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Moments of compassion

22 Apr

Work was hideous today. I felt like I was banging my head up against a brick wall, trying to get heard about ‘risk issues’ I am professionally responsible for communicating but powerless to act on. Lots of phone calls, dead ends and defensiveness. My heart raced and I exploded in a mess of tears in the office stairwell.

On returning home I wanted to skip karate, order a 14″ pizza, drink 2 cans of cider and pass out on the couch.

I found my self ruminating over all the crap that I had encountered during the day.

I stopped and noticed what I was doing.

As an experiment I tried, instead to notice all the compassion I had encountered through out the day:

The positive, inspirational blogs I read on the loo this morning.

Bronwyn returning her ball to me during our walk.

My colleague listening to me and supporting me.

The team secretary who decided not to bother putting through non-urgent calls.

The colleague who filled up my coffee cup without asking.

The colleague who contained me in the stair well.

The lady from social services who took me seriously.

My husband who took a panicked phone call from me at work. And listened.

My puppies who delighted in my return from work and licked my weary face.

All the people who liked and followed my blog ūüėČ

Me, who despite tendencies towards the unhelpful took herself off to karate.

My karate sensei, who caused me so much pain I forgot about all the mental stresses of the day.

It worked, I feel better, I feel supported and emotionally regulated.

Thank you ūüôā

Alice’s Adventures in the Blogosphere

31 Mar

I am writing to say a big THANK YOU

To everyone who has taken the time to stop by and say hi.

I am all new to the blogging world but have received¬†such a lovely welcome. I am impressed by SO many¬†of the blogs¬†I have seen¬†and am astonished by this new global community. Already, I have made links with people all over the world and without even leaving my house! I didn’t expect this at all, neither did I expect to find common ground with people so far away. I am awe-struck by a realisation of the enormity of this planet and the universality of the human condition and its struggles.

Here are a few examples…

Today I met someone called Mouse, whose blog you can visit here¬† (yes I did learn how to “link” today). Well, I love Food- and it turns out Mouse does too.

I feel that cooking for someone is a way of showing them affection and I despair when food gets boring. I love new ideas… Well, I thought I had tried every thing…

It turns out that Mouse eats Chicken Feet Soup. And also Marrow bones? And blogs in such a way I WANT to eat chicken feet soup and Marrow bones too! I don’t know where mouse lives, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the UK as I haven’t¬†seen marrow bones anywhere¬†except the pet shop and I’m not convinced butchers even get chickens with their feet on anymore. Bronwyn and Odin love a good bone, and I have, in the past wondered if we could eat them (bones, that is) too. I turns out I could- I just need the right supplier!

Mr D has gone out without me for the evening, so no culinary adventures tonight.  Just a plain old Alice Favorite.  A fish finger baguette, with mayo, shredded lettuce, surprisingly good tomatoes and gherkins. It was plain, but yummy, and led me to wonder if other countries even have fish fingers?

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Yesterday I met a lovely lady called Jenny whose blog you can find here, Jenny lives in the Philippines, which is a long way away from where I am right now (and I bet a whole lot sunnier!). Any way, Jenny’s blog is truly inspirational. Today she published a post about Carrots, Eggs and Oolong Tea. You should check it out! It was about the way we cope with adversity; something very much on my mind at the moment, both through my own struggles and having recently worked with people trying to cope with cancer.

I repeated the Oolong tea story to my partner who reminded me of an ancient egyptian story about the goddess Isis. Isis had been employed to care for a baby who, every night, she burned in the fire and then healed before morning by feeding him. One night the mother of the child caught Isis burning the child and rescued him. Isis revealed herself to be this super-goddess and explained that through the suffering and healing process, she was making the boy immortal. I am not proposing that what any of us are striving for is immortality (or hurting babies)¬†but the wisdom remains…. that it is through suffering, through managing adversity that we find enlightenment and new growth. The thing I find amazing, is that after 3000 years these stories retain their wisdom. Maybe us humans haven’t¬†advanced as fast as we had thought eh?

Thank you both Mouse and Jenny for your stimulation, encouragement and friendliness in the face of my underdeveloped blog!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the people who inspired me to start a¬†blog in the first place…

The lovely Lucy at attic24, whose beautiful blog regularly convinces me to go out and buy wool, ready for that next project (there will be a post on unfinished projects soon!) And whose writing and photography keep me entertained; warming my heart on many a dire morning.

Thank you also goes to my dear friend,  one inspirational and motivated lady. She runs around like a crazy thing, but still manages to pull together  a fabulous blog, mother two tiny children, work and be my friend.

I feel truly blessed

Keep on sharing that love!

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