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 settles over me, awakening my heart

Tranquil waves caress the shores of my skin
fluttering lashes, feeling the tickling of gray
lips part, kissed by the breath of peace
The Hush drapes my body in its elegant array
Tenderly bidden, I arise for my solitary tryst
barefoot upon the dew covered blades of grass
I wrap the arms of The Hush softly around me
and we sway together in our harmonious dance
Within the arms of The Hush,
draped in the silence of being
my heart, yet again, reborn
by Nature’s spiritual healing

Quiet Poetry

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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 hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

‘If’ – by Rudyard Kipling

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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 my attitudes towards it.  I just love new experiences and I love adventures!

Taking lots of small opportunities is often better than waiting for that great big one to come along, because it may not!  And the small one may directly lead to something much bigger, but if you don’t take the first one the second may never come along.

There’s a great saying by Harry Truman that I love:

‘A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties’.

Sometimes it is easy to spend so much time looking at the closed doors around you that you cannot see the one that has opened in front of you.

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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 rules about what ‘normal’ is.  In fact if you look at the diversity of people it really is hard to create any kind of definition for the word that fits us all.

And of course there will be a time for all of us when things most certainly are not what we consider to be normal.  Uninvited events can verge on the bizarre and take us from our comfortable normality into some weird world that we neither recognise nor want to be in.

How we respond to these situations can sometimes make the difference between them dissipating quite quickly, or morphing into something even worse.  We often respond very emotionally in the first instance and can create a drama when there need not be one.  It’s important to step back when we find ourselves in these situations, and take a good look around.

As Whoopi Goldberg says, ‘normal is nothing more than a cycle on the washing machine’.

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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 drive to the beach, especially if it’s raining.  But it always works.  I can sit and do nothing knowing that if I just get up and go outside I will feel better, I will be able to find that something that motivates me.  It doesn’t happen often, thank goodness but every once in a while.

‘When people say to me: “How do you do so many things?” I often answer them, without meaning to be cruel: “How do you do so little?”  It seems to me that people have vast potential.  Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks.  Yet most people don’t.  They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever’. ~Philip Adams

Motivate yourself and do extraordinary things.

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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 my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears.  I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.  Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me.  By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts.  I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.  However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me.  If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded.  I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do.  I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me.  I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me.  I am me, and I am Okay.”

Virginia Satir, American psychologist and educator, 1916 – 1988

Love isn’t just about loving someone else, it is about loving yourself too.

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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 the knowledge that someday someone might do the same for you’.

It is within our power to be kind.  We don’t have to wait until someone else shows us a kindness first.  Indeed it is those who we perceive to be unworthy who need our kindness most.  Don’t worry if the person you extend a kindness to seems ungrateful.  Maybe they are not used to people being kind to them.  If you are shown a kindness you should always pass it on.  By sharing with others you will be helping to spread love and good feelings across the world.  Even something as simple as a smile is a universal language of kindness.

As John Ruskin once said: ‘a little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money’.

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J Is For Jolly

And also for jocular, jocund, jovial – all having a similar meaning.  J is also for joy.  And J is for jelly…I like J words.

Charles Dickens once wrote ‘there might be some credit in being jolly’.  (The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, chapter 5).  How right he was.

Having a jolly disposition changes the way we see life.  It changes the way we respond to the things around us, both good and bad.  We have a choice about whether we approach things with a jolly attitude or not.  Choosing to be jolly is good for your soul, and things won’t drag you down so much.  Limitations only live in our mind, we are strong enough to choose our attitude towards everything.  We receive back what we put out.

If we only realised how powerful our thoughts and attitude are we would never be negative, never have a negative thought, we would control those times when we just don’t feel like being jolly.

Keep your feet on the ground, your thoughts at lofty heights, and always be jolly.

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I Is For Inspiration

‘Inspiration comes to us quietly and slowly; prime it with a little solitude’.  Brenda Ueland.

When do you get your inspiration?  Is it in those moments of quiet solitude, or are you inspired in other ways?  Do you act on your inspiration or do you just dream and never take action?

Until you spread your wings you will have no idea how far you can fly.  You are the creator of your own destiny.

The literal meaning of the word ‘inspiration’ is ‘breathed upon’.  Wherever your inspiration comes from grab it, hold onto it, let it breathe upon you and fill your sails.  Know that it is a gift to be treasured and let it motivate you and move you forwards.

Enjoy the journey!

H Is For Happiness

Is it not reasonable that we should all expect to have happiness in our lives?  If you are not happy what can you do about it?

A good way to start is to make a list of all the things that make you happy.  Even the smallest of things.  How can you implement these into your life more regularly?  What do you need to change to bring more happy things and less of the things that do not make you happy?

Maybe it is unrealistic to expect complete happiness all the time, but often a little change can make all the difference between feeling happy and content and the opposite feelings.

Happiness doesn’t always mean that everything is perfect, but it does mean that you have decided to look beyond those imperfections and get the best that you can out of your life.  Happiness doesn’t come from without, it comes from within.

‘The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grow it under their feet’.

James Oppenheim – American poet, novelist and editor, 1882-1932

Enjoy the journey.