Archive | April, 2011

The Gallery – Mother Love

7 Apr

Here in the UK, it was Mother’s Day on Sunday, so this week the Gallery theme was, quite simply, Mother Love. Tara has also dedicated this Gallery to World Vision’s Mother’s Day campaign. Share a smile: Make a mother’s day invites you to share a mum-moment that makes you smile, perhaps a memory from your childhood, or a special experience with your own children. This will feature in their Mother’s Day gallery and also add your name to their global petition, asking governments to put mothers and children’s health first.

That’s the important stuff out of the way so on to my ramblings. I think the one thing that makes me feel most like a mother is when I’m breastfeeding my son. There really is nothing quite like it; two little eyes gazing up at you, tiny fingers curling round your hair, not so little teeth getting a bit close for comfort and knowing that you are providing nourishment, comfort, warmth and love. What could be better?

It has been a blessing these last few days too. While he has been ill he wouldn’t eat anything, barely drank anything, but continues to breastfeed. I don’t think he would have got through it quite so easily without his mammy milk.

Even though it is sometimes really hard and painful and exhausting, the love keeps me going. That, and moments like this:

There are lots of yummy mummy pictures over at Sticky Fingers, why not share some of that Mother Love?

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Changing My World, One Smile At A Time

4 Apr

Have you ever noticed how one tiny little action can influence your entire day? Let me give you an example.

I have just finished shopping and I am about to leave the shop with a couple of bags. As I reach the door, the person in front of me lets go of it in my face. This means I have to struggle to open the door myself and puts me in a bad mood. This mood stays with me as I drive home, I curse the drivers that pull out in front of me and my mood gets worse. I get home and stomp around, I slam the fresh fruit into the bowl. I now have bruised bananas and I want to cry.

Or

I have just finished shopping and I am about to leave the shop with a couple of bags. As I reach the door, the person in front of me holds it open with a smile. This means I don’t have to struggle to open the door myself and puts me in a good mood. This mood stays with me as I drive home, I stop to let cars pull out in front of me and I am greeted with a grateful smile or nod and my mood gets better. I get home and put my shopping away, I make a nice display of fresh fruit in the bowl. My bananas are fine and I feel pretty happy.

Well, sort of, but you get the idea, right? I wonder if the person who held the door open (or not) had any idea of the impact that one small gesture could have on not only my day (and my bananas), but the day of everyone I then came into contact with. Be it good or bad, one little thing can spark a mood which can then be passed on to everyone you interact with then they, in turn, pass it on… Pretty soon you can have an awful lot of people feeling and acting either very good or, well, not so good. 

This got me thinking. Instead of getting caught up in someone else’s chain of events, what if I was the person to start the chain and make it a good one. It really doesn’t take much to brighten someones day or, at the very least, stop it getting any worse. If someone has just been shown some kindness are they not more likely to then show kindness to others? I like to think that the people I waved through in their cars all went on to do something similar for someone else on their way home.

So I am putting this into practice and I would like you to do the same. Not only will you end up making a whole bunch of people happy, but you will feel quite good about it too and score some good karma points along the way. In the last week I have held open some doors (obviously), shared chocolate with a stranger, sent an anonymous gift and complimented people who looked a bit down. I have to say, I think every one of those people walked away with a smile on their face. I can’t be sure about the gift, but I believe it had the desired effect!

I would absolutely love it if you made someone smile and then left me a comment to say what you did. Or write a blog post yourself and leave a link in the comments. If enough people are interested, I will set up a linky list of smiles to share. 

Be the person to start a chain of smiles and make your world a nicer place to live. 🙂

Silent Sunday

3 Apr

Silent Sunday