What feeds your soul?

What feeds your soul?

What feeds your soul?

It’s so easy, especially today, to watch, listen to and read things that provide only temporary gratification.  Or perhaps they provide hardly any gratification at all… they are just habitual.  Things we have become used to ingesting.  Scrolling idly through Facebook, gossip columns or depressing news stories. It’s so easy to do this, and to never evaluate the effect that this unconscious consumption has upon our minds and souls. I realised a while ago that, whilst my natural propensity when choosing a film, for example, is for thrillers, creepy stories or gritty dramas, they generally have quite a negative impact

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When forgetting is a blessing

When forgetting is a blessing

Last night was quite difficult, emotionally. As you know, my beloved grandma has Alzheimer’s and my mum is living with her as a full-time carer.  Over the past few weeks, she has deteriorated rapidly, the ravages of the disease taking its toll on her body as well as her mind.   In contrast to a couple of months ago when we were able to take her out to the seafront and she would walk for a few minutes, holding onto her wheelchair, enjoying the fresh air and, usually, an ice cream, she is now bedbound, barely able to lift her

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Something to soothe the soul

Something to soothe the soul

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.

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What to do when you’re dumbfounded

What to do when you’re dumbfounded

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

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Simple Saturday

Simple Saturday

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.

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Don’t stay out there in the cold

Don’t stay out there in the cold

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

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Simple things to do when you’re feeling sluggish

Simple things to do when you’re feeling sluggish

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

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How to beat those Sunday evening blues

How to beat those Sunday evening blues

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

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