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    Life Day By Day

    Cleanliness is next to godliness

    The saying ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ echoed in my mind as I looked at my bedroom curtain. Not only looked but wondered what I should do. The curtain covered a sliding door to an outside terrace. This is where I was when I looked towards the door and saw mould on the bottom of the blockout curtain lining. I realised this was a health hazard and a problem I had to solve. We moved into the house five years ago, only the second owners. Curtains covered the door, window each side and a long panel of windows on the other side of the room. Then there were the fabric…

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    Life Day By Day

    For the love of Cactus

    You might have a favourite plant, tree or flower. You might be a rose enthusiast, or an all-round gardener. But there are some people who love Cactus and they do not all live in Mexico. Here is a story about Matt, and his workmate Jack. Matt and Jack had attended a work site that was about to be demolished when Matt noticed a Cactus. It was destined for the waste management facility with other demolition material. Unless Matt stepped in to save it. As an Xerophile, a Cactus enthusiast, he contacted his boss to ask if he could keep the Cactus. Afterwards, Matt asked his workmate Jack to help him…

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    Health Matters

    What’s for breakfast?

    What’s for breakfast? Is that something you get asked at your place or is breakfast a traditional meal? That is, everyone knows what’s for breakfast. Brekkie as it is called in Australia is our first meal of the day. Unless you are a shift worker and your mealtimes run on a different clock. When I was growing up breakfast was cereal and toast. My sister Susan’s favourite was Sanitarium Weet-Bix, mine Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. In the winter, my mother would make porridge. I was never a big fan of porridge; it was too mushy. However, these days I cope okay with porridge, fresh fruit, milk, and honey. If you eat…

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    Annoyingly polite

    If we are an active participant in life annoying situations or people will form part of our life. Most of us can cope with little annoyances. Someone pushes in and takes your place in the queue. Or you drive into a car space to find a shopping trolley occupying the space. These situations happen regularly. But what if we find annoyance is our best friend? Is it time to do something about it? A debriefing with a friend or an appointment with a therapist. Or do we need to question ourselves? Have you been in a situation and so annoyed, but do nothing about it? If so, you have experienced…

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    Life Matters

    Finding our happy place within

    When I look around the world, I see people putting effort into creating a happy place. People want to be happy. Happiness makes us feel good. After finding our happy place within we are more likely to manage adversity. We can then travel life with a steady and quiet optimism? So, how do we find our happy place within? What if everything around us is not working in our favour? Sometimes we can experience ordinary days that turn into the mundane. Or ordinary days that turn out wonderful. Yet how do we get to the point of feeling okay when life is ordinary, and things are not going as well…

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    Life Matters

    Finding our happy place

    If we are struggling to find purpose in life, then another possibility is to find our happy place? A place where we find peace and comfort. Our happy place is somewhere we can retreat. It is our sanctuary. It is a place to help us thrive in life when life is more on the downside, then the upside.   If you are someone who does not experience the ups and downs of life than you are truly in a happy place. But, for most of us life does not work like that. It might go along alright for a time than the unexpected happens. It can be as simple as…

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    Health Matters

    Coffee lovers

    If you are a coffee lover then I am sure you know all the best places near you to find the best coffee. I have not been a coffee lover or coffee drinker for years, until recently. Why the change? I am making an effort to get more calcium in my diet and therefore I am drinking more milk. One option I like is ovaltine light break. However, my son is staying with us at the moment and he enjoys a coffee in the morning. Not expresso or from a plunger or a coffee machine, but the old fashioned way, from a jar – Moccona Classic 5 coffee (medium roast).…

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    Life Matters

    Finding purpose as we grow older

    Two weeks ago, I published an article titled ‘Seed Purpose.’ I used the metaphor of a sunflower seed.  It takes 83 days for a sunflower seed to grow and flourish into a flower. Are we like the sunflower seed? Can we flourish as we age? Do seeds fall from our lives to regenerate and grow so that we find purpose as we grow older? In order to give my life more purpose with my writing I set myself a task. It was my aim to spend 30 minutes across five days in a writing exercise. The 10 minutes either side of the half hour was my meditation or thinking time.…

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    Life Day By Day

    Finding lost things

    Yesterday I wrote and published an article titled ‘Purpose as we age.’ But somehow it disappeared into cyberspace and I cannot find it. It is like so many other things in life that disappear – your favourite pen, glasses, books, wallet, tablet, keys, mobile, even friends. Finding lost things is not always easy. When I was 16 and working, one of the first things I treated myself to was a marquise pendant watch. Then one day it just disappeared. Years later I realised it disappeared with a light-fingered person that was in our home. However, I still have my marquise watch that my parents gave me for my thirteenth birthday.…

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    Life Matters

    Seed purpose

    I am reflecting on our purpose in life as we grow older. That is, what is our purpose as we age? Do we have a a purpose? Are you someone who is struggling to find a purpose? Some of you who read my articles are around my age. Many of you have retired or are near retirement from paid work. There is a life stage when we are paid for our work and a time afterwards when we are not paid. But we still work. Some of us spend more time working after leaving the workforce (paid work). Many older people at this stage of their lives volunteer their time.…