Archive for September, 2012

Ways to Celebrate Life #1

Posted in Journal, Mental Morsels with tags , on 06/09/2012 by Jen Healey

On Tuesday, after I dropped Beth at school, for her first day as a Year Three pupil, I met a good friend of mine in Leamington.  She kindly returned to me some books that I had left on my desk, before I left the world of Mental Health Nursing for good.  Amongst these books there was a pack of cards, that I had taken into work as a little prompt to use whilst on the phone with people who could use a little pick-me-up in the motivation department.

52 Ways to Celebrate Life (52 Decks)

So I thought I’d share some of the ideas in this little deck with my lovely readers.

This one is called ‘Big Time’

“Most of us are so afraid of wasting time that we don’t take the time to relish it.  Sometimes it helps to look at the big picture. The really big picture.  The universe is 15 billion years old. It took at least 5 billion years before galaxies formed.  What’s your hurry?  One hundred thousand years ago your ancestors were roaming across the savannah.  One hundred thousand years from now humans may not even be here.  Is that unfinished report really that important?

Remembering the really big picture can help us take our lives a little more lightly and feel the preciousness of our fleeting moment of existence.  Life is short, but you’re part of the wondrous unfolding history of the universe.”

As with all self-help, mental health-type stuff the rule, I find, is to take on what is useful and ditch the rest.  However, if you have not tried something, how do you truly know that it is not for you?

I intend to plagiarise a fair few of these cards, whilst respecting copyright laws, I hope.  I think when you are in possession of something that is (practically) free and possibly of use to someone else, it is a rotter who does not share it with others.

So I hope that over the next few weeks, or so, you find a little something to your liking that you might just try in order to celebrate the gift of life that is yours.

Okay, psycho-babble over.

I plan to finish the post I have in draft tomorrow evening, so that I may introduce you to my/Bethany’s new quails – they are seriously sweet!


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