A Bit of Wisdom

Blog Post #361

It’s Wednesday and as the hashtag goes: it is time for a little bit of wisdom — #wednesdaywisdom.

Bike at home

I’ve thinking about life and how to be happier and more fulfilled and I came across these wise words from Paulo Coelho.

Live simply,
Dream big,
Be grateful,
Give love,
Laugh lots.

That about wraps it up — don’t you think?


Monday’s Quotation

Blog Post #345

Every moment is  a fresh beginning.

~ T. S. Eliot


T.S. Eliot was a British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and one of the major poets of the twentieth century.  His quote above was taken from his 1935 play, The Cocktail Party and is a reminder that you are not bound by your mistakes or negative experiences. You can have a fresh start at every new moment.

Words to remember.


Kindness Matters

Blog Post #263

It isn’t difficult to find information, quotes and examples of random acts of kindness on the internet. If you are looking for inspiration or ideas on ways to be kind in your everyday life, there is a wealth of material to help you — just a google search away.

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There are many reports, articles and videos on the web that illustrate and promote acts of kindness — you know, the news spot that narrates the $5000 tip left by a random diner, the YouTube video that regales the stranger who rescued the puppy stranded on the highway, or the anonymous donor who makes a spectacular lifesaving bequest. Do random acts of kindness have to be big to be worthwhile?

I often hear friends say that it is challenging to come up with RAKs ti, to them their attempts feel forced and insincere. That can easily happen when you overthink things or try to come up with the perfect way to show a kindness.

One remedy for this that I found is this wise quote from Aesop, the ancient Greek storyteller:

“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.”

Taking these words to heart and simply acting with kindness in small, ordinary ways can benefit friends and strangers alike, in ways you can’t imagine and might not ever realize. Remember — one kind word or smile can change someone’s day!


Think About This…

Blog Post #92

Today, I am sharing some quotes and videos that I feel have important messages that we should all take to heart.

Listen as photographer Angélica Dass speaks, in her Ted Talk, about her inspiring portrait project, Humanæ. In this personal talk, Angélica speaks about her experiences with discrimination and colour-bias, which inspired her to record “the beauty of human skin in every colour” with a series of images, all of which had as a background derived from the exact Pantone® tone extracted from a small pixel sample of each subject’s face.

I love this quote by Nelson Mandela, from Long Walk to Freedom, 1994 — and I believe it is true.

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.“

American Spoken Word artist, Prince EA is known for his oral art pieces and his Youtube videos on issues such as environmentalism, politics and sociological topics of the day. Watch his video, I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White, it might change your mind about the labels you use every day.



Rosa Parks had this to say:

The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute accepts people of any race. We don’t discriminate against anyone. We teach people to reach their highest potential. I set examples by the way I lead my life.


30-Day Minimalism Game — Day Eleven

Wow! Now on Day 11, I have cleared out 66 items from my home. Most of them from the kitchen (STILL not done in there!) and counting! I may need to have an extra month to get all the “stuff” I don’t want or need out!

30 Days of Donating/Selling/Trashing
Day 1 – One jacket (donated)
Day 2 – Two serving dishes (donated)
Day 3 – Two decorative bowls + one glass jar (donated)
Day 4 – Four serving plates (donated)
Day 5 – One plastic cake carrier/w lid + one plastic dip & veggie dish/w lid + one footed glass bowl + one small serving bowl + one light fixture (donated)
Day 6 – One large glass salad bowl + one green, rectangular fruit bowl + two baskets + one soup tureen + one angelfood cake pan (donated)
Day 7 – Two baskets + two planters + one ceramic jug + one jar with/hinged lid + one wooden bowl (donated)
Day 8 – One wine decanter + one glass jar w/hinged lid + two terracotta flower pots + one vase + two glass containers + one small wicker basket (donated)
Day 9 – Two glass bottles + Two tea tins + one fish platter + one large oval platter + one glass jar + one tiny white bowl (donated)
Day 10 – Three tin cans + one large glass jar (no lid) (recycled) + one martini glass + one glass hanging terrarium+ one glass bell jar lid + one box of flood lights + one outdoor motion sensor (all donated) + one old bottle of glue (trashed)
Day 11 – Five mugs + two ceramic canisters (with lids) + one vinegar cruet + one milk frother + one small basket

Total: Sixty-six items



That’s Quotable

Blog Post #58

I think I know why there are so many tweets about #mondaymotivation! People seem to be so bummed when Monday rolls around. I get it — it’s the end of the weekend — the end of fun, relaxation, hanging out… and back to work.

What a way to start a week, feeling the loss of our time, energy and joy, leaving behind the stuff we want to do and going back to doing the stuff we HAVE to do, right?! Hmm, seems like it’s time for another quote!

Only means you haven’t
found the solution yet”



Brynne’s Daily Drawing #58

Brynne's Daily Drawing #58