Why does Autumn Leave?
Sep22

Why does Autumn Leave?

Fall is a breathtaking agony of death. As leaves start shifting to a carnival of colours and depart from the branches of trees, Autumn reminds us that there’s ethereal beauty in letting go.

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Letting Go of What Hurts You: Inspiring Poems About Abandoning Regrets
Sep13

Letting Go of What Hurts You: Inspiring Poems About Abandoning Regrets

Mourn. Cry. But never forget to also live and learn to let go. Be inspired by these poems to live a life full of happiness and less regret.

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The Seen And Unseen Beauty Of Nature
Jul20

The Seen And Unseen Beauty Of Nature

An author once said, “in the midst of nature we can experience our own nature – that which is whole, complete and total.”

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15 Selfless Quotes That Will Restore Your Faith On Love
Jul13

15 Selfless Quotes That Will Restore Your Faith On Love

The cruelty of this world makes us doubt the existence of love but there is always something we can do to make our world a better place.

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10 Quotes To Live By
May11

10 Quotes To Live By

  Every now and then, we all need to be reminded of what life and living truly mean. We are so focused on achieving our goals that sometimes we forget the things that truly make us happy. Do not invest too much time contemplating the future. Learn to enjoy the process of the present through these inspiring quotes. When you ever feel like giving up because it seemed like your life is going nowhere, remember that the sun rises after the dark. Before you wallow in deep misery, think that your situation is only temporary and always look forward to a brighter day. To fail or succeed depends on the figment of your mind. In everything we do, we must consider the time. Moments passed by very quickly, so we must configure our minds to dwell on positivity. Positive thinking is so powerful that it drives out good results in all things. But the problem is, we are too scared, we have so many fears. These demons in our minds weaken our determination. Let us not be controlled by these anxieties and try to conquer them. Did you ever experience going through a very difficult time? But after you overcame that trial in life, you realized you are much more capable of facing another set of challenges. Those problems are what cultivate a much better and beautiful version of you. Hence, the song Stronger by Kelly Clarkson, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Sometimes being selfless has its limitations. It’s not just because...

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Chinese Valentines Day – the Original Lovers Day!
Aug14

Chinese Valentines Day – the Original Lovers Day!

The Chinese invented Gunpowder. The Chinese invented Paper. The Chinese even invented Alcohol (or at least the fermentation part!). And just to shock you further – the Chinese invented VALENTINE’s Day! Well at least a day whereby “Love” and “Romance” is the order of the day. This is actually a serious holiday – a Government Public Holiday is given to celebrate “Love”! First, the history/educational part: Chinese Valentines’ Day is actually known as the Qixi festival  and happens to fall on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar year (on a regular calendar – it means the day actually falls on a different date every year around August). It’s about a love story between a celestial spirit and a mere mortal; Folks at Disney would have a field day turning the story into their next fairy tale cartoon! Here’s a quick video to give you an incite to Chinese Valentine’s Day! Next up, the tradition part: Young girls making wishes and offerings to deities to grant them the dream of meeting their Prince Charming. Burning paper lanterns and sending off paper boats down rivers with their thoughts and wishes written inside them. Apart from warning of the risk of setting trees, buildings and flammable items on fire – We’ll keep the rest of this section short, as it’s all too doe-eyed and fantasy based. Following on, the modern part: The modern day lass prefers more positive action from interested males, lovers and...

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Mother’s Day in Thailand
Aug05

Mother’s Day in Thailand

  The 12 of August is the birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Sirikit of Thailand. In honour of the Queen, this day is also recognised as National Mother’s Day. Queen Sirikit’s story is not one exclusively of privilege. It is a story of romance, self-discipline, courage, motherhood, devotion and, above all, support for her husband and service to the people of Thailand. Care and compassion is the central focus of Queen Sirikit’s life. The Thai people have a deep reverence for their monarchy, as well as mothers, so this is a very important day of celebration for Thai people both at home and worldwide. Thailand enjoys a rich history and culture. Although sometimes engaged in conflicts with neighbouring rulers, over centuries Thailand’s monarchy helped the nation maintain its political autonomy. Thailand developed a complex, beautiful society with many distinctive traditions; today over 67 million people reside in Thailand. Motherhood remains an important value in Thai culture, as does respect for the beauty and importance of the natural world. Recently, Thailand gained international media attention due to the efforts of Sangduen “Lek” Chailert. Born in a small village in rural northern Thailand, as a child this remarkable Thai woman grew to respect and appreciate the loveliness of the countryside and its plants and animal life. Her family cared for an elephant, and she developed a...

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Love and Marriage
Jul29

Love and Marriage

  Love and marriage – oil and water? I didn’t mean to annoy her by leaving my motorcycle carburettor in pieces (soaking in the kitchen sink). I’m sure I will be able to repair the hole my wrench made in the wall when I ducked after she threw it at me for getting oil on the new tea towels (when I wiped my hands after dismantling said carburettor). The oily foot prints on the hall carpet might be a more tricky proposition. I’m sure I will clean it up in time for the book club meeting she is hosting this afternoon. How was I supposed to remember that was happening today? I already apologised for eating the cookies she baked for the occasion. The whole situation brings to mind a quote from humour columnist Dave Barry: “Guys are simple…women are not simple and they always assume that men must be just as complicated as they are, only way more mysterious. The whole point is guys are not thinking much. They are just what they appear to be. Tragically.” The fact is, I’m in the dog house with the Missus….again. I tried to apologise, but I’m guessing the bedroom door slamming in my face is a signal she wants some alone time. Once upon a time I was her knight in shining armour. Okay, a pretty good looking dude on a motorcycle. There was no doubt in my mind the day I asked her to marry me, flowers and ring in hand. She was (and is) the one. I just always seem to put my foot (or carburettor in it)....

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Lovely Lilies
Jul22

Lovely Lilies

  Lovely Lilies Know since ancient times, lovely Lilies continue to capture the imagination of people around the world.  This beautiful flower today often symbolises purity, chastity and innocence. Although in popular culture people refer to many blossoms as “lilies,” true lilies all belong to the genus Lilium. They develop from bulbs and tend to produce large blooms. Profound Symbolism Over the centuries, many people found the Lily inspirational. Probably one of the most famous discussion of Lilies occurs in the Sermon on the Mount, reported in Matthew 6:28-29: “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Oriental And Asian Lilies Oriental Lilies produce extremely fragrant blossoms. They prefer partial shade and remain a garden favourite. By contrast, bright Asiatic Lilies are known more for their wide array of colours than for aroma. Many Asiatic Lilies today are hybrids, developed to produce a rich display of vividly hued blooms. Over the years, flower growers have introduced a huge variety of Lily hybrids. The blossoms of many of the varieties possess delicate speckles Popular Potted Plants Gardeners enjoy growing Lilies from bulbs, yet may find them challenging to protect from insect pests. However, Lilies will...

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A Special Relationship
Jul20

A Special Relationship

  A Special Relationship The celebrated English author Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) once made an observation that still resonates today: “(t)he longer we live, and the more we think, the higher value we learn to put on the friendship and tenderness of parents…” He went on to observe: “Parents we can have but once…” Even in the fast-paced, busy high tech Information Age, family life often revolves around the small daily acts of kindness shown by parents and children to one another. Although in one sense, every individual possesses a unique parental-child relationship, practically everyone would agree that few family ties remain as enduring, or as important, as the emotional ties linking parents and their children, whether biological or adopted. A Time For Thanks Children are usually focused intently on the moment. It is hard for us to fully appreciate the entire range of the daily sacrifices made by our parents on our behalf until much later in life. For example, the long hours a parent spent working to provide for family necessities may not register until one’s own children arrive. Or consider the attention and care your parents expended creating a comfortable home environment. Think of all those think of all those medical appointments, shopping trips, outdoor recreation, athletic meets, school events, social functions, etc. The love a doting mom or dad displays...

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The Happiest Person
Jul17

The Happiest Person

The Happiest Person Who wouldn’t love to be more happy? According to Instagram sensation Grandma Betty, happiness is living every moment with love, grace and gratitude. Pharrell Williams mentioned Grandma Betty on his Instagram account, which introduced her to a large number of his fans worldwide. Using this platform, she spread her joy, optimism, and happiness to as many people as possible, in particular to those with cancer. She insisted she would stay happy until the end, despite having lost her husband and daughter to cancer and having lung cancer herself. Sadly, Grandma Betty passed away in August last year. However, while alive she inspired hundreds of thousands of people to be happy and always smile, no matter what.  As she says in the video below, she wanted to become a Grandma to everyone, and I am sure most of her over 600,000 fans on Instagram would have loved to have had her as theirs. Do you have a Grandma or other mature woman who has inspired you? If so count yourself lucky to have that sort of happiness in your life. Whether or not yours is the happiest in the world, all Grans are a beautiful inspiration. Take this opportunity opportunity to remember your dear old (or not so old!) Grandmothers. Pick up the phone, send her flowers or even a special ‘hello’ Facebook, to let her know that she’s in your thoughts....

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The Dancing Granny
Jul16

The Dancing Granny

The Dancing Granny Nerea Auma of  is a 65 year old grandma from Atemo, a village in Homa Bay county, Kenya. The ultimate dancing queen, or rather the dancing Granny, she has 10 children and 18 grandchildren, but she beats all of them when it comes to dancing. Nerea began dancing as a young girl and it continues to bring her joy. According to her, life is about finding happiness within you, and she found her happiness in dance. Her dancing is a key attraction at private and public functions, both locally and beyond and she has remained unbeaten on the dance floor for decades. Her husband is also a bit of a local dancing sensation, and they met, of course, on the dance floor. Do you have a dancing Granny? If so count yourself lucky to have that sort of happiness in your life. Whether or not yours is a dancing queen, all Grans are a beautiful inspiration. Take this opportunity opportunity to remember your dear old (or not so old!) Grandmothers. Pick up the phone, send her flowers or even a special ‘hello’ Facebook, to let her know that she’s in your thoughts....

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What is Romance?
Jul10

What is Romance?

What is romance? A common mistake made by men is believing that once they are in a committed relationship, they no longer need to put in the extra effort to maintain the attention of the person they have been pursuing. These same men are often unable to figure out why every one of their relationships ends once the initial sizzle has passed. They know all of the right tricks to be successful in the game of dating, but never quite able to turn lust into true love. Sweet text messages and ‘I miss you’ voice mails are a great start, but when constantly being repeated without adding more, they can easy begin to seem like eating the same kind of sandwich for lunch day after day. A exciting surprise will only produce a warm feeling for so long before it becomes a boring routine. Opening a door is a great habit, but any common stranger can provide the same effect. True romance is breath taking. It’s having to listen to a quite pause because the other person can not find the right words to say. In my opinion, romance is not a thought or a feeling, it is a action. It is holding hands in a vehicle when no one else can witness the occasion, except your one special person. It is capturing a stare between locked eyes for so long that you become blind to all of your surroundings. It can not be described by many words because it isn’t experienced enough. Having your breath taken away does not have to hurt...

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Marriage: Escapes Together
Jul08

Marriage: Escapes Together

Most married couples have activities that they do together and some that they do on their own. While it is good to have hobbies, couples’ counselor Dr. Harley, with Marriage Builders, argues that we should share our enjoyable activities with our partner. This would include escapes away from the day to day life of jobs, kids and other things that can be stressful. It is logical that the more time spent together doing enjoyable activities will increase your enjoyment of each other. When you and your husband were dating, you spent almost all of your recreational time with each other. That’s one of the reasons you fell in love with each other. And you married because you were in love. But after marriage, especially after children arrive, it becomes increasingly difficult for most couples to arrange their recreational time together. You probably followed the common strategy of new parents which is for one parent to stay home with the children while the other escapes from it all. Marriage, and raising children, can force a husband and wife to be together when they are unhappy, because they become partners in situations that are stressful. So after having children, it’s even more important for them to spend their most enjoyable time with each other, than it was when they were dating. They need to compensate for the stressful time they spend with each other raising their children by taking time to escape...

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Marriage: Meeting the Need for Affection
Jun24

Marriage: Meeting the Need for Affection

  The feelings of love that we have for our partner are certainly real for us. However, what happens when we lack the ability to fully express that love? While it may be innate to express some sort of affection when being physically intimate, many people have difficulties expressing affection in day-to-day activities. Affection is learnt from our parents, family and friends while growing up. Unfortunately, some families do not show affection amongst themselves or to their children and this can lead to adults that have never truly learned how to express their love to their partners. The following from Dr. Harley at Marriage Builders, is on how to teach people to show affection in a marriage. In this case men are given as an example, but the same method could of course be used with women. Whenever I counsel a man who is not very affectionate, I give him a list of things to do every day. (I usually make up the list with his wife who tells me what to include.) He must do each of them and check them off the list as he does it. Here is a general example.   Hug and kiss your wife and tell her you love her every morning while you’re still in bed. Rub her back for a few minutes before you get up. Tell her that you love her while you are having breakfast together. Kiss her and tell her you love her before you leave for work. Call her during the day to ask how she is doing and that you love her....

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