Can You Overwhelm the World?

 

 

I think  we sometimes forget just how powerful the smallest act of kindness can be. It doesn’t have to be an all blazing flashing lights act.

Simply saying hello to someone whom you meet as you take your daily walk can change someone’s day.

Having the courtesy of not answering your mobile/cell phone at the check out in a shop. The person at the check out deserves that little bit of courtesy.

How about saying “thank you” a little bit more often. They are two powerful words which lead to overwhelming kindness if we all took it on board.

Although sometimes it feels as if it is only a minority of people who are showing kindness it is still powerful.

So today start the battle of kindness you just never know where it might lead to.

 

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I think why this is resonating with me is that I called to a travel agency a few days ago and although the agent wasn’t overtly rude the over-riding feeling I got was of being dismissed. Thinking it was only me I didn’t say anything  but on leaving a few minutes later hubby, who is generally the quietest gentlest man you would meet, said ” never again and I would definitely never recommend that travel agency. I will not be dismissed like that again”.  Wow I was taken aback.

This called for an immediate cuppa.  Well the young staff in the nearest coffee shop were the total antithesis of the travel agent and totally restored his faith in human kindness.

As my waistline, well really all of me if I am to be honest, has greatly increased in size. Sooo, I decided to join a slimming group. I have done it before but never found the groups overly friendly especially if attending on one’s own. Yesterday back after the initial week and two people engaged me in conversation. I was so delighted that they went out of their way to speak with me. It may not have meant anything to them but it made my day.

So perhaps we can all do our bit to overwhelm the world in a good and positive way. The strange thing about showing kindness towards others is that it comes back to you. So it is a “win win” situation.

Have a good day.

 

I am Excited

 

Oh my goodness but I do have to share. I am so excited..

I don’t know if anyone lives with psoriasis which is a pesky skin condition which can be genetic or triggered by the environment and to which there is no known cure. So it is a case of managing the symptoms.

What I have found very hard to deal with is the itch that is attached to psoriasis.  Especially when they occur on the face.  You can image you are talking with someone and then your nose starts itching and you suddenly turn into Samantha from Bewitched ( the TV programme for those of a certain age). Or inside the ear starts to itch and there is no way one can just start scratching and making things worse.

I have found something which relieves the itch and it is made right here in Ireland. It is called Emmy’s Balm and made in Lucy’s Soap Kitchen in county Leitrim.  I am on a high! Oh my it is so great.  I can use this balm at any time and it really soothes the skin.

Now I am just so happy to have a balm which has eased my situation. Perhaps it may be of help to you. https://www.lucyssoapkitchen.com is the web address.

Now on the website there are other products among which is absolutely beautiful soap. Yes I know if one has psoriasis one is not supposed to use soap.  But sometimes I just have to break out and am I glad I did.  “Bleating Soap” just called to me.  It is unscented which is great and it is made from goats milk.  It is so soft and so gentle.  In fact it is a little piece of luxury.

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The other product which I have now used is a mosituriser. Oh but it is soooooo soft and gentle. It is absorbed very well even on my patchy, pesky skin and the beauty of it is that I can use it as often as I like.  The other thing I really like about it is its colour which is Avocado green!! Personally avocados and I are not soul mates.  I cannot stand eating them but in this mosituriser we are in a totally different world.  It feels so luxurious. It is also nut free, gluten-free and preservative free.

Now before anyone asks “No, I have not been paid for writing this blog post.” I just am on a high having found products which I can use on my skin without causing further discomfort. But, as I said before psoriasis is a pesky condition so it is wonderful to have products which are easy to use, made from natural products and the added bonus they are made here in Ireland.

Now just to be perfectly clear anyone can enjoy these products.  One doesn’t need to have a pesky skin condition. Anyone can enjoy these wonderful products.  I have only tried tow products so far but maybe I just might try a few more.

So if you would like to try something different but soothing and so good to feel on the skin why not visit http://www.lucyssoapkitchen.com

Have a good day.

 

 

Our Female Patron Saint

Today is Saint Brigid’s Day, February 1st, one of the four patron saints of Ireland.  This day is known as Lá Fhéile Bríde.

February 1st is also the day of the Celtic Feast Imbolc.  It was also associated with the Celtic Goddess Bridget.  Many of the Celtic feast days were adopted by the early Christians.

Traditionally on the eve of St. Brigid’s Day a cross would be made.  It was said that Brigid was converting a dying pagan to Christianity and in order to explain the faith to him she needed a cross.  The only thing to hand were some rushes which she made into a cross. and then proceeded to explain certain aspects of Christian faith to the man.

 

St. Brigid’s Crosses were traditionally given to neighbours and friends as gifts.  If a St. Brigid’s Cross was placed above the door it meant that everyone was welcome.  It was also thought to protect the home.

Brigid had been a milkmaid prior to becoming a nun.  It was said that she could get more milk from a cow than anyone else.  She used travel the country as a nun converting the Irish to Christianity accompanied by a white cow with red ears.

A piece of white ribbon was left outside for the saint to bless.  This was then kept near the hall door for the rest of the year.  It was also the day when food was given to those who didn’t have any.

The special meal on the day always had pancakes to signify the dairy link to St. Brigid. These pancakes however were served with butter or fresh cream as opposed to the tradition of lemon and sugar on Pancake Tuesday.

In case St. Brigid on her travels calls to your door it is traditional to leave bread and butter on the window sill and some corn for the cow.

Lá Fhéile Bríde shona dhuit. Happy St. Brigid’s Day.

 

 

Creative Art.

 

Creative arts for me is when an artist uses their hands to create a piece of art.  It is not merely seeing art as painting, music,drama, literature.  For me, it is looking at crafts which are in fact works of art.

I am saddened when I hear a person saying “it is only a bit of sewing” or “it was just something I put together when I had a moment” or perhaps ” it is only a ….”

Take for example a quilt measuring 244 cm by 205 cm or 81 inches by 96 inches.  This quilt could have been made using 2.5 inch squares or 5 inch squares to make a 10 inch or 12 inch block.  Those blocks are then joined together to make a top.  When the top is completed it is then quilted by placing it on top of batting and a backing fabric.  Finally it is bound. This whole process requires mathematics to work out the pattern and how much fabric is required.  It involves choosing colours and patterns on fabric which will meld.  Then there is the sewing.  It is a piece of art not merely “a bit of sewing”.  However, how many people would be willing to spend €400 – €800 for such a work of art?

How would you describe a picture made entirely of felt?  This is made using the fleece or tops from various animals.  This fleece is either dry or wet felted to make a design.  I have two friends whom I describe as felt artists.  One produces pieces of art showing landscapes and nature. while the other uses nature as her inspiration for felted jewellery.  Each of them are artists in their own right. But would you consider them as artists?

How about those who work with paper creating greeting cards each of which could take 3-4 hours to make. Not withstanding those who make the paper and then manipulate it into greeting cards or bags or designs depicting nature.  Are they artists?

Theses are but a few of the many various pieces of art being created daily and which to a great extent is seen as being “merely a craft”.  Who has decided what is art? How do we broaden people’s concepts of art?

 

 

A Word or Phrase

I was asked recently what phrase or word, other than “I love you”, would I consider to be of paramount importance. For me it is “Thank You”. Those two words can lighten my day. They can bring such a feeling of worth and can at times validate me.

This means that when I receive a “thank you”, I now know it is genuinely meant and thus making it so much more important than ever before. Today when I held the door of a shop open to allow someone to exit that person said “Thank You” and it certainly made my day as there is generally no acknowledgement.

In fact fairly recently I held the door, open as I would, to allow a young lady to exit  rather than barging my way into a shop only to be greeted with “It is no wonder that women are still looked down upon, when we still have women like you holding doors open.” I was so stunned that what to me was politeness would be seen as putting down women.

I hadn’t realised that things had changed so much that a gesture of thoughtfulness would be seen as an insult.  Things have changed.

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I hadn’t realised just how much value I put on those two words. Does it matter then when people do not express their thanks? For me it is important but for others it is way down their list of priorities.  I have come to realise that I have to accept that difference, but with the proviso that the phrase “Thank You” is important to me and perhaps others need to respect that. Or am I asking too much?

 

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