Fun in the Cold
By Sara Jane
I am sure most of us are aware of the saying “Fun in the Sun”.
Just because the weather is getting colder here in the Northern hemisphere doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.
This article isn’t about the words that are written, it’s more about the memories it awakens and encouraging you and your family to make more.
Cast your mind back and connect with your inner child, think of all the fun things you used to get up to.
Kicking and crunching through the fallen leaves, jumping in muddy puddles, snowball fights, making snowmen and snow angels.
What else do you remember doing, fun and laughter with siblings and/or friends?
Bonfire night, all gathered around a fire, fireworks going off then back to someone’s home for hot chocolate, hot potatoes, grilled sausages and more.
Gathered around a fire, toasting crumpets, mallows and toast, dripping butter everywhere.
Cold, crisp mornings, watching your breath as you walk to school or work.
Clear, cold starry winter nights, wrapped in hats, mittens and scarves.
Sat in front of a roaring log fire, playing games, or curled up in bed under a lovely warm duvet.
Pleasure can be found in so many things when we open our minds and let memories flood in.
Chill winds blow
As Winter takes its hold
Trees adorned in golds, rusts and reds
Teaching us the glory of letting go
As their leaves fall to the ground
Birds fly South
Squirrels gathering nuts
Hedgehogs, Bees and more hibernate
A time of rest and re-charging
Frost covering the rooves and ground in white
Steaming as it melts in the morning sun
Ice forms on birdbaths
Hungry birds squabble to feed on the feeders
Snow falls blanketing the world in white
Children laugh and play
Tin trays are used as toboggans
Snowball fights and making snowmen
Cold hands and feet
Warmed by an open fire
Rosy cheeks from cold fresh air
When was the last time you made memories?
When was the last time you shared your childhood memories with your family?
This is the perfect time of year with the colder shorter evenings to sit with your family and share, plus make more.
Copyright © Sara Jane 2019
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A Dream Hidden in a Puzzle:
By Sara Jane
Your Soul dreams of experiencing so many different things, after all, all it knows is love.
Your Soul chooses experiences and your special gift for this life time and hides them in pieces scattered throughout your life, like a jigsaw puzzle.
Like a jigsaw puzzle, these many different pieces all slot together.
Every experience, every laugh, very tear is a piece of the puzzle.
No experience is too small or insignificant to be a part of the overall picture of your life.
We have no idea what our life holds for us, the intricate twists and turns that our Soul has dreamed up for us.
I found this quote at the time of writing this:
“What is a Dream? A Dream is a wish your Heart makes when you are asleep”
Our dreams are one of the ways our heart & soul communicate with us, guiding us to the next experience, helping us to find the next piece of the puzzle.
We have choices, we can step forward to have these experiences, find the pieces that help us to create the big picture of our life, helping us to complete this journey.
There will be periods of rest, of stillness, they are all pieces of the puzzle, of learning to be with ourselves; to love ourselves, taking care of ourselves.
Times of letting go, times of welcoming in the new, times of loss and times of renewal, times of the unexpected.
It is for each of us to choose whether we embrace the challenge of gathering the pieces, which can come in any order.
Knowing that we may have to store some until the pieces that connect them appear to help create the bigger picture.
Think about your life so far, have you had experiences, jobs, training that you found to be more relevant in later years.
I know a lot of my previous work life experiences are proving very helpful with my change in career, now that I feel I am following my path.
So was I always following my path, making sure I had the pieces of the puzzle I required to support me with what I now do, who I am.
Nothing is ever a waste, it all has a purpose, even if we don’t see it at the time.
Trust your Soul, its dream for this life and you will find all the pieces come together to complete the beautiful picture that is your life.
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Copyright © Sara Jane 2019
“A smile is contagious, let's start an epidemic” I first read this while I was waiting for a blood test, it was on the wall of the cubicle and it has stuck with me ever since.
I did try researching the rest of these quotes about smiles and laughter but without much joy – hehe, please forgive the pun, it wasn’t intended.
A Laugh is a Smile that Bursts – Mary H. Waldrip
Laughter is the best Medicine
Smile and the world smiles with you, Cry and you cry alone
If someone doesn’t have a Smile of their own, give them one of yours
A Smile that touches your eyes, opens the windows to your Sole (not sure where this one came from, it may be from me).
Laugh, Laugh, Laugh
Says your Heart to your Lips
Smile, Smile, Smile
Says your Heart to your Eyes
Love, Love, Love
Says your Heart to your Mind
Open your eyes to the beauty that surrounds you
Smile as you witness the budding of a leaf
Smile as you see the blooming of a flower
Laugh as you watch the antics of the Animals
Share laughter with family and friends
Witness with Joy the growing up of your children
Let the sounds of laughter fill your house, your home
Listen for laughter everywhere you roam
Laughter is healing, it banishes the blues
Laughter is medicine, a tonic for your Soul
Laughter is a beautiful sound
The sound of joy and fun
The sound of children and play
Let your Inner Child out to play
Awaken the fun and joy within you
Feel your Heart swell and your mind relax
Life is a journey
A journey that should be filled with fun
Learn to play again, to dance again, to laugh again.
Love, Peace & Laughter
Copyright © Sara Jane 2017