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Friday Quote: the beauty and joy of nature

Indian Proverb (click to enlarge)

Nature is so handy, isn’t it.  A walk in beautiful countryside or along a coastal path can soothe and calm many troubles.  Spending time in urban leafy areas can have a similarly restorative effect.

And what’s more, I find that even just thinking about, reading about or even looking at pictures of nature inspires peace and reduces stress.

I had such fun producing the artwork for today’s quote.  It took me a little while to produce the border, but in doing so I had the opportunity completely to switch off and immerse myself in the process of drawing and painting the flora and fauna.  A total antidote to any worries or fears.

And, in an echo of the quote itself, I enjoyed the element of randomness in my selection of each little drawing as I progressed around the circle.

Wherever you are, and whatever you do this weekend, may you find joyful and beautiful times. 🙂

PS – mega thanks to my gorgeous, clever Hub for his help and expertise with photographing my artwork for publication.


Friday Quote(s) – Five Reasons to Love the Olympics

Image from Google Images
Image from Google Images

There is no escaping the 2016 Olympics and Para-Olympics at the moment.  It has been thrust into our lives whether we like it or not.

So how can those of us who are not sporting superstars make the best of the Games?  What have the Olympics ever really done for us? With a nod to Monty Python’s ‘Romans’ sketch, from the film Life of Brian, here are five reasons why the Olympics and Para-Olympics are so brilliant for those of us who are not elite athletes.


1.   A sense of belonging

You belong to the world.  Don’t be afraid to be part of it.

~ Thomm Quakenbush, Flies to Wanton Boys

Many of us regularly follow particular sports.  For me and Hub, it is mainly cricket, rugby and tennis, with a spot of golf and snooker thrown in from time to time.

Both the summer and winter Olympic and Para-Olympic games provide the opportunity for total sport immersion, often in disciplines about which we know very little.  How easy it is to become instant experts in the differences between fencing with a foil or épée; the importance of a good pike in diving; and the advantage of an ankle pick in a wrestling bout.  Yes, we suddenly find we can speak with confidence over dinner about the finer points of the modern triathlon.  So what?  Without noticing, we have expanded our minds; learned new things; seen a broader vision of the world.  We might even be spurred on to take up a new sport, having been shown what is possible.  But most of all, we get to feel like we belong, as part of an incredible global community.

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Friday Quote: Focus!

Image of medals taken from Google Images. Text added by me.

There have been all sorts of interesting articles published in the run up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  This one particularly caught my eye.

As you will see, it suggests that a helpful way to achieve one’s goals is to focus on the process, rather than being freaked out by the enormity of the whole.  Wise advice, I’d say.

Best of luck to all those competing in the Games – come on GB!! 🙂

Friday Quote: go with the flow!

I have had an unexpected and un-planned break from blogging this week.  Life has been leaping and, as can sometimes happen, I have had to prioritise other things – yes, even over writing posts.

One thing I have managed to protect is reading time, and I have just finished re-reading a magnificent book, How To Be Sick by Toni Bernhard.  There will be more about this next week in one of my regular reading update posts.  For the moment, however, let me help you into the weekend with the quote below.

I find it of great comfort to be reminded that life cannot always be controlled, nor, perhaps should we try.  Going with the flow and following the line of least resistance can really help with maintaining peace, calm and equanimity.

I hope you have all had a good few days and that you have a gorgeous weekend.  I look forward to picking back up with you next week. 🙂

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Friday Quote: Be brave!

I saw this in a local bookstore recently.  It fits perfectly with my passion for finding ways to live one’s best life.

Enjoy your weekend, and be brave! 🙂



Friday Quote: dare to be different!

Regular readers of this blog will know about my passion for finding ways to lead one’s best life.

One thing we can do to contribute to this aim is consciously to look for the new, the fresh, the alternative as we go about our day to day activities.  It is all too easy to follow the same old routines and habits, generating a feeling that nothing we do is interesting.

Try some of these things for starters:

  • when you are next washing up, notice how hot or cold the water is; how do the bubbles feel?  How do the dishes look before and after?  What might they say if they could talk?
  • when walking outside, notice how the air smells.  What colour is the sky?  Give the different hues you see a specific name.  What would clothes or cakes or chairs look like made out of this colour?
  • when sitting on a bus or train, notice how it feels to be part of a community of travellers.  What might your fellow passengers say if you spoke to them?  Think of things you might have in common with them.

Whatever you do this weekend, have a calm, relaxing and stimulating time. 🙂



Friday Quote: the beauty of summer

I prepared this quote two weeks ago, to mark the passing of that mid-year milestone, the summer solstice.  However, on 24 June, we all found ourselves swept away by ‘events, dear boy, events’ (Harold Macmillan’s response to a question about what a Prime Minister most feared).  So I ended up posting a different quote that day.

And last week was the centenary of the battle of the Somme and I felt it important to mark that milestone too.

So, with your indulgence, here is my ‘mid-summer’ quote.

Enjoy your weekend and may all your days be sunny ones, whatever the season. 🙂


Friday Quote: We Shall Never Forget

Today marks the centenary anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme in World War I.

This most devastating military event in British history saw nearly 60,000 casualties (of which 19,240 were killed) on the first day alone.

The battle lasted 141 days, resulting in over a million allied casualties by the end.

There is much in the newspapers at the moment about this event.  Here is one example, setting out some more key facts.

But the facts somehow de-personalise the human stories which underpin them.  Many, many words have been written about this battle and WWI in general.  It seems to me that there is no need to add to them.  I therefore pay my tribute with a visual ‘quote’ to commemorate those who fought, died and were wounded.  We will remember them.

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