Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Fives - Wind

This is a perfect Friday Five for my city.

1. Do you have a hurricane or tornado story?
    1982 - Flew through a typhoon (or hurricane) from HongKong to Singapore. Pretty scary. 
    That plane was rocking and rolling. Couldn't see a thing out of the window except thick 
    dark angry clouds.

2. When was the last time you flew a kite?
    Probably 1998 when the kids were young. 

3. Not counting in the midst of a storm, where's the windiest place you've been?
    Windy Wellington.
    From Wikipedia Wellington  "Because of its location in the latitudes of the Roaring Forties, and also its
     exposure to the winds blowing through the Cook Strait, Wellington is known to New Zealanders as 
     "Windy Wellington". 

4. Where did you last see a real windmill?
    Wellington, New Zealand  (here's a pic Wellington Wind Turbine)

5. From which direction is the wind coming right now?

Please share your answers via comments.

Warm Regards

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thankful Thursday - 29 September

So many good things have happened this week.

My inner spirit soars and I am so grateful to all my kindred spirits.

My series Paint Write and Be Grateful (PWG) focussed on the month's grateful events, thoughts etc, But I think I need to do that more often so I am starting a new series Thankful Thursday that uses the same theme as my PWG series.

I will post my Thankful Thursdays each fortnight so I can continue with my Thursday Thoughts every other fortnight.

So here is the first one in my new series.

I am so thrilled today that another one of my posts got featured in HerFuture's Blogs we Dig. 
Check them out at My featured blogs

The weather here is so awesome today. The sun is shining, not a cloud in the sky and no wind. And anyone who lives here will know that no wind is rare! As we say down here ... It's a cracker.

So have a sun-shiney, spirit-soaring day.

Warm Regards

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Haiku Wednesday - Spring

         It is Spring here in the Southern Hemisphere
         so this week's Haiku is dedicated to Spring
         and inspired by the hills around my house

Wish you all many wonderful new beginnings.

Warm Regards


Monday, September 26, 2011

I Love Quotes - Albert Schweizer on being Thankful

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being
We should be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
                                      ~Albert Schweizer

So often we take for granted the benefactors who come our way. Sometimes all they do is just speak kindly to us, or encourage us, hug us or just simply listen.

In the last 3 weeks so many of these wonderful people have come my way and helped me through a troubling time. I am so grateful to all of them. Because of them my inner spirit has been rekindled.

I am a firm believer that being grateful for all the things that come our way is the way to happiness. That doesn't mean that only good things come our way.

Sometimes it is the difficult moments in life that we need to be most grateful for because they make us sit up and take stock of our life. They are messages from the Universe to alert us that we are straying from our life purpose and they coax us onto our destined path.

When troubling moments arrive, I don't always understand why but I have learned to trust the Universe that   it is always a stepping stone to something better. Over the years I have learned that our attitude to these moments either make or break us and that the bad times don't last forever.

So many people appear on our path to lift us out of the troubling moments and we may not even know who they are.  My blog readers are also my benefactors and more importantly those whose blogs I subscribe to and read provide me with the inspiration I need every moment of the day. I am so grateful for all the wonderful posts that I read everyday.

Today's post was inspired by Jodi Chapman's post Grateful for an act of Grace.  Thanks Jodi for an inspirational post.

May all those who rekindle our inner spirit, constantly appear on our path.

Thank you to all you wonderful people out there.

Warm Regards

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Question of the day - That Gut Feel ... Is It Real?

A quick answer (from my perspective) ... you bet.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. You look back and say "I knew that". How?  That gut feel.

Each time something significant has taken place in my life (good and bad), I seem to have known. Something inside has warned me or urged me on.

I have learned over the years that I have a good gut and it speaks to me in volumes. And when I listen to it and heed its warning or grab a path that it urges me onto even though it looks incredibly impossible, good and great things have happened.

And then there are those instances when that logical analytical mind has taken over and overridden that gut feel, with disastrous consequences. I should've known better because my gut knows best.

Today's post was triggered by the book "Steering by Starlight" by Martha Beck. I love her writing style.
Haven't read the book yet (but will as soon as it arrives) - I just read a preview of the book at

These words resonated with me and urged me to write this post: "You and only you possess total knowledge of and capacity to create your right life. Find the still point inside you that is already guiding you towards your best destiny".

And then there is the invisible hand of the Universe that will softly nudge us on that path to our destiny, or push us off the path that would lead us astray.

I often ponder my destiny. I think I know what I am meant to do. The how, when, and where will in time, no doubt, present themselves as well. Perhaps I will share my insight in another post.

Share your thoughts.

Warm Regards

Related posts on my blog:  3 Rules of Life    Is Desire the Key to Destiny    Mind over Matter or Destiny>

Monday, September 5, 2011

I Love Quotes - The Dalai Lama

Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
                                                                           ~ Dalai Lama

I often try this strategy on my kids, particularly when they're "bargaining". Kids love to bargain, push you to your limits.

When they get the silent treatment, they know there will be no more bargaining. And the incident is concluded without major arguments.

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