Recently I wrote about the significance of a handwritten love letter. There truly is something magical about putting pen to paper rather than just pounding away at a keyboard. If you are looking for some inspiration on what to write in a romantic note for Valentine’s Day why not look to literature.
Rumi was born in 1207 in Persia in the city of Balkh in what is present day Afghanistan. Rumi was a wealthy nobleman, theologian, and scholar. When he was in his late thirties he met Shams a wandering mystic. Shams was in his sixties. Rumi credits shams with transforming him from a sober scholar to a seeker of truth and love. A couple of years later Shams was gone and Rumi was grief stricken. Out of his grief came the poetry. This poetry is collected into two epic books named, Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi and Masnavi/Mathnawi.
Brain dumping has freed me up from the confines I had placed on myself about what is a journal and what is a list. It allows me to just get it all out and down on paper. It gives me power over my own thoughts and helps to curb my anxiety. By spending a few minutes each morning and/or evening writing down everything that is on my mind, I can free up my thoughts to concentrate and focus on the activities of the day.
In celebration of this brand new year, I thought I would share some inspirational wisdom that we can all add to our Pinterest. This year on one Wednesday a month, I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes as part of #WednesdayWisdom. I will be pinning these quotes and more on this Pinterest board throughout the year.
Want to find more joy? It’s simple, stop comparing yourself to others and start practicing gratitude. Once we become aware of all that we already have then we can find happiness. Dwelling on what we lack brings on stress and depression. The simple things we take for granted on a daily basis such as safe drinking water and toilets are only dreams to more than half the people in the world. If you go to sleep each night in a safe dry place, you are more fortunate than many in your own community.
Showing gratitude is not complicated it’s as simple as saying thank you.
Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. ALA
Did you know there is so much more to July then the 4th? According to the National Day Calendar, July is recognized as
National Anti-Boredom Month
National Baked Bean Month
National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
National Culinary Arts Month
National Grilling Month
National Horseradish Month
National Hot Dog Month
National Ice Cream Month
National Independent Retailer Month
National July Belongs to Blueberries Month
National Picnic Month
Unlucky Month for Weddings