybody sell you short. Don’t let anybody under value your worth or  the worth of your product. It’s ok to bargain.  It’s ok to negotiate, but know your bottom line.  Your service is quality, useful,and worth every pence.

W- w is for wisdom. 

When we are working on the specific actions, details of our goals or objectives,  use wisdom.  There are so many places where we can find information nowadays.  We can Google  we can go to the YouTube and find many instructional videos, we can find mentors or people whom we respect their opinion, and ask them if they can help or brainstorm with us for ideas or methods to carry out our project.  Or we can join a mastermind group  where we share our expertise and knowledge to help each other.

X- Xenia.

Xenia is the ancient Greek concept of hospitality,  the generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home or associates of a person. We never know who we will meet at any event or at any time who might be helpful to us or whom we might be able to help,or who might know someone who would be good for us to meet. So it’s good to show generosity and courtesy to everyone no matter what their status. Build up a far-reaching network of like minded people.

Y- is for you.

You are special. You are important. You have just the skill that the right audience,  the right people, the right companies, or looking for. You must be confident in yourself so that you have the endurance,  the enthusiasm, and the sense of knowing that you are going to achieve your goal,  that you are going to be helpful to as many people as possible. You are in charge of you. When it comes down to it it’s up to you and your persistence, and your determination.

Z- z is for zeal.

For enthusiasm…for believe in yourself that is unshakable. If one door of opportunity closes, your zeal your vigor will help you to find another one.  Your zeal will pick you up when ordinarily you might have just given up. Your zeal  enthusiasm will attract wonderful things to you and your preparation will make you well equipped to handle them. Your positive zeal will keep a smile on your face and put a smile on most everyone else’s.

So, we can think of many other good qualities worth possessing. What’s on your list?

Let’s share & help each other!

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