I have a puppy called Woolfox. Every time we make a sale, we get more excited about what we raise for @calmzone than we do about anything else! Here is today's celebration 😍😂😍 £7 pays for one call that can save a life. This year so far Calm have prevented 399 suicides. These calls are invaluable. #savethemale#suicide#oktosay#woolfox#puppy#celebration
At this time of year, even though we are all supposed to be loving and jolly, stress can be high, and tempers can be short. Holiday arguments are not unusual, and really should be expected, but it is not anger and irritability that causes a true rift between people, it is the disrespect of character that tears relationships apart. There are basically four things that destroy relationships. 1) Criticism and contempt, when we treat one another as worthless, or worthy of mistreatment, such as name calling. This means treating others with contempt because we are angry with them. 2) Withdrawl, when we isolate from others, engage in the silent scream of refusing to talk at all, or shun them. 3) Defensiveness, when we deny, and refuse to own our part in a problem, or insist that the other person is more to blame. 4) Deceit, in which we lie about our part in a problem, lie about the other person, or insist they did something we know they didn't do. Betrayal also falls into this category when we go behind someone's back, and break promises or commitments we have made to them. Notice that anger is not on the list, because even healthy relationships involve conflict, sometimes. Healthy relationships are built on trust, respect, honor and commitment to one another. Without that, conflict will cause them to fall apart. With that, they can sustain for a lifetime. #quoteoftheday#relationships#trust#commitment#honor#respect#recovery#mentalhealth#oktosay#blessings#blogpost#karlyletomms
In the midst of unyielding depression I try to remember what I am grateful for and in this cold weather I am extremely grateful that I have a home and somewhere to seek shelter from storms both literal and metaphorical. And yes. I have Gandalf on top of my Christmas tree. #grateful#depression#oktosay
I heard a story recently about the destiny of the oak. The acorn must grow into the mighty oak - this is the only choice. Yet what becomes of the oak is unknown, when we look at the acorn. It may become a piano, or it may give shade for decades. That destiny unfolds in the future. Similarly, we can not see our destiny from the beginning. From the standpoint of this present moment we are equipped only for the next best step. As long as we are willing to do the next best step, especially when it's hard, we will know the next step in the next moment. #intentionalattitudeimprovement#beyourbest#thenextstep#abundance#blessings#faith#youmatter#oktosay
We've got that #fridayfeeling looking back on @themixuk's volunteers Christmas party from last year. We joined them to celebrate the important work of the volunteers who make a huge difference supporting others with their mental health. A big thank you to the team from all of us at Heads Together.
Oscar Wilde said, "Life is too important to be taken seriously." Dolly Parton said, "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." The truth is that happiness is actually not something we have to work at. I have said that happiness is a skill we learn and maintain through practice, but part of that skill is getting ourselves out of the way. You see, happiness is a natural and normal state of being, and in order to experience it, all we have to do is get the obstacles out of the way. We could be sitting on a gold mine and not realize it because there might be rubble covering it over. If all we see is the rubble, then we will never see the gold. In order to get to the gold, we have to get the rubble out of the way. We are all sitting on a gold mine of happiness, but our rubble may be preventing us from getting to that gold. Each person's rubble may be different. For some, it may be resentments or holding grudges. For others it may be self-loathing and low self-esteem. It could be a pessamistic outlook on life or a tebdency to make mountains out of mole hills. It could be lamenting our past, or seeing ourselves as victims. Whatever your rubble is, it stands in the way of your happiness. Remove your rubble, and you will see the gold. You will experience what it is like to have the gold. Cut yourself some slack as you do this, and realize that no one is 100% happy all the time, and one of the obstacles to happiness is the unrealistic expectation that it will be perfect and constant. Nothing is perfect and constant, and it is reasonable to assume that we will all have disappointments and setbacks through life. The key is to get back up as soon as possible and start clearing away your rubble again. Start removing your rubble, and you wilk find your gold. #quoteoftheday#happiness#recovery#mentalhealth#oktosay#blessings#blogpost#karlyletomms
There were people who loved Hitler, and people who hated Jesus. No matter who you are, what your character is about or what you stand for, some will love you, and some will not. It is wonderful to be popular, but being popular does not mean that you are a good person. Being popular does not mean that your true worth is being recognized. You could be popular for your looks, and yet many would never see beyond your appearance into the soul behind those looks. It is very important that we not base our sense of worth soley upon what other people think. It is wonderful to get compliments and affirmation, and it is uncomfortable to be criticized or mistreated, but neither the compliment or the mistreatment has anything to do with your value as a human being. Your worth was created by the same God who created everything else. It was established before you were ever born, and it is equal to everything that God created. True self-esteem is the recognition of your exact equality to everyone. It is the recognition that just because others look down on you does not make them better than you, and just because others look up to you does not make you better than them. What we accomplish while we are here, no matter how small it may appear to us, is part of ongoing creation. We are all co-creators with God in this process we call life. Everyone of us has an integral part in this creation. Simply put, if you are here, it is because you are meant to be here. Lift yourself up and know that you are worthy of the life that has been given to you, and that life is worthy of you. Whatever you choose to do with your life, it remains, forever, an imperative part of God's creation. #quoteoftheday#worth#worthy#life#recovery#mentalhealth#oktosay#blessings#blogpost#karlyletomms
A late start at work today meant I could run outside and in the woods 😁 So much better than the horrible night road runs. I think now need a few rest days, my legs are DONE. They need a day or two off so I can walk normal again. Note to self don’t double your weekly mileage over night and expect nothing to react 🤦🏼♀️ but even with the pain and weird gait issues I have a blast this morning. Happy Thursday you lovely lovely lot, go have a great one x