All posts filed under: Gratitude

2019 and all that …

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Acceptance / Australia / Friends and family / Geography / Gratitude / retirement

I am thinking about next year and where to focus my interest and my energies. I am not one for New Year’s resolutions or for setting goals but I like to pause and consider what I want to include or change in my year ahead. 2018 was a pretty good year for me. It was very busy and enjoyable year with my U3A (University of the Third Age) commitments. It was one of those years […]

On Gratitude

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Gratitude / Poetry / Uncategorized

I am doing a short course titled “Poetry Writing for Fun” through my local U3A. This week we were asked to write something using personification and repetition. Here is my attempt: I am Gratitude I gave her the ocean – She wants bigger waves. I gave her good health – She says she’s bored. I gave her friends – She asks for more. I gave her love – She seeks perfection. I gave her peace […]

Our Stories

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Gratitude / Indigenous Australians / Kimberley / Literacy / Music / Pilbara / Uncategorized

I watched an amazing film today at the CinefestOz Festival in Busselton. Please check out the link to learn more about the Festival that finished today. The movie, The Song Keepers, was recently shown at the Melbourne International Film Festival. From the website: In the central desert region around Hermannsburg, west of Alice Springs, a hidden 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque hymns is being preserved by four generations of song women […]

Unhelpful Thinking Styles

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Acceptance / depression / forgiveness / Gratitude / Self acceptance / Serenity prayer / Uncategorized

Lately I keep catching myself thinking about some unpleasant things from the past (I am sure we all have them). The other day I objectively looked at it and realised that my thoughts were 40 years in the past! I keep reminding myself to look forward and not backwards. Even better if I can spend my time in the present moment. Last Semester I ran a course for U3A called Retired:Now What? As part of that […]

The eyes have it!

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Acceptance / cataracts / glaucoma / Gratitude / Uncategorized

I had laser eye surgery yesterday. My eyesight had deteriorated quite a lot recently and was making it hard for me to read – especially on my  computer. Initially I was to wait until October to get in to see an eye specialist. Fortunately there was a cancellation and I had an appointment yesterday with a visiting (to the region) specialist. I was diagnosed with glaucoma and cataracts in my early fifties. I was not […]

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

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Acceptance / Gratitude / pressure to perform / Self acceptance / Uncategorized

There is so much pressure for us to get involved in stuff. I find it all the time. I think it is about time I accepted that I like my life the way it is! I am surrounded by people who are always off on holidays. Normal conversation involves talking about where you have been and where you are going next. I feel a bit inadequate not being able to contribute. I am not into […]

An interview with Lyn Murfitt, Colour Consultant (on retirement)

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Baby Boomers / beautiful / Fashion, Colour / Gratitude / Uncategorized

I recently posted this interview on my Transitioning to Retirement blog and decided to share it here as well :). Lyn, what does the word retirement mean to you? BOREDOM! I love working, simply because it is so stimulating for my brain, and it certainly gets my creative juices going!  There is always an amazing experience or lesson to be learned each and every day! What strategies have you used in transitioning from one phase of your […]

Ouch! That hurt!

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Gratitude / Meaning of life and that stuff / retirement

I had an aha! moment today. Ever since giving up full time work I have tried out volunteering with the idea that I am offering a service to my community (will all the feel-good stuff that goes along with it). I have experienced many false starts and have been a little puzzled as to why it didn’t turn out as I hoped it would. Just recently I have offered my services to another group and […]

Old photos and an old song …

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Friends and family / Gratitude

I must be feeling nostalgic. I was looking for an old photo today – one of me on my brother’s shoulders – I was terrified at the time. I couldn’t find it but, as happens with photos, I got caught up in looking at photos at my parents’ home when my children were little. It was always such a busy place with people coming and going – the kettle was always on! My parents had […]