I am reading Anthony Robbins at the minute – Jack put me onto him. Those who haven’t heard of him ( Tony that is, not Jack – Jack’s my son ), I guess you can regard him as a motivational speaker. His biog says that he is ” considered the nation’s leader in the science of peak performance “. Not bad for a youngester who remembers charity food parcels being delivered to his door at Thanksgiving.
One of his inspirational quotes is ” focus on where you want to go ” .
He reckons that one of the most powerful tools for changing your focus is by asking ( the right ) questions. He goes further and gives us many different sets of questions :
These I shall return to at another time, but one question that really stood out for me was : ” What am I grateful for in my life right now ? “
Previously, in my old blog I ran a ” Reasons to be Cheerful ” post. Each Monday, I listed 5 things that I was grateful for. I feel that a little bit of gratitude helps put things in to perspective and allows us to focus on the things ( howerver big or small ) that are important to us. So, I am jumping back on to the bandwagon – rebranding the post and calling it ” My Happy Mondays “. So here goes …
1. My Time.
Jack has swapped his L plates for R plates. Jack has passed his driving test. Boy ! What a difference that will make to me. For the first time in 13 years I have not had to scramble against the school and rush-hour traffic and get my kids to school by 8.30. Jack now has that joy to behold – however as a new driver the novelty has not work off, just yet. He is sent off with strict instrictions as he carries special cargo – notably my daughter Alice. ( not that he’s not precious – Yikes … you know what I mean ).
So, I reckon that I can reclaim at least 2 hours a day that were previously designated to travel. What shall I do with this new found freedom ? Decisions Decisions.
2. My Kindle.
I am a bit of a gadget person ( though as yet I have resisted buying an iPad ). But I recently bought a Kindle. Good Decision! I love reading – but I am a bit flighty so I love having lots of things on the go. Up until recently, my handbag, which resembles Mary Poppins’ carpet bag has been packed to the gills with reading material; no wonder I have a dicky back ! Anyway, I am travelling quite a bit at the minute and my Kindle has revolutionised not only how I spend my time waiting around airports but also the quality of my reading material.
Currently on my reading list are :
I am also carting around another Anthony Robbins book – not ready for Kindle download yet … c’mon guys !
Dare I say it ? Is Spring finally here ? Doesn’t it make us all feel that little bit better ? I just love having to wear my sunglasses when I am driving. It just makes me feel more positive – it puts that spring in our step. No longer having to reach for the extra layers when venturing outside is a real joy.
Alas our garden is totally barren at the minute – they are cutting down three blossom trees and lifting the grass – we currently have drainage trenches where the lawn should be. I have two pots of minature daffs sitting at the front door – that’s the height of it - but still there is light at the end of the tunnel. The birds are positively warbling with hope and expectation. So I say to hoorah to spring which welcomes the new beginnings and a fresh approach to life.
4. Good Causes.
Another of Tony Robbins questions : ” What have I given today ?
With Comic Relief day just around the corner I begin to think of how we can all make a difference. Some of us make the effort and others do not. Everywhere there is someone trying to make things better for someone else. Two great causes spring to mind by some wonderful girls that I know. If you have a moment please drop by and have a look – and please donate if you can.
March is Prostate Cancer awareness month. I only say this as my Dad is a survivor of Prostate Cancer. And my Mum is a survivor of Breast Cancer – Thank the Lord for Good Causes.
My kids are going to have a fairly fraught spring as we have GCSEs and A levels in our house ( please think of me – LOL ). There are up-sides as well as the down-sides. One of my pledges in trying to help them was to read as many of their texts – I did have to give Chaucer a miss ! But I managed to work my way through King Lear, which Jack is studying. Because I had read play it sparked me into going to see Sir Derek Jacobi performing at the Belfast Opera House. I cried. He was absolutely superb. He played to a packed house each night and I am thrilled and heartened that Belfast is now pulling productions of such a high calibre. Long may it continue.
So, here’s to Happy Mondays – and Happy other days for that matter.
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