Courage to be small

I don’t usually blog on Thursday’s. In the past I have tried to blog on a Tuesday and Friday, but due to circumstances this has not always happened! But I have decided to try to be more regular again.
I am down a blog or two so I am taking the liberty to write one today as these thoughts are bubbling away and I hope they may be encouraging for some of you.

Recently I read the sentence “May you have the courage to be small”. This has provided a lot of encouragement for me personally over the last week.

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Last night I attended a lecture where Julio Licinio was speaking about depression. He spent time showing clips and listing many famous people who had committed suicide. They had everything available to them, but there was such desperation. His point was that there needs to be more research on the cause and treatment of depression, in fact he has declared ‘war on depression!’

Interestingly today I was reading “The Minimalist”  that was looking at the excesses of life and the lack of happiness that they bring.  So often in our society we think ‘things’ are going to make us happy and yet more and more it seems to not be quite this way. If you have time it is a challenging read, but I have include a few quotes from it.

Harvey Mackay once said, “If you can afford a fancy car, you can make more of an impact driving an ordinary one.”

Gandhi said  “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”

Often times, it is those who live quietly, humbly, and in the service of others who are the happiest.

Admire success. But do not praise excess. Our society is longing for people who can tell the difference.

May you have the courage to be small.

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Thanks for reading Rxx

Thought for the weekend: Courage

Courage is one of the Character Strengths. For me, it is a virtue that takes work as it does not come naturally. I came across this very interesting quote by Maya Angelou (who died this week), and wanted to share it.

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“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” (Maya Angelou 1988 as quoted in a James Clear blog.)

This weekend may you have the courage to do that kind act you have been thinking about.
May you have the courage to be true to yourself and others.
May you have the courage to show mercy when the easy option is to be harsh.
May you have the courage to be generous when society tells you it is an ‘I – world’.
May you have the courage to be honest in a gentle, humble way.

May you have the courage to talk about these things with your kids and those around you.
Lots of love to you all this weekend R x

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time and compassion – thought for the weekend

Following on from the last blog ‘The idea of whole heartedness’,  I have included a quote from Brene Brown:

Gifts like courage, compassion and connection only work when they are exercised everyday.”

It takes time and presence of mind to exercise these gifts.
Take a quick moment or two – 2 minutes 31 seconds to be precise, to view this snippet. It reports on a very interesting connection on time and compassion.

This weekend, may you be in the moment to look around and exercise some purposeful courage, compassion or connection. Maybe make that difficult phone call, listen carefully to the troubles of a friend or show compassion to that child who has really pushed your buttons too many times.

(Can I indulge for a quick moment here – awhile ago I wrote a blog It worked! about my child who had not been settling at bed time and finally did. A lovely friend mentioned that she had read this and given a grr…her child was not making changes like that! We had a great giggle today when I said that that same child is mucking around at bed time, really pushing my buttons – again!!!! That’s the thing with kids, it is constantly reviewing and trying. It is so nice to know we are all in this together!)
Blessings R x