– to combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit.
Allies or Friends can come in many forms. They might support you at the end of the phone, in person, or just by you knowing that they have your back. They make life easier and more pleasant.
You don’t need an abundance of allies, even one or two makes life bearable. Maybe your best ally could be your own self.
Today’s Sunday Sayings focuses on Allies.
“Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief” -Swedish Proverb
“Friends ask you questions; enemies question you.” Criss Jami, (Healology)
“Dude. Every mom is the most annoying human in the universe, but most of them, besides the super-abusive genuinely bad ones, are in your corner.” ― Mary H.K. Choi
Who is your ally?
How do they support you?
Everyone’s opinion is important. What do you have to say?
Something to Ponder About
Several years ago, I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and
sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different
interpretations found within those succinct few words. I marveled at
their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age.
Mostly anonymous, they are a portal through time to generations past and
echo a diverse range of cultures, and the experiences of many lessons
learned and the wisdom from thousands of lives already lived. They
offer us knowledge; knowledge that is passed to us in much the same way
relay runners might pass a baton. Once it’s handed over, it is up to us
what we do with it and how we pass it on.
Happy Mothers Day to all the Mothers in Australia for today. I also wish a Happy Mothers Day to those who wanted to be Mothers and couldn’t and all those who have strained Mother – child relationships.
Often it is Mothers or Motherly figures, who have plenty of experience in maintaining perspective as well as minimizing negative emotions. The Dalai Lama does as well.
“Disregard small issues.
The most important skill in staying calm is not to lose sleep over small issues. The second most important skill is to be able to view all issues as small issues.”
The Dalai Lama
“Anger, jealousy, impatience and hatred are the real troublemakers and with them, problems cannot be solved. Though one may have temporary success, ultimately one’s hatred or anger will create further difficulties.”
“Negativity is never the solution.”
The Dalai Lama
Is it Mother’s Day in your part of the World?
Several years ago, I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within those succinct few words. I marveled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age. Mostly anonymous, they are a portal through time to generations past and echo a diverse range of cultures, and the experiences of many lessons learned and the wisdom from thousands of lives already lived. They offer us knowledge; knowledge that is passed to us in much the same way relay runners might pass a baton. Once it’s handed over, it is up to us what we do with it and how we pass it on.
We have to change our thinking in order to find the solution.
I hear lots of criticism of student protests for Global Change, mainly folks blaming them for highlighting a problem without suggesting answers, but if we think about Albert Einstein’s quote, is this not so surprising?
Swedish school student and advocate for Global change, Greta Thunberg suggests we must work collaboratively to find new answers to the world’s problems.
“Many don’t listen to the science of climate change because they are only interested in solutions that will enable them to carry on like before. Those solutions don’t exist anymore because [you] did not act in time. “
Similarly, we have to invent new way to create our own happiness – if you listen to the Dalai Lama –
Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions
We alone are responsible for our happiness.
Others may influence us, but ultimately it is our choice how we react to any given situation or event.
Several years ago, I created ‘Proverbial Friday’ on my blog. I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within just a few, succinct words. I marveled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age. Mostly anonymous, proverbs are a portal through time to generations past and echo a diverse range of cultures. They speak of the experiences of many lessons learned and the wisdom from thousands of lives already lived. They offer us knowledge; knowledge that is passed to us in much the same way relay runners might pass a baton. Once it’s handed over, it is up to us what we do with it and how we pass it on.
Whether you are new to blogging or have been writing for some time, blogging is, or can become, a personal branding story, a legacy of self. What does you blog say about you and the personal brand behind the blog? These six questions helped me unpack the purpose behind my blogging journey.
Why write A Blog?
Q:” The best posts and stories make the audience’s benefit amazingly clear. What is the real benefit of your writing?”
A: I read to learn or gain knowledge, and I write to share information, for education or entertainment. I also write to document things that are important to myself and hopefully others. It makes me happy to write and I feel compelled to put words down on paper or in blog format.
Q: How does your story fit into the world? Is your blog helpful to someone?
A: Is my writing relevant to others? I don’t know but I hope my words are useful or entertaining, in some way. I write with the objective to share knowledge and to further my own self-inquiry. Perhaps writing stems from an inner urge to find meaning with external matters. The spinoff for me, is the surprising development of a nurturing and positive blogging community.
Q: Do your blog posts walk readers through a learning curve of information and share how issues discussed might impact them?
A: That very much depends on the topic of the post. This sort of blog posting is more suited to a tutorial style, and I tend to speak generally about potential impacts in posts. I gain a lot of inspiration for topics from the blog community.
As blogger Marlene from InSearchotItAll posted: “A negative mind will never give you a positive life.” How could a positive life spring from a negative mind? I like to think positivity is infectious.
an emotional connection
Q: Beyond education, the best stories forge a bond between the story-teller and her audience. Whether through vulnerability, candor or shared experience, stories where the audience walks away with heightened emotional intimacy are the stories that win. How do you foster an emotional connection with your readers?
A: I do hope the tone of my posts is personal and conversational but I am no story teller. Writing a blog post is like confiding in a dear friend, but a friend that lives far from my location. By being honest, thoughtful and thinking hard about situations we might all find ourselves in, I’d hope I relate to and connect with those who read and comment on my posts.
Past or Future?
Q: Is your blog about the past or where you are headed? Does your writing examine the past whilst reflecting the future, in terms of dreams, hopes and the future?
A: Both. There is so much we can learn from the past it would be stupid to focus solely on the future. In particular, I enjoy discussing traditional proverbs that have sageful advice anyone can use. no matter their stage, or walk, of life.
Q: What makes your blog stand out from others?
A: I think that is a question for the readers of my blog. I could not be objective at all in answering this, and thus I’ll politefully decline.
How would you answer these six questions?
You are welcome to re-post with your own answers, but are under no obligation to do so.
Here are just a few blogs, (in no particular order), who’ve been inspirational to me, in my blogging journey. Thank you WordPress community!
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be cathartic. Recently I was given a journal of self-exploration, and it challenged me to circle the things that are most important to me in my life. Things I really value above all else. The trouble is I am prone to over- analysis.
Adding a magnitude of difficulty is that the list was finite. Trouble? I think so.
Do I value Laughter? Well of course, but does that include mocking, self-serving or sarcastic laughter – NO.
Travel – In hindsight I should have circled travel – but it isn’t really essential to contented life, is it? It is more of a bonus in life.
Earth – I am an environmentalist – I feel a stab of guilt that I neglected to circle this.
Sight – ???? I didn’t circle it so what does that indicate?
Home – who doesn’t value their home? Even homeless folk value homes. But what is a home without family?
Honesty – does that make me a dishonest person. Why didn’t I circle honesty?
Shoes – I am not a girl obsessed with shoes. Why is this even an option? Then again, it is pretty hard to go without shoes altogether.
You see – Over-analysis. It is a problem!
I framed the book’s question as matters most essential to me – things that I would not want to be without. But they needed a few more options, I thought.
Things I would add to this list:
The final task in this exercise in self-exploration was to circle the things that you would rather worship/admire/value.
My list looked like this:
Are you noticing a theme here? I circled the same seven things!
If you completed this exercise, what would it be that you circled?
What are the things you worship/value/that are most important to you in your life ?
What then would you circle as things you would rather worship/value?
What else do you think should be included in the darn list?