Tag Archives: perfect as you are

Just in time…

(Ruby being winched backwards into van hospital) I’m exhausted. It’s 6am and I’ve been awake for an hour… Denis is snoring loudly this night/morning! I feel a huge fraud saying I’m exhausted when here I am here in a beautiful … Continue reading

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Thanks Mam, for Picking my Dad

(Our bridge at Alcacer do Sal in the afternoon…) It’s my Dad’s birthday today. He died on this day 16 yeas ago, but he’s alive in everything I do. For instance this week he was at the Creativity Workshop with … Continue reading

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Broken Shells Calling

(Friday evening in Furadouro) I mentioned yesterday that I loved the town of Furadouro and one of the reasons was the beach. Not the sand but the shells. Not the perfectly pretty and complete shells. The broken ones. I had … Continue reading

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Sometimes it rains in Portugal…

It’s raining! I know you will be disappointed for me but I’m ok, I have some work to do so it’s probably just as well I won’t be able to sit outside sunning myself… I hear it’s sunny in Ireland! … Continue reading

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Making peace with embarrassment

(Palm tree trunk) We’re still in Luz so I’m getting comfortable here, starting to feel right at home… which means some of my old habits are popping up. (By the way, I’m working away happily on my book so that’s … Continue reading

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Feeling some madness…

(Can you see this kite surfing guy’s feet and surfboard are out of the water?) It rained a lot last night. Lots of rain, lots of wind. Teeny tiny bit of sleep. Not feeling too bubbly today. So I’m reminded … Continue reading

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My (not so) Big Secret

I think I might be suffering from an addiction. Don’t tell anyone. I want to keep this a secret just between us. Ok? You have to promise before reading more….. (Photos from Powerscourt, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow) So if you’re still … Continue reading

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Quiet – the book…

(Solitude) I’m reading a really interesting book at the moment. It’s called Quiet by Susan Cain. There’s also a TED talk. She writes about extroverts and introverts and thinks the extrovert personality type has an unfair advantage. The extrovert is … Continue reading

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Potato Soup Time

(The stained recipe page) I’m making soup. I love making soup. I love how it tastes, how it smells and I even like looking at it. It’s potato soup (it’s always potato soup) well, there’s also thyme in it but … Continue reading

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Fearlessness in Baby Steps

(French window) Ok….. so, I’m supposed to be practicing (from the dictionary: the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use) my fearlessness this week. I was figuring that might include … Continue reading

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The Tunnel I love

(Leaves and seed. I pick something up every time I go walking) I went on my walk this morning (of course I did!) a bit earlier than usual because it’s not so pleasant to walk in the heat. Anyway, there’s … Continue reading

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Pensive on a rainy Monday

(Photo I took of Glendalough round tower last weekend) The weekend before we left Ireland I was down in Glendalough at a family gathering. Sixty-five cousins (four generations) from my Dad’s side of the family came together on a Saturday … Continue reading

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It’s Saturday in the countryside and I’m feeling lucky.

We finally arrived. The boat stopped and we were amazingly lucky to be in the line that moved out first. Not that it really matters who gets off first but it feels like being allowed out to play from school, … Continue reading

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No need for you to do my job, I’ll do it…

(Rusty window at Killruddery, Bray) “It’s not your job to like me – it’s mine.” – Byron Katie I’ll do my job and you do yours. Mairead.

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Pretend you’re feeling really, really confident…….

(Or keep to your own path…..) “Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure.” – Meister Eckhart Now what would you do? Mairead.

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The art of being scared to death….

(Street lighting outside the National Museum in Kildare Street, Dublin.)   Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death. – Harold Wilson Kinda scary being who you want to be…. Mairead.

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Imagine that!

(1,213 year old leather buttons on Psalter at the National Museum) “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but Imagination!” – Albert Einstein Let the daydreaming begin, Mairead.

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You are NOT stupid!

(Lost in a forest of little leaves) “Everyone is a genius, but judge a fish on ability to climb a tree & it will live its life believing it is stupid”. – Albert Einstein. Put your attention on what makes you … Continue reading

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Fly birdie, fly!

(What you looking at?)   “The shell must break before the bird can fly.”  – Alfred Lord Tennyson Is there something you need to break? Mairead.

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Friday Quote – You make a difference.

(Every brick in the wall…. makes a difference) “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James Your life has an impact, Mairead.

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Friday Quote – Go on, go on, go on…..

(From the summer garden – Love in the Mist doing its insignificant thing) “Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi   Do your thing! Mairead.

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Friday Quote – All is Well.

(Winding path, Mount Usher) “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” – Steve Jobs Listen, sometimes it’s very quiet…. Mairead.

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What’s your story?

(Mount Usher in Ashford, Co. Wicklow) The story of our lives is not the story of what happened… It’s the story of what we are. The story that starts “I am….” The story we think we became because of our … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – Shush!

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” – Rumi Listen to yourself, Mairead.

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Leonard and Leonardo…….

(Botanic Gardens, succulents) We were looking at a very good documentary about Leonard Cohen on Saturday night. It was called I’m your Man and had other people singing his songs from a concert tour, while he chatted to the interviewer … Continue reading

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How are you today?

“People who say … they’re perfectly fine [are] more insane than the rest of us.”  – Ruby Wax We’re all crazy, Mairead.

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Wake up Time.

(Agawa Canyon… picture by Doris or Grahame (forgot to ask!)) I’m rushing off to a course this morning (more later) so instead of a post here’s a story from the book Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh that explains what … Continue reading

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Friday Quote. Something not quite perfect?

There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light get’s in. Leonard Cohen. Nice and bright here today, Mairead.

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The Walking Machine…. another gadget or a guru?

(Collage) We have a walking machine, we’ve had it about six months now. Having one doesn’t contribute to good health but using one might… I’ve started using it. It has an added benefit of allowing my mind to drift away and … Continue reading

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Friday’s Quote. You’re odd? That’s okay!

“Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it’s different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.”
 – Andy … Continue reading

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