I took this picture in Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire, England about a year ago. I loved the reflections of the stained glass windows in the water of the black font. The inscription on the side of the font read: “As you pass through the waters, I shall be with you.” A reminder of the beauty of love, silence, stillness and grace, no matter what your religious or spiritual faith.
Sometimes in life, somebody says or does something that is so ridiculous and factually untrue that it is hard not to dissolve into hysterical laughter, stretch your arms out in a manner that says nothing but a slow and pronounced “WTF?” or become so frenzied and angry that you want to swipe them upside the head and pelt them with your heaviest belongings. Whilst one or two of those options may occasionally be appropriate, none of them seems like a real answer to me. It is really hard to keep cool and collected enough to deal with the issue when
We all know, deep down, it’s the simple things that count. But it’s been nice to put that knowledge into practice today–a relaxed Saturday wedged between two crazy busy weeks. My mum is staying with me, on a short break from caring for my grandmother, and more than anything she has needed to just unwind and take it easy. She is going through the whole spectrum of emotions at the moment, given that my grandma seems to be declining rapidly, and I can hear it in her voice and see it in her face that she desperately needs a break.
Asking for help is not a weakness–yet so many of us believe that it is. Children in the classroom sit silently and struggle through a task, becoming frustrated and upset, because they don’t want to ask the teacher. Kids stay quiet when they are being bullied because they think that speaking out makes them appear weak and will leave them open to even more ridicule. People struggle through their lives, juggling jobs, difficult responsibilities and emotions without ever admitting to another soul that they need a bit of support. Brene Brown says, if you cannot ask for help, then you
We all have those days when we feel a bit ‘off’. Sluggish, tired, fed up or just a bit blue for no real reason. These are a collection of easy things to try when you’re feeling that way. They cost nothing and take little time, but they always help me to feel refreshed and just that little bit brighter. Drink a glass of ice cold water (lemon optional!) Not drinking enough water can make you feel bloated, sluggish and just as though your body is not quite working at its optimum. I feel immediately better once the water has passed
Remember when you were fifteen or sixteen and Sunday evenings really sucked? The thought of going back to school the next day, starting a whole new week of work, was just too depressing and sometimes, if you were anything like me, the Sunday evening dread could easily spoil your whole weekend. Maybe you still feel like that now. Maybe you regularly feel that growing knot in your stomach that tells you it’s almost time to get back into work mode. I’ve only realised, in the past couple of years, what a waste of my weekends that was. What a shame