Friday, October 28, 2011

Mood boosting 101 ;-)

Tired of everyone's moaning and groaning?  These few pointers might help you get through today:
  • In less than two months' time we're celebrating Christmas! If life's getting a bit too much at this stage, decorating your Christmas tree might just lift your spirits, getting you in the groove for the season of sharing and kindness.
  • It's silly season...which means that we have official permission to be, well, silly!
  • If you haven't noticed it - it's full-blown summer! Which means happy hour drinks, sun-filled days, pool parties, thunder storms and a feeling of 'it's actually a lovely day, why not getting up early'? (or am I pushing it a bit too far now?) ;-)
  •  It's okay to feel overwhelmed and stressed this time of year - it's the one time when you do fit in with the crowd.  The feeling is mutual.  Let's remind ourselves again that that well-deserved break (for most) is around the corner.
  • This week's 'bad and uglies' will probably be long forgotten next week.  Even if this is not the case - remember that there's always someone worse off than you.
None of these 'pointers' are anything new, I know - but hey, I'm looking for the silver lining of the dark cloud today.  Hope you do too!

Friday, October 14, 2011

(Gr)atitude is everything!

Does it ever happen to you that you feel sorry for yourself on a particular day?  Sometimes you know exactly what the reason(s) for this emotion are and other times you can't attribute this feeling to any particular event or cause. This 'sorry state of affairs' can sometimes hang in there for a while.  Until? Until you decide enough is enough already! 

I've been working very hard (as all of us do this time of year) the last couple of weeks, my husband is away for quite some time and things, in general, just went wrong.  More than enough reason for me to be 'sad sally'.  All of us go through phases in our life, some are more pleasant than others, true, but the other truth is that 'this too shall pass' - the bad or the ugly has a tendency to make way for the good again.

Luckily I've realised it today.  My experience is that it is the small things that we usually don't have time to attend to that does make the world's difference! My friend and I took the Gautrein to Sandton on Wednesday to spend some quality time over lunch, nothing spectacular according to anyone else's standards, but spectacular in terms of food for my soul.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend a day at a spa, again with two lovely ladies.  This just made me realise that we have to stand still every now and then, take the time that we believe we don't have to enjoy a moment, a conversation, an experience!

Attitude is the make or break factor when it comes to how we view and live our time on earth. Gratitude, to really count our blessings, enjoy the lighter side of life and appreciate the small things - is everything! 

Do you agree?

It's Friday - another reason to smile, dammit! (courtesy of 94.7 Highveld Stereo).

Friday, October 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Honorable Archbishop Desmond Tutu!

"Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world" -Desmond Tutu.

The rainbow nation wishes 'The Arch' Desmond Tutu a wonderfully blessed birthday and year to come.  He has shown us and the world what it means to truly lead by example.   

Here are some of his inspiring quotes:
  • "My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together".
  • "We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low".
  • "Without forgiveness, there's no future".
  • "A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons".
  • "Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are".
Interested to know more about the lives and time of Archbishop Desmond Tutu? Read an abbreviated biography about this South African icon.

P.S. We're keeping our fingers crossed for our boys on Sunday - go Bokke!