To kick off the New Year with some reflection.
From an unknown original source, I think this list contains a lot of good sense and some food for thought:
I do struggle with the commercialisation, the social/emotional pressure to be with people with whom we might not choose to spend our time, to do things (in a way) that might not sit comfortably, for everything to be ‘perfect’, the false ‘bonhomie’, and so on….
So why do I enjoy watching Christmas films?
I think I’ve finally peeled away the layers and figured it out – and what I enjoy about them actually has little to do with Christmas as such… Continue reading “Why I Like Watching Christmas Movies”
This week I went to see ‘First Man’ – the film about Neil Armstrong, the first man to step onto the moon.
I really enjoyed it.
By all accounts Armstrong was most definitely an introvert – and this was certainly how Ryan Gosling portrayed him.
I’d like to think this was close to the truth of the man because I liked what I saw – someone who was thoughtful, humble and gentle and who didn’t waste words, speaking only when he had something to say. Continue reading “Inspirational Introverts”
So says Martin Lewis in his latest post on the subject of unnecessary Christmas presents (it’s only 3 minutes and worth a view):
“Zero sum giving”, “tit-for-tat giving” where, as he says, we end up with less money or in debt – and with ‘tat’ we don’t want or need….
This is just the right time to start having those conversations, before you go off to the shops or online to buy them.
If you need any more convincing, see also my previous blogs such as:
I just want to share another great example of frugality and recycling that I read about in the Express recently – and all done without losing any of the joy and celebration in life:
A couple, Cherie Harris and James Mainwaring, approached their wedding arrangements in a rather different and heartening way.
Instead of paying the usual cost of a wedding breakfast for their 140 guests, they spent a mere £6 a head by sourcing a delicious meal from food that would otherwise have gone to landfill via The Real Junk Food Project.
Other eco-friendly touches included home-made invitations and decorations, a wedding dress lined with bamboo pulp and gifts of seeds as wedding favours which their guests could then plant afterwards…
Doesn’t this just show what can be achieved with a touch of imagination, ingenuity and co-operation.
On the topic of missing people who have died, at just over 3 minutes, I think Hussain Manawer performing ‘The White Rose’, his poem about the loss of his mother is worth a watch: