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Weekly inspiration – No 5 – Daily Advice from the Heart – Dalai Lama

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“To be kind, honest and have positive thoughts; to forgive those who harm us and treat everyone as a friend. To help those who are suffering and never consider ourselves superior to anyone else; even if this advice seems rather simplistic, make the effort of seeing whether be following it you can find greater happiness.”

 

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With love

from me

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Weekly Inspiration No 1

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After a meditation session I attended last year

we were asked to write a letter to ourselves to be opened in a years time.

I just found it:

perfect to start the new year with

here it is:

letter

 

I wish this gives you inspiration,

determination, to go on

and love you can draw on!

Much love

from me!

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An amazing woman

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This is a story of an extraordinary woman, who depite physical difficulties followed her dream.

Margarete Steiff was born 166 years ago today, 24th July 1847 in Giengen/Germany and died of pneumonia 9th May 1909 in Giengen/Germany

She was a seamstress and founded the Margarete Steiff GMBH 1880 which makes to this day stuffed toy animals.

Margarete was a very lively, well-built child and led a carefree life until she became ill with polio at the early age of 1½. She was destined never to walk and to be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

Her mother, above all, found this very difficult to bear. She would have to care for her daughter for as long as she lived. Her daughter would never be able to take on the role of housewife and mother and, at the time, it seemed as though she had absolutely no prospects for the future.
The apparently helpless Margarete had other ideas, however, and was full of the joys of life. She radiated a positive aura and her convivial, cheerful nature made her very popular.

She spent her free time playing with the other children whenever possible. Margarete was a creative inventor of new games. She was always having new ideas and organized the games in such a way that she could take part.

In doing this, one of her natural gifts became evident, one that was to help her a great deal in the years to come: Margarete had a way of telling people what had to be done in a manner that made them want to do it.
Following an unsuccessful operatin on her legs, she went to a health resort. After that Margarete had a lot of catching up to do in school. Being a cheerful and ambitious person, she soon brought herself up to the required level.

The next thing that Margarete wanted to do was to attend a sewing school. Her father objected to this initially, wishing to prevent her from being disappointed if she was unsuccessful. She asserted herself, though, and showed her parents once again that they had underestimated her. Although she took much longer to get work doneand frequently had to ask her sisters to help her, she became a perfect seamstress after a few years. Margarete was always trying to overcome her limitations.

When she was around 17 years old, Margarete realized that she was never going to be healed. She knew that she was going to have to come to terms with her illness in order to find peace of mind and her real way in life. Margarete’s father, Friedrich Steiff modified his house in 1874 and among other things converted the study on the first floor into a dressmakers workshop.

Margarete was unable to turn the wheel of her sewing machine with her right hand, so the machine was turned round: she used her left hand to drive the machine and guided the fabric with her right hand.

She started making stuffed animals as a hobby.

These toys began as elephants, which were originally a design Steiff found in a magazine and originally sold as pincushions  to her friends. However, children began playing with them, and in the years following she went on to design many other successful animal-themed toys for children, such as dogs, cats, and pigs. She designed and made most of the prototypes herself.

Margarete Steiff was just 61 years old when she died on 9th April 1909.

What had originally seemed to be a hopeless life became a shining example of what can be achieved with courage, strength, heart and willpower.

What an inspiration, what a positive and amazing woman!

Nowadays Steiff animals are famous with the yellow “Knopf im Ohr” and the label with the name.

My squirrel "Perry" with his original label

My squirrel “Perry” with his original label

I am lucky to have got some Steiff animals as a child. I still have them here. Now they are rather expensive!

My favourite teddy whom I loved dearly. So much loved that the straw is coming out of his paws. Yes, in those day it was straw! Still cuddly and lovable!

My 52 year old teddy called "Zotti"

My 52 year old teddy called “Zotti”

Deer,dog,elephant,marmot,rabbit, birds

Deer,dog,elephant,marmot,rabbit, birds

My monkey "Yoko"

My monkey “Yoko”

I loved this monkey and chewed on his thumbs, hence they are broken and the straw shows…..  poor monkey!

Goldfish , hen and cat

Goldfish , hen and cat

My wonderful "Perry"

My wonderful “Perry”

My sister's 55 year old teddy called "Petzi" dressed in our old baby clothes.

My sister’s 55 year old teddy called “Petzi” dressed in our old baby clothes.

Finally, my son's Steiff teddy "Ted", much loved and 16 years old.

Finally, my son’s Steiff teddy “Ted”, much loved and 16 years old.

There is a movie from 2005 which is a wonderful life story of her which is well worth watching.

Her biography was taken from her website, see below.

http://www.steiffnews.com/margarete_steiff_biography.htm

http://www.steiffteddybears.co.uk/more-things-steiff/history-of-steiff-bears.php

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More and New awards!…. and my 200th post … WoW

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On 10th June I received a new and very special award from  Summer
“It’s my way to thank each one of you for your friendly comments, the follows, your kind words and the beautiful things you are share with the world..” she writes.
What a lovely way to thank all the blogger friends. I love to pass this on! There is just one rule, when you pass the award on, please share some kind words with that person.
10th and 11th June 2013

10th and 11th June 2013

Was pretty busy these days, and when I came back to wordpress, I received it again from  sunflowerosecw , thank you so much for the award.

My friends, thank you so much for coming to my blog and leaving comments, peace and love.

Inner peace makes a peaceful and calm person. I feel very privileged to have wonderful and peaceful friends here in blogland. Your kindness, peace and love shines through your comments and you deserve this award. I can spread love and I can feel the love in the blogs and I thank you all very much for making my life wonderful, for contributing positivity to my life.

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Wow I was nominated for another new award from The Seeker. It is the Most Creative Blogger Award.

Thank you so  much Seeker for thinking of me and my blog for this award.

 

20th June 2013

20th June 2013

The condition:

The only condition to fulfill in accepting this award is to provide their own perspective on: their creativity and their source(s) of inspiration.

 I am being inspired by this wonderful world around me, by my fellow bloggers, by the love I see around me, by the miracles which happen each day!
 
The nominated blogs do inspire me very much and I find they all deserve this wonderful award.
 

Here are my nominations for both awards:

http://wileyschmidt.com/

http://patinspire.org/

http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com/

http://pennyquotes.wordpress.com/

http://fredphillips.wordpress.com/

http://espirational.com/

http://ladylovelyblogger.wordpress.com/

http://carpediemmoments.com/

http://awindowofwisdom.wordpress.com/

http://sharingmemyselfandi.wordpress.com/

 Thank you all for inspiring me and making me think and creative! You all deserve a big round of applause and big hugs!
Keep up the wonderful blogging!
 
This is my 200th post and I only just noticed…..can’t believe it…
Love blogging!
Love you!
Have a great weekend!

Healthy Happiness

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“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~ Jim Rohn

 

Now we know it is healthy,

here 7 steps to be happy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Sites:

Happiness in your life ( happinessinyourlife.com)

Doe Zantamata (thehiyl.com)

Positive Med (positvemed.com)

 

 

 

You are Amazing

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You are amazing!

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Love yourself

Believe in yourself

Trust yourself

YOU have wonderful gifts!

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You are loved

You are valued

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Never forget!

Believe in Yourself! You Are Loved! You Are Amazing! Just Be You!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward in the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.” ~ Og Mandino

Have a fantastic day!

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Give Thanks

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Give Thanks

What if you woke up today with only the things that you thanked God for yesterday?

We have so many choices in life, in shops,  in the internet and we keep wanting more and more.  Happy with what we have, no we need to have more. It is time to think of those things which really matter and are not available in shops. …..and don’t take so much for granted.

 

Contentment

Happiness

Satisfaction

Friendships

Love

Peace

Health

Beauty

 

 

 

Be thankful for this day, and you will fill it with joy. Be appreciative of those around you, and they will bring much value to your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Count your blessings, give thanks  with a grateful heart every morning and evening!

When I wake up I am thankful that I am alive for another new day. I give thanks that I have enough food, that I have a good job, great friends, that I can experience love and friendship. I give thanks that I can give love, and kindness, that I am healthy, and that I can enjoy sunshine and rain, and the beauty of nature! There is lots more to be thankful for, what is on your list?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Thankful

~ Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did what would there be to look forward to?

~ Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

~ Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.

~ Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.

~ Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.

~ Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.

~ Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made an effort.

 

Related beautiful pages

daysnet.wordpress.com – contentment

photonatureblog.com – nature’s beauty

Doe Zantamata, the HIYLife.com – website