#ThrowbackThursday: On Enemies

​I posted this first in February 2017. It’s worth pondering:

Wise words from the Dalai Lama:

β€œIf you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.”

Description for visually impaired readers: close up of hand of stone buddha. A little snail house sits in the left hand

Forgiveness and a Giggle

Hello out there, how are you? Are you still going strong, sing a song and wash your hands???? πŸ˜‰

We are in extraordinary times. I do not know any time in my life when societies have been so divided like today. On top of that a pandemic. I always wonder when we entered this B-Movie horror film that’s called “reality”. So I felt this quote should remind us that love is the answer:

“Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong ~ Mahatma Gandhi”

video credit: The Top Ten Amazing via YouTube

There is a lot to forgive on any side of the coin of today’s problems but in the end all that counts is that we did the right thing and didn’t add to the confusion. But now to something entirely different…

Let’s have a giggle πŸ˜‰

The guide said to us:

“Most of all do not panic”

and the answer

is 42 anyway πŸ˜‰

video credit: BBC Studios via YouTube

Happy Thursday to you all despite everything πŸ™‚

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

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Quote by T. Pratchett on living

So much life, and so little time

Hello, my dear readers, how are you today? I hope life gives you lots of lemons so you can make lemon sherbet LOL.

Five years ago one of my favourite authors passed over to another life.

I wrote about him then:

The above title is an adaption of a quote from the late Sir Terry Pratchett, who passed away yesterday morning.

His quote is “So much universe and so little time!”

He is one of my favourite authors. His Discworld novels are brilliant satires on today’s life and society but never in a nasty way. He showed so much humour and understanding for the human nature that always made me think and understand life just that little bit better.

For all those who do not know: He suffered a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s and had campaigned tirelessly both for more research into Alzheimer’s as well as a change of law about assisted suicide. It saddens me terribly that such a brilliant person and mind had to leave so early.

Ironically one of his most intriguing characters is Death, who is strangely interested in humanity and becomes more and more benevolent towards them. Terry Pratchett was a ferocious writer: he has over 70 novels to his name and wrote three books a year at times.

Again it taught me one thing I should know by now: Life is short! You do not know when your time will come!

Do now what is close to your heart. Don’t wait. Tomorrow might be too late.

RIP Sir Terry Prachett. I hope you could leave your anger behind for another one to write….

Terry Pratchett in quotes ~ The Guardian

Quote by T. Pratchett on living
Quote taken from BrainyQuote

While I am determined to beat cancer, I have, of course, pondered the possibility that it could beat me. This is an uncomfortable thought I have to admit. All the fears that come with it from fear of the unknown to leaving my loved ones behind bubbled up like a volcano just about to erupt. And they nearly got the better of me.

However, since I was off working for 1 1/2 years, I have started to practice Mindfulness and try to develop a mindset of “I am only living in this minute: not in the future and not in the past!”. I have also developed the habit to look those fears in the eyes and then thank the universe for all the blessings it has given me. That so often calms me down and allows me to accept the fact that I just don’t have power over everything.

And then I start singing:

video source: Doris Day on YouTube

I am sorry but I just can’t be fearful when I hear Doris Day ;-).

Being mindful and living in the moment does need some work and self-discipline. But you know, it is a huge relief to let those fears go and just enjoy the moment. It is worth the effort. Currently, I am just fatigued and where they took the biopsies, it still hurts a little, but nothing is unbearable. I have a family that cares enormously for me and friends all over the world who are sending me good vibes. What else can I ask for?

I do not feel alone. I feel like I am carried on a wave of positive energy and prayer, and that means a lot to me. I think that that is the best condition to beat cancer.

So much life is mine

Love and friendship carries me

See the daffodils

This is it for today my dear readers. I hope you are having a blast! πŸ˜‰

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to theirΒ Just Giving PageΒ and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

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Blast from the Past: Quote of the Day ~ Fail ~ Samuel Beckett

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett”

Please head over to “Bee Wordless” and find my “Wordless Wednesday” posts. You can also find my posts about life, the universe and everything over at “The Bee Creates…“. Also, find poetry and links back to posts on “The Bee Writes…” over at Tumblr.

English translation of the Confusius quote
Portrait of Andy, Bee and Sherky Halton at the beach

#quoteoftheday ~ Strange Jewels ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all and then sands back to see if we can find them” Elizabeth Gilbert

Wikipedia on Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth M. GilbertΒ (born July 18, 1969) is an American author,Β essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist, andΒ memoirist. She is best known for her 2006 memoir,Β Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010 had spent 199 weeks on theΒ New York Times Best Seller list, and which was also made into aΒ filmΒ by the same name in 2010.[1]