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The Perfect Holiday

  • Posted on May 3, 2019 at 11:07 pm
Lap top at cae Non

On holiday, leave your work behind – literally and metaphorically

I need a holiday. (Don’t we all?) Well, here we are at the start of Bank Holiday weekend – perfect! And I think that I have discovered what would make the perfect holiday for me… perhaps for all of us. It is a holiday from myself.

What do many of us do when we take a holiday? We lock up our homes and go away somewhere different… new. We engage in new activities, see new places, eat new foods, meet new people and possibly make new friends. Some people simply want to rest. Others prefer to rush around seeing the sights and throwing themselves into all manner of things – quite often doing things which they would never normally contemplate or enter into. After all, they do say that a change is as good as a rest and it can be very invigorating and inspiring.

I strongly suspect that our busy, busy holidays are often only a massive form of distraction. Continue reading The Perfect Holiday…

The Alternative Advent Calender

  • Posted on December 7, 2018 at 11:19 pm

Alt. Advent Cal. No. 8Merry Midwinter’s countdown to Christmas with a difference!

DOOR NUMBER EIGHT:

Leave a message of loving kindness in a public place for someone else to find.

A lot of people will be feeling pre-Christmas stress really starting to intensify now. For some it will be not having enough time or energy to do all that they would like to make Christmas for their loved ones. For others it will be not having a clue how they are going to divide their time over the holiday period so that all their family and in-laws see enough of them. For others it will be agonising over the cost of the festive period. Whilst for some, it will be facing the Midwinter celebrations alone, or at least without their beloved. And so it goes…

If you are going out to the shops today, take a look around you. You simply cannot tell just by looking at people’s faces what is going on beneath the surface. So before you go, tear a piece of paper from a notebook, write a kind message on it, fold it a couple of times so it is small – but not too small – and take it with you. When you find somewhere you think someone will find it, leave it there… how about propped by the condiments in a cafe, or tucked between the packets of biscuits in the supermarket, or down the back of a seat on the bus? Somewhere it won’t be ignored but won’t attract too much attention. I’m sure that you can spot lots of good places.

You simple words might make ALL the difference to someone today… might just tip the balance between them coping, making a success of something, or giving up. There is the old saying about ‘casting your bread upon the water’ – you never know where it will end up, who it might feed… or when it might find its way back to you in your time of need.

Good luck!

Moody Blues

  • Posted on January 14, 2018 at 8:44 pm
Sunset on Nantlle Ridge

Sunset over the mountains – have a really good day tomorrow!

Moody blues – no, not the pop group which my previous partner refused to become drummer for… because at the time he thought that they would never amount to anything – but ‘Blue Monday’, which is tomorrow. (Blue Monday, Black Friday; soon we shall have a completely rainbow coloured week!)

What on earth is Blue Monday? I hear you ask. Well, the concept was first used by Cliff Arnall, a part time tutor at a further education centre attached to Cardiff University (so, no, we cannot always attribute the Americans with coming up with these ideas) and was first used in 2005 as part of a PR press release for the Sky Travel holiday company as a gimmick to encourage everyone to book a holiday as an antidote to the low feelings many of us experience at this time of year.

I have to admit that perhaps the fellow might have a point. Christmas is past; many of us have eaten and drunk too much; spent too much; the weather is foul; we have, once more, let ourselves down by breaking all those New Year resolutions; and to top it all now seem to have nothing in the near future to look forward to.

BUT take heart! Continue reading Moody Blues…

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