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“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. “
Dalai Lama

lotus - peaceful tranquility
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I’ve come to realize that peace, tranquility and honoring your own place is truly and completely personal. It isn’t something you can point to and say, “Yes, this is it”.  It really is a combination of thoughts, feelings and place or places.  I found some wonderful places I’ve been to where the quietude of the moment has made my heart swell, and my mind to find that moment of stillness where the world washes away and I find I can really breath again.  It is a beautiful feeling and in the hurly burly of modern society is something which we have to actively seek out if we wish to find it.
I expected this week to be a bit of a challenge. Why?  In essence because that’s how I made it, which, in retrospect was quiet silly.   I’ve known for a long time that life has its ups and downs, somewhat like riding a roller coaster – if you like that sort of thing.  Personally, the roller coaster is a little too much for me. At the top of the climb my heart is in my mouth, my tummy still sitting at the ground level and I’m questioning the ultimate wisdom of sitting where I am. Then the fun begins and we hurtle down towards the ground and my head is screaming from the clouds, my tummy dropping like a stone even further into the ground after being dragged from where I left it.  Sounds like fun doesn’t it?

roller coaster

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So this week has allowed me to gain a little wisdom into what I want my roller coaster to be like.  My good friend and mentor NC, has shown me, as I really already knew, that life, my life, has its own “sinus rhythm”, and we cannot change that, it’s how I, at least operate.  It doesn’t have to be high adrenalin.  I simply need to understand that this is how it is and – the big impact – manage it!
So yesterday, after gaining my refresher upload on who, what and why I’m here and how to go about it in the best way possible for me, I decided that it was time to “smell the roses” a little.   However, I’ll backtrack a couple of hours because we wanted to be in “the right space” before I spoke with Nicole.  I have heard so much about Queenie’s at Nundah that I was simply so eager to get there and try out the ambiance.  I’ve only recently been introduced to the delicious aroma and taste of French Earl Grey Tea and was looking forward to having some there, plus a small snack – my tummy knows the time!

Queenies Tea House

image courtesy of Queenie’s Traditional Tea House

The tea was superb, and the sandwich trio was divine.  Ray had a plain tea and sandwiches but enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed mine. We eyed the delicacies as they were paraded past us and debated indulging, but my appointment called and we promised ourselves the full “High Tea”  experience, sometime very soon!  I am so grateful we’ve  been introduced to this gem, if only we had one on the Gold Coast too!


Afterwards, feeling as though I need to be grounded again, we decided we would follow-up on another very well recommended haunt in the area, Chouquette at New farm.

delicacies from Chouqueete

image courtesy of Chouquette, New Farm

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Chocolate delicacy

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Yes, we indulged ourselves and it was DELICIOUS!   I must go back earlier in the day when there is much, much more to choose from, although it took long enough to settle on these two delicacies. Yummy!  The drive home was  delightful, since I was allowed to semi snooze most of the way.  My husband is such a wonderful chauffeur.  Love you darling!
Sounds so simple, and it is, except I forgot about it, yet again today! I’m not immune to life’s ups and downs, nor am I perfect in putting into practice what I know and should do without thinking. I’m a spiritual being living in a human body and trying to learn what I’ve come here for.  I spent much of the wee small hours thinking over what had been an upset over something so minor it simply should have paled into insignificance after our wonderful day in Brisbane. Instead I let it get me all roiled up and needed to put everything back into perspective.  I forgot that on my own personal roller coaster  I had climbed the peak and come rushing down into the valley and derailed! I needed time to regroup before climbing back out again.
Back on track, life has smoothed out again and I feel good. Not perfect, but I’m learning to forgive my impulsiveness and accept I am human.  Life rolls on and I’m determined I’m going get back on that ride and finish the darned thing!

peaceful scene

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Life is good. I am loved and accepted for the person I am and that’s all I can ask for. It’s a lot more than most are offered so I am grateful and truly blessed.  I wish for you a beautiful day, every day.


“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” – Judy Garland

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