Weekly Round Up – The Valuing Time Edition
Time for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which I’ve wanted to share with you. Don’t forget if you have written a post which you would like readers to see, just leave a comment below.
Last week Debbie’s post Life Is Short really resonated with me, and I am still reflecting on the paradox of life moving fast while time moves slowly – and it seems there is a similar theme going on in the blogosphere this week.
Audrey is conscious of time ” flying past with special family times and memorable experiences and inspiration from so many places.” And time passing is very much on Knot Telling’s mind as she shares some black humour on facing up to death.
“It’s been a long week. A too quick summer and a very long week” writes Anne Marie as she recounts the pleasure of meeting with Terri from A Fresh Chapter, followed swiftly by the devastation of hearing the news that Catherine had to share with us. Catherine, we are all so heartbroken for you and you are in our thoughts and prayers every day.
This paradox of time particularly strikes me in relation to time spent in grief and Nancy has a great post on how to help someone through the grieving process.
Chris is asking us to reflect on how we spend and value our time. Creatively following your passion is the best way I can think of to spend time – like Sarah and her Paint C Out project (check her blog to see which famous autograph she captured this week) and Renn who is planning on spending more of her time pursuing her writing. And speaking of writing..congratulations to Florence and Susan who are counting down the days to the launch of their book on surviving cancer.
Elsewhere in the blogosphere…
Victoria has returned to France from her Seattle vacation with an unusual souvenir.
A superb post by Beth on Healthy Privilege. Not sure what the term means? Then you really should read Beth’s blog and if you haven’t already done so, Carolyn’s take on the topic too.
And as always, I like to leave you with a quote to take you into next week and here is a beautiful one from writer Alice Walker, shared by Dr Matthew Katz on the topic of growth and change.
Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.
Until next week.
Yours with love
Hello Marie – once again, my warmest appreciation for including a link to my Healthy Privilege post, and also to Beth Gainer for her unique perspective on this important concept.
I love the idea of creatively spending our time. I’m happiest when creating! (Or drinking tea with friends) Thank you for including me in your roundup. I aspire for happier posts ahead. And I’d like to send out some good vibes and love to Karen this week as well. She received some hard news, and is about to face her own push-back against cancer.
Thanks again, Marie.
Thanks for the mention Marie. It’s always an honor to be in the roundup!
Looks like another well done roundup, Marie… Nicely done!
Thank You for the mention Marie, Next Autographs to collect are One Direction.. that will be on Tuesday.. and if you check https://www.facebook.com/PaintCOut .. you can see all the paintings so far.. To be amongst a bunch of bloggers all facing cancer is so comforting because no-one should face this disease on there own.. Keep up the blogging ladies.. and Marie keep up the excellent work on here.. your an Irish angel xxx
some wonderful insights as always – thanks for putting it all together
Wonderful round up as always! I feel so blessed to have spent time with Anne Marie and am sending so much love to Catherine. I got goosebumps reading your quote at the end. It is such a beautiful one and is so in line with the India Arie song I shared this week – “Break The Shell”. Her line, “A life without pain is a wolf in sheep’s clothes” has been playing in my head all week. Sending love from Los Angeles. Wish you were here for our #tweetup tonight. Xoxo
Thank you, Marie. And I’m delighted that you like the “body art” .
We leave Seattle for Portland Oregon (and the farm) this week and then we are off to Montreal. I am so darn tired but it’s been a great trip.
Thank you so very much for the round-up, Marie. xo
This was a hard week for so many of us, remembering the 15th anniversary of the Omagh bombing which coincided with the first time I took my daughter home to Northern Ireland to surprise her grandmother. One joyous plan unfolding on the heels of a murderous plan that would rip our little country in two.
15 long years with more questions than answers for the families of those who were murdered or maimed. And, judging by recent events in my home country, things are far from peaceful. But, for now, “At this moment bear in mind these dead . . . ”
Thanks for your comments everyone and Yvonne, thanks for including a link to your blog – how did I miss that one! Sending love and light to Catherine and Karen x
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Thank you so much, Marie, for including my healthy privilege post. I appreciate all the work you do to compile blogs weekly.