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Cats sleep a lot, don’t they?

I read somewhere they sleep for like 17-18 hours a day.

What could possibly be going on that they need that amount of sleep to function?

Oh if karma lets me have my way please can I come back as my Tatiana?

This is going to be a short post. I am exhausted but I ain’t no quitter so today I’m linking my love of quotes/idioms/proverbs with zee challenge.

“Let sleeping dogs lie”

Sounds like someone had a bit of forethought and common sense when this idiom sprung up.

I think it actually goes back to Biblical times..

That being said, the Book of Proverbs (26:17) says:

He that passes by, and meddles with strife belonging not to him, is like one that takes a dog by the ears

In other words, the saying let sleeping dogs lie has its roots in the Christian Bible.

https://idiomation.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/let-sleeping-dogs-lie/

So what does it mean?

I thought it meant to let things go- don’t hold on to any negative shit.

Turns out I am half right and half wrong.

What it really means is don’t stick your oar in.

Don’t rattle the coffin when there is no need to.

In other words,

Don’t be a fucking trouble maker or all you will get from me and others is a spoon for Christmas.

Leave the pot alone.

I’m going to catch me an early night *yawning*

So want to read some of my books. I have the bed all to myself tonight.

Well, for a bit. My better half is off to his mates house to celebrate a quiet birthday.

So I am going to take the chance to kick back. It’s been a busy day.

I think our earthling friends give brilliant advice. Us humans need to pay more attention.

so -thanks for the tip, Tatiana.

I shall go out of my way to re-enact this wise, firstborn child of mines “chill philosophy “the best that I can.

  can’t let my earthling friends down. Not now when  I am needed most. 😀

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kind of gone- on her way to the chill zone 

 

See you next week

silver highlights

One of my favourite mantra’s/ quotes is:

“‘Every cloud,’ says the proverb, ‘has a silver lining,’ and so I did not despair.‘”

So, of course, I was going to get around to researching the symbolism of this mantra.

The moon basked in silvery light is a message of hope – in the darkness there are shades of light -no matter how subtle. We only need a  small flicker of light to switch on our hope.

Hope is pretty much how we carry on living in this world of ours. No hope = mere existence. Death even.

It is also a symbol of strength. We often need to summon up great strength from within to grasp onto the concept that hope is a choice.

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THESE DAISY’S NEVER GAVE UP BREATHING

 

 

This is symbolic of a subtle strength.  The message here is that we ourselves can be flexible enough to be moulded into something better – but strong enough to keep our core integrity in tact.

http://www.symbolic-meanings.com/2007/11/01/symbolism-of-silver/

What is really interesting  to me is where the saying,

‘Always look for the silver lining.’  came from?

Someone once told me that if I can imagine a storm cloud clearing, sometimes the rays from the sunshine behind the cloud like a lamp and can give the cloud an appearance that there is a silver lining around it., this is where the ‘silver lining’ term came from,

So, the idea for this phrase is that when things are looking dreary, there’s always a brighter side; the comparison looks to be drawn from how dark clouds have a brighter side to them: their ‘silver linings.’

http://www.knowyourphrase.com/phrase-meanings/Every-Cloud-Has-a-Silver-Lining.html

This saying was huge in ‘ the great depression’ era. Tons of upbeat songs were written about it. This says a lot about humans capacity to never give up hope, even when the world seems on the brink of an apocalypse.

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I read so many  things about how humans  how humans have lost their humanity but the silver lining in this post and it’s the message is clear:

If we can still hang on to some shred of hope that there is a chance that humanity can still be awakened in even the hardest iron clad of hearts. HUMANITY AND OUR WORLD HAS CHANCE

I shall let the lovely Judy Garland help you to ‘look for the silver lining’ today

 

( IMAGES SOURCED FROM GOOGLE- ‘LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING –TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY JUDY GARLAND – SOURCED FROM YOU TUBE)

Pearl fishing

‘Pearls do not lie on the sea shore if you desire one you must dive for it’ – Chinese proverb

I have lost my courage lately, I found this proverb. My volunteering life with HEALTHY MINDS picks up again next week. I will be doing a workshop on Monday, in front of a lot of volunteers who work with vulnerable families; to help raise their awareness of the stigma against mental health. I then start a two-out four-day training course starting on facilitating groups and workshops.  I’m also pushing myself to re-edit an article for one of the newsletters  I sometimes contribute towards. I’m also 12 weeks away from getting married!

It is okay to be scared and nervous. I won’t ( and you too mustn’t)let temporary fears get in the way of my ambitions and passion.

Take it day by day. I  find my lack of courage and confidence comes when I live in the future of ‘ shoulda’s and ‘couldas.

I am sure many of you can relate to this proverb. Let us go out with a bold stride and a sense of determination today :0

(Quote sourced from  Pinterest )

The power of our spoken words

The globe is spinning and spinning and today we stop off in China. Again. These people know how to be happy.

SECRET TO HAPPINESS: CONSIDER HOLDING YOUR TONGUE AND WORDS BEFORE SOMEBODY TAKES THEM TO HEART

TRADITION: CHI KOU RI (‘day of dispute’)

DATE: CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR (January/February

CELEBRATED IN: CHINA

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The amount of times I think to myself, I would rather be honest   than feel like a fraud. I’ve learned over the years that sometimes it’s not my place to tell the truth as I see it. It’s not my place to be blunt and honour my character and personality. . Words can hurt people.  Speaking my mind has consequences and they are not always positive. I am beginning to realise that some people are more sensitive and blunt words from me (not knowing the whole story) is like an arrow to the heart. I’m realising that just because I think I know a part of the truth of something or someone’s situation  -maybe it is not my place to say it.

I’ve always struggled with:

Do I be honest? OR Do I  kind?

Of course I want to be both. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking this. Sometimes weighing up the options is hard. It’s tough getting the right balance.

I’ve said things to people – matter of factly and I look at the response on their faces and I’ve seen tears form in their eyes. BIG OOPS!  That was not how I meant it to go.

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In China there is a saying:

The Chinese understand that when water is spilt it cannot be re-collected. I did a post on the Chinese Lunar year –Givers: the ones who taught us. The festival can last up to a month. One of the days celebrated is called ‘Day of Dispute’.  It’s a day where the Chinese consciously honour that ‘ critical  pause’ that happens just between out impulses and how we express those impulses.

Throughout the days that the celebrations take place, Spring festival is buzzing with parties and abundance and indulging. Plenty of  food and drink consumed.

Day 3: The third day of the Chinese New year commonly known as “Chi Kou Ri” (the day of red mouth) is the day to stay at home. Older members of the family who are superstitious believe that a red mouth would result in arguments and quarrel. They also call this day “Chi Gou Ri” meaning (the day of red dog). Traditionally, anyone who runs into the red dog will encounter bad thingshttp://carlgene.com/blog/2010/12/33-proverbs-that-translate-well-between-english-and-mandarin/

On this day people go home early. They may go and pray at a local temple, they go inwards to regain balance and inner harmony.

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There is so much to learn from this. Next time the bubbles of rage float upwards, ready to create and release from out of your mouth,a  huge cartoon- like  bubble of ‘what’s on my mind’ speech.

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Try inhaling and counting to three or even better look to the sky or around you to get a sense of the worlds true immensity. If you do decide to act on your thoughts and speak- speak slowly and try to consider  the impact of your words as you speak. Be conscious in that moment- Remember how vast the world is and how small this discussion is compared to  the world.

If you can pause  and weigh up the worth of your words before speaking,usually you will be able to come up with wiser and a more gentle speech of words.

One other tip- always get a good night sleep — there is evidence that we make a better judgements  when our pre frontal cortex  is happy and chilled. 😉

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prefrontal cortex (PFC) is located in the very front of the brain, just behind the forehead. In charge of abstract thinking and thought analysis, it is also responsible for regulating behavior. This includes mediating conflicting thoughts, making choices between right and wrong, and predicting the probable outcomes of actions or events. This brain area also governs social control, such as suppressing emotional or sexual urges. Since the prefrontal cortex is the brain center responsible for taking in data through the body’s senses and deciding on actions, it is most strongly implicated in human qualities like consciousness, general intelligence, and

personality.http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-prefrontal-cortex.htm

MESSAGE: Know the true power of your words.

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