Of Starfish, Kindness and other Sunday Delights

Good morning my lovelies, how are you doing? I hope life is treating you kindly and if not remember: my thoughts and prayers go out for you to help you through your sh… You are not alone no matter how it feels at the moment.

On Sundays, I usually try to be off the laptop and off social media too. Not that it works particularly well but hey we are working on it 😉 . The best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world and I start the day with a coffee or tea and then go for a walk at the beach if the tide allows it. Our favourite beach is close to Trimmingham and the cliffs along the North Norfolk Coastline are rather insecure at the moment.

You might not have heard of it but there has been a huge cliff fall further up at Sidestrand a couple of weeks ago and warnings not to go too close to the cliffs are plastered all over the coast. The beach we go to is the next down the coast from Sidestrand and we have seen some smaller falls before which were terrifying enough for my taste.

video credit: Richard Herrmann via YouTube

Later in the day we’ll take daughter from another mother back to her mother’s, prepare something nice to eat and relax in front of the TV. All in all a rather quiet Sunday but that’s what we like. What do you like to do on a Sunday?

Extinction Rebellion has several core values they are following and one of them is Regenerative Culture. I haven’t quite figured out what it means but the general idea is not to deplete yourself but making sure to take good care of yourself and your surrounding. That is why I try to spend time in a different way on Sundays. But I think there is much more to it and XR has published a conversation with two monastics from Plum Village which explains more of the theory of Regenerative Culture.

video credit: Extinction Rebellion via YouTube

I love that idea of the “Lazy Day” and in a way my Sunday is like that.

Another part of my self-care is incorporating the ideas of Rachel Kelly’s “Singing in the Rain ~ 52 Practical Steps to Happiness” which you can check out here on Amazon into my life. It is a wonderfully creative and inspiring book and no, I do not get any incentive to advertise for it. I just use it and find it very helpful so I want to share it with you.

Today’s chapter is about random acts of kindness and Rachel mentions the above story of the boy saving the starfish. I love this story and that is why I took some time to find an image of it. Rachel suggests to do random acts of kindness every day as doing something good for another has a great effect on yourself too. It gives you a little endorphin high which in turn makes you feel better. That is why one of the suggestions for people with mental health issues is to volunteer.

And if you feel that one little act of kindness doesn’t make a difference then remember the above story. We do not know how many lives we have made better because we smiled at a stranger in the crowd or let someone get ahead in the queue. Also, there is apparently a rule of “Three Degrees” which means if you influence one person that person in turn influences three others. Social Science peeps social science 🙂 .

So if you make someone happy that one person makes another three happy and hey we certainly need more happiness in the world.

One thing that makes me happy are the Madagascar movies and especially the song “I like to move it”. I like it so much that I wrote a poem about it back in 2015 for my “A Prompt A Day For Bee” project:

 
 
 
 
Move It
 
one step
the wind blows
another step
the skylark calls
one step
sunshine warms
another step
a neighbour greets
one step
breathe deep
another step
feel free
 

video source: Movieclips via YouTube

I hope it makes you smile as it does me every time I watch it.

So, this is it for today, my lovely readers. I just want to mention my Dreamstime profile again. There, I am selling some of my photos and it would be lovely if you could be so kind as to share it on your social media. (See one random act of kindness sorted already 😉 )

You can find my profile here (its an affiliate link btw)

Bee Halton on Dreamstime

And if you don’t have enough yet of reading stuff check out these authors and fellow bloggers:

Claudette Melanson

Maranda

Beckie

I am my own Island

In this sense happy Sunday and Love & Rage my dear friends Love & Rage

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