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Wise words from Dr. Joseph Murphy that might make a difference in your life today. “Are you consumed with fear or worry?  From time to time all people face problems that dominate their lives.  Some of our worries are unfounded, as we get upset about things that are unlikely to occur or are figments of our imagination.  But often the problems are real and imminent.  We worry about debts we can’t pay, our health or the health of a loved one, our jobs, or our investments. The first step in overcoming these worries is to take pragmatic actions to correct the problem.  However, we must also programme our minds so that we have the confidence to work through the problems and restore and maintain a positive outlook on life. There is one key to accomplishing this: prayer and meditation. What is prayer?  Your every thought and feeling…

We’ve all struggled. And somehow the struggles felt by teenagers seem to be so intense and overwhelming and oh so hard to handle. Regardless of how trivial they end up being. That’s how it was for me. And it helps to have wise counsel in life, be you a teenager or a fully grown adult. Mums’ can help It’s been said before and I’m happy to say it again…my Mum was a very wise woman.  I was supported and loved even when, looking back I’m not certain I deserved it. Somehow, my Mum always managed to say what you needed to hear… often before you knew you needed to hear it and…sometimes when you thought you didn’t ever need to hear it! Quantum leaping She even understood about quantum leaps, before quantum leaps had been discussed and written about.  And I found myself quoting her today as my friend and I had…

My conversations with my grandma would sometimes take a funny turn: “Where are you going?” “What do you mean?” “Where are you going?” “I’m not going anywhere, I’m sitting right here.” “I mean where are you going in your head.” “Nowhere.” “Aah, that’s the problem.  If you wandered around in the world never knowing where you’re going, you’d never get anywhere.  And if you wander around in your head never knowing where you’re going you won’t get anywhere either.” I wasn’t always sure what my grandma was talking about.  But as I got older and a little bit wiser, I began to get it. If we don’t have an aim from which to think each and every day, our mind just wanders along its old, usual tracks, bringing old, usual experiences.  Unless and until we direct our thoughts into areas that are positive and productive then they just run around…

I used to say you can’t be more than happy.  But watching these two little sprites, otherwise known as LJ and OW maybe I’m wrong.  They live life at a level of pure joy that would melt the hardest of heart and elevate the happiest soul. Yesterday, we spent the morning here: They literally flew around the center, touching, smelling, hearing and seeing as many things as possible.  Every sense was connected, every experience a thrill. Life is either a glorious, exciting adventure. Or something to contemplate. They have a zest for life that’s beyond happy, that embraces each little moment with a hug and moves on to the next.  That doesn’t hang on to old hurts or wounds but throws itself into the next more wonderful experience.  Can you remember it? I want to recapture that same love of life, that delights the heart and…

I was sharing a joke with a young assistant in Target,  one of my very, very favourite places to shop, especially for kids jim-jams (pyjamas to you dear readers).  And he asked me how I stayed so cheerful. Did I have a secret I’d share with him? I answered his questions as best I could, but driving home I thought about how I could have done a better job.  I’m not usually tongue-tied and My Darling One will attest to the fact that I have plenty to say, most of the time.  No, what he’d probably tell you is that I have plenty to say all of the time, but this conversation was unexpected and I was caught flat-footed.  However, I digress. So I began to ponder on what I wished someone had told me when I was a fresh-faced, eager, much younger me.  So, whilst unpacking the umpteenth box…

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