How to take time and smell the Roses in the 21st Century

 

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The world is getting busier every day, so it’s important to find time for the little things that make a normal day just that little bit special. Be inspired to do something different and find the joy in the every day miracles.

 

1. Go for a walk

 

2. Take a picture of the sunset instead of rushing past

 

3. Make something for your home

 

4. Build a blanket fort with your kids

 

5. Bake some cookies instead of buying them.

 

6. Plant something

 

7. Relax and have an easy movie day at home.

 

8. Sit in the sun

 

9. Write a letter to someone you care about.

 

10. Watch that funny video you don’t have time for

 

11. Have lunch outside not in your office

 

12. Read a picture book

 

13. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty

 

14. Buy a flower…. just because.

 

15. Say hi to the barrister who is making your coffee

 

16. Do something nice for someone you don’t know

 

17. Blow bubbles and pop bubble wrap

 

18. Shout someone a coffee

 

19. Read a short story

 

20. Find the beauty in the everyday

 

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Lest we forget

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It’s time to remember their sacrifice and it’s something we shouldn’t take lightly. I have always had the heart that no shops should be open on Anzac day. As the world needs to remember the cost of war, especially with North Korea threatening everyone under the sun.

This year I want to challenge you, go to a dawn service if there is one near you. We have been going to the dawn service near us for the last 7 years and I think we will continue to go. It’s freezing and means you don’t get a sleep in, but if it is all we can do to say thank you to those young men and women who gave up their dreams so that we could live out ours, well then it’s worth the early morning.

To all the brave soliders, In Australia and New Zealand, those that have fought and for those whose wars are about to begin.

Thank you!Β 

Wilfred Owen – Dulce Et Decorum Est.

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!– An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime.–
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,–
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.