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A serious thought for a Monday Morning.The world stage of politics trundles on as we watch deteriorating world news, with disbelief.


‘When social order is crumbling, dissolving with human greed.

Words from Luke in the Good Book advocates faith, as small as a mustard seed,


As chaos unravels with brutal swift speed.



( Marie T Shelly 10th October 2016 )


Life is made of Magic Moments…


And the times we laugh together,

Wild wind, white foaming seas, exuberant, jubilant autumn weather.

They cannot last forever, these spells of magic time,

Yet its beauty lingers, memories held constant, the feeling sublime.

( Marie Therese Shelly 29th Sept 2016)

Enjoy the day

hugs and love





Day 17: Smile: The Inward Journey to the Real You is almost completed.

IMG_1011 In the last post-Day 15, Patricia generously shared her Gratitude Awareness Diary with us. It gave insight into her personality. If you read her memoirs with a negative eye you would see many mistakes, but remember like you, she was told to neither stop, think nor worry about spelling and grammar. This is a great way to get in touch with feelings. Once you stop and start to think about what you are writing the old critical ego gets going and the Real You gets lost in translation. Interestingly enough when Patricia found herself slipping back into negative beliefs, she relaxed and went with it, gently, compassionately and with humour, saying ‘Stop Patricia.’When I asked how she found this exercise, she stated that it suited her quirky sense of humour and fun- thanks Patricia.

Today, I would like to share another gratitude awareness technique which I have found extremely helpful over the years. Simply put affirmations work. So what is an affirmation? Well, an affirmation is a declaration of intent — it is a testimony to how we wish to think and feel. It is a positive ‘I am’ statement, such as:-‘I am loved’ or ‘there is goodness in me and all around me’.

I have found over the years that these positive statements  have helped me to create a stronger sense of who I really Am and if you practice them I know they will help you as well.

The fact that we are here, alive in this moment, is a miracle of nature. This gift of life appears to revolve around Love. We know this because the opposite is also true. Hate and war bring destruction and death.

Affirmations remind us of our true identity, which counter-acts the negative messages we give ourselves. To let go of fear, we have to let go of self-doubt; we must learn how to love ourselves. Affirmations help to do just that.

So let us begin and just like the Gratitude Awareness Diary, Affirmations only really work if you put time effort and care into their preparation and implementation.

The Preparation

  • Some people like to buy a pretty notebook and write down their affirmations, while others like to put a pebble in a jar every time they say their affirmation — an outward expression of an inner idea.
  • Meditate on your affirmation, by repeating it to yourself over and over and over again, hundreds of times a day.
  • Repeating affirmations imprints these intentions into the depths of the subconscious mind.

The Exercise

  • Begin the day by saying your affirmation. And repeat it silently to yourself as you go through your day.
  • For example, you could say: ‘I like myself, I love myself — there is goodness in me and all around me.’

Take your time and develop an affirmation that sits with you and as always, keep it positive and simple.

This topic is explained beautifully by many inspirational writers including Daily Affirmation by Susan Jeffers; Daily Affirmations & Positive Quotes by Louise M Hay; Creative Visualisation by Shakti Gawain; The Path to Love by Deepak Chopra and finally Everyday Wisdom by the wonderful Wayne Dyer

Note to self

The affirmations below are a sample of affirmation I have used over the years, and to which I try to adhere as best I can.

  • I promise to accept myself as I am, with all my differences, knowing that I am following my own path in life
  • I promise to savour this moment, knowing that it will pass my way just once. And if the moment is difficult for me, I promise to stay with it so that I can learn the lesson life is trying to teach me.
  • I promise to love all beings everywhere with all my heart and soul without reservation, remaining unconcerned whether they love me in return
  • I promise to give myself the space and time to relax, meditate and practice mindfulness so that I can open my life to hope and joy

Take your time and develop an affirmation that sits with you and as always keep it positive, meaningful and simple.

Have a great week you guys.




Day 16: The Inward Journey: Gratitude Awakens.


I am always humbled when it comes to writing about gratitude as there are so many good books out there on this subject. I remember being given a beautiful pink hardback book for my birthday many years ago. It was called ‘Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy’ by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I loved it. Instantly, I started the exercises with abandon and quickly found that my life had become easier and less stressful.I never got to meet Sarah in person but her written word changed my life , just as I hope this blog will change yours as I encourage you to start with  A Gratitude Awareness Diary ,if only for a week or so. Watch and see what happens. I promise you will start to feel better so much so that gratitude awareness become part of your day.

First let me explain what I mean by A Gratitude Awareness Diary.

A gratitude awareness diary is a daily record of everything good in your life. When you write about what is good in your life your mind will have to acknowledge that there is in fact much in this life to be grateful for. To live, to breath, to see, to hear, touch, and taste. When you open your eyes to really look and your ears to really listen this beautiful planet in which you live will reveal it-self to you.

The Preparation.

Setting time aside for preparation of your Diary will turn it into a celebration, marking a new beginning. Often the best plan goes to waste because it never gets past the thinking stage. The first thing you will need to acquire is a diary. In your quest for the nicest diary you can find, observe the fabric and design of the cover, as well as the texture of the paper. Remember that one of the most important lessons in gratitude is accepting and savouring the smallest details of life.

Before you begin, decide when you are going to write in this diary. Allotting some time each day to write in your journal is setting a routine in place for your practice of gratitude. Find a time that suits best and stick to it. This is the first basic step of journal keeping.

The Exercise

When you start writing in you gratitude journal, don’t stop — keep your hand moving. Motion prevents you from getting stuck and slipping back into negativity. Write about whatever it is that makes you feel happy. You can start by writing down your name. My name is … and it stands for…. Or write about some other topic that interests you, reflecting on your personal development and growth. It is important not to stop to think, cross out or worry about spelling or writing, as that will tap into the logical, critical part of your brain, which will provide you with too many contradictions to what is written. First thoughts can be inspirational. The present is imbued with abundant life force. It is alive and pulsating with rhythm.

Allow yourself to become absorbed in your creation. This helps you to remain in the present moment and prevents you from thinking about the past. If you find yourself slipping back into misery, relax and go with that negativity, but view it gently and with compassion. Start writing about something you have learned through this experience.

When you participate in the Gratitude Awareness Diary you are choosing to see life differently. When we choose to be grateful, we are paying attention to what is good and right, and ignoring what is not. We do not necessarily need something for which to be grateful — only the desire to feel grateful.

You can start by thinking of things for which you are thankful, and eventually you will learn how to live and enjoy the moment. Living in the now provides you with the opportunity to experience in a real way the wonder of every living moment.

Note to Self


A friend of mine, whom I will refer to as Patricia, kept a Gratitude Awareness Diary and I have included part of it, for your perusal. Before participating in this ‘exercise’ my friend  assumed that the grouchy’ next- door neighbour was avoiding her, but when she observe him through the transformed eyes of compassion, love and gratitude she observed that he was an incredibly shy man who wanted to get to know her better.

Patricia’s, Gratitude Awareness Diary.

DATE 10th August. 2014.

Hello there diary,

Today is my Birthday……I am 36 years old and for some strange reason I feel great. Normally, this isn’t such a great day for me …well not since my twenty fifth birthday party anyway, when I fell off the chair in the restaurant and pulled the tablecloth off in the process. Looking back now I can observe the funny side of it, especially when that gorgeous Italian waiter fell on top of me, if only I had laughed about it instead of running off home…..what a waste …a well such is life….maybe we would have got married, had loads of kids and we would both be ….but stop Patricia if you did that then you would have never met Harry next door….WHAT A DREAM GUY and to think …..He has been living next door for two years and we never even spoke until recently. And how soft and ‘chocolatey’ his voice is and the way his eyes twinkle when he smiles. Honestly girl, you sound like a kid in love, what’s wrong with you.

Stop Patricia, you are in love not just with the guy next door, but with life. Well maybe a little with him ….but hey he is a boy and I’m a girl, were both single and it’s a free country, right….what the hell it could be fun and even if…..

Stop Patricia, yea I know live for the moment and enjoy.

Speaking of enjoyment it’s a beautiful wet windy day outside and I am going out right now to splash in the puddles.

Thank God for that big coat Mum bought me. It’s funny it’s been sitting in the wardrobe for years and I never had the opportunity to wear it

Mightn’t wear it to the office, but it’s great in the wind and rain.


So until tomorrow diary keep me posted on the good stuff and nudge me awake when I forget what life is really about.

Love you and Me Lots,


P.S. Have a great day

Final Note to Self

Interesting Huh!

Enjoy your day

Back on Monday with The Irish Mammy’s positive vibe!

Have a great week you guys




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