On suffering

Mindfulness

Too much darkness in the world. Too much sadness, too much loss. Too much tragedy, pain, hurt and sorrow. Too much shame, damage, and misery.

Too many tears, fears, and anguish. Too much.

Just too much.

To those who are suffering, there are thoughts of love — from the greatest and smallest places, the strongest, and most gentle of minds. There are wishes for you, for peace and rest, healing and calm. For serenity and joy.

This is a week of tragedy. The terrible tragedies of each and every day, and the national tragedies we experience together, and hope never to see again. Some are shared widely, with noise, damaging fury and tears, some are tightly guarded, held in quiet, personal, agonising silence.

To those who suffer, today and tomorrow, to those who live with pain, hurt or with sorrowful memories that will never fade — in small ways, and in large — we are with you.

We are with you.

Now. Always.

Ever.

Weeks of happiness – #12 and #13

A week of happiness, Journey true north

As the year started anew, we had time to bask in some simple moments of happiness – family, travel and a lovely cold swimming pool or two. Here are some of our small highlights.

New toys to bounce on.

Bouncer

Stunning gardens to explore.

Garden 1    Lily pads  Garden2

And the peacefulness of nature, in our hot summery land.

River

I hope your change of year has been one with simple pleasures to savour. And the year to come offers much to enjoy.

Happy, happy 2015.

Thanks to A New Life Wandering for this delightful idea.

A small award at Christmas

Journey true north, Parenting

It’s nice to have a Christmas treat. And in addition to the lovely day all round that we enjoyed in our summery climes yesterday, there was a little extra in my stocking. My blog ‘Life in the Midlife Teens‘ received an Honourable Mention over at The Green Study as part of the ‘What’s on the B side of that 45?’ competition. It’s small musing on the morning battle between mind and body as a more mature parent. Take a look if you have a moment, and enjoy some of Michelle’s cleverly funny posts at the same time. It’s a nice way to enjoy that post-Christmas recovery.

A week of happiness #9

A week of happiness, Journey true north

Thanks to this week for advent’s first days, it’s you that has sparked our latest great phase. Our cheer will be spread with a bright, festive plan, Christmas days of good wishes, and joyful élan.

I am thankful for many things in this sparkling festive week. Here are some snippets:

Christmas feet

Also:

Christmas collage

And:

Feet 2

What were the highlights of your week?

Thanks to A New Life Wandering for this delightful idea.

What Happens When You Go Viral: On Wanting to Give Up

Journey true north

The openness, honesty and spirit of this writing has truly engaged me. It’s worth the time to read and consider the path to writing ‘success’ when the social media storm has changed all the framework.

But what say you: Is the new world in your favour? Or no?

Such Small Hands

I recently found out that the hit count on my Relevant article back in June was over 1.6 million. The editor told me it was the second-biggest traffic day in the history of their website. That’s mind-boggling to me.

If you had asked me a year ago what I thought it would mean to have a piece get that much exposure, I would have assumed it would be my big break. That it would boost my blog, lead to freelance opportunities, help connect me to the right people. That it would be my open door into the world of professional writing and publishing. That it would bring me validation and satisfaction. It would reassure me that what I’m doing here isn’t pointless and that my story matters.

Do you want to know the truth?

It hasn’t done any of those things. For a few weeks I received a lot of…

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