Winnie the Pooh

A friend of mine posted a Winne the Pooh quote on Facebook. I don’t know if anyone else is a fan – I loved it as a child and I love it now. Just for different reasons. As a child it was a usually happy story with cute characters. Now as an adult.. the book/film/show is full of beautiful messages. 


Mangoes and Blooms

Summer and mangoes.. my favourite time of year is only just beginning. Thanks Mum for my mango 😊The flowers are in bloom.. the middle of Spring and so many colours can be seen. Lucky to have such a beautiful garden. 


We live in a beautiful world – sometimes it’s easy to forget just how fortunate we truly are. I am infinitely grateful for so much in my life – my family, my friends, my home.. my world.

Perfect 

This song is so beautiful. Take a listen. Thank you to J for suggesting it! 

Perfect by Ed Sheeran

Lyrics

I found a love for me

Darling just dive right in

And follow my lead

Well I found a girl beautiful and sweet 

I never knew you were the someone waiting for me

‘Cause we were just kids when we fell in love

Not knowing what it was

I will not give you up this time

But darling, just kiss me slow, your heart is all I own

And in your eyes you’re holding mine

Baby, I’m dancing in the dark with you between my arms

Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song

When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath

But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight

Well I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know

She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I’ll share her home

I found a love, to carry more than just my secrets

To carry love, to carry children of our own

We are still kids, but we’re so in love

Fighting against all odds

I know we’ll be alright this time

Darling, just hold my hand

Be my girl, I’ll be your man

I see my future in your eyes

Baby, I’m dancing in the dark, with you between my arms

Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song

When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful

I don’t deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight

Baby, I’m dancing in the dark, with you between my arms

Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song

I have faith in what I see

Now I know I have met an angel in person

And she looks perfect

I don’t deserve this

You look perfect tonight

Friendship 

Any thoughts?

In many ways I believe this. I am a person with an unusual personality type – INFJ. While I am friendly with many, I wouldn’t say that they were close relationships. Once I make a deep connection with someone it’s usually a long term friendship. These deep connections don’t happen very often but I cherish them when they do. 


I might not see my close friends often – due to distance, commitments, time, but these friends stand by me no matter my life circumstances. 


And I try my best to do the same for them. We may go months and sometimes years without seeing each other. But when we do finally catch up, nothing between us has changed. 


I think it’s important to reach out and check in with your friends. Whether it’s an email, text, Facebook message, or a phone call. Sometimes you won’t know that your friend is in need – some friends find it hard to say they’re struggling.


Likewise, when you’re in need.. your friends are better equipped to help you if they know what’s been happening in your life. So if you suddenly go quiet.. they might just be aware that something isn’t quite right. 


I am blessed that I have friends who know the difference immediately. This isn’t because I can’t hide my emotions – it’s because they care deeply enough to recognise when I’m feeling down. These are the friends you want in your life. 

These are the friends who ask you how you’re doing, and they actually listen to your response because they care. It’s easy to reply that you’re ‘good’ and most people will not stop to think about your response. They were only asking as it’s a greeting and were not actually interested in your response. An astute friend will look you in the eye.. and know. 


Friends are of vital importance. Without friendship where would we be? Who would we be? I’d be lost. 


I want to thank my friends for always sticking by me.. not sure how many read this but that’s okay too! Thank you to my friends who make me laugh even when I have tears in my eyes.

Talkers and Doers

Who agrees with this one?

Half of me does and the other half doesn’t. I think it’s important to work hard and be humble about what you’re doing. Slowly chipping away at your goal and getting closer and closer to success. Yet I don’t feel that your journey needs to be done silently. I find that discussing my journey, seeking advice, and learning from other people’s experiences often assists me in achieving my goals.

Perhaps I am simply looking at this quote in a different light – perhaps this quote is trying to tell us not to brag but let our hard work do the talking. Kind of like the old saying:


If that’s the case, I believe it. 


So which one are you? 


I never realised how long this topic has been around.. 


When you think about it.. this topic has been around since the beginning of time. There will always be talkers and there will always be doers. 


We have a choice to make. I wonder what you will decide? 

Ledisi – Add to Me 

 A beautiful friend recommended this song. I think it’s fantastic. Not necessarily something I would have picked myself.. but listen to the lyrics. I’ve included a link to the song at the bottom of the post. Enjoy❤️

“Add To Me” 

Took a lot, now you got my attention

It’s crazy you making me comfortable

But now you’re beating out the competition

But I’m the type that needs a little more
Clothes, rings, all of them mean nothing to me

I need more, what you offering me

Yeah, all of that can go it’s you

What I want (it’s deeper than material things)
I need some relation

Good conversation

Give me stimulation

What’s your motivation

How you gonna add to me

Yeah, ah

How you gonna add to me

How you gonna add to me

(Yeah, ah)

Show me, what it

Is you feel for me

I’m just saying

Can you handle me

How you gonna add to me

Yeah, ah

How you gonna add to me (yeah)
So what you gonna do

Now you got it and its all on you

(It’s all on you)

Well you ain’t gotta go so fast

Just give me something that’s gonna last
Clothes, rings, all of them mean nothing to me

Give me, more than what you’re offering to me

Yeah, all of that can go it’s you

What I want (it’s deeper than material things)
I need some relation

Good conversation

Give me stimulation

What’s your motivation

How you gonna add to me

Yeah, ah

How you gonna add to me

Oh, yeah

Show me, what it is you feel for me

I’m just saying can you handle me

How you gonna add to me

Yeah, ah

How you gonna add to me

Yeah
I can be good on my own (can you add to me)

But I don’t wanna be alone (can you add to me)

But you gotta have it all together (can you add to me)

So we can be stronger together (can you add to me)

Tell me all your dreams and your goals (can you add to me)

Paying all my bills on my own (can you handle me)

Made a lot of money last year (can you handle me)

Plan to make more this year (can you add to me)
I’ve been in the spiritual place (ooooo)

So when it gets hard don’t break

Show me you’re a winner

I don’t need a quitter

How you gonna add to me

How you gonna add to me

How you gonna add to me

I need some relation

Good conversation

Give me stimulation

What’s your motivation

How you gonna add to me

Yeah, ah

How you gonna add to me

Yeah, ah

Show me, what it

Is you feel for me

I’m just saying can you handle me

How you gonna add to me

Yeah, ah

How you gonna add to me

Yeah, ah

I need some relation

Good conversation

Give me stimulation

What’s your motivation

How you gonna add to me

Yeah, ah

How you gonna add to me

Yeah, ah
Show me, what it is you feel for me

I’m just saying can you handle me

How you gonna add to me

Yeah, ah

How you gonna add to me

Yeah, ah
Ooooo

How you gonna add to me

What can you add to me

What can you add to me

Show me you’re a winner

(Hey) I don’t need a quitter

What can you add to me

What can you add to me

Oooooo

Yeah

How can you add to me (what can you add to me)

How can you add to me (what can you add to me)
Add to Me

Never Give Up

This quote reminded me of the song by Sia. Never Give Up. 


Never Give Up


Lyrics 

I’ve battled demons that won’t let me sleep

Called to the sea but she abandoned me

But I won’t never give up, no, never give up, no, no

No, I won’t never give up, no, never give up, no, no

And I won’t let you get me down

I’ll keep gettin’ up when I hit the ground

Oh, never give up, no, never give up no, no, oh

I won’t let you get me down

I’ll keep gettin’ up when I hit the ground

Oh, never give up, no, never give up no, no, oh

I’ll find my way, find my way home, oh, oh, oh

I’ll find my way, find my way home, oh, oh, oh

I’ll find my way, find my way home, oh, oh, oh

I’ll find my way, find my way home, oh, oh, oh

Oh yeah, I’m haunted by the distant past

Called to the skies but she was she overcast

But I won’t never give up, no, never give up, no, no

No, I won’t never give up, no, never give up, no, no

And I won’t let you get me down

I’ll keep gettin’ up when I hit the ground

Oh, never give up, no, never give up no, no, oh

I won’t let you get me down

I’ll keep gettin’ up when I hit the ground

Oh, never give up, no, never give up no, no, oh

I’ll find my way, find my way home, oh, oh, oh

I’ll find my way, find my way home, oh, oh, oh

I’ll find my way, find my way home, oh, oh, oh

I’ll find my way, find my way home, oh, oh, oh

Never give up, never give up

Never give up, never give up

No, no, oh

And I won’t let you get me down

I’ll keep gettin’ up when I hit the ground

Oh, I never give up, no, I never give up no, no, oh

I won’t let you get me down

I’ll keep gettin’ up when I hit the ground

Oh, I’ll never give up, no, I’ll never give up no, no, oh

I’ll find my way, find my way home, oh, oh, oh

I’ll find my way, find my way home, oh, oh, oh

I’ll find my way, find my way home, oh, oh, oh

I’ll find my way, find my way home, oh, oh, oh

Stand by Me

I am truly blessed to have beautiful friends. And when I think of friends – this song comes to mind. Finding strength in friends is such a blessing. 

Lyrics 

When the night has come

And the land is dark

And the moon is the only light we see

No I won’t be afraid

No I won’t be afraid

Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darling, darling stand by me

Oh, now, now, stand by me

Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon

Should tumble and fall

And the mountain should crumble to the sea

I won’t cry, I won’t cry

No I won’t shed a tear

Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darling, darling stand by me

Oh, stand by me

Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Whenever you’re in trouble won’t you stand by me

Oh, now, now, stand by me

Oh, stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darling, darling stand by me

Stand by me

Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Ben E King – Stand by Me

Tempest 

Anyone else out there who feels that they have been learning to be strong long enough? You’re not alone. Life seems to have a weird sense of humour. And there are times when you’ll probably think.. ‘right, it’s about time someone else learnt a lesson. I need a break!’. The problem is.. we don’t always get to choose.


Logically, it’s easy to know that this time of struggle will eventually come to pass. You’ll also be aware that you’re most likely going to be stronger for surviving your current dilemma. But, in the real world and in admist your tempest – it’s easy to get lost, disoriented, and down trodden.


Focus on getting through one hour at a time. When that passes focus on the next. Increase it to half a day, then a day, and so on. Eventually, you’ll have made it out of the eye of the storm. Storms can’t last forever – they only seem like they do. 


You are learning valuable skills. You’re learning coping strategies. Just like you have learnt in the mundane world that wearing a coat in winter will keep you warm – you’re now learning to cope with conflict, grief, upheaval, stress, or trauma. This will make you stronger. 


You will learn what works for you, who is still standing by your side, and you’ll also learn what it is that you truly value. The friends and loved ones who picked you up and shared your burden are your anchors. Even if all they could do was sit with you and patiently wait out the storm with you – that’s enough. That’s true friendship. 


Sometimes that’s all you need. Someone by your side. Someone who isn’t there to judge you, push you, fix things for you. If you have just one person – you are blessed. If there’s more than one in your life – you are remarkably blessed. These true spirits and kind souls – are what life is all about. Compassion, kindness, empathy, encouragement, shared strength, and love.


No one ever knows their true strength until it’s been tested. Even when you feel that you’ve been tested enough.. you’re growing, you’re becoming stronger every day… your storm was fierce. Maybe it is still fierce. But your rainbow will be a beacon of hope.

Your rainbow will be the brightest one yet!