be grateful

This space has been cleared,              
a nearly empty room.

For peace, contemplation.

I leave this quiet for you as a gift.

And as a thank you.

mnmlist:quiet  Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

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Today make the most of the space, be content a moment away from the must-do list, a chance to walk away from the hamster wheel for ever.

Have a nice day

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lose control

This could have focused on what it is when your body does not do what your mind wishes but that is not for today. Nor strategies to keep anger in check when it wants to be heard. Here instead an early statement of the serenity prayer.

“At the head of all understanding – is realizing what is and what cannot be, and the consoling of what is not in our power to change.”
Solomon Ibn Gabirol (שלמה בן יהודה אבן גבירול‎‎, Shelomo ben Yehuda ibn Gabirol)

Today a return to acceptance and change. No fresh insight needed just recognition that control exercised is for me not thee. To release need to control success not failure.

Have a good day

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play the piano

Piano planning not a skill I mastered as a child and unlikely to rise up to do list now. No today catching up with old friend but piano playing came to mind and google took me to Emily Bear.

Emily a child prodigy but when asked what she wanted her daughter to be when she grew up mum wisely answered “Happy”. Take what you want from today about nurturing talent, finding a passion, but if you take nothing else remember that thought.

In case like me you are curious, and want to hear Emily play more , five years on here she is playing jazz. Enjoy.

Have a good day

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Just breathe

“It’s like all the sparkles are
at the bottom of your brain”

Just breathe it’s that simple and that hard. Google wander today found “Just Breathe” the ‘movie’. A take on mindfulness from children.

Why not find a moment today to calm down and just breathe.

Have a nice day

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enjoy Art

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Childhood memory from the Tate. iKB – International Kline Blue. Is it Art? Undoubtedly. Is it worth millions? Ah there you have me. All art is perhaps priceless, that is to say without price. The memories and emotion it evokes personal. After all works by my sons are priceless too but the Sotherby’s reserve is likely to be very modest. Funny the way we attach a value to the efforts of others.  Alarm is beeping so further thoughts on what is fair reward will have to wait for another day.

Have a good day

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sharpen my saw

A man was struggling in the woods to saw down a tree. An old farmer came by, watched for a while, then quietly said, “What are you doing?”   “Can’t you see?” the man impatiently replied, “I’m sawing down this tree.” “You look exhausted,” said the farmer. “How long have you been at it?” “Over five hours, and I’m beat,” replied the man. “This is hard work.” “That saw looks pretty dull,” said the farmer. “Why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen it? I’m sure it would go a lot faster.”

“I don’t have time to sharpen the saw,” the man says emphatically. “I’m too busy sawing!”

Continuing with maintenance theme but shift from blog to me.  An old favourite Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Leafing through this the seventh principle Sharpen the Saw fitted current mood. All too easy to be ‘too busy’ to take time to sharpen saw, yet were the saw sharpened it would make the task ahead easier and quicker. So today making time for reflection to make sure focusing efforts effectively ready for tomorrow while enjoying today.

Have a good day

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