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Thoughts for Thursdays – UPDATE! + Laughter Yoga *you’ll giggle!*

I’m a little out of words today (it’s been a long year) so I thought I’d keep it all short and simple. I like the idea of this quote because it is infinitely flexible and can shed a ray of light on to the kind of life you might like to lead. Given that I have (always) been on a journey to try to work out what exactly it is that I want my life to look like, this struck a chord with me. It was a simple phrase to which I responded: “Yes”.

Giving a “yes” so unreservedly is difficult for me when it comes to life–I’m often too busy being unsure, second guessing, and asking myself  “is this what will really make me happy?”, and not knowing how to answer that question. But this quote made me realize that there are many aspects of life to which I can answer “Yes”–they may not be questions like “Do you want to follow a career in [insert career choice here]”, but they are meaningful questions that, together, might allow me to build my life from the inside out. And given that I seem unable to pick out the big stuff (where to live, what to do), answering yes to some smaller, and yet incredibly important questions, might, one by one, lead me in the right direction. So…

If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy. Yes. 

If you are too busy to listen to a friend, you are too busy. Yes.

If you are too busy to get out of the city, you are too busy. Yes.

If you are too busy to go to France, you are too busy. Yes. 

If you are too busy to walk your dog, you are too busy. Yes.

What about you? What is so important to you that if you are too busy to do it, you are simply too busy?

Are you too busy to giggle at this?


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Thoughts for Thursdays – Henry Adams

“No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.”
(Henry Adams)

Words are  humanity’s greatest tool for communication, and yet its most deceitful and difficult to control. What one writes one way, or says one way, can be changed by something as simple as emphasis. Consider the sentence “I didn’t take your money” and how its meaning can be changed so simply:

I didn’t take your money (…but someone else did…and I might even know who!).

I didn’t take your money (…an emphatic denial of my guilt).

I didn’t take your money (…but I did borrow it).

I didn’t take your money (…but I did take Susie’s…).

I didn’t take your money (…but I did steal your pen).

I learned early on that words are tools: just the right words strung together at just the right moment, with the right rhythm, can create emotion. Isn’t that wonderful? That words, just words, pieced together, can create human emotion? Words can have rhythm and pulse. They can create laughter, cause heartache, incite faith. And yet…and yet, how often do we find that words fail us? Or how often do we find ourselves waffling on and on in an attempt to convey what we’re really feeling and thinking?

And how many times have you been in an argument where you suddenly realize that the wrong words have rolled off your tongue, hurtful words that are miles away from what you really feel and yet slice straight at the heart of someone you love? How many times have you had to explain that “I didn’t mean what I said and I don’t know how to say what I mean”?

We’ve all been there. And that’s why I love quotes. I mean, it’s like a freebie! Someone out there has already said, eloquently and memorably, the very emotion/fact of life/truth that you may have been struggling to put your finger on!

So I am launching my Thoughts for Thursdays as a time when I get to share with you my most favourite quotes. So pull up a chair, have a listen in to why I love them, what I think they’re saying, and why I think they’re important. Maybe you’ll find one that says, just perfectly, something that you too have been trying to capture.

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