June 1, 2015 · 10:43 am
This is the latest post about my Happy Jar. It’s been a little while since I posted an update on this, but don’t worry there’s still plenty going in the jar 🙂
The Happy Jar is a way to look back and remember all the little things that make us happy.
The idea came from a nice story I once heard about a woman who had a jar. Every time she thought of something that made her happy, she would jot it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Whenever she felt down, or fed up, she would go to her jar and find all the things that made her happy. Some things were big things, events that happened that she could look back on and smile, but most were little things that she could cherish and maybe even recreate to make her feel better.
So here are a few things from my Happy Jar this month.
A pink sunrise (yes I know, red sky in the morning – shepherds warning, but it’s still pretty)
Catching up with old friends at a house warming
Seeing friends happy – on a new journey, full of excitement and anticipation.
Fresh Blueberries in my porridge for breakfast.
A gift to myself being delivered.
The smell of freshly cut grass after it has rained.
Seeing my old dog act like a puppy when she finds a new walk.
Listening to an album I haven’t played in years (and still remembering the words).
Finding an old friend on social media.
Getting my nerd on with a friend.
Finding out that some amazing shoes I want actually come in my size (I’m 6ft tall and have size 9 feet)
Getting great feedback from a post
Getting caught in the rain and running for cover (then getting home and dry!)
Rediscovering a joy in drawing.
I know none of these things are amazing, there is nothing earth shattering about them, but all of them have made me smile and brought a least a little joy to my soul.
What will you put in your happy jar this month?
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March 23, 2015 · 12:27 pm
My word for March is Magic.
I read a lot.
A lot of what I read is about magical things.
Fairy tale worlds of science fiction and fantasy.
I’m currently reading Skin Game by Jim Butcher about a wizard in Chicago. It’s ace.
I practice magic a little.
As a hypnotist I help people to make magical transformations in their lives.
I’ve also learned a few card tricks along the way.
I like fantasy and fun, I like tricks and trickery, I like things that astound and amaze.
I sometimes get told that I have a childlike quality.
I choose to take that as a compliment.
Kids see magic everywhere.
I believe you can find magic everywhere if you are willing to look for it.
My idea of what is magical may have changed as I have gotten older, but my love of it hasn’t faded.
Now I can be amazed at what people can do in science and technology.
I can be astounded at how much people do to help and support others.
I can be thrilled by seeing the changes that people achieve.
Be a kid, see the magic and find a way to be amazed today.
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March 22, 2015 · 12:36 pm
In honour of my trip to Hogwarts, this Sunday’s poem is one of the songs of the sorting hat.
A thousand years or more ago
When I was newly sewn,
There lived four wizards of renown,
Whose names are still well known:
Bold Gryffindor, from wild moor,
Fair Ravenclaw, from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff, from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin, from fen.
They shared a wish, a hope, a dream,
They hatched a daring plan
To educate young sorcerers
Thus Hogwarts School began.
Now each of these four founders
Formed their own house, for each
Did value different virtues
In the ones they had to teach.
By Gryffindor, the bravest were
Prized far beyond the rest;
For Ravenclaw, the cleverest
Would always be the best;
For Hufflepuff, hard workers were
Most worthy of admission;
And power-hungry Slytherin
Loved those of great ambition.
While still alive they did divide
Their favourites from the throng,
Yet how to pick the worthy ones
When they were dead and gone?
Which house do you belong to?
I wonder which one would be into hypnosis?
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November 16, 2014 · 4:36 pm
Those of you that follow my blog will know my fascination with words and the images they conjure.
This poem illustrates what I love beautifully.
This is the word tightrope. Now imagine
a man, inching across it in the space
between our thoughts. He holds our breath.
There is no word net.
You want him to fall, don’t you?
I guessed as much; he teeters but succeeds.
The word applause is written all over him.
Carol Ann Duffy
The first female, Scottish Poet Laureate in the role’s 400 year history, Carol Ann Duffy’s combination of tenderness and toughness, humour and lyricism, unconventional attitudes and conventional forms, has won her a very wide audience of readers and listeners.
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October 5, 2014 · 11:10 am
Want to know the secret of real magic?
Not the stuff dome by magicians – that’s great, but that’s tricks and illusions….this stuff is real!
Read this to yourself. Read it silently.
Don’t move your lips. Don’t make a sound?
Listen to yourself. Listen without hearing anything.
What a wonderfully weird thing, huh?
NOW MAKE THIS PART LOUD!
SCREAM IT IN YOUR MIND!
DROWN EVERYTHING OUT.
Now, hear a whisper. A tiny whisper.
Now, read this next line in your best crotchety old man voice:
“Hello there sonny, does this town have a post office?”
Awesome! Who was that? Whose voice was that?
Certainly not yours.
How do you do that? How!?
Must be magic.