T Is For Tolerance

Last year I went to a choral concert held by a group raising money for a local charity. The charity they were raising money for is About With Friends, a group who give support to people with learning disabilities. At the end of the concert the group said they were going to sing one more…

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S Is For Sagacious

Other words we could use in place of sagacious are: wise, sage, discerning, clever, intelligent, judicious, acute, sharp, keen, perspicacious. Wisdom is not learned easily. As Confucius said: By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.…

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R Is For Remembrance

In our family we have a tradition, at 8pm every Christmas Day we toast absent friends.  This not only gives us the opportunity to keep those who have gone before us a part of what we do and very much in our minds during our celebrations, but also brings to mind those people who are…

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Q Is For Quiet

In the quiet of the predawn hours The Hush slips in to blanket the slumbering earth upon life’s gentle breeze, it quietly blows in its veil of serenity, imperceptibly dispersed The Hush unfolds over the hilly terrain climbing, spilling over the majestic mountaintops guided by the loving arms of the branches of nature The Hush…

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P Is For Perseverance

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being…

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O Is For Opportunity

I love opportunities.  I grab them with both hands most of the time.  I never regret letting go of the ones I don’t take up. Some of it comes from being a risk taker, I love life and am happy to explore it fully, but I don’t feel I am in any way cavalier in…

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N Is For Normality

At this point you might well be asking ‘what is normal?’  It’s true that normality is different for each one of us.  We all have our own set of rules we abide by, our own set of ideas about what is ok and what is normal.  And in reality there are no hard and fast…

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M Is For Motivation

It can be hard to get motivated sometimes.  We all know the little triggers that help us to be motivated but sometimes it’s easier to sit back and refuse to use them.  For me it’s fresh air, but sometimes I don’t feel like a walk, can’t always be bothered to get in the car and…

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L Is For Love

“I am Me.  In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me.  Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it — I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself.  I own…

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K Is For Kindness

Mark Twain once said that kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Kindness spreads love wherever you go.  It helps, it heals, it brings joy to those around you.  Princess Diana told us to ‘carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in…

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